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The Great Collection in the Sky

"Collecting" online precludes the need for shelves

The Artful Collector: On a Sentimental Hunt

Nostalgia: it motivates us to pay far to much for memories. Better hope there's a secondary market....

The Artful Collector: How (and when) to Part with Art

It's a sad day when your art collection has to go on sale. Don't compound the problem - do it with a plan.

The Artful Collector: Where Are They Now? Spotlight on Artist...

Rosana Azar, an artist immune to commissions who "paints from the inside out".

Customizable Collectables: Asian Ball-Jointed Dolls

"Dolls"? "No, they're ACTION FIGURES!" But no. In this case, they're dolls.

AMAZING THINGS You Should Know: Nebula Awards Skip Frank M. Robinson...

Frank M. Robinson's special award ceremony WILL be rescheduled!

The Artful Collector: How Children Become (Art) Collectors

Tips on how to encourage your kids to become collectors.

The Artful Collector: A Savvy Collector Comes up with Art Hierarchy...

Jane Frank had one last thing to add to her Art Hierarchies: Familiarity.

The Artful Collector: Art Hierarchies #8: Art by Someone Known Is...

Jane Frank discusses Michael Whelan's value ... no, wait, Jane Frank discusses the value of Micheal Whelan's art... no, wait, Jane Frank discusses the value of value and how our different goals and perceptions influence the way we view, purchase and value art.

The Artful Collector: Art Hierarchies #7: Art That Is Created by...

Jane Frank, the Artful Collector, discusses actual and perceived value of handmade art.

The Artful Collector: Art Hierarchies #6: Art that is Signed is...

The Artful Collector gives some tips on why you should always get signed artwork.

The Artful Collector: Art Hierarchies #5: Art that Costs a Lot...

Examples of how art hierarchies are determined by what people will pay for an artwork.

The Artful Collector: Dealing with Art Hierarchies

It behooves to attend to the HIERARCHIES that establish "worthiness" in the field I've chosen. In the field of illustrative art, the challenge has never been about finding authentic items, nor even a good supply of them (until recently, illustrative art has been plentiful). Rather, it has always been a matter of finding what experts call "meritorious items" - those that are of the highest, one hopes extraordinary, aesthetic qualit

The Artful Collector: Art Reporting From the Trenches at LSC3

A preliminary scouting report on LoneStarCon3 - including a report on the winners of the Chesley Awards for fantastic art.

The Artful Collector: REAL Questions and Answers from a Dealer’s Archive...

Customer's query :   Do you feel the piece that I just purchased was well worth the price? I am asking because I am getting this...

The Artful Collector: Handling Difficult People Part 3 – What makes...

In the past two posts I've written about collectors and artists "From Hell" - the ways they can be high maintenance people . ....

The Artful Collector: Handling Difficult People Part 1: The Artist (or)...

Let's say, for the sake of this posting, that our corner of the collecting world consists of two groups: The Creators and The Collectors. ...

The Artful Collector: In Praise of Tangibility

First, and let’s get this out of the way right at the start: I would never say that digital art isn’t Art.  I have...

The Artful Collector: Why Collecting Art is Such a Hard Job

Someone in a chat room I used to contribute to, once made an unforgettable statement: “it’s easy to collect art if you have money!” Hah! ...

The Artful Collector: Price vs. Value

It's an innocent question: What's it worth? And I always answer: That depends on whether you're buying or selling. An object's "worth" can relate to price,...

The Artful Collector: “Excuses, Excuses”

And when we can't have what we want....despite our best efforts to strategize for maximum gain? Then What? Oh, do we have excuses. Pick one: 1....

What You Will Find Here

Since January 2nd of 2013, members of the Amazing Stories blog team (you'll find them all listed under Staff where you can learn more...