((Essay from, "Art In King Size Beds: A Collector's Journal."))
This may sound strange, but I've come to realize that collecting art can really be an art form in itself. Some of the principles that apply to painting are also applicable to art collecting.
Scale: How large do you want your collection to be? Do you prefer small elegant pieces to larger ones that take up more wall space or a mixture of both?
Composition: How should your artworks relate to one another if at all?
Theme: Do you like collecting one particular type of art? Fruit still lifes? Landscape paintings? Sculptures by emerging artists?
Light: Do you find yourself more attracted to light, airy paintings or dark, moody ones? I admit I like both, but there's something about dark, moody ones that really grab me. They're very deep and dramatic, I suppose.
Color: What colors appeal most to you? An artist once told me that she loves working with blue because it's calming, but she gets commissioned to do red pieces which she says are great, but often make her edgy.
Balance: I'm trying to keep my collection balanced. Although my collecting is free of restrictions, I still don't want my collection to ever be described as mainly abstracts or mainly figurative or mainly anything. I want to have some of everything. Art is about balance, expression and freedom. Take chances, but don't fall off balance!
Figurative or Abstract: Do you like recognizing figures in paintings upon examination or do you prefer paints and acrylics that go "outside the lines" and express raw emotion, mood and thought?
These are questions I always subconsciously ask myself. Even so, the answers change because my taste changes. Collecting is an evolutionary process. It's requires its own creativity. It takes vision. I've come to know myself better through the art of collecting art.