“Art completes a property,” said Vicki Negron, a senior vice president at the Corcoran Group. “It’s always a good idea to borrow it or rent it,” she said, before you put a home on the market, if you don’t already have attractive pieces on the walls.
There are two main advantages to this, she said. First, art is like “beautiful makeup” that can put the finishing touches on interior design. No matter how nice the house or apartment, she said, “I’ve never seen an empty room look spectacular.”
The art rental scene is an easy way for collectors, businesses, and regular art lovers alike to enjoy fresh contemporary art without the commitment of purchasing. Turning Art provides art rentals for businesses and residences, catering in particular to the real estate business, as well as sales of originals. They also provide print-on-demand services. Artists earn royalties on art that’s rented out, and earn a commission on print sales (the site takes care of all printing and shipping) and sales of originals.
Why rent artwork?
We handle everything, from design and curation to installation and rotation, freeing you to get involved as much or as little as you like. You will have a dedicated Art Advisor throughout.
We rotate the artwork at the frequency of your choosing to not only keep your space looking fresh and up to date, but also make it as dynamic as the people who work there.
Local Artwork, Nationally
We work directly with over 1,000 artists nationwide so that, wherever you are, you can feature the work of local artists in your space.
Drawing from a proprietary catalogue of over 25,000 pieces in a variety of sizes and styles, we ensure that you get the right artwork every time. We can arrange commissions and sculpture installations as desired.
An optional voting tool lets your community participate in artwork selection, making the TurningArt experience uniquely engaging.
Our ability to seamlessly intermix prints and originals, and to combine purchase and rental options, gives us superior design and pricing flexibility. Pay up front or over time.
TurningArt partners with independent artists from across the country to allow consumers to test out (i.e. rent) prints of their original artwork, without having to commit to purchasing the piece, which in many cases would be far more expensive than one is willing (or able) to afford. For $10 a month, customers can search the startup’s repository of thousands of independent works, with the option to ship whenever a particular piece strikes their fancy.
The print arrives framed and ready to hang on the wall right out of the box (it even includes a nail) and users can keep the piece for as long as they’d like — although, admittedly, this sounds like the same policy that got Blockbuster into trouble with its late fees. However, as you show the piece off to your friends, loved ones, and cats, leaving it to hang on the wall, you earn credit towards a purchase.
If you don’t like the print, you can just head over to your Netflix-like queue and prompt TurningArt to send you the next piece on your list. What’s more, the startup’s handmade frames make switching prints easy — no tools are required.
Obviously, TurningArt’s value proposition is twofold. The thousands of consumers now using the startup’s platform have a simple way to discover cool contemporary art, test those artworks at home, live in 3-D, and then purchase the piece if they’re so inclined.
As a big This Is Us fan, I’ve been intrigued by the large black and white photograph of a bare tree in Randall’s living room. Looming over the sofa and in the background of many a scene, this tree is not doubt a reference the Pearson’s family tree as well as the last resting place of their dear departed father.
THIS IS US on ABC – The Pearson family’s generational story unfolds in this emotional drama. In moments of love, joy, triumph and heartbreak, revelations emerge from parents Jack and Rebecca’s past, while triplets Kate, Randall and Kevin discover deeper meaning in their present day lives. Successful businessman and father Randall searches for information about his biological parents. Kate finds love and self-acceptance while battling obesity. Kevin pursues a more meaningful career, which brings some difficult choices.
I’ve been unable to discover who the photographer of the set photo is but I decided to attempt my own version of it. Finding a grove of ancient, hundred plus year old apple trees tucked away in rural New Hampshire, I went in the snow with a variety of lens to capture these giant beauties.
Dogford Studios now on Curioos
Select photographs and artwork by artist Edward M. Fielding can now be found on Curioos.
Curioos is the most vibrant marketplace for artist-designed products. We empower thousands of both established and emerging graphic artists from 80+ countries by showcasing and selling their work as high-quality wall art, apparel, and fashion accessories.
