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Art Related Questions

Art related questions: Occasionally I receive questions art related form artists & non-artists. This week I got two questions, so I thought I share them with you!
 1- I had a request to paint on a T-shirt. No, I don’t paint on T-shirts, I recommend finding a Graffiti artist (Mall or Craig’s List) or ordering an image to be placed on a T-shirt.
 2- What’s the best way to ship art? If the piece doesn’t involve glass, such gallery wraps or prints, they should be fine wrapped in bubble wrap, in a sturdy box and well taped. If the piece has a glass surface, a crate is more suitable which could be fairly expensive. Here is a link to more information: For this reason I don’t sell anything framed in glass on my Etsy shop unless the buyer is willing to pay for the crate.
Have any art related questions I’ll be happy to answer them the best I can!

Could this beautiful art be yours?

Yes, it’s very simple!

Enjoy a 30% discount and have an opportunity to be part of my art exhibit!
“Gift of the Rose” is an art exhibit dedicated in memory of my sister who suffered from asthma. The exhibit is about the language in colors of roses, roses are for love, pink is for gratitude and you can find more about the history and meanings related to the colors of roses here. Submit a story or poem about the colors in roses, the meanings or any roses related story or poem and receive 30% discount off any item from my Etsy shop “La Galeria”!

To receive a coupon code towards any purchase at “La Galeria”, first submit your story or poem and I will send you a special coupon code to use at checkout!

Read about the loss of parents or the story of a slave named Rose and the underground railroad.
One of the paintings will be appearing in the May issue of “American Art Collector”, the proceeds from the painting “Tenderness” will go to the Golisano Children’s Asthma Fund. Submit your story or poem and that’s it, you’ll be part of an art exhibit and enjoy great impeccable art! My goal is to collect the stories and poems along with my artwork and publish a book where the proceeds will go the Golisano Children’s Hospital to further benefit the Pediatric Asthma Support. This is only possible if you can help, help a child breathe easier!

“Grand Opening”, 8×10″ Giclee print on Somerset Velvet Paper

$35 less 30% discount !

“Grand Opening”, 8×10″ Giclee print on Somerset Velvet Paper, in a gold frame

$54.95 less 30% discount !

or an original acrylic of a stunning White Calla!

Imagine at $99.95 less 30% discount!

Terrific Ampersand products for students

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Today I’m preparing for a watercolor workshop that I will be instructing at Sunny Point, a cozy cottage on the water at Keuka Lake in the Finger Lakes, in upstate New York. Sunny Point is part of the Yates County Arts Center. The lake is surrounded by first class wineries and by the picturesque town of Hammondsport. We first discovered the area, years ago by camping At Hickory Hills, well, I’ll admit more like RV-ing with more amenities than we possibly need but do enjoy. Our  “camping” trips to Hickory Hill consisted of body massages, wine tasting and soaking up the sun in the pool, that’s my way of camping.

I want to give a millions thanks to Ampersand Art Supply for providing samples for the students  to play and have fun. My kids will definitely enjoy them! We will have small samples to paint and 8×10″ Claybords to mount a watercolor. Painting Ampersand samples

I’ll be teaching quite a bit about color, how to maximize their pigments, creating vibrant flowers and then mounting we will mount onto a Claybord and much more. I’ll be sharing our progress here, stay tuned! I’m looking forward to meeting new artists!

If you are in the Penn Yan area, stop by the Yates County Arts Center where I’m proud to be sharing an exhibit “Thyme in a Garden” along with Linda Huey and Nancy Ridenour. Here a few of my watercolors mounted on Ampersand Claybords.

Watercolors on Ampersand Claybords

The exhibit will be available to the public till June 16, 2012, the gallery is located at 119 East Elm St, Penn Yan, NY 14527.

4 reasons to paint on Ampersand Bords

I have been spending days applying gesso to my beautiful Ampersand Artist bords, yep it’s BORD, not boards. I’m in love with their products, the advantages of using them far out weigh using a flat canvas. Let’s see:Ampersand Bords

#1- The Gessobords are smooth enough that they don’t need any more layers of Gesso, just unwrap and start painting! It may sound a little weird to someone who doesn’t paint, but I enjoy the sound of the brush as I lay down the paint on that smooth surface, music to my ears.

#2- I also use the Artist Value Series, yes they have far more texture than the Gessobord, but nothing that 3 layers of Gesso and sanding in bewteen can adjust to your liking, I get them right down to the same smoothness of a Gessobord.

#3- The variety of sizes and widths are like a childs playground! For the exhibit “Gift of the Rose”, I’m mixing 2 inch cradles with 1.5″ cradles, 20×16″ cradle with a 20×10″ on each side, 6×6’s on the sides of 16×20’s, one of the series will have 8×10’s  with 3/4″ sides and my favorite is going to have different widths of 8×8″s creating an interplay of depths! I’m having way too much fun with these.

#4- Here’s the best part, imagine the $$ you can save on framing because that’s optional! Just a hook and wire on the back, varnish the sides (optional) and that’s it!

Gesso application to Ampersand Bords

I find gessoing very relaxing almost therapeutic, a little music and I’m in the zone. To Gesso the Artist Value Series;

#1-First I apply painters tape to the sides then I start in the middle with a wide semi-soft brush and work my way out. If you use a stiffer brush it will make indentions that will show up like an eyesore later!

#2- I always have a good light shining on the bord so I can catch dry areas that I didn’t apply the gesso and any indentions caused by the brush. When it’s dry I lightly sand with a fine grit and reapply another layer as needed.

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