New medium in progress...
I completed my original oil paintings over triple primed gallery wrapped canvas, using only my palette knives. My oil paintings are comprised of thick, sometimes layered, colors and an abundance of texture that can be seen and touched. My impasto-acrylic paintings are actually what first inspired me to embrace thicker mediums. I completed my acrylic paintings using brushes, palette knives and occasionally semi-heavy gels, over triple primed gallery wrapped canvas and canvas board. My style of painting was born out of trauma and further moulded through an interest in sculpting and years of emotional and exhaustive soul-searching. I am a minimalist: I presently paint straight from the tube though in the past some have referred to my painting technique as ''Impasto''. The definition of ''Impasto'' reads ''the process or technique of laying on paint or pigment thickly so that it stands out from a surface''. Some notable artists who have made use of the impasto technique in the past are: Rembrandt van Rijn, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock and Diego Velázquez. Though I am self taught and derive no inspiration from past artists, my paintings are often compared to Norwegian painter Edvard Munch and Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. My preferred and sole surface for my present-day paintings are gallery wrapped canvases. My paintings are not varnished, however the new medium that I am working with essentially dries to a lustrous permanent film, resistant to water, and dirt. Anywho, not varnishing my paintings is a personal decision, one that I came to before I revisited oil painting. I feel that the disadvantages of varnishing outweigh the advantages and if you understand how to take care of your painting you will find that the painting ages gracefully. Varnishing often results in paint yellowing over time, not to mention altering the original appearance, unique surface and even more unfortunately, cracking, over time. Varnish may be removed but only after it has become so dirty and yellowed that it ruins the painting's appearance. Consider that when removing varnish, even in the proper way, the paint can also be removed with it; stripping the artwork of its originality. I prefer seeing my paintings as they are. Varnish to me is akin to makeup; applying something that you do not truly need, to appear more desirable. When I say that painting is intimate, I mean it is tremendously personal — almost like a romance between the painting and its painter. It is movements frozen in time; very similar to sculpting and it directly mirrors humans. All things age. Humans can't peel off aged skin when they start to dislike its appearance. My paintings are photographed in natural light. I work with small canvases; common sizes include 6x6, 8x8, 10x10 and 7x14. A smaller canvas allows me to hone in on certain areas for maximum attention and detail. Admittedly, I also have a soft spot for smaller canvases as they look distinct and somewhat bijou; and much easier to display and ship than their larger counterparts.
How long does it take for you to complete one of your paintings?
Generally it can take me anywhere from a couple of hours to several days to complete a painting, depending on the subject, materials and the size of my canvas. Out of habit, I always paint the edges of every canvas. This, in turn, adds depth to my paintings and can also be beneficial if you would prefer to display the artwork unframed. Drying times vary and are mostly dependent upon the thickness of my colors. I only list and photograph my paintings once they are dry. I photograph my art in natural light, in order to give an accurate image of how each work appears. Actual colors shown within my artwork may sometimes vary slightly from your monitor. This is due to computer monitors and screens possibly displaying colors differently. Every gallery wrapped canvas is wired to hang and every painting arrives with a signed certificate of authenticity. If you order an oil painting, I will include care instructions with your art parcel. I store all of my paintings in a secure and safe environment.
Paintings have the ability to breathe life into a room, turning ordinary walls into sections of escape, or corners of conversation. I adore painting but more than that, I relish sharing and shipping my artwork to those who desire it. For this reason, I feel that it is necessary to price my paintings appropriately but reasonably, so that they are attainable. I calculate my prices by considering the amount of time that it takes for me to finish a particular painting, the amount of paint used per painting, the size of my canvas, the frame, if included and finally I consider that these are original one of a kind pieces that are not available as prints and are ready to hang, straight from their box. Browsing art online is ok, but being able to hang a special, one of a kind work of art in your home can be an incredible feeling. Click here if interested in payment plans.
Call me ''old fashioned'' but I do not offer prints of my paintings nor have I given anyone else permission to create prints of my artwork. Reproduction of my artwork is forbidden. See Further Information.
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