Q&A

How do I package your artwork for shipping?

How small paintings are packaged for shipping.

How to frame a painting?

The purpose of the frame is to highlight or showcase the art piece. My preference is for simple but good quality (wood especially), with no glass for oil paintings. Here are a couple of framing suggestions:

Orange Twist, oil on canvas panel, 6″x4″

Ronde de Nice, oil on canvas panel, 8″x8″

Usually a professional framer can help one choose a beautiful frame to fit a specific painting. Small paintings (5″x7″ and 4″x6″) are standard sizes and therefore can also be framed inexpensively. Any store with a framing section has them available, including photo shops, Michael’s etc.

My recommendation is to always take the art piece with you when you go shopping for a frame.

Depending on how you would like to display a painting, you may choose not to frame it. For example, on a bookshelf or a coffee table, with a back-support. Please read on if you’d like to know more about displaying paintings.

How to place drawings and paintings on a wall?

Here’s how I go about it, assuming the home is already furnished.

I focus on one wall space area at a time. Is it small or large? If it’s large I may consider breaking the space up, depending on the furniture and how the space is used. For example: an entrance space, a hallway, above a dresser, or by a sitting area. I start by placing the art at eye-level, but this also varies depending on how the particular area is used. Am I generally standing or sitting in the space? Or both? You get the idea. Then I decide if I want just one piece there, or several, or a full gallery wall (isn’t that fun!). After the first piece is placed, I place the others around it, one by one, working from the centre out. Warning: inspiration may strike at any time, then just go with it!

A few additional considerations. Oil paintings, even small ones, have an arresting quality. They can get one’s attention from across the room. Generally they make the most sense from a distance, whereas up-close we enjoy looking at brushstrokes or dabs of colour.

Drawings can be different. More quiet or subtle, they can show exquisite detail when one looks closely, and have less impact from a distance. The less contrasting masses of darks and lights in a drawing, the more subtle and quiet its voice.

I hang drawings on walls that are “in my face”. For example: above my computer, desk or dresser, in a narrow hallway, or above the night table. I give paintings more space, unless they are miniatures.

What is daily painting?

Daily painting is the habit/discipline of producing a painting within a day. Duane Keiser is recognized as the initiator in the early 2000s, many others followed in his steps, as the idea proved to be highly successful, for some financially and for others in skill development. Variations are endless, from completing a painting or a drawing a day, to every week day, to once in a while, to just putting brush to canvas every day.

I started painting daily in September 2012, to learn from studying nature. It feels quite humbling to focus on simple subjects such as fruit, leaves or flowers and recognize how much I can learn from studying them. I was not particularly interested in still-life before, but my knowledge and appreciation of this genre has grown tremendously. Surprisingly, the commitment itself to the practice of painting daily has shifted something as opportunities opened for me where I did not see any before.

Quince by Night, oil on canvas panel, 5″x7″