Buying Art: What Should You Pick?

Buying Art: What Should You Pick?

buying artWhen buying art people often ask what should I get? What do you sell the most of? And other similar questions. I often hesitate to answer these type of questions because art is so personal. I can tell you my most popular image is Blue Truck and most people buy it as a matted print but what if you don’t like vintage looking cars? Or what if your home clashes with the baby blue truck? It won’t go and you may not be happy with your purchase. And I want you to be happy and LOVE your artwork.

When you are in the market for art and aren’t sure what you want I’d love to talk to you and help pick out the perfect piece for you and your home (or office). You are always welcome to email me at with any questions or concerns you may have. Or you can use this blog post as a guide to help you decide. 

A quick guide to buying art

  1. Decide on the size you need. Where will you hang it? Do you need one large piece or a few smaller works for a gallery wall? Know how big, or small, you need. Helpful hint: cut out paper the size you think you need and hang it on the wall. Does it fill the space well? Many times we don’t realize how big of art we really need. Big walls call for big prints and an 8×10 would look silly.
  2. Pick your image. What speaks to you? Which image stands out to you? Also, keep in mind the space it will be displayed. What colors are in the room? Do you want something bold or muted? Color or black and white? If you have a bird themed bedroom, the blue truck image might look strange there but a print of a bird would fit right in.
  3. Decide on your medium. J Volden Photography currently offers prints, fine art prints (special order), leather canvas, and metal prints. Each medium has pluses and minuses but ultimately it’s what you like and will work with your space. Helpful hint: Read through the products page to learn a little about each medium and see a few examples.
  4. Order your top pick and wait patiently for it to arrive. Or wait with the excitement of a kid going to Disneyworld for the first time. Whichever works for you.

Easy. Peasy. 

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Buying art doesn’t need to be hard or intimidating. Know what size you need, pick your favorite image and medium, and you’re done! To get your printable version of the guide click here

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Landscape lover and memory maker. Addicted to coffee, books, and running. Gluten free for life (celiac disease). Vodka connoisseur. Can often be found having dance parties to 90s music. Based in Phoenix, Arizona but always want to move to where I most recently visited.

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