Buying ocean theme oil paintings

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Submitted by sushilover on January 21, 2011 - 1:54pm

We have moved in our house for 9 months but there is still no painting hanging on the walls. We are trying to make our house ocean theme and which place is the best bet to get ocean theme paintings? We have 3 very small children and don't have much time to shop around. One stop to buy them all would be perfect. We live in the Carmel Valley area. Any suggestions? Thanks ahead.

Submitted by sdrealtor on January 21, 2011 - 1:57pm.

I have a past client and friend who is an awesome artist. He travels around the world and paints. Many of his paintings are set in San Diego, Hawaii and the Carribean. His work is very bright, vibrant and whimisical. Not sure if its your style but I sent you a link to his website in the private message.

Submitted by my tiny apt on January 21, 2011 - 2:10pm.
this artist oil paints plein air at La Jolla, Sunset Cliffs, etc.

Submitted by briansd1 on January 21, 2011 - 3:48pm.

Or you can commission from painters in China or Vietnam.

They will reproduce by hand any masters painting you like. Those are all public domain art so you don't need to worry about copyright. The same service by a US-based painter will cost you a lot more.

I had a paintings of my great-grand parents reproduced from pictures (because my cousins own the originals and I wanted my own).

Submitted by XBoxBoy on January 21, 2011 - 4:31pm.

I was trying to refrain from posting to this thread but sorry, I just can't hold my tongue.

For a second, substitute tattoo for ocean theme painting. Would you honestly go get a bunch of tattoos quickly done without spending time to learn about the different designs and to be sure that the tattoo was something you'd want ten years from now? (Well, come to think about it, maybe that's not the best analogy given the horrible tattoos I see on people every day. But hopefully you get my drift)

There's lots of crummy art out there, and only a small amount of really good art. Often the best artists are not great self promoters and often the best self promoters are crummy artists. So beware. Until you learn enough about the art and the styles, you are very likely to pick paintings that catch your eye with flashy colors but aren't going to appeal to you over time.

If you want something that you will fall in love with and enjoy for years, then you absolutely owe it to yourself to educate yourself some. (Would you buy a house without educating yourself? Would you just trust recommendations from an online forum and a realtor? Okay, don't answer that question) I would highly suggest doing research on Plein Aire painting. California has been a great spot for a century now. There are lots of artists, each with their own style. Many of them active in southern california. Start with plein aire organizations such as the Laguna Plein Air painters Assn. They often hold member shows where you can see a variety of paintings in person. (Which is a lot different than seeing an online photo)

If you really can't be bothered with learning about the art, then I'd suggest looking through the bins at places like Walmart or Michaels or Bed Bath and Beyond. They have popular prints that could liven up your walls. (And would probably be a lot cheaper than buying an original painting)


Submitted by briansd1 on January 21, 2011 - 5:48pm.

I couldn't agree more with you XBoxBoy.

That's why I only have pictures that I take myself or family photos on the wall.

My new house in Philly only has old black and white family photos from generations past (i got them blown up). I consider that art.

A reproduction is not so bad for an average house. Better than the Michaels stuff.

Submitted by sdrealtor on January 21, 2011 - 5:53pm.

FWIW, you can buy very high quality limited reproductions (giclees) of beautiful art without spending thousands of dollars. Thats what I do and that way I dont need an education in art to know what to buy. I buy what makes me happy.

Submitted by moneymaker on January 21, 2011 - 7:26pm.

Wyland gallery?

Submitted by briansd1 on January 21, 2011 - 7:50pm.

sdrealtor wrote:
FWIW, you can buy very high quality limited reproductions (giclees) of beautiful art without spending thousands of dollars. Thats what I do and that way I dont need an education in art to know what to buy. I buy what makes me happy.

I'm with you sdrealtor. I'm not big on spending a lot of money on a painting, unless I know that it's an investment. But not knowing much about art, I won't even attempt it.

I would never spend money in an expensive gallery. I would rather discover something by happenstance while traveling.

