Do you frame your small paintings?
I sell them unframed. In the UK I recommend you ask a local framer for a Floater Style frame. If you would like any advice please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
In the USA, I have copied the following from Carol Marine's blog....
"I can recommend a few framers that are very good, from least to most expensive":
www.frankenframes.com - Franken Frames
www.canvasplace.com - Canvas Place
www.kingofframe.com - King of Frame
www.metroframe.com - Metro Frame
Do you do commissions?
What panels do you use?
I currently use gessoboard from Ampersand imported from the USA. They provide a great surface allowing the paint to stay fresh and juicy. The boards are also archivable meaning that overtime, the paint will not yellow as a result of acid being released from the board. I also use cotton and linen covered boards primed with three layers of gesso.
Do you varnish your paintings?
On some paintings I use a Satin (mid gloss) varnish from C.Roberson & Co. On others the medium I use leaves an even gloss
How do you ship your paintings?
I use Acid Free Tissue paper, then wrap the tissue covered board in bubble wrap for protection. I then ship it in a cardboard mail box that generally takes 2-3 days to reach the buyer within in the UK. For international shipping, there will be a charge of $10 USD.
How long does it take to complete a small painting?
It takes about an hour to paint the initial drawing and large shapes, I then leave it for a day to fine tune and paint in the highlights. About 4 hours in all. But it is important to say that each painting is the culmination of several years of training, trying and failing and loads of practice
Where/how did you learn to paint?
My dad painted and taught me anatomy and how the figure worked. The Art Schools just didn't attract me and I settled for science. Years later I learned from Tim Hall in Cornwall, who is a friend and mentor and has exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery UK. Louis Smith taught me how to use charcoal and the style of the Florence Schools. But then I found and poured over Carol Marines book on Daily Painting..It is wonderful and filled in a lot of the gaps for me .. and although I still paint larger pieces, selling and exhibiting them locally, I love painting small pieces. Very rewarding. Thanks Carol!