I don't know about you, but art makes me happy. It makes me think. I love all kinds of art and have collected different kinds for many years. Unfortunately, I experienced a fire five years ago and lost a lot of treasured pieces, but in the last year or so, I've happily begun collecting again. I've mostly been concentrating on photographs as you can imagine and finally got around to hanging four new images.
Collecting art is not for the wealthy only. I can attest to that! There are a plethora of artists out there that sell reasonably priced pieces.
Here are just a few places to find amazing (and affordable) photographs:
Don't Take Pictures
Another way is to contact emerging photographers whose work you admire. Many don't have gallery representation yet but would love to sell you a piece.
Something I'm doing with a group of photographers right now is an image trade. Each month, we pair up with a different photographer and pick an image from each other. It's fun, inexpensive and I get lots of new artwork. Win, win, win.
Framing can be expensive. It can cost more than the price of the image you've purchased! Typically, I find my own frame. There are inexpensive frames everywhere, but my favorite is Goodwill. I've gotten amazing frames from there for two or three dollars. After I have the size of the frame measured, I have a professional mat my images. I could do it myself since I have the mat cutter and all that jazz, but I'm not the best at it so I'm going to leave it to someone who knows what they're doing. Matting can be anywhere from eleven dollars to thirty dollars where I live and it's worth every penny in my humble opinion. After that, I pop it into the frame and hang. Perfectly simple.
Thank you so much to each and every photographer that I've gotten a piece from. Your images gracing my walls make me very, very happy.