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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: 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 never claimed that digital artists aren’t “real artists” – as some traditional artists do – because “the computer does all the work.”  I’m not spooked by the competition (go ahead and […]

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!  How I wish money were the answer!  And that a fat wallet could make all the hard work of collecting go away! Collecting art is easy only if you have […]

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, or it can relate to value.  These words are not interchangeable, although collectors may use them as if they were.  But there is a big difference between the 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. End up the underbidder? “It was too expensive for me anyway” (cognitive dissonance at work) 2. “I probably have one like that already, and just don’t know it” (Scarlett: […]

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 about them) have been writing away on their favorite subjects.  Chances are, you’ll find a few whose favorite subjects are your favorite subjects. In addition to the new content being added […]