Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Having a lovely spring

Spring has finally arrived here in the northeastern United States and it is most welcome!  I've been keeping very busy with commissions and giclees.  I'm all caught up on commissions right now and get to make some new art, yay!

It is so much fun to see my sold paintings get printed and come back into my studio, it's like old friends coming over for a visit.  I give them some TLC, varnish, wire, nice felt corner bumpers on the back, wrap and pack them up and send them on their way, just like an original painting.

You can see my new velcro wall in this picture, it's almost a year old already!  My husband and I (well just him, really) built it over Easter weekend last year.  It allows me to move my paintings around very easily while I paint.

On my painting table you can see sheets of rigid foam insulation.  They make a very forgiving surface while I'm handling the very delicate giclees before I get that protective varnish on them.  That is a giclee of "Touch Me Here" getting varnished on the table, and a new painting called "Big City".  The painting on the wall hasn't given me a name yet.

Thanks for visiting and Happy Spring!!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Commissions, commissions....

I've been getting a lot of commissions this year.  That means someone sees a painting that is sold and asks me to make another original for them, based on the sold painting.  It's always a different process for each painting.  Some of my fluid paintings can't be reproduced but they can certainly inspire a new, similar painting.  I always try to make the composition and colors as close to the original as I can, but with the fluid paintings, the details are always different.  With my geometric paintings, I can come very close to the original painting because it's a more straightforward approach.  My pours get built in layers that are pretty much out of control, but with the layering process I can make it work.

It's a complex process, and I have come to enjoy it.   People LOVE to do this and I REALLY enjoy working with my collectors, showing the pictures as I progress, and communicating with such enthusiastic and appreciative patrons.  I have the most wonderful art buyers imaginable, and this is what has made me want to do this, to reproduce my own paintings as new originals.

Sometimes it's a little stressful because since I've already been paid, I feel as if I must produce it as quickly as possible.  But my buyers don't feel that way, they are happy to participate in the creation process and to watch it unfold.  So I am relaxing more with the approach, it has been very successful, and I am enjoying it more and more.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Preparing a new giclee set

"Tumult in Teal" ©2013 Sally Trace
"Tumult in Teal" ©2013 Sally Trace

This set of giclees is from my original painting "Tumult in Teal".  These are actually bigger than the original painting which is 20x40 inches.  This giclee print set is 24x48, 1.5 inches deep.  It looks fantastic.  I'm so happy to be able to offer these.

I like to add extra varnish, some extra paint, corner bumpers.  I sign the front, sign and title the backs.  The printed surface is very delicate so I really lay on a good deal of varnish.  Here is this set of prints on Etsy:

Monday, January 6, 2014

Hello 2014!!

I'm very pleased to say goodbye to 2013 and hello to 2014!  It's already a great year.

Today I received a vintage 1970's electric carving knife that I bought from a seller on Etsy.  We already have a vintage 1970's electric carving knife in the kitchen, but I recently discovered that they are a good way to cut up corrugated cardboard for shipping!  Who would have thought?  I'm not sure yet if it's much better than the little Skil saw, but it's another tool in the arsenal when it's time to do battle with cardboard.

Here is a section of the painting I began last name yet....

And just as I'm writing this post a lovely new customer purchased "The Quickening" on Etsy.  Thank you so much to a new collector!!!  I'll have a chance to use my new cardboard knife :)