If you have to ask the price !

I’ve been a little busy of late.

Painting, paintings to exhibitions, more painting.

The thing that has taken most of my time though is sitting at the computer.

Trying to source reasonable priced printers to print quality prints is like wading through fog.

So many options, variations and of course, prices.

There are a few who have lovely websites and no prices.

Well, like my father used to say

“If you have to ask the price you can’t afford it.”

I did and you know what, he was right.

They don’t advertise the prices for a reason.

Eventually though I have found one. Test prints were gorgeous.

The new prints can be bought through Artfinder but they do charge me a commision.

If you want to grab yourself a bargain I am also selling them through my own website.

Seas of Red (installation by Paul Cummins), 2014 Limited Edition Giclée

Marking one hundred years since the first full day of Britain’s involvement in the First World War.
This is a very poignant reflection on a moment in time.
When this installation is complete in November 2014, the moat of the Tower of London will be filled with 888,246 ceramic poppies.
Each poppy represents a British military fatality during the war.
Keeping in the spirit of the theme of this piece 10% of net from these prints will be donated to The Royal British Legion.

This is a stunning piece of artwork printed on Elegance Velvet Platinum, Fine Art Paper

2 sizes are available, 100 prints in each size.
Signed and numbered on the back.

Size 22″ x 16″, image size 18.1″ x 12 £45.00

Size 70 x 50cm, image size 61 x 40.45cm £75.00

Seas of redPaypalCheck it out here

The Tower and the Shard, 2014 Limited Edition Giclée

The Tower and the Shard

2 sizes are available,  100 prints in each size.
Signed and numbered on the back.

32 x 32cm, image size 24 x 24cm £35

50 x 50cm, image size 40 x 40cm £65

printed on Elegance Velvet Platinum, Fine Art Paper

While stocks last

Florence Biennale

Some of you may have noticed that my last blog was a little early.

Now of course this one is a little late
Don’t panic I’m not going to be publishing more per month.
It was a slip of the finger.
I wrote the blog while I had something to say, with the intention of publishing it with any necessary amendments on the due date.
Unfortunately Preview and Publish sit very close to each other and I pressed the wrong button.
Then I had A MOMENT, you know the one, when you’ve just pressed send after writing a text message and suddenly you realise you didn’t want it to go.

There is NO getting it back. Text, blog, e-mail.
Once it’s gone it’s out there, you can press as many buttons as you want.
It ain’t coming back.

In future, I will be writing my thoughts down in text edit or similar and then transferring to the blog when I’m good and ready.
The down side to this is I have to type it out all again as cut and paste will not function.
Maybe I need to upgrade !
Have any of you heard of Barney Davey ?
I hadn’t until recently and now I’m an avid follower of his blog.

Art print issues

It is actually more interesting than the title might suggest and it doesn’t just cover art prints. If your an artist I suggest you have a look.  You may find out something you didn’t know.

If you only read one then try this Power of the Backstory. I’m pretty sure that this has opened up my saleability. I never really gave it a thought before but it does make sense.

Florence Biennale
The day after my last blog was published there was a email of interest dropped in my box.
Not many people email me directly from my website so that alone caught my attention.

‘The International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Florence has the pleasure to inform you that you have been selected by the International Selections Committee to participate in the X Edition of the Florence Biennale will be held October 17 to 25, 2015 at the historic venue, the Fortezza da Basso in heart of the city.’

It’s a trade show for artists, but by invitation only.

Now what I need to know, is have any of you been to this and what did you think of it. ? More importantly have any of you participated and was it worth the expense. ?

Please let me know.

I been a bit lax on adding new paintings so here they are.

All linked to larger versions on Artfinder

An image of past and present.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The bus to Waterloo A hint of glass and steel Pink Cadillac After the rain

Bah humbugs !

If you have been following my blog you will remember that I was trying to sort something out that related to copyright laws.

Well it seems that NBC are either much too busy or just didn’t deem my request worthy of a reply as I’ve heard nothing from them.

The ITV on the other hand were very quick to reply with a negative response.

The first reply went something like this.

‘……but they are also talent which would require a fee to clear their image use for commercial use on top of that ITV would also require a fee for any of their brands used.’

I then realised that I had not mentioned that this was for charity so sent a follow up e-mail explaining it wasn’t for commercial use but for charity.

The reply

‘we still wouldn’t allow for this to go ahead, other than reasons already stated we cannot allow ITV programming to associate to certain charities. ITV obviously has Text Santa charities and other corporate affiliated charities relationships to protect.

