Each of us has a different way of budgeting our hard-earned dollars. However, one thing is constant – you can’t consistently go over budget without causing some very real problems. Luckily for all of us, original art does not have to cost a lot of money because price is not always indicative of what you like and what is good.
If you are starting off with original art purchases - not having a large budget is good! Your first pieces should be modestly priced. Art appreciation is an on-going education and before you spend thousands of dollars you might want to make sure that you have some understanding of what makes good art and whether you will enjoy a specific piece over time.
If you limit your initial purchases to hundreds of dollars, then finding out later that you made a mistake will not hurt your pocketbook as much as a thousand dollar purchase.
As you acquire more original art you will develop a sense for what makes a good painting, what market prices are and what type of original art appeals to you. Over time you can start increasing your budget with more confidence that what you are buying will give you ongoing and long-term pleasure.0