I only know enough about art to be dangerous. Like architecture, art is also about math, science and reason. Those elements should be reflected in art, even if it's an emotional piece.

Submitted by sdrealtor on January 22, 2011 - 12:07am.

Actually my art is from an expensive gallery and was not what I would consider cheap. High quality giclees of original artist proofs are fairly expensive as is the custom framing to do them justice. Its an investment in my happiness and I love them. I smile every time I see them and everyone who sees them does too.

Submitted by briansd1 on January 22, 2011 - 9:21am.

Art galleries is a incredibly high-margin business. Maybe not a certain gallery as a whole, but the mark-up on a single piece is very high.

Giclees are reproduction on canvas using digital photography and ink jet printers. Costco even has periodic shows where they offer to put your own pictures on canvas.

There are also reproduction paintings by hand. Those paintings often come from Russia, China, and Vietnam and are done by accomplished art students and artists with years of training. They are sold in galleries in America but the country of provenance is not necessarily disclosed to the buyers.

If you buy an expensive reproduction from an art gallery, with that money, you could buy the air-ticket to China and buy a painting yourself.

As we know, China is now becoming a center for classical music and other art forms that we find out-of-date in America (and don't much teach in schools anymore).

Submitted by sdrealtor on January 22, 2011 - 9:43am.

Congratulations on figuring out who to use wikipedia. Yes I can go to costco and get a great deal on giclees of Dogs Playing Poker. What I cant get is limited copies of original artwork from specific artists whose work I enjoy. I have some reproduction oil paintings of classic pieces done by accomplished art students also but no one seems to notice them in my home. They just fill empty wall space and a couple now reside under my bed. While I hope to visit China someday it will not be to buy cheap artwork> The money I spent on my artwork wouldnt cover the trip costs of getting them nor the time I would need to take away from my work and/or family to do so.

Maybe youo should start a business running art buying junkets to China if you are such a beleiver that is the way to go.

Submitted by briansd1 on January 22, 2011 - 10:27am.

I see. If you want a giclee of a certain contemporary piece which you really like, instead of the original, then that makes perfect sense.

I am big believer in getting the most for your money. Why would we not want great bargains?

BTW, in China they have cool glass art too for a fraction of the prices in San Diego art galleries.

sdrealtor wrote:

Maybe youo should start a business running art buying junkets to China if you are such a beleiver that is the way to go.

That's what many art gallery owners do. They have certain reproduction artists they work with to order art for their clients.

Submitted by Jazzman on January 22, 2011 - 11:55am.

Downtown galleries aren't necessarily the best place to buy art, and not knowing about art shouldn't preclude you from buying good art. Commercial galleries use prime, or bright colors to draw you in off the street. Like anything, if it has instant gratification, you may grow tired of it quickly. Photographic paintings of waves, or zebras are just that and are aimed at a certain type of buyer. They rarely say more than what you see in the immediacy of the moment. The next thing is to choose a painting that blends into you home and decor style. Also, paintings are only one way to cover a wall. Oriental rugs, tapestries, artifacts are also very nice. Investing in art may not always offer great returns, but it will hold value better than just a wall covering that may even be difficult to sell if you got tired of it. If you are serious about buying a nice painting, definitely research it because the rewards are worth it. Google the better known local artists to get an eye for what is good art, and then try a few weekend shows to see how up and coming artists compare. There are many online galleries, where you can buy older landscapes, seascapes and so on. Ebay is always a good source for research.

Submitted by lpjohnso on January 22, 2011 - 11:03pm.

Hi there. My husband and I really love Wade Koniakowsky's paintings. He is a local artist and his gallery is in Solana Beach on Cedros. He has giclees, originals, and prints for sale. A lot of his work depicts beaches in North County. My husband and I bought his "Swamis Glow" giclee and had him make it larger for us to be 30" x 40". We also paid a little extra for him to hand embellish it which makes the giclee look more like a real oil painting but without the high price. Super nice guy, beautiful art, and great prices. Highly recommended.

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