Choosing Art

You know how you’re looking for art either for yourself or for someone else. You may be looking for a particular space from a kind of wall audit that gives you options in size, color, or framing. You may be interested in a particular content, such as my Whales I series or Monkish Ways. You may be following the pull of a particular medium, such as Artquilts or encaustic painting. Some of my patrons are drawn to images with people in them, as in Peoplescapes, for a particular gift or occasion. Of course, there are those of you who are just keeping your eye out for that next new original image maker.

Viewing Art on the Web
As you browse the galleries of work, notice a few things about viewing art on the flat screen of a computer monitor. For example, much of the textural quality of the work cannot be appreciated as well as when seen live. Both the texture of fabric and the translucence of waxed layers lose a bit:

  • Encaustic surfaces reflect light in unpredictable ways
  • The textures of mixed media art are likely to appear flattened on screen
  • With artquilts, matte finishes of fabrics and surface variations from stitching will be seen better in Detail images.

Also, viewing color on the Web varies widely with monitors. To adjust yours, learn more by: (a) checking in your Control Panel for Display or Adobe Gamma tools for a PC, or (b) System Preferences›Displays for a Mac. For PCs go to Start›Control Panel›Appearance and Themes›Adobe Gamma. Even though this utility is not made for LCD (liquid crystal displays), following the instructions can improve what you see.

Additionally, see various sites on the Web for either PCs or Macs. For example:

Buying the Art
You can purchase any of the works on this site, unless they a have been sold or committed for exhibits. Check with me by email for availability since the last site update. Payment arrangements include credit card or check, and shipping is paid by the purchaser, UPS, from Western Washington State, U.S. Washington State residents need to add retail tax due in your city.

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Caring for Mixed Media Art

It is lovely to have art where the light on it can vary throughout the day, but it needs to be out of direct sunlight and about 8 feet away from strong spotlights.

Hanging Artquilts
Each artquilt has a sleeve on the back for holding a flat rod for hanging, either plexiglass or wood sealed with acrylic. The rod can be directly attached to the wall or hung from a hook high on the wall using monofilament (fishing line). Rods and monofilament are included with each piece and keep acids from transferring to the fabric. If you wish to use a different rod, check with your local framer about its archival quality.

Hanging Framed Mixed Media Art
The framed works I offer are hung the same as any framed painting and are shipped ready to hang.

Cleaning of Exposed Fabric
Both artquilts and mixed media pieces have areas of exposed hand-dyed fabric. An occasional light dusting or gentle shaking is all it takes to keep colors vibrant. If you feel the piece needs further cleaning, it is best to support it from below with clean or gloved hands and move it to a flat, clean surface. You can use the type of lint roller available at your local cleaners or simple vacuuming, using a soft brush attachment. If there are beads or other embellishments sewn on, it’s best to vacuum through a piece of screening.

When necessary to store or ship, clean both sides, then roll, image side out, with clean sheets or acid-free tissue between the layers. If stored rolled on wood shelving, please line the shelf first with a non-acid barrier such as aluminum foil.

Care of Wax Surfaces
Some pieces contain wax medium. Please do not iron or store where temperatures go below freezing or over 140 degrees. Small crackings are part of the texture. You can increase the gloss of the surface be carefully buffing with a paper towel (Viva works well).

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Enjoying Art

With this information, enjoy your new mixed media art! Should any questions come up in the future about its care, do email me. Any photos or comments about how the art fits into your everyday life will be welcome.

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