Apologies to still say no to this request again.’

You are possibly wondering what this is all about or maybe by now you really don’t care but I am going to telll you anyway.

The idea was to do a series of paintings on TV detectives. these would be auctioned off in aid of Cancer research.

Why Cancer research, well my Great Grandfather, Great Uncle and fathers cousin have died of, or have prostrate cancer. My father died of skin cancer and my mother has been battling for a few years with terminal lung cancer.

One of my daughters is a clinical scientist working in the field of genetics and there has been talk of genetically made drugs to target individuals and their specific cancer instead of the debilitating chemo.

It seemed like a good idea.

The concept being that scientists who are working on trying to bring about cures for cancers especially in the field of genetics are in fact detectives.

Working in the field of science they too have to follow clues and work out strategies to bring the culprit to justice.

Tv detectives seemed to me an obvious choice. Unfortunately it is not to be.

Maybe they just didn’t like my example.

PoirotI am still awaiting a reply from the BBC but that could be a while coming as I had to resort to snail mail.

They only provide e-mail forms of 350 characters which you can access after going through various other stages and when I contacted them by phone they explained they do this because they don’t want spam. !

 

Of course of all the tv detective series three quarters of the ones we remember were on the ITV channels.

 

Oh well, onward and upward.

 

A few weeks ago I uncovered an old portable sketching easel.

I was looking for some supports to use for an exhibition and wanted to test some things out.
This easel turned out to have the double ended bolt and turn screws missing so was in fact pretty useless.
I did contemplate going down to the local DIY store to look for something to fit, but then looking on the internet I discovered that Winsor and Newton still produced the very same easel.
I sent off an email explaining what I needed and asked how much a replacement part would cost.
They asked for a photo of the easel and a postal address.
Two days later with no monies changing hands I was in possession of the very part I needed to make the easel a functional piece of equipment.
Kudos to Winsor and Newton

 

 

Ssh…… Top secret

I seem to have spent a greater part of last week trawling the internet and trying to find out information.
I have been in contact with both the BBC and ITV and am waiting for an email from NBC Universal (USA).
Copyright laws and all that jazz.
Isn’t it annoying to have a great idea only to be bogged down by red tape.

I like to do things by the book, so if anything comes of it I will let you know. Until then I’m afraid I will have to keep the idea under wraps.

 

I have been visiting a few galleries in the locality.
Most seem to be dominated by prints these days.
Ok, so they are limited editions, but they all come from 2 publishers.
It’s a bit like in the days of the Athena poster shops.
Is there a franchise going on that a lot of galleries are part of.
If your not affiliated to one publisher you certainly are to the other. In Nottingham the opposing publishers have galleries virtually facing each other.
This unfortunately means that if your not on the books of the publisher your not going to be hanging in the gallery.

What happened to the independants ?
I am either looking in the wrong place or they have hung their last and closed their doors.

By the way, Thanks George, Now he does have his own gallery and does like my work and when he has an opening for a new artist…..

I also found a new online Gallery.

Artfinder

I say new. That is not strictly true, I have known of the site for quite a long time I just wasn’t sure that it was right for me.

How wrong can someone be.

Yesterday I uploaded 6 images and was accepted to the site.

This morning before I had to go out I completed the information on four paintings and they went ‘live’.

This afternoon I arrived home and went to start putting the info on more paintings to find one painting had already sold.

Needless to say I will be uploading a few more to this site and filling in the relevant information as soon as I can.

Follow me on Artfinder

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another mans treasure

We all know the saying.

One mans trash is another mans treasure and I’m sure every one of us has heard the stories of a super find at a car boot sale or a charity shop.

Unfortunately when donating items to charity, people seem to think that their trash is someone else’s treasure when it is in fact trash.

Charity shop

 

 

 

 

 

I am a shop volunteer for the local Air Ambulance and unlike a regular road ambulance we are not funded by the NHS. The government does not contribute to the running costs at all.

The Air Ambulance is funded by you. Please think about this when donating items.

This doesn’t only apply to our shop. Charity shops up and down the country are given rubbish. That rubbish then has to be disposed of and that has to be paid for.

Charity Shops

 

 

 

 

 

 

So in actual fact donating undesirable items is not helping the charity it is taking money away from it.

We are always happy to take old clothes, they can be ragged.

Soiled dirty underwear we prefer not to have.

