It is difficult to determine what your collection might become at the beginning, but the more you acquire, the more you realize what appeals to you the most -- and thus a collection evolves. Not unlike your personal fashion sense, it requires experience and time. I like to think of it on a long term scale.
A few ideas for art collections:
- a historical period of art: Old Masters - 19th century - Modern - Postwar - Contemporary art
- what the art depicts or renders eg, landscapes, portraits, still lifes, architectural drawings, maps, a particular subject such as deer etc. This gives you choice in forms, too, from oils, watercolors and works on canvas, to sculpture, ceramics, tapestries etc.
- a collection featuring the work of a certain artist
- a “school” of work such as neo-realism, post-modernism etc.
- type of work such as a collection of sculpture, photography, oils, decorative arts such as tapestry, design furniture and objects
- A mood: sombre, light-filled etc.
- a theme, for example political art, the art of war, satirical art, grotesquerie, society etc.