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News – from the artist’s Studio

It will soon be Exhibition time again and I have been busy ‘preparing’ new works for the various exhibitions I’ll be taking part in. See the list of exhibitions here.

exhibition display

some paintings from a previous exhibition

The first and hardest task is to select the works which would best be displayed in frames, and those which would suit being mounted and wrapped in cellophane for the browsers. Then there are all the mounts to be cut cleanly and bevelled, and I prefer to make double mounts, with a thin slip of a suitable coloured mount showing behind the top cream board. The framed works then have to be set in their frames and sealed, and those for the browsers are backed with board and wrapped in cellophane. Everything then needs to be labelled, and priced, ready for each exhibition, and finally, the hanging cords are fixed.

“I can’t draw” ! When I’m out painting and sketching in the countryside, or the town, I am frequently confronted with people who say, “I can’t draw” or “I wish I could Draw” or sometimes “I used to paint, but was’nt very good”. So this winter, I decided to do something about it, so the next time someone says this, I can do something useful to help them confront these issues.

Shoppers and visitors in Westgate Canterbury

Shoppers and visitors in Westgate Canterbury

 

So – I have compiled:  Sketching & Drawing – My 10 Top Tips.

If you have always wanted to paint and draw with confidence, and for those who say “I can’t Draw or sketch” this is for you. It is a FREE   pdf file giving my 10 top tips to help you get started, from the beginning, with step by step guidance. So If you think I’m talking to you, and you would like to have a go, go on! Put your name and e-mail address in the box below, and I’ll send you the link to get the file. It’s as easy as that!

I have often thought that sketching and drawing is the least expensive, yet the most worthwhile hobby to have. You can start for under £5 and its fun and enjoyable too.

 

Suddenly – Its the Exhibition Season again!

Folkestone Spring Art Exhibition 2014

Folkestone Spring Art Exhibition 2014

Yes – It’s here again.

That means artists up and down the country are madly charging about trying to get a load of different tasks done in order to prepare themselves. So in my studio, that means taking stock of recent works and deciding which will be exhibited where, and when. What exhibitions or competitions should be entered, shall we have an ‘Open Studio’?

How many works will be needed at any one time? Then its on to mount cutting and framing the watercolours. For convenience, I buy in ready-made frames of specific sizes, so I know that my mounts only have to be those sizes, to fit the frames. I do like to double mount watercolours setting a coloured board between the painting and the top cream coloured board. All these have to be accurately marked up and bevel cut with neat corners. Presentation is so important, I have seen many excellent works, ruined by poor presentation. Consequently they have little hope of selling. Then I have to clean the glass, both sides, insert the painting and mount board assembly, securing and sealing the backs, fitting the hanging cords and lastly, printing labels for the backs and sales labels, as required, for the faces.

Walkers at Kingsgate Bay, Kent

This is very near to my studio, an inspirational place to visit!

Some works will be displayed unframed, in browsers or on table tops, these will be mounted as before, backed with a board and wrapped in cellophane, for a neat presentation. My Acrylic paintings are mostly painted onto stretched canvases, of various kinds. I usually paint the edges of these, so they don’t have to be framed, saving on cost to the buyer. I do varnish them however, to protect the paint surface from dirt etc, and they still need hanging cords and labels fitted. These tasks are In addition to the task of drawing and painting new works for future exhibitions etc. A busy time of the year, but the warmer weather means I can soon start to go outdoors and do some ‘plein air’ painting again! For me, a ‘warm weather plein air painter’ – that is my reward for the extra work!

To see an example of presentation, click on this photo, it will lead you to my online gallery, where it is shown, double mounted and framed and an example, already wrapped in cellophane. Enjoy!