INVESTING IN AN ARTWORK.

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Whenever I have an exhibition (as at present) or hold an Open Day in my Studio, one question that is invariably asked is ” are the prices negociable”?   And my answer always, is, YES.     The  Artists amongst you, know, of course, that Artists put a huge amount of time and effort into their artwork but that it is very difficult to quantify in monetary terms, this creative effort.

However, being a pragmatist (and ever optimist…) I realize, that although a work of art may well be worth the figure asked, the buyer, although he or she really wants that artwork, may genuinely not have that asking price available to them, so compromise, within reason,  is a sensible attitude to have towards the sale price.

I feel you will agree that it is better to make a sale and have a happy Client than to make no sale at all.

Some Artists will not agree with me, of that I am certain, but from experience, I have often sent a Client home, delighted with their purchase (and sale

Bug4 (2)

Bugatti in full flight

 price ) 0f MY artwork, and  in fact, such sales have resulted in further sales, simply because I am always open to discuss  the price of my work.     Here in France the term “a debattre” is used to cover this transaction and indeed, debating a price (haggling if you like) is extremely popular and leaves both parties satisfied with the result.

So in future when you see a work you really like, but are a little “shy” of the money asked, please contact the Artist, etc., concerned:  the outcome could well enhance your, and that Artists’ life!.

KEEPING YOUR ARTWORK SIMPLE YET EFFECTIVE.

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A problem seen particularly with  still-life studies, is that of overcrowding.

In this instance, I have used two closely related items to make my point.   This illustration is that of a pair of boots (the type worn by racing, rallying and karting drivers), one on it’s side and displaying the rather intricate “grippy” pattern of its lightweight sole and the other boot is shown in the  upright position

These boots are made for racing.

These boots are made for racing.

This work has been drawn in ink on 180 gm paper and the title of this artwork is ” These boots are made for racing”.

FIRST, FIND YOUR PENCIL…….

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As an Artist, who loves to draw, I cannot emphasize enough, the importance of making a good drawing when starting any artwork.

  A drawing  is as complex as painting.

To demonstrate what I mean, I have chosen the side profile portrait of an older man.    This is a relatively simple illustration but it shows, I believe, the essence of the person without losing this in myriad details of lines, dots or unnecessary shadows.  You will note that I have not gone into too much detail in this work as it is the eyes and mouth that play the most important features in the human face.

Profile of a man.

BRAVO TO BLACK AND WHITE.

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Our lives to-day are totally dominated by colour, usually 3D and in very High Definitation.

In this motoring artwork, I have taken a step backwards if you like, and re-produced one of my own motoring artworks (the original oil painting is in full colour) in black and white and honestly, I am astounded at the result.  .   And, here, I think, that feeling of a more gentle era, is so ably demonstrated by the lack of harshness both in the portrait of the Racing Driver – Eric Comas, the French F1 and Rally champion and (still very desireable – perfect fit for me…the beautiful  iconic Renault Alpine A110,

Dream team

Dream team

ART OR IMAGERY?

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Any artist knows that image is important and that the essence of the image must remain, but it can be as clearly or as ethereally defined as the artists believes it should be shown.

For my example, I have chosen my own illustration (ink on paper) of my version of my very first attempt at driving an extremely powerful Subaru Impreza WRC……..The action of the the car is emphasised by the tucked in wheels, the flying gravel at the rear and front ( it is 4 wheel drive vehicle) and the flying cones…not to mention my muttered imprecations and my staring eyes…….

Driving that Subartu

Driving that SUBARU…