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Painted Sketch
Acrylics on Paper
6" x 9"
an Original Painting
Artist Proof
Mixed Media on Paper
24" x 36"
an Original Print
Acrylics on Paper
24" x 36"
an Original Print
Original Painting
Acrylics on Canvas
24" x 36"
Definitions to help you understand terms found in my website

Acid Free: many surfaces will have acids used in its production or conservation process.  These acids leak unto the painting and thus cause fading in the color.  A greater concern is that acid overtime destroys materials such as cotton or linen (both found in canvasses and paper).  Even if the amount of acid is negligible, this amount will increase considerably when factoring in pollutants found in our environment.  Minimize these concerns by framing your art behind glass and with a good seal around the foam backing board.

Artist Proof:  this is best understood as a "test print".  In the process of making a print (wood block, silkscreen, etc.)  an artist will want to make sure that all elements work well together before running the entire edition.  The artist proof will tell the artist whether all edges meet as they should, the colors behave as expected, etc.  I oftentimes use the artist proof as a study for making an original.  In the example above "Detachment of Heart and Soul" I used the artist proof as a test print for a mixed media print as well as the study for the original painting.  An artist proof is an original piece, and at times it may be one of a kind.

Block Print: in order to reproduce a painting an artist may use various block print techniques.  Most popular are the linoleum cuts and woodblocks.  In this processes the artist carves out the areas that do not require the particular he/she's working at the moment.  The artist then applies printing ink on the block and presses the paper onto it.  The process is repeated according to how many colors are present in the original.  Color gradients are obtained by creating the effect directly on the block.  A block print is an original piece.

Contemporary art:  art created since World War II is considered contemporary including the present.  Expressionism, pop art, computer art, and graffiti are some of the forms of art that emerged in this period.  Whether the term will move with time or not remains to be seen.  My art is considered as contemporary. 

Digital Print: artwork printed using modern digital process.  see also Giclée.  These are not original pieces, but they may be signed and numbered.

Giclée: from the French word gicler, meaning to spurt or to squirt.  This is a digital process used to produce reproduce 2-dimensional work.  It is an inkjet printing thus using a nozzle (le gicleur) in order to place color on paper or canvas.  Giclées may be signed numbered as part of a limited edition, but are not original pieces.

Linoleum Cut: see Block Print

Modern Art:  The definition of what's modern art does not seem to move with time.  The term is ridiculously stuck on a period that goes from the late 1800s and ends in the 1970s.  Unlike previous periods, the style of art this period varied extensively as artist acquired greater freedom and sought to separate themselves from the many artists around them.  Modern art embraces impressionism, cubism, and other schools that emerged within that period.  While I'm creating art in the our modern era, my art is not "modern art".

Mixed Media:  in order to create a special effect an artist may combine different types of paints or different surfaces.  An artist must be aware of how the chemical or physical properties of one material will behave in the presence of another in order to ensure the longevity of the work.  Oils will behave well when painted over acrylics, but not the other way around.  Digitally printed media will lose its color over a short period of time and, if placed as part of a painting, will tarnish with it the initial intent of the artist.  Contrary to popular believe, even among artists, the artist must be a biologist, a chemist, and a physicist if he/she wants to create art that will live beyond his/her tenure in this world.

Painted Sketch: see Study

Serigraph:  see Silk Screen

Silkscreen: a piece of silk stretched on a wooden frame serves to guide paint unto a surface.  While the desired areas are left open the other areas are blocked by either a stencil or by an emulsion painted directly on the silk.  As it happens with a the block print, one color is run at a time.  Unlike block prints, creating gradients of color on a silkscreen is very laborious if it can be achieved at all; as it requires multiple runs of color from light to dark until the desired effect is reached.

Study: Oftentimes a painter, envisioning a larger and more detailed creation, will sketch out ideas.  These sketches may be detailed or loose renditions of the idea.  They may serve in order to decide, for example, how a foot should be turned or should the head lean one way or the other. 
The study may be as simple as a quick pencil sketch, but it may also be painted.  Many of my oil pastel creations are studies for a larger creation.  The final creation may be quite similar to the study, or it may just have elements of the study.  Many artists create multiple studies for the same painting and at the end may take elements from different studies.  A study is an original, one of a kind creation.

Wood Block Print: see Block Print

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