The following notes are here to help you understand my methods and materials, and to help you to look after your painting/artwork.
Original oil, acrylic and mixed media paintings
All of my paintings are painted on primed canvas/canvas board or acid free paper/board, using good quality paints and mediums. I sometimes use other substrates such as wood panels.
I do not use chemical solvents or varnishes for environmental and health reasons, and personal preference, preferring to use natural oil mediums.
The textures are part of the quality of the piece but care should be used when handling the painting to prevent knocks and scratches.
All of my paintings are sold unvarnished, unless specified. It should be noted that unvarnished pieces are more fragile than varnished works, so extra care should to be taken when cleaning them. Use a very soft brush to remove dust and take extra care with textured surfaces.
If you want to varnish your oil painting, please note that oil paint dries slowly and continues to move until about six months after it is touch-dry. Varnish should only be applied after this time to prevent cracking. I recommend that you wait six months after purchasing. If you wish to varnish your acrylic painting, you can do so straight away.
Fulford Framing in York offer a varnishing service, should you wish to use it.
Original works on paper
Original works on paper that are on good quality acid free paper.
Where a work is sold unframed, it will be posted in a cardboard tube. Please take care when removing it to prevent damage to the paper. I recommend that unframed works on paper are framed as soon as possible to give them protection and are hung out of direct sunlight to prevent the medium or paper fading, bleaching or discolouring over time.
Original life studies on paper and sketches
My life studies and sketches are done on a variety of papers and mediums and therefore cannot be guaranteed acid free (they may fade or discolour over a period of time especially if exposed to light). They may also be odd sizes. This is reflected in their price point.
Unless purchased from an exhibition, they are supplied unframed for do-it-yourself framing at home. If sold framed for an exhibition, they will be in good quality off-the-shelf frames to keep the price down. They will not necessarily be standard sizes.
A giclée (pronounced zhee-clay) print is an individually produced, high-resolution, high-fidelity reproduction done on a special large format digital printer. The superior print quality and vibrancy is desired for its long-lasting colour-fastness.
It is important to note that giclées are not original paintings or ‘craft’ prints (like lino, screen prints, collographs etc), but they are an affordable way to purchase a limited edition artwork.
My giclées are produced from digital scans or high resolution photographs of the original artwork and are printed on Museum Heritage 310 gsm acid-free, natural white fine art paper.
All of my giclée prints are produced in limited editions of 50 for works on paper and of 20 for prints of paintings. All are signed and numbered.
Unless purchased framed from an exhibition, prints will be supplied unframed and posted in a cardboard tube for do-it-yourself framing at home. Prints are sized to fit off-the-shelf frames.
Frames and mounts
I usually frame small and standard-depth canvasses and boards as I believe that a frame is part of the artwork you buy for your home, and serves to protect and enhance the work. The cost of the frame is included in the wall price of the artwork.
Box canvasses are sold unframed as the clean lines and depth are part of the desired visual effect. Box canvasses are sold ready to hang.
Canvasses and boards are usually framed without glass. Works on paper, or that use delicate wax mediums will be framed behind glass.
All original oil, acrylic or mixed media paintings are framed by Fulford Framing, a professional local framer, to a very high quality. The style of frame is carefully selected to suit the subject and size of the piece. Should you wish to purchase a painting unframed, this can be arranged and the cost of the frame will be deducted from the wall price.
Giclée prints, some works on paper and life studies, if sold framed from exhibitions, will be archivally framed. They will be in good quality off-the-shelf frames and any mounts and backboards will be acid-free. Giclée prints are sized to fit standard off-the-shelf frames.
My art cards are printed to quality TruCard (glossy outside, uncoated inside) and are blank inside. They are all supplied with a white envelope. I do not supply them with plastic slips for environmental reasons, but if purchased from a shop or gallery, they will come in a biodegradable bio-film slip.
Printed sketch books
My range of printed sketch books are printed in full colour throughout on good quality uncoated paper (250 gsm cover and 170 gsm inners). They are A5 landscape (210 x 148 mm) and are 20 pages (sides), including the covers.
(pic © Olivia Brabbs)