FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Watch the evolution of my painting
as it becomes a work of art.
1. How long does
it take you to do a painting?
asked questions are the steps used in the process of creating one of my watercolor
paintings. There are several steps in my painting process:
1. I first take my own photographs, which on any given painting I may use up to
10 different photographs.
2. I do several thumbnail sketches for the best overall design.
3. I, then, do a very detailed drawing, so detailed I've been asked to sell it as
4. Using masking fluid, I mask out the whites or light colors in the drawing. as
seen in the adjacent picture. This is done for protection when I apply layers of
washes. This will not spoil the true colors in the end process.
5. I now apply
watercolor to the paper, when the paint is dry I remove the masking fluid, I, then,
alternate between steps 4 and 5 throughout the painting until I'm finished.
6. All of
this takes a considerable amount of time. A smaller piece can take weeks to finish,
whereas, the larger pieces take many months to finish.
2. What are Limited
* An offset Lithograph
is the more traditional printing process where your print is rolled through a huge
4 to 6 color press machine using high quality inks to print your image. This process
is usually done for a larger edition size.
* A Giclee'
(pronounced zhee-clay), a French term meaning "spraying of ink", is a printing process
using the most sophisticated digital imaging printer for the production of fine
art. This Hi-Tech printing process enables the artist to print one or a few pieces
at a time, as needed compared to the Offset Lithos where the prints are run all
at once leaving large amounts of inventory to be stored. These type of prints are
usually in low number editions.
* All Limited Edition Prints are signed and numbered by the artist. You can
find the signature in the lower right corner of the print along with two numbers.
The first number is the Limited Edition number, and the second number is the quantity
of prints in the edition.
3. What materials
are used for your watercolor paintings?
artists vary in the materials they use. All of my originals watercolors are painted
on acid-free arches watercolor paper (rough or cold press paper) using 140 lb. weight
for smaller pieces and 300 lb. weight for larger pieces.
* All of my paints
are Winsor and Newton professional series tube watercolors using the highest non-fugitive
* I use Winsor
and Newton's art masking fluid as my masking medium for part of my technique in
my watercolor paintings.
How do I Protect my Art?
your cherished Art Purchases, Original Watercolor Paintings or Limited Edition Prints:
* Do not store or hang Artwork in areas of high humidity such as basements, bathrooms
or other high humidity sources.
* To keep your cherished Artwork from fading do not hang, or leave your Artwork
in an area of high direct sunlight or powerful artificial lighting.
5. What kind of
Framing and Matting is used?
all of my originals I use a single white 100% acid free rag mat.
* All framed prints are double matted acid free white core using a darker mat for
the inner liner mat and a lighter mat for the outer mat.
offered for the Philadelphia Series is a clean, contemporary design style.
You can choose between
or you could choose an
Antique Tarnished Gold
frame in a traditional elegant style.
* Each frame
is 2" thick
* The Image size is determined by height and width of the individual work.
* Matting is usually between 2 1/2" and 4" around the image.
* The Framed size is determined by the total image size plus the mat size.
Please keep in mind that the frame dimension (1" to 3") will add to
the overall size of the work.
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