If you’re a regular reader of my ramblings, you’ll know that I’ve recently had my animal paintings accepted into Editions Gallery in Banff. The image above is a bio that the gallery requested I provide. I printed off a stack of these and will drop them off, tomorrow. Even though it’s a revision of other bios I’ve done, I don’t particularly like doing them. What should I have included? Should I have written it from the first or second person perspective? Too long, too short? In the end, I just did what I always do… take a shot at it, and hope for the best.
My first stretched canvas prints arrived on Monday. Three paintings, two sizes, two limited edition print runs. I had 12 canvases printed this first time around, and they look great, although it was weird for awhile as I’ve never seen my work on finished canvas. Quite a different look. Not shiny like a glossy print, or bright like a monitor, but rich deep colors. I think I like this look.
I really wanted these printed in Canada, and after a recommendation from another artist, I took a gamble on a company here at home. Hats off to The Giclee Factory in Quebec, because these really do look beautiful. The colour, manufacturing, and quality of the materials are top notch, not to mention that they were carefully packaged and arrived without a scratch on them. The price was good, too.
I sat down at the kitchen table Monday evening and signed them after many test signatures on a spare piece of canvas. Those gold and silver paint pens can be temperamental and many artists have stories about a big blob of paint spurting out and ruining a canvas, so I was very careful. There’s something really bizarre about signing my name and then adding 2/250 beside it. Am I really going to sell that many?
I delivered 6 of the canvases to the gallery in Banff and they were very well received. If they sell, I’ll be painting many more in the months and years to come. Of all of the work I do, these paintings have given me the most joy and the gallery has said they’ll hang any others I do as well. I’ll also be meeting with a location here in Canmore next week, and other venues in the area in the weeks to come.
I’ve been making my living full-time as an artist (cartoons and illustration) for about 5 years now, but it’s funny how I seem to have been waiting for this. I didn’t really FEEL like a real painter (digital or otherwise) until I was signing those canvases. It was a really good day and hopefully one that I’ll look back on as the beginning of a new stage in my career.