testWelcome 2012 ……ART is just three letter word!!!!

Okay,  I will admit I am a few days early, but 2012 will be toasted in before each of us realizes and alas 2012 will be on its way …. our goals and visions attached.

In 2012, I will be inviting special contributors to post on my Loft Artwork blog, via interview, questionnaire or mutually decided upon topic.

The vast world of “Art” , touches us all;
from fine artists to graphic artists,  interior designers to architects,  buyers to collectors, art lovers to those who profess not to understand art at all.

Each month Loft Artwork will share several interesting points of view of the vast wide world of ART, acceptable and controversial alike.

What are you interested in learning regarding the art world? Who are you interested in reading about?  Are you a designer, artist or someone otherwise connected to the art world and have something to say?

Contact me, I would love to read and perhaps share your unique point of view.

Stay tuned, January 2012 will bring you a unique interview with a young and upcoming graphic artist, as well as interesting and informative blog from a fine art professional photographer.

Happy , Healthy  and Creative 2012 to you and yours.


testLooking to start an original art collection?

There is nothing more personalized than your own art collection.

It is a reflection of your tastes, moods, feelings and a homage to your artistic style.

One of my favourite pieces (clearly beyond my budget) is Pollocks #31, hanging at the MOMA in NYC.

PS: this is  a pic of me taking a pic of this beautiful artwork.

I began my own personal collection a few years back. I have collected art pieces that I immediately fell in love with, as well as a few pieces that just stuck in my mind for a period of  time.

Here are some tips you might find helpful… the bottom line is purchase what you love, it will bring you years of enjoyment.

How do I start an art collection?

The joy of building an art collection is no longer reserved for those with the time and resources to scour art galleries across the globe. With today’s technology, anyone with a computer can access thousands of artists’ works across the full spectrum of mediums., While there is no set formula for building an art collection, here are  few tips to make your collection the best it can be, regardless of your budget.

1. Trust Your Instincts

 Fill your collection with pieces you love – not pieces that feel like a good investment opportunity or a “good deal”. Your collection should be a reflection of you. If you’re not sure what you like, spend time browsing . Choose color palettes or styles that capture your interest.

2. Stick with Original Art

 Much of the magic of an art collection is in the subtle nuance and energy of the artwork itself – how the work makes you feel when you look at it, what it says to each individual. Original art is unique, one-of-a-kind piece and allows you to make an exclusive statement about who you are and what you like.

3. Choose the Right Mix

 You may wish to build your collection around a common element (style, color, theme), but selecting works of different size, shapes and mediums will help diversify the overall collection.

Ensure you take care of art that you purchase. Ask the artist if there are any particular suggestions for care and follow his/her directions.

Enjoy and keep collecting!

testThe “Bones” can make or break your painting .. ensure it is done right.

I recently completed a loft artwork painting commission for a client of mine in Texas, USA.

They have a beautiful home decorated in a palette of neutral tones which provides a peaceful and serene living space.

I worked with the client to determine tone, size, visual impact desired. We agreed on a plan to complete a 4 ft x 8 ft loft artwork painting that would enhance and serenely fit into the space keeping the overall feel of tranquility as the primary desire.

I would paint the piece in my Toronto studio and have the canvas shipped rolled verses shipped  stretched on a frame. The cost of shipping rolled is about a quarter of the cost of shipping stretched on a frame and my client had a reputable stretcher/framer at their  end in Texas. It seemed like a win win.

The loft artwork painting was completed, rolled, shipped, delivered, unpacked… stretched, delivered to my clients home and hung in their beautiful home.

Colour hue, tone, and overall feel were great. However the piece itself appeared to hang suspiciously incorrectly. My client noted that the painting appeared  slightly warped. If you look closely at the above picture you can see the warping is particularly visible on the mid to lower  left side of the painting.

I asked my client to take the painting down, take  a picture of the the back and send it to me asap.

As I suspected the framer had not provided sufficient “bones” and the canvas was winning the tension battle.

The  structural support of any canvas plays an important role. This is particularly important when dealing with larger paintings and when the canvas is 48 inches and beyond it is critical to ensure top notch frame work.

For the last five hundred years or so in Europe and elsewhere, canvases have been stretched over wooden frames for painting. This technique became a popular alternative to wooden panels as it allowed artists to create large transportable paintings with a minimum of preparation time and expense.

The stretcher is, in fact, a complex construction which must be well made and finely “tuned” to meet the requirements of a flexible canvas. A necessity in a high quality stretcher is  to ensure adequate cross bracing. Without this warping and twisting of the frame under tension will occur.

Other issues of poorly made stretchers may exhibit; insufficient or no beveling on the front face , no key slots and type of wood to name just  a few.

In my clients  case the issue was inadequate cross bars. A  basic standard is at 48 in a cross bar is required , and of course cross bars can be used prior to 48 inches.

I have  discovered a Canadian company that specializes in framing and stretching. Should you have further interest to learn more check them out at  www.uppercanadastretchers.com

My client returned to the framer, they re-stretched the canvas ensuring adequate structure. The end result is an original loft artwork painting that is professionally stretched and will provide many, many years of enjoyment for the my client and their family.

After having the painting re stretched, my client decided to hang the painting in the softly lit foyer at the front door. The painting looks wonderful there and provides a graceful warm welcome to this homes’ guest.

As to the original living room area, a  slightly larger piece is bring considered.

Visit www.loftartwork.com to see more large scale paintings that might enhance your space, and keep in mind that the “bones ” of your painting can make or break your painting both visually and in terms of the life your investment.