Since I am an artist, I'd like to add to this comment. I heartily agree that original paintings in a home add significantly to the decor. In fact, I would scrimp on other things in order to buy art. Now, a few hints on getting good art inexpensivly. In addition to the ones mentioned (thrift stores, flea markets, etc.) a talented high school or art school artist will often sell quite accomplished paintings for very little. Before I retired from teaching high school art and had some galleries, I sold my work quite reasonably, so you might also contact art teachers. About framing...it is incredibly expensive to have anything custom framed. I would stay away from custom framing, even if you have a coupon. If you buy oil paintings (or acrylic) on canvas or board, you will eliminate the need for a matt and glass which is a big savings. I order all my frames from a company in NC at a reasonable price. I am particularily partial to the plein aire frames --they make everything look great! Just google to find an internet framer, or if its ok I'll be glad to name my source. I know this is long, but art and painting are my passion.Connie
No, no--thank you for sharing your experience and advice! We'd love to have the name of your framing source, Connie.
I'm so sorry. I must be brain dead this morning. I tried to edit a spelling mistake, and ended up with the same 3 comments. Oh well, nothing like driving your thoughts home!!Anyway, the name of the company I use is Graphik Dimensions Ltd (pictureframes.com) Phone number is (800) 221.0262 Connie
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