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Frequently Asked Questions:
Do you Teach Art?:
Yes. I teach at the Edmonton Art Club in the Orange Hub details here. The class
consists of a group of 12 to 15 students so everyone enjoys individual attention.
What Is Encapsulated Watercolour?:
It is a long involved process in which, the Watercolour paintings are affixed to an acid
free substrate (backing) which has been previously treated with a sealer. The painting is
then coated with an isolation coat and then with water repellent media and varnished.
This makes the painting "waterproof" and allows the painting to be framed without glass.
Is Original Art Expensive?:
It depends. If you buy collectors items, it can be very expensive. Also buying from a
gallery, the same paintings will cost at least twice as much. If however, you purchase
from an emerging artist, the cost of a decent painting can be very reasonable.
How Much Will A painting Cost?:
One of the most common question and the most difficult to answer. The price of a
painting usually depends on the size of the painting, the medium, whether the painting is
framed, mated etc., and most of all the prestige of the artist. Depending on the artist,
expect to pay from a few hundred to several thousands for a 11in X 14in piece.
Are Oils Or Watercolours More Expensive?:
For the same size and complexity, a framed watercolours may be more expensive. The
main cost in watercolour would be the the mat a double mat makes it even more
expensive, the glass which may be non-glare or museum quality glass and the quality of
the frame. Oils on the other hand may be more sought after and therefore command a
Why Are Oil Paintings So Popular?:
I believe, the galleries promote them compared to watercolours because they are easier
to ship (no glass breakage and less weight). Also since watercolour is a "master's
medium", fewer artist paint decent watercolurs than oils and therefore they are not as
Which Is more Challenging To Paint Oils Or Watercolour?:
For the same subject matter and size, watercolours are much more difficult to paint. It is
very difficult to paint a clean, luminous watercolour. No wonder it is considered a
Does Art Appreciate With Time?:
Unfortunately, most artists will remain unknown and so will their art. There will be some
artists who will gain fame from their work or from their promoters. It is the work of these
artists that may appreciate, at least for some time. If one wants to acquire art as an
investment, one should purchase art of some well known artists or of the Masters. These
however cost several hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Does Art Deteriorate Over Time?
If the paintings are painted on archival materials with artist grade paints, and framed
under archival mats (acid free), they should last a lifetime. All colours however fade over
time if subjected to direct sunlight, therefore avoid placing them on a wall where sun hits
them directly over long periods. No other special care is necessary.
How Does One Know If The Art Is Original?:
Unfortunately there is no simple way. These days, reproductions may be as good as
originals, also some individuals, may enhance a reproduction by dabbing a little paint
here and there and sell it as an original. The only way of avoiding a scam is to purchase
from a reputable gallery or individual. Ask for references, talk to the artists about the
material they use, verify their claims. Check to see if they offer some guarantee.
Which Is Better? Oil, Acrylic, Watercolour, Pastel etc:
It is all a matter of choice. The pigments are exactly the same, only the binding substrate
is different. They all have their advantages and disadvantages. If you acquire a piece
that you are attracted to, if it is archival, painted with quality materials and purchased
from a reputable individual, than you will enjoy the painting for several decades.
What Are The Watercolours Painted On?
Watercolours were first used by our ancestors, these are the oldest painting known to
man (the early paintings consisted of some soot or coloured earth mixed with saliva and
dabbed on a rock face with fingers) these days we use highly refined pigments to paint
on "paper" (actually a fabric). Depending on the manufacturer, the paper is made either of
cotton blend or the more expensive variety is 100% cotton. I use the Arches brand
exclusively, which is a high grade paper made of 100% cotton fibres (actually a fabric
called a paper, therefore it does NOT yellow or become brittle with age) During the
painting process, the watercolour pigment are used to dye the cotton fibres of the
"fabric". The brushes are either synthetic materials or the highly prized and expensive,
natural kolinsky sable.
How Are Watercolours Mounted?
I get my watercolour paintings professionally mounted on acid free (very important for
longevity of the paintings) mat-boards. The back of the mat is then affixed loosely (to
enable access to the painting at later date, if necessary) to a foam core for support. The
paintings are then packaged in a crystal clear, photo quality, acid free polypropylene
resealable bag or framed. For the framed paintings, I prefer the non-glare glass. Even
though this type of glass is expensive (usually double the price) the lack of glare is worth
Why Do I Get Two Paintings For The Price Of One?
This is neither a blessing nor a curse.
Some of my watercolour paintings may have another of my painting on the reverse, the
reason for this is occasionally the painting may not satisfy me and I'll just turn the sheet
(the canvas) over and re paint. This is not unusual as you know the masters who used
to paint in oil would repaint over their unsatisfactory ones and now x-ray images of their
final paintings reveal several older paintings under the final one. Professional
watercolourists do the same except in watercolour you can only repaint once on the
reverse. At no time will the painting on one face "seep through" to the other side.
Can I Purchase A Gift Certificate?
Yes! of course.
Several individuals or groups provide gift certificates to retiring co-workers or as
Christmas gifts to friends and relatives towards redemption of a painting of their choice.
These "Art Gift Certificates" are available from me in any required denomination.
Can You Personalize Or Gift Wrap The Paintings?
If you are planning to gift a painting to someone as a Christmas, Graduation, Wedding,
Retirement gift etc., you may request that it be "Gift Wrapped" and or personalized for
free. Also, if it a gift to someone, let me know and I'll include an Art Card for free as well
so you do not have to go around looking for one .
A Curious Question: "Why Are Your Paintings So Cheap As Compared To Other
Similar Ones On The Market?"?
I guess I would sy that they are more affordable but not neccesarily cheap.
This questions pops up more frequently than most, especially after an individual has
browsed some of my paintings and has developed a rapport with me. The answer to the
question is simple. Painting is my hobby, not a livelihood. Therefore my prices reflect the
cost of my supplies, taxes and a tiny profit to recoup the cost of spoilt paintings, etc.
You can however rest assured that they are painted with the best available, artist grade
Any other questions? Do not hesitate to email me.