Launched mid-2011 as a graphic art blog, Curioos has quickly become the go-to marketplace for this new generation of digital native artists, fashion addicts, and interior design lovers. – Matt Valoatto Founder, CEO at Curioos
This numbered edition artwork designed by Edward Fielding is numbered, signed and comes with a certificate of authenticity. Artwork is printed on fine art paper using archival inks and mounted to a 2″ deep hand stained dark brown frame. Comes ready to hang.
- FREE SHIPPING on orders above $249
- Numbered and signed certificate
- Delivery in 8 to 15 business days
- 100 days free return policy
Today’s Music Ain’t Got the Same Soul
Just take those old records off the shelf
I’ll sit and listen to ’em by myself
Today’s music ain’t got the same soul
I like that old time rock ‘n’ roll
Sang Bob Seeger in the classic rock anthem “Old Time Rock and Roll”. Back in the days of old time rock and roll, when you saved up your allowance to buy records at the downtown record store, you’d spend hours flipping through the albums, looking at the artwork, reading the backs of the sleeves, making a careful selection for your meager spending money.
Back then the artwork on a record was important. Music wasn’t sold by the thumbnail on a streaming site, it was sold as an actual, physical object in which the artwork, liner note and inner sleeve were all part of the package. In college we used to flip through the used record stores looking for obscure booklegs, special releases, original pressings with all of the good sleeves full of lyrics and photos of the band. Promo “for radio play only”, not for resale, cuts out, remainders.
In my younger days I’d scan the racks at Caldor’s and Bradley’s for greatest hits music bargains and K-tel compilations of the Kinks, Beach Boys and Monkees. The vintage records in my series of old record still life’s come from a collection older than I. Albums from the 50s and 60s before I actually started paying attention to music. A such they have a mid-century modern graphic design quality.
See the entire collection of classic vinyl record album artwork by fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding including prints, museum quality framed artwork, throw pillows, tote bags, canvas, wood, metal and acrylic prints, shower curtains, t-shirts, fleece blankets and more here: https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/record
“I was suppose to have the night off but when the regular art columnist’s kid got sick and I was assigned the new photography show at the last minute, my mind was full of dread.
Dinner and a movie became, I’ll check you after the show with thoughts of sloughing through the same old same old. Garden flowers, birds at the bird feeder, the same old photography show fair.
Grabbing a cheap white wine, some stale cracker and a forgettable cheese nibble, I started to wander around. Pictures of someone’s dog, a couple of nudes of a woman who probably was the photographer’s mother, landscape after boring landscape, but thing I turned and an amazing piece that save my eyes that night.
Past the bar, in the far corner over sofa in the lobby was a huge print of an vintage typewriter bathed in wonderful low key light. Such an object stands out in this modern world of sleek, flat screens and touch pads so of course any relic of the mechanical age is an intriguing subject, but the scale of this photograph and the intense dark tones with glimmering highlights emphasizing the edges of the keys and outline of the form, as well as the sharpness of detail and textures of the old heavy metal machine invites the viewer to come close and explore every juice detail of the keys.
It’s a simple subject, just an old vintage antique typewriter a rough wooden desk, the amazing lighting elevates the piece to fine art, far above anything else in the show.”
– Sloane Ranger
Why do scammers prey on artists? Are artists an easy target? Does ego, flattery and desperation come into play? Are artist so eager to sell their work they are susceptible to these scams?
The typical art scam comes out of the blue, claims want to purchase your work (often sight unseen) and they want it fast. The catch is they want to have it shipped using their own shipper.
HOW THE ART SCAM WORKS – The way it works is the scammer sends you a bogus bank check for an amount way over the agreed upon amount. Then they say they made a mistake and ask you to return a few hundred dollars of shipping costs. The scammer is betting that you will send them money before the check they sent bounces like a rubber ball.
Art scammer Flouton (Flouton roger jerome” email@example.com) sent me this email today:
“I am interested in your artwork,i will prefer any original works that are available,I will want any attachment of your recent or available art work so can choose one best work for me and i will need it along with there prices
Will await your message and if you can provide me with your website i will be glad.
Stringing him along in his own broken English:
“Yes, Flouton will you provide your list of preferred sizes and
subject matter. Perhaps will you send list of rooms you are
decorating. Will you accept limited edition print? “
“Thanks for replying back and happy new year.,I have view your website,i found this work interesting(Bark Blocks),How much are you asking for it and is it available?Will you accept bank check?,,I wish to have this work ASAP.
please write me back asap.
BTW – I don’t have anything called “Bark Blocks”.
“We just finished up a successful holiday season so supplies are limited. I do have one copy left of the attached. Will you accept?
The piece is called “Dead Body Found In Drainage Ditch” 30×40 inch printed on canvas. Limited edition of 25. This last one is number 18/25.
The price is $1,250. Signed and numbered with artist embossed stamp.
Let me know if you will accept. It is a large canvas print so shipping will be around $350 depending on location.
Provide your shipping address for final shipping cost.”
“Thanks for replying back and happy new year.,I am interested in (“Drainage),How much are you asking for it and is it available?Will you accept bank check?,,I wish to have this work ASAP.
please write me back asap.
and this one:
“thanks for the details,I wish to have this artwork at that price,Could you send me your full name as you want on the check and your mailing information so that I can send out your information for bank check payment instruction asap,The artwork will beautify my new and i am happy you want to sell it to me,You don’t have to worry about shipment,my Mover will handle it. I hope this goes well with you.
please write me back asap.
Classic scam technique! – The check will arrive with some overage for the shipper and they will ask me to send the difference back ASAP (before the check bounces). The scammer doesn’t care about the artwork, only the few hundred dollars they might get you to refund them.
“This is getting too complicated. I have a van. Why don’t I just
have my driver deliver it to you? I do this all the time.
Let me know where it is going and I can give you a shipping
Hello? Hello? I never heard back from “Flouton” again.
Recent sales from the portfolio of Edward M. Fielding, fullfilled by Fine Art America and Pixels includes spiral notebooks, cell phone cases, coffee mugs, wood prints, framed art and prints rolled in a tube. Thanks to all of my collectors!
To see the entire collection of over 5,000 images you can purchase as prints or products, click here – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/
Recently sold work can be found in this gallery – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/collections/recently+sold+on+faa+pixels
Find it hard to sell your artwork?
So you’ve recently retired and are looking for something to occupy your time. Perhaps you’ve taken up painting at the local arts center and feel ready to start moving those canvases out of the garage. Or you’ve always liked to take pictures on vacation, bought yourself a fancy camera, booked some exotic vacations to the national parks, visited a Peter Lik gallery and thought, if he can do it why not me?
Did you think it would be easy? Selling artwork or photography in a global market against college trained artists with decades of practicing their craft? Did you research the market and see with the total sales of landscape photography is and how many landscape photographers are chasing the same dream? Well at least as a retiree you have several advantages over the full time artist community:
- You are in it for fun, no need to make a living at this after all you are retired
- You probably have a roof over your head. No need to pay thousands a month for a shoe box apartment in Brooklyn.
- You have savings. No living from pay check to pay check from your bartending job.
- You can afford the newest, latest and greatest equipment. No saving up for a daily camera rental for you.
- You didn’t spend $150,000+ getting an arts degree. So you start $150K of the game.
But what made you think it would be easy to sell your artwork among the zillions of other people trying to sell their artwork?
It is not like the chances are great anyone makes it in the arts business and the art world is not a lucrative industry. What ever career you retired from was a lucrative career – the arts are not.
The median income of those with art degrees who made their living as artists in New York City in 2012: $25,000
The median income for an artist in Canada in 2012: $21,603
Did you think you could just make it and the sales would appear? By any measure artists of all levels of success spend most of their time promoting and marketing their work. Twenty percent of the time they are spending on actually making art. The rest of the time they are trying to keep from getting kicked out of their apartment studio or trying to sell their work.
The 80/20 rule also applies to who gets all of the financial rewards. 80% of the rewards go to the top 20%. The bottom 80% have to fight it out for the $20 left over. Who is going to fight harder? The retiree looking to make a few extra bucks for greens fees or the recent art school grad trying to make it to avoid moving back into their parent’s basement?
This blog post was inspired by this excellent article by Alexis Clements
Decorate with a large artwork in a great room, a master bedroom or the end of a large hallway presents the perfect opportunity to make a statement. Scale up to create that eye-catching focal point. You can make an impact with a single large piece or by hanging art in groups.