I remember walking into a tattoo shop for the first time, as an 18 year-old. The experience was intimidating. I felt that I was entering an established community, as an outsider, and that I stuck out like a sore thumb. And to be honest, I probably did. 17 years later, if I were to walk into a tattoo shop today, I’d probably be more tattooed than most of the artists.
Art collecting is no different than any other hobby. Whether you golf, collect watches, or are an avid outdoorsperson, entering a community has its challenges. Often, there are elitist attitudes, both real and perceived, that are present. I wanted to start this blog, to show that anyone can collect art. You don’t have to come from money to collect art. You don’t need to have a background in art history to collect art. And you certainly don’t need to have thousands of dollars on hand, to obtain a piece that speaks to you.
The Toluna Research Group performed a survey for UGallery, which appeared in an article by David Stabler (4/3/2014), that reports 67% of those polled, had never purchased art. Of those 67%, 48% stated cost was the largest detractor. Social media has made contacting artists and purchasing art, easier than ever.
With this blog, I hope to introduce you to artists that make a concerted effort to make their works available and affordable. Additionally, I hope to interview artists and learn more about their process and about the hobby, alongside my readers. I hope to create posts that are beneficial to those individuals who may be entertaining the idea of entering the hobby or who are currently enjoying the hobby. I am by no means an expert. I’m just an art fan, who enjoys learning.
There are so many talented artists out there; no one should be buying canvases from Ikea or Wal-Mart. Support creativity and have something truly unique on your walls.
Ooh, I almost forgot to address the name of the site. I called it ‘Layaway Days’, as I often reach out to artists and pay for a piece over the course of several months. Most artists will accommodate this request and it makes the more expensive pieces attainable.
Art isn't purchased at big-box stores. This blog is for collectors like me, who collect on a budget.