Monday, December 14, 2015

Finished and available in time for Christmas

The Tulpehocken Creek in the Fall

Medium - Gouache & watercolor

$300.00 matted & framed

Frame size 11x14

The Red Gate


Medium - Gouache and watercolor

$400.00 - Matted & Framed

Frame size - 16x20

Cardinal - Refined Grace


Medium - Gouache & watercolor

$300.00 Matted & Framed

Frame size - 11x14

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

On my easel 12-8-2015

On my easel - starting to add detail

Watercolor & gouache on 140# Canson watercolor paper

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Why do paintings cost so much?

A typical painting involves countless hours of research, planning the composition & painting. It also involves getting frustrated when your painting enters that ugly stage. Yes, all paintings go through that ugly stage. Then after several passes of refinements it starts coming together into a cohesive work of art that has feeling and expresses emotions. 

The other factor is the cost of materials: Watercolor paper $6.00 to $10.00 a sheet, Mat board for matting the art $15.00 to $20.00 a sheet (2 are needed for a double mat). Frame - $35.00 to $55.00 depending on size or even more for a custom frame. That’s just for materials, it does not count for the time involved in cutting the mats and the actual framing including the dust cover that’s added to the back of each frame or the hanging hardware that is attached to the frame.