If you let us know it doesn’t work we will take that electric item off you as we can sell it on as scrap but please don’t donate an item that has an intermittent fault without letting someone know that fact.

It can be very disappointing for anyone to buy an item that doesn’t work properly especially if it is for a child.

It is staggering the amount of broken toys we receive.

If your clearing out a house we really don’t want the contents of the bathroom cabinet. We really can’t sell a half used tube of toothpaste and we have no need of that set of dentures you no longer wear.

And that lovely chair that the leg keeps falling off and is not too stable anymore please put it in your dustbin. The time and effort it takes for you to deliver it to us is really not worth it.

We cannot repair, mend, wash and iron all your items.

For the rest of you.

YEH ! Thank you. Please continue your support

 

I’ve been updating my website again.

What ? still, I hear you say.

This is the other part of my website.

The photography part.

I have decided to amalgamate the two sites and I am slowly adding photographs available for download.

If you like it ‘pin it’ it you love ‘PRINT IT’.

Check it out HERE

The commercial stuff is still handled by Alamy but I’m hoping that with the Pinterest angle I can get a little free advertising along with some much needed publicity.

Yes, I have also been painting. This is the latest.

 

Borough Market - 6

 

 

Too busy by half

Aside

I’ve been a little lax and I really do need to commit to this and post at least once a fortnight.

So much happens in a month, at least in the summer, that it’s impossible to get it all down and do you really want it all in one go.

I think not.

Besides that it makes it difficult for me to know where to start.

So I’ll start with Patchings Art Festival.

If you’ve only just heard about this then I’m afraid you’ve already missed it.

It was a four day event from the 5th – 8th June.

You may want to make a note of it for next year as it tends to be on the same weekend every year.

This was their 21st year.

I remember going to the first one and it has GROWN since then.

A regular feature of the festival is The Artist and Leisure Painter 2014 Patchings Open Art Competition Exhibition140 selected paintings from this year’s competition are shown in two of Patchings galleries. My painting is in The Barn Gallery with work from The Artists category, with the Leisure Painter section on show in the Pavilion Gallery.

This exhibition runs on until July 20th so there is still time to catch it.

If you would like to vote for my painting you can do so Here

There were over 200 artists and makers at this year’s Festival. Many were demonstrating their craft.
In one marquee all the various painting mediums were represented including works on paper, printing and calligraphy. Glass and mosiacs were also represented in this marquee.

The other exhibitor marquee housed creators of items using textiles, jewellery made from metals, stones and beads, and work in wood and metal. The ceramics and sculpture section was also located in this area.

They had a new area this year at the Festival which was dedicated to ‘the art of photography’. The additional large marquee included photographic exhibitors, workshops, and a seated arena for presentations by well known photographers and trade stands.

I have to admit by being disappointed by the Artists Materials marquee.

This was the only area that has not grown, which for me at least was a shame as I was hoping to stock up on supplies.

If you like to see artists working, talk to them about their work or take part in workshops this is the place for you.

Maybe your an artist and are thinking of participating next year. All I will say is, it was heaving.

My Birthday

It’s a busy weekend as it was the 55th Dukeries Rally through Sherwood forest and local woods on the Saturday and my birthday on the Sunday.

This is the weekend when the family gets together and this year was no exception.

Unfortunately Saturday was mainly wet, at least until the late afternoon but Fliss, Jay and the boys battled the weather and went out in the storm to watch the Rally cars compete.

Nat, Will and I weren’t that brave so stayed home.

Sunday turned out to be lovely, sunny and warm and yet again for my birthday out came the barbeque.

It was looking decidedly dodgy but the weather came through and we all had a great day.

 

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Website Revamp

That aside, I took a break from painting to update my website. It took me a week and I was really pleased with how it looked until the family came.

It was at this point that I casually mentioned how good the site was looking and could they check it out.

Disaster. How technology moves on. I had been happily plodding on totally oblivious to the fact that in this day and age everyone (bar me and a few other dinosaurs) use their mobiles for browsing the internet. As well as buying from the internet.

The galleries were totally disfunctional and the shopping cart was ….

well, lost ?. Where had my cart gone along with my paypal buttons. That was a really good question. Lost in the virtual world, never it seems to be seen again.

Another week passes and finally I have an up to date website.

As far as I know fully functional with tablets, pc’s and mobiles.

Thanks to my daughters for their long distance aid and assistance.

It’s been a hard long slog and now all I want to do is get down to doing some painting.