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The Real Lesson Of Art Investing


Art is a little understood investment. The act of purchasing art is an investment in time, money, and energy.  The news is always full of multi-million dollar paintings being bought and sold at unreal prices.  Art is also a favorite play toy investment of the wealthy.  After all, not everyone can afford to hang a Picasso in their home.

Of course there is always the lucky few like Jinty Stephenson who bought the painting Boys with New Ties by Sir Peter Blake back in 1950’s for about $45. That painting is now worth about $534,000.

That’s a great return on a monetary investment. Some critics  say that there was no possible way that she knew she would own such an expensive masterpiece.   This is true. For instance take our work Flamingo Pose.  I don’t know if this work will be famous in 30 years.  No one does.

But this concept works the same for all investments. Who wouldn’t wish they had invested in IBM in the 70’s, or even Microsoft when they got started.

Truly, every once in while an investment pays huge dividends. But, that is not what she was thinking when she bought the painting. No, she was thinking how much she wanted the painting because she liked it. It brought enjoyment.  That work of art spoke to her in a way that others in the gallery did not. She enjoyed that work and visualized it hanging in her house.  Indeed, in Artnet she says:

“It’s given me enormous pleasure over the years, and has always had pride of place wherever I’ve lived.”

That is the real lesson on art being an investment. That enjoyment is the real return on your investment.  Art exists to entertain and even to educate. You purchase a piece because you like the piece.  If you don’t purchase pieces you like, then you are not investing in art wisely.

Flamingo Pose
Flamingo Pose.  Could this be the next big thing?

If I’m in a gallery and I see a work of art I love, I don’t worry about what it is worth in 20 years, just where I’m going to put it when I get home.   Leave the magic of monetary gain to time and jealousy of your friend’s desire to own my work.

If my work continues gaining in value to an extreme amount of money over the years that you enjoy it on your wall then so much the better.  Regardless, you enjoyed it and that was the real investment.

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Richardson Cafe Brazil Restaurant Elevates Meals with Gallery Art

Some days you just have to sound your own horn.   So when an exciting opportunity to view and acquire genuine gallery artworks at one of Richardson’s favorite restaurants happens, we just have to let you know.

Trumpets of Glory
Trumpets of Glory

A&A Photographic Arts has recently expanded our relationship with the Cafe Brazil restaurant on U.S. 75 in Richardson, TX.

The restaurant has recently acquired 8 different photographic works from A&A Photographic Arts. The pictures are now on display and share an eclectic view of the natural world around us. Works include Texas and New Mexico landscapes, and scenes from a local garden. All of the pieces are available to the public for purchase.

We have produced many of the pictures on pieces of

works on display
Iphone pic of recent works on display

aluminum that give the color and tone of the scene a chance to really stand out. The metal surface allows for the light to reflect and enhance the picture in a way that cannot be duplicated with canvas or traditional framing. This allows for crisp and bright colors in the image while maintaining the pure blacks and darker colors that denote exceptional quality.

The vision behind the recent works on display is to take the ordinary natural world people see around them and provide a channel for them to experience photography on a whole new level. Each picture produces a renewed sense of wonderment and awe of the everyday beauty we take for granted everyday.

Our goal is to provide quality art to the public by promoting the role of the photographic arts in the fine arts.  The recent expansion of our works into Richardson’s Cafe Brazil restaurant will provide patrons with the unique opportunity of acquiring fine photographic art while  enjoying a great meal.

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The Most Overlooked Fact About Doctor Waiting Rooms Revealed

I’m sitting in a medical waiting room looking at a boring picture/photograph from 1974. It’s a nice scene of a sailboat with a lighthouse probably from Lake Michigan or something.  But it’s seriously faded and has that generic waiting room look. Boring.

On the other wall is a dated and very faded watercolor print of something that I’m sure looked like a plant at some point.  I saw a similar print one time in some

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cheap hotel somewhere on the Gulf Coast.  It was the kind of hotel where they paint the walls to give everything that tropical touristy look. I confess it didn’t make the scrambled powdered eggs and chewy waffles taste any better.

I’m almost desperate now for some form of visual satisfaction as I scan the room for anything, any visual comfort other than the fact that some guy is hacking up his lungs and I know at least I’m not that sick. So, what do my weary eyes rest upon?  Why, it’s a fake bronze picture of an Indian Elephant complete with trunk, tusks, and an awful old patina.   You know the kind.  You find them in every asian buffet or greasy spoon noodle shop.  I can’t help but wonder why?…

Now, I don’t expect my doctor to have the latest prints off the wall from the National Gallery. I need a great doctor, not an interior decorator. That being said, 70’s New England, 80’s tropical and some unknown asian noodle shop elephant patina thingy.  Really?  This is decor?  This waiting room is on life support hooked up to that mysterious machine going  Bing…Bing… Bing…

I get it, why should a doctor spend money on art?  Honestly, it’s a simple matter of holistic care. Good art makes people feel good. It shows confidence and style. Old out-of-place art on your waiting room wall doesn’t tell people you’re a traditional experienced doctor that’s been in business successfully so long the art has faded. No, it says, your outdated and tired.  If your art is still displaying the decaying remains of some glory year past, what is that going to say about your practice?

It’s time to update the waiting room Doc. The first step is painless. Just sign up to follow our latest blog updates.

The second is pick a theme that inspires.  Follow that theme by adding  artwork that match your taste and budget.  If you want a classical look then look to Black and White prints in a nice frame.  If you are looking for more color and a more modern edge, going to the metal or acrylic prints is a wise strategy.  Whatever suites your needs best.

With a little investment, you will make a boring and depressing patient waiting room into a vibrant classy room that inspires your patients, and subconsciously tells them their physician is on the cutting edge.


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