Affordable Original Art… Ready to Hang

In the past the cost of framing a piece of art could be a big deterrent to purchasing original art. With a small sized 8×10 piece of art can costing upwards of $50.00 to frame, added on to the cost of the piece of art. And, of course, the larger the canvas, the bigger the price to frame. Very quickly a piece of art’s total investment can quickly spiral into the unaffordable. And most people don’t want to buy art, and have it sitting around collecting dust in the closet, while they wait to be able to afford framing.

In recent years the availability of gallery-wrapped or wrap-around canvases has made it easier for artists to create more affordable art. Since the sides of the canvas doesn’t show unsightly staples, an artist can finish the sides… and voila… a ready to hang piece of art. The availability of these canvas on a mass-market basis has made it easier for those artists who don’t stretch their own canvas to create a more “finished” piece.

Along with gallery-wrapping, is the availability of deeper canvases. The “typical” canvas is approximately 1/2-inch deep. Now a variety of depths are readily available from 1/2-inch to 2-1/2-inches. Combined with variety of surfaces (i.e. cotton, linen, clayboard) artists have a better variety to choose from for their creations. All of this means the artist can be creating more affordable art. The less time artists can spend preparing their mediums, the more time they can spend on actual painting, the less they can charge per piece.

Below are some wonderful original works of art, all of them affordable (less then $150.00) and ready to hang. As with all of my featured art/artists these are pieces I would purchase for myself or as a gift. I also look for a consistent portfolio, so that if you’re interested in the artist there is a choice of selections.

  • Passage by Carlynne Hershberger of Hershberger and Huff Studios

A side note: If you do decide to get your piece framed now or in the future. Please do not allow the framer to put an oil painting behind glass. Oil paintings should never be put behind glass. Even with drying agents in the paint it takes months to years for a painting to cure. Please remember that their job is to up-sell, and glass can add $$ to the total. I feel the same way about acrylic paintings. Part of the appeal of these types of paintings is their texture, and to put them behind glass dampens the effect. On the converse side, watercolor and pastel paintings should always be behind UV glass to protect them from fading and damage.


6 Responses to “Affordable Original Art… Ready to Hang”

  1. Kelly, I’m thrilled that you included one of my pieces as a worthy purchase of affordable art. Thank you!

  2. informative post about art! Thank you for adding my painting 🙂 Some of my favorite artists here.

  3. Kristen Dukat Says:

    What a lovely blog and collection of art….I love all the bright colors, it sheers up this dismal rainy March we are having…Thank you so much for including my painting, I’m humbled to be among such fine company!

  4. Michelle Says:

    Kelly, Thanks for including my painting in your post. I am in great company with all the wonderful pieces you have included.

  5. Ohh, you included my painting and you inspired me so much by others work! Thank you so much!!!

  6. Very lovely picks! Thanks so much for including my painting 🙂 ~Blenda

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