Since art is a personal preference some things may appeal while others are difficult to understand as being art.
You can purchase original art paintings from dealers and galleries which can be found in most major towns or online.
There are also auctions where fine works of art go to the highest bidder.
You may also find gems of paintings in house clearance sales or antique stores.
If you know what you are looking for and have a discerning eye then you could pick up something special.
There are various styles of art paintings.
One of the main types are landscape paintings and these usually depict a scene outdoors in nature.
The skill lies in the way the artist used light and color to recreate the scene.
Styles differ widely amongst artists and often the more unique style can lead to a new movement in art such as Impressionism.
Still life is also a genre of art painting.
This was traditionally used to capture objects such as fruit or an arrangement of flowers.
The skill here is in giving the objects a lifelike quality.
The Vanitas style paintings depict a skull, a candle and often a beautiful lady to show how age and mortality affects everyone and this has added symbolism behind the objects as many still life paintings do.
Portrait art paintings capture a person at a particular moment in time.
Before the advent of photography the nobility and gentry were dependent on having their portraits painted and it was a luxury for the very rich.
Today these kind of paintings may have value as a family heirloom, as a collectible art piece or you may like the depiction in the painting and have a connection with the face behind the art piece.
Da Vinci's Mona Lisa is the one of the most famous portraits in the world and is securely housed in the Louvre in Paris.
Her secret smile always creates intrigue about her thoughts at the time.
This kind of art is priceless and portraits featuring the monarchy and commissioned by famous world artists are going to be more expensive.
There are also religious works of art and these often depict a sacred scene from the Bible and symbols of Christ and his disciples.
Originals of this genre are usually very expensive and may appeal to those with some interest in the art history period of the work.
You could purchase contemporary original artworks from galleries and many new artists have launch nights where they display their work and give a talk on the theory behind the work.
When you are purchasing original art paintings, you should give thought to the kind of art you like and what will work best in your living space.
Original paintings are always going to be more expensive, but they have an elusive unique appeal.
Whichever style you choose should be one that you love since you will be sharing your living space with the artwork.