Lawrie Dignan - Canadian Pen and Ink Artist

Points of Interest

 

Investing in Art:

Buying original art for yourself is a very personal experience and unique to you - your tastes, your life, your surroundings and your memories. You may choose to buy a piece because it reminds you of something familiar, it evokes strong feelings or represents a familiar place. You might choose a piece based on favorite colors or based on recommendations of an Interior Designer, or you may buy art strictly as an investment because you believe the piece will increase in value over time. For whatever reason you buy original art there is one simple rule to guide you in making your decision, and that is, 'YOU MUST LOVE THE PIECE' - if it is not something you absolutely have to have, then you probably should not invest in the piece. Living with art is a very different experience than seeing art in a gallery or museum. Living with your original art piece you will see it day in and day out, you will notice the colors change from morning to evening with the changing light and possibly with your own varying moods as well. A well executed  original piece of art reveals itself layer by layer over time. So you better love it!

 

Original art pieces add value and ambiance; they start conversations and add another dimension to your home or office. If you are buying original art ( or art prints ) as a special gift for someone, here are some questions that can help in your selection process:

- How well do you know the person?

- What is the style of their home or office?

- What space do they have for the work of art?

- Do they have any favorite artists, colors, places?

- How much are you willing to spend?

 

In giving artwork as a gift you may not get the reaction that was intended when you bought the piece, only because the recipient doesn't have the same taste as you. Buying artwork is a very personal thing, so be careful when purchasing for someone else !

 

When Matting and Framing original artwork, it is best to go to a professional frame shop to have the work framed and protected properly. The use of acid free backing, matting and a UV resistant type of glass should be used for the protection of your original work from light fade and yellowing.

 

Personal taste will always dictate the type of framing materials you purchase, but the help of a professional framer will help you get the best possible match for the investment that you’ve made.

 

 

Printing Definitions :

Giclee:

An ink jet or sprayed ink print. These prints are done from digital files made from an artists’ original drawing. The inks are archival in quality and are printed on acid free heavy art paper’s which give the print a look, feel and quality of an original piece. This format allows the artist to do one print at a time as opposed to doing a large press run.

The word giclée was adopted by Jack Duganne, a printmaker working at Nash Editions. He wanted a name for the new type of prints they were producing on the IRIS printer, a large-format, high-resolution industrial prepress proofing inkjet printer they had adapted for fine-art printing. He was specifically looking for a word that would not have the negative connotations of "inkjet" or "computer generated". It is based on the French word gicleur, which means "nozzle" (the verb form gicler means "to squirt, spurt, or spray").[3] An unintended consequence of Duganne's choice of name was its problematic use in the French language since it is also modern French slang for male ejaculation

 

Limited Edition Print:

A reproduction which is signed and numbered by the artist in a predetermined quantity, after which no further reproductions of that image are made. eg: 50/250 which means # 50 of 250 printed in the Limited Edition

 

Offset Lithograph:

Often referred to specifically as photo-mechanical offset printing, this is a process by which an image is transferred to a printing plate by photographic or digital files from scanned artwork; the image is then transferred to a roller (or series of rollers) which print the image on the paper. Used mostly for multiple copies or “Open Edition “ prints, it is usually done on a commercial printing press.

 

Remarque:

An additional original drawing or mark ( alteration ) made on a print by the artist after the edition has been printed. The Remarque may be made on either a standard edition print, an artist proof or a special Remarque print edition.

 

Serigraph:

Also known as a silk-screen print. It is created using a stencil on a screen made of polyester, nylon or silk. A design is blocked off by an opaque material and the remaining open screen allows ink to pass through to deposit an image on paper. The ink is forced through the screen using a squeegee. The process is repeated, using different stencils and color until the print is completed.

 

Artist Proof:

Also known as A/P. These prints are outside the regular edition and are equal in quality to the edition. The prints are signed by the Artist as an Artist Proof or A/P. They are traditionally retained by the artist and usually limited to no more than 10% of the edition. Originally, artist proofs were the first prints that came off of the print medium for the artist to “proof” or approve before printing the full edition. With the advent of Giclee printing, AP’s can still be 10% of the limited edition run with the artist using the AP’s to proof before starting the actual limited edition numbering. Once color proofing and size have been determined, the files will be saved to ensure that the first print in the edition will be the same as the last one in the edition.

 

Printers Proof:

It is customary that the printer selects a small percentage of the print run for themselves. These are designated as P/P or Printer’s Proof on the print.

 

Archival:

Refers to materials