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Quality Controlling my Artwork



I work very closely with my printer Redcliffe Imaging of Bristol to make sure that the Giclee print reproductions of my original oil paintings are as close to the original work as possible, that the colours are accurate and the light has as much verisimilitude as possible. This process involves Redcliffe sending me hard proofs of the potential Giclees on a very high quality 390gsm white, poly-cotton canvas “proof” before I give them the “go ahead” to print the Giclees that I think most accurately reproduce the quality of the original oil paintings. If the proof is not close enough to the original artwork I send it back until it is. Fortunately, Redcliffe Imaging are excellent and there is rarely a need to send proofs to and fro. This is all negotiated before I put this artwork in my Artfinder Shop for sale to artlovers.

This quality control is essential as I pride myself on the quality of my Giclees and my artwork generally. The Giclee canvas I use, Hahnemuhle Leonardo Canvas, are quite expensive compared to printing on paper and other materials but for me the extra expense is required, it is essential. I find Giclees printed on paper lose much of their lustre, the colours are muted and the light loses it’s brilliance. It thus does not reflect the brillance of my artwork and is thus unacceptable for me. I want artlovers who purchase my artwork to have practically the same pleasure as I do when I first complete and look on a recent oil painting.

It is an additional pleasure for me when artlovers frequently message me to say how much they love their Giclees, how they are pleasantly surprised by the quality of the prints, the brillance of the colours and light. Quality art at affordable prices is my passion.

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Crick in the Snow – A Brecon Beacons painting

Crick in the snow (SOLD)

I love painting snow, whether brillant midday sun, blue-tinged, snow or pinky sunset snow. I love how blues and pinks hover above the snowy white. I love the snow’s power to transform, to turn a plain town into a lovely town, and a lovely town in something quite majestic. In “Crick in the Snow, the lovely village of Crickhowell in the Brecons is transformed into a picture-postcard beauty by the snow and the dramatic background of the snow glistering hills.

I live by the sea where the salty sea erodes most heavy snow drifts. Thus I have to travel inland to the Welsh Valleys and beyond to find my snow-laden landscapes. In this painting I love the intricacy of the hedgerows climbing up the hills, the lacy threads of winter hedges, the patterns, and the line and shapes. It has a “brueghelian” Christmas feel. All that is missing is the sleighing children and swirling skates. I love the warm colours of the houses in the foreground contrasting with the cold blues in the distant countryside. The habitable back-lit with the inhabitable. This heightens the feeling of Christmas, all wrapped up in each other’s shops and homes, and lives; reassuringly, comfortably, necessarily away from the icy outside, the outer reaches, around this human fire of company. This is a painting of a winter community as well as winter community more generally.

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