Frequently Asked Questions … in no particular order
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How long does it take me to paint the average painting?
Half a day and half a lifetime ;-) Seriously, it varies a lot, I tend to paint fast. I think slowly. I spend a lot of time thinking before applying a stroke of a brush. I usually paint landscapes outdoors... and I usually cover a canvas in a day. I like big canvases. It might take me days, weeks, months or even years to complete a painting.
Do I paint everyday?
No. While I might think about it, in reality, I only have the physical stamina to paint only two days a week. In addition, I try and have a regular drawing session at the Schoolhouse for Art twice a month.The rest of the time is spent organising stuff and dealing with the many other aspects of my work, like this website.
Do I paint with my feet or my mouth?
I paint with my eyes and my heart. And, occasionally I use a paintbrush ;-)
This question used to haunt me and stopped me from painting for years. However, once I decided to paint, I discovered that the people who are most interested in asking this question are also the least interested in my paintings. Those who are interested in my paintings don't care if I painted them with my nose or my elbow.
Art making is about expression and seeing, not manual dexterity or pedexterity for that matter ;-) Check out this artist who demonstrates this point better than I can.
Are my paintings for sale?
Yes. They are available through a few galleries and also through the Artwork section of this website… if you have any questions about making a purchase, please email me here.
Throughout the year I participate in a number of events that include some annual group exhibitions and please join my mailing list if you would like to be included in future events. One such recent show was Dublin Painting & Sketching Club of which I am a (newly elected) member, and during the summer months, I had a self portrait hanging in this year's Annual Royal Hibernian Academy 185th exhibition. It is Ireland’s largest and longest established open submission exhibition.
What is my price range?
From €50 - €5,000. I work mostly on paintings that are medium sized (20" x 30"). If they are painted in oil they cost €1,800. The smaller they are the least expensive, and ironically, are more difficult for me to paint. I like big canvases... I think this is because they are a long way from my eyes. People who paint small canvases I notice are so close to them that they are practically rub noses with the paint. Obviously, this doesn’t suit me very well at all!
I also have a lot of drawings and works on paper available for sale. Come to my studio for a visit
Very soonI will also have my new TWO YEAR calendar for sale. It runs through 2016 and 2017 it costs €25 and includes the postage to anywhere.
What about prices and payment?
There is a great range in size and price of these paintings and prints. There are some water colour and acrylic on card, but most are oil on canvas. Water colours range in cost from €95-€775, and oils from €150 to €4,950.
Gift vouchers are available . Only unframed work can be sent abroad. Payment is received through paypal, bank transfer, credit card or cheque. Paypal is easy and safe. Please contact me if you require assistance.
I have fallen in love with one of your paintings and I can’t afford to spend that much…. can I buy it in installments ....on the "never never"?
Lovers of my work can pay for a painting a little at a time AND get the painting delivered immediately. You can pay as little as €20 a month towards the piece…This is regardless of how much the work costs. Is there a catch? Not really… just that if you choose this method I ask that you leave a valid and current credit card number on file.
Are you open to barter and other creative means of exchange.?
Yes. I am open to barter and other creative means of exchange. With regard to barter, I am very interested and I have exchanged paintings for many things, including a used car, a load of firewood and a year's worth of reflexology sessions.
Can I return a painting bought in installments, if I change my mind?
Yes, Collectors who change their minds about the artwork they have bought on an installment plan can return it without incurring fees or extra charges at any point. Whatever you've paid is not reimbursed, and there is no fee for returns. You can even choose another piece instead and carry over the balance to the new work. Consider it like a rental scheme...
Can I exchange it if we engage in barter?
Yes and no. If it simple and quick enough (within 28 days). I don't have a problem with you exchanging the painting you chose for the barter. But it may be too complicated...and if it quite straightforward, well, then, of course, yes.
Do I accept commissions?
Yes, on the understanding that if you don't like it, you don't have to buy it. I will try to do my best for you, and if you would like to commission me. I can, in most cases work within your timescale and budget.
Do you sell your work on your website at a discount that I wouldn't get by buying though a gallery?
No. The work on my website is priced the very same as in galleries. I encourage you to buy my work that is available through my galleries. Artists need galleries.
What about prints? Do I sell giclée prints? What are they? Why are they special?
Yes... I have one spectacular print, and several smaller prints for €50 unframed.
Giclée (pronounced "zhee-clay"), is a term for the process of making fine art prints from a digital source using very high quality ink-jet printing.
The image above is one of five giclée prints currently on offer. There is a limited edition, and each one is signed and numbered. Unframed €50, framed €100.
The word “giclée”, from French "gicleur" meaning "nozzle". It was created by Jack Duganne, a printmaker, to refer to any inkjet based digital print used as fine art. The intent was to make a distinction between industrial "iris proofs" from the type of fine art prints artists were producing. The term, originally applied to fine art prints created on iris printers in a process invented in the early 1990s, and has since come to mean all high quality ink-jet print.
Do I have work available for sale that is not on my website?
Yes.... some, and a lot of drawings... So, please email me here.
Do I welcome studio visits?
Yes, I do welcome visitors and occasionally I have an Open Studio. My studio is highly organised and even though I am messy at heart, As you can see from the photos, an awful lot of the time there is mess. it is hard to recognise it as the same studio. Keeping a place for everything and everything in its place is important to me. I aim for it to be more like a laboratory than a junk shop.
Do I paint "those Christmas cards"?
No. I am not a member of the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists that sends unsolicited Christmas cards by direct mail around the world.
Some years ago I was approached and I met with a group in the UK. During that visit, it was clear to me that the AMFPA is not in the business of selling paintings, or even in the printed cards business but rather, are very clear that they are in the business of selling "inspirational stories". I am an artist in the business of selling paintings and so I wasn’t interested in creating a triumph over tragedy story.
From the tone of the question and the amount of people who ask about "those Christmas cards" it is clear that people consider it a charity, set up for the support of disabled artists. This is not the case. The AMFPA is not a charity. In fact, they are proud of their status as a business and as such, like other businesses it is run for profit . This profit is estimated by some to run to several millions, and while there is no suggestion that it is unlawful,, questions have been raised about the sales strategies and secrecy surrounding the association.
Suffice to say, that for over the 50 years, only one Irish artist, Christy Browne has ever been entitled to a salary, despite their massive reputation and sales. He has been dead for over 30 years.