Becoming a patron of the fine arts was always deemed to be the preserve of those who were wealthy. Whether the artists’ work was given its high appreciation by independent art critics or factored by appointed brokers, the cash value price that patrons were required to pay was very high indeed. Other than that, private commissions to produce a series of artworks would not have been possible for the average income earner.
Today, however, all that has changed, much to the benefit of the everyday art lover as well as the artist herself. Like most other things in life today, you are now in a good position to buy handmade paintings online at any time of your choosing. It could also be quite easy for you to budget for a purchase. Say now that you have spotted a piece of work that you really fancy. You could reserve your purchase thereof.
The artist’s agent would then remove the painting from the catalogue or give notice to others that this painting is currently being handled elsewhere. Both agent and artist could act in good faith. Or they may just require a deposit fee from you. Like must other transactions, online or not, that would be a case of business as usual. It would seem fair, given that the artist still needs to make her living. Let it be known that on the average, it is not always easy for a freelance fine artist to do so.
She is still responsible for the purchase of all her materials. And let it be known that these do not come cheap. She has been to fine art school and may still be working off her student loan. But as it is for you, things are a lot easier now.