Affordable Original Art-No Kidding!!AND I’LL PROVE IT!!!

I live in Oregon, home to hippies, yuppies, up and coming professionals, many well to do with the resources to support their  impeccable taste, artisans, and yes, many of us regular middle class folks. There is a great cultural scene here. Much diversity from Portland to Eugene and every city in between. Yet with all the different lifestyles here, most of  those folks have at least one thing in common. They appreciate  original artwork and one of a kind objects of desire. And who wouldn’t? You have an original one of a kind item on the one hand and on the other hand a print or copy with a zillion others just like it flooding the market/ Which would you choose if money was not a factor? Most people would prefer the original. But, the biggest reason why many don’t even consider buying original artwork is the  perception that  it is very expensive and out of their reach . Of course some of it is, not many are in a position to buy a Monet.

But I have  a news flash for you, a lot of original art work is more affordable than you imagine, and I’m a gonna  prove my point for you, by doing some some comparison online shopping.

First I’ll examine a print that is already framed from several stores.

Some of these links are not working, please be patient with me as I try to fix them. You can always cut and paste, arghhh.

First up is a framed print of mediocre art  at $179.00 from Target|1287991011&searchPage=1&fromGsearch=true&sr=1-14&qid=1298393124&rh=&searchBinNameList=subjectbin%2Cprice%2Ctarget_com_primary_color-bin%2Ctarget_com_size-bin%2Ctarget_com_brand-bin&searchRank=salesrank&frombrowse=0 The  $179.00 price tag for a nothing special framed print, there’s a lot of original art available at this price.

Target had very limited choices, and although  there were a few awful ones for less as well, there was nothing I personally would want, even if they gave it to me…sorry Target.

Next up Bed Bath and Beyond. Here’s a heron print on stretched canvas frame . Measures 34″ W x 42″ L. Sells for $99.00 + I assume shipping. Not too bad but still just a print looks cheap because …well it is cheap. Or their high end for $219.00 + shipping. It’s “painted” on a canvas and not so wonderful for $179.00 with a zillion other ones just like it for sale. Granted there are plenty others many under $100.00, but not so great.

WalMart Up- Here’s their high end an abstract metal sculpture$369.99. and cheaper one Polystyrene antique gold frame Very very cheap looking. $46.00

Print from the poster is $59.00 framed in a black frame it was $184.00.  Remember this is for a print, look at some original work for about the same price.

These examples of original art work came from You have to scroll through some pages to find the  look  which fits you’re style, but it’s not too difficult to find tons of really great art.

Check out the art quilts and fiber art as well, they are a bargain in the art world especially, it’s the new up and coming thing, gaining ground and respectability, so prices will be rising, now’s a good time to buy.{You guessed it, I do create fiber art, but that is not just  my opinion, it’s the opinion of many art experts, just so you know!} metallic abstract $169.00 12 X 16 $100.00 Abstract painting  $179.00

I had to show my own heron, hand painted on silk  applique art quilt, my high end work $325.00 original abstract $199.00 gallery wrapped canvas fiber art $225.00 beautiful painting at $239.00 $97.00 16 X 16″ on stretcher boards or another beauty by the same artist $235.00 24 X 36 painting

More fiber art this one $245.00

I’m slipping in another of my own works

$140.00 43 X 15″

Here’s a very nice watercolor for $138.00.  It’s 10 X 14′. You do have to frame it, but still…×24 $110.00 24 X 24″ painting ready to hang

Am I making my point? I could go on and on, but you get the idea; why buy prints for roughly the same price as original works of art? Your choice, but if you can afford to buy an art print at a dept. store,  you can afford  original art for same output of deniro! Original art collector? Yes, you can!

Published by Barbara Harms Fiber Art & More

Barbara Harms-Up Close and Personal I've been a painter most of my life. When I was introduced to quilting, I fell in love, jumping in with both feet. I loved quilting, but began to miss the creative freedom painting offered. Then, I discovered mixed media art quilting, I was finally home. My Process & Approach For me, it's the process of creating that holds the strongest attraction. I love starting with a tiny seed of an idea; vague and blurred around the edges, then I follow where it leads. My style is fairly loose and instinctual. I don't a great deal of pre-planning.The creative choices are made as I work on a piece, are based on my gut feelings at the time. This can lead to quite a few changes in direction. The outcome can come as a surprise. I love that element of surprise. Sometimes everything just comes together & I think that this is one of my better ones. I can’t wait to show someone. I feel like a six year old, running home from school, a drawing in hand, excited to show Mom. At those times I'm smiling like the Cheshire cat.

3 thoughts on “Affordable Original Art-No Kidding!!AND I’LL PROVE IT!!!

  1. Brilliant post!Thanks for the information that you have share with us.It is my first time to hear about it and I get amaze with the offer and I want to prove and get more inquiries.


    1. Thanks CheyAnne,
      Your work is an perfect example of my point. You can find tons of wonderful original art work on Etay for so little money, so why not support the arts?Your work is awesome, as were my other examples!!


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