Over the last months a lot of questions came up and this might help to answer them:
Q: Do you accept commissions?
A: No, I don't. A while ago I decided that I don't want to do commissions. It was a tough decision, but I feel good about it and less pressured.
A fellow artist friend wisely said:
Once you start creating something with someone else's vision, it no longer becomes your art and creativity.
I'm always willing to refer you to other local artists.
Q: Will you teach art lessons?
A: In my opinion it requires superpowers to be a good teacher. I admire teachers, but I don't think I could teach. I will be a forever student.
Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: Life is a bit crazy and disorganized after the ArtComp win. I'm certainly enjoying it, but I'm also looking forward to have my routine back. Please head to the next question...
Q: Future shows, galleries, exhibition plans?
A: The next bigger opportunity to see my art is the Gifts of the Season exhibition in Bright's Grove.
I would love to do the local Art in the Park events again.
I will update my website as often as possible and announce events here and on social media.
Q: Do you ship?
A: no, not yet. I'm still looking for options to transport my artwork from A to B. Unlike other art media, pastels are very fragile and need to be handled with care. In 2024 I might expand my delivery radius to the London area.
Q: What does artistic license mean?
A: Artists use their own imagination, combine reference material and let creativity flow into their work. They improve the intensity of colours, change shapes, create a whole new scene by combining different references or simply erasing/adding things for a better composition.
To name an example: I used my artistic license to create my award-winning painting "Into the Blue". It's a mix of different private Lake Huron photos & license free reference materials. I magnified a single wave, changed the shape, contrast and background. This created a focal point and more depth.
Q: Portraits, animals, structures?
A: never say never.
Q: Anything I need to know about my original pastel painting?
A: Handle with care! Don't choose a spot with a lot of direct sunlight, it might affect the colours and frame.
Don't pick a humid room for your painting, it can cause mildew. Original paintings shouldn't be in a very humid environment.
If you like to reframe it, let a professional do the work. You can always contact me and I refer you to an expert. The surface of pastels is very fragile and can move if you touch it.
Q: Do you ever tried other media like oil, acrylic, watercolours?
A: yes, I tried them all. I fell in love with pastels, but I also enjoy to create whimsical designs
( see above) with gouache, ink and watercolours.
If you have more questions please reach out to me.