Art is in the eye of the beholder according to the quote but we all like to decorate our homes with pictures which appeal to our sense of beauty or which remind us of something special. Whilst it would be great if we could all have a Picasso on our walls, very few people have this kind of budget.
Buying art on the cheap
Art gallery prints It is indeed possible to have a Picasso on your wall, providing you buy a poster or cheap prints. Many art galleries have these available at prices to suit most people's budgets. Like all stores, art gallery shops have sales, so this is a good time to buy a print or poster of your favourite artist. There're also many websites where you can buy posters and art work or order online prints. Original works If you walk along the left bank of the Seine in Paris or near Kensington Gardens in London or in other places in cities around the world, you will see original art pieces for sale by the artist. Some may not be to your style, or be just plain bad. However, if you look carefully you may find a hidden gem. It is generally acceptable to haggle but remember, the artists have put their heart and soul into their work. Smaller art galleries are also good places to look for work by up and coming artists which are still in the affordable range.
Make your own art
Letting out the artist inside The cheapest way to have artworks on your walls is to make them yourself. You don't have to be the new Tracey Emin. Go to an art supply shop and have a chat with the owner about basic materials then go along to an art class. You may surprise yourself! Why not use the paintings that your children bring home from school in an unusual way by making collages and printing photographs of the child to mix in with the paintings. In this way, you have a record of the child at this age and what his or her style was like and then see how they develop over the years. Photography There are many art forms and many of us have digital cameras now. If you happen to take a particularly good picture, you can have your photos printed on canvas, to make them look more like real pictures. You can also frame prints of your photos and display them in an artistic way. Look at catalogues such as from the Ikea store for ideas. Last word Whether you buy cheap prints, original works or create something yourself, you can have beautiful art in your home.