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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How should I price my art?
The tradition is it is priced per square inch and that is based on the highest price paid for your art. Example. You sold a 10" x 10" painting for $100.00 or $1.00 per sq. inch. So a 30" x 40" + 1200 squre inches at $1.00 per sq. inch the price would be $1200.00. It helps to have a bona fide record of the sale, such as an auction record or at least a Bill of Sale.

A: The price of art is established by someone paying the price - so it is the buyer who establishes the price, but the artist sets the asking price. It is always easier to raise your prices, it is a poor idea to reduce your value, particularly since many of your collectors paid the higher price and may want some money back. If they realise that your value went down, their investment in your art want down, like a stock, they may look to sell before it goes down further.
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Q: I'm an oil painter. I was told I shouldn't be using acrylic gesso, why not? -P.Knapp, Pittsburgh,PA
 
A: We encourage our customers to create paintings in a "compatibly organic" environment. Flax is used to make linen. Flax seed is used to make linseed oil, linseed oil is used in making oil paints. An oil painter should be starting with linen, using a rabbit skin glue sealer, using an oil ground, and then using oil paints. This creates a compatibly organic environment for your oil painting. Acids from the color pigments are much less likely to damage the art support.
Using an oil ground on linen means that you'll have better paint adhesion, the first layers of paint are absorbed into the ground. The use of glazes means the underpainting will glow from the inside out. Thicker applications of paint on an oil ground underpainting means you can scrape back to the stained ground color.
You can paint oil on an acrylic ground, but the paint will just sit on the surface, not bond with the ground. An acrylic ground is best for acrylic paints, it creates a chemically compatible bond. You cannot use acrylic paints with an oil ground ever. It won't adhere.
 
The universal ground offered on many of our linens and on both polyester fabrics has two coats of sizing glue that protects the fabric, then is coated with acrylic gesso. Both acrylic and oil painters are choosing to use these fabrics.
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Q: What is the difference between sizing and priming? -M.Burnett, Orlando,FL
 
A: Size is a glue barrier that prohibits the ground and paint from contact with and penetration into the fabric. In the case of rabbit skin glue sizing, it adheres all the fibers to each other so that they expand and contract together and react to environmental changes as one unit rather than each thread acting independently. When different areas of the painting react separately to the environment, then you get cracking of the paint film, and similar problems.
Priming, also known as the 'ground', or 'gesso' is an absorbent coating which provides the paint a porous, reflective surface to adhere itself to. The gesso is not a size and will not seal or create a barrier: just the opposite it is absorbent.
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Q: Why would I want to use a panel?
 
A: The painting generally lasts longer and stays in better condition. It is supported over 100% of its surface and is protected from the back, insulated from temperature, moisture, and hard knocks, etc.  It does change your painting technique in that it provides a rigid surface instead of the 'bounce of the brush' one may be accustomed to when working on stretched canvas or linen.
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Q: Why should I bother with high quality art supports- my artwork is going to look the same either way, isn't it?
 
A: Increased value of your artwork is one major reason. If you have ever lost a sale because the supports were warped, wouldn't hang flat on a wall, or you couldn't frame your work because it was out of square, then you know that quality matters. The art world is a business where looks are everything. Galleries and collectors don't want to put extra time and money into art just to make it presentable, and they may pass on your work if its not as professional as that of the next artist through their door. With quality materials, your work will last, you show that you care about your artwork, and the investment in yourself should reap good dividends. If you care, so will others.
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Q: Can I use oil paint on an acrylic primed canvas?
 
A: It is not the best idea, and you will get much better results painting with oil paints on an oil ground. This practice has also led to oil painters doing underpaintings in acrylic and then painting over the acrylic with oils, a practice frowned upon by art conservators, yet in widespread use. The potential problems are adhesion issues between the acrylic and oil paints, especially in the long term. When choosing a ground or 'gesso', choose the appropriate type for your application; water base media = an acrylic ground, oil base media = an oil ground.
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Q: Why did Van Gogh cut off his ear?
A: We don't know. There's something about insanity and genius...