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Buying Stone Art

Aug 17, 2007
If you've been considering getting an art purchase, you probably know there are numerous different types of artwork. I would venture to say; however, that few types of artwork are more permanent than art in stone. This is because stone is extremely durable and impressive. When you purchase it for someone you care about they will immediately know that your love is undying. Revealing your love for someone through art in stone symbolizes your feelings for them: simple and unbreakable.

I should say that my interest in art carved in stone primarily stems from the fact that I have create it myself. For the last twenty years I have been a stone carver and over the course of this time my knowledge of this type of artwork has increased and evolved. When I first began to work with art in stone I started out with some of the most simple projects. This included statues. In fact, the very first carving I did was of a man. That project required me to work daily for three weeks to complete it. I learned through that project that working in stone requires a serious dedication, plenty of patience and a lot of time.

There are numerous artisans today that do art in stone work. In fact, many people opt to specially commission their artwork. The price can vary, some pieces can run as high as thousands of dollars. One thing is for sure; however, the final product is definitely worth the price considering the amount of time that is invested in the crafting of the piece. Large soapstone projects can easily require months of handcrafting and carving. When this is taken into consideration, you can easily see why it should not be taken for granted. Truly, art in stone is created by some of the most skilled artisans in the world.

When you start thinking of an art in stone project, you should always consider not only what you want to create but also the materials you have available. For example, soapstone lends itself well to softer and gentler features than harder materials such as jade. You should also keep in mind that whatever rock you choose possess features that should be respected. It is not simply a blank canvas. If you allow it, the material will direct you and in the end you will achieve a much better piece. Never start out with a project thinking you will create whatever you want with any piece of material. While you might end up with something quite good, it won't be in harmony with the rock and will never have achieved all the potential available.
About the Author
John Park has been involved in artwork his entire life. He also writes the occasional article for http://articleforest.com/category/art/
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