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5 Tips for Finding a Painting Your Girlfriend will Love

This is a guest post by Naysawn Naderi founder of Art Sumo a great place to find great deals on artwork every day.

Let’s face facts; your girlfriend is pretty awesome. She’s smart, beautiful and she even forgave you for that horrible thing you said. Yes, THAT thing. It should be a no-brainer then that she deserves an awesome gift. And since your girlfriend is truly a work of art, getting her a painting seems especially fitting. Here are some tips on buying a painting your girlfriend will adore.

1. Know Her Interests

While a painting of dogs playing poker might appeal to your artistic sensibility, it’s likely your girlfriend wants something a little more personal. Try to think of something that she holds dear, such as a favorite place or even a cityscape of a European town she really wants to visit. If all else fails, go with a subject you know she’s interested in; the relationship between you and her.

2. Go for the Real Thing

Unless you’re extremely rich, a genuine Picasso or Van Gogh is likely out of your price range. Don’t automatically reach for a cheap print of a famous painting, however. A real painting has a lot more charm and is much more sentimental than something mass-produced for someone’s hotel lobby.

It also means your gift will be one of a kind and extremely personal, which is something that every girl cherishes. If you’re not sure where to start, take a look at ArtSumo.com. They feature artists from around the world, each selling original paintings at reasonable prices.

3. Match Her Style

Even if you have the subject matter down, don’t assume that any old painting is suitable. Unless she’s into abstract portraits, for instance, she’ll likely spend more time trying to figure out which shape is supposed to be her nose than she’ll spend showering you with gratitude.

Art is highly subjective, and there are almost as many styles of art as there are colors on a painter’s palette. See what other paintings she owns or what her favorite artists are, and then carefully select a painting in a style that suits her to a tee.

4. Spring for a Frame

Framing a painting is important not only because it makes it look better, but also because it helps protect it. That’s why you’ll want to make sure you get your painting professionally framed before you wrap it up and give it as a gift. The key word here is “professionally” because unless you’re really familiar with framing pieces of art, stretching a canvas to a frame can be a difficult process. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you can end up damaging the painting in the process.

5. It’s All in the Presentation

Now that you have a perfectly unique, framed painting to give her your job is obviously done, right? Of course not! The saying goes that “it’s the thought that counts” and if you just hand over the gift in a blasé way, you’re not putting much romance into it. Come up with a romantic way to present it to her. Blindfold her and lead her to it by the hand, letting the suspense build. Or light some candles and present the painting after a beautiful dinner.

If you’ve followed all of the steps here, your girlfriend will adore your gift. And she’ll think you’re pretty great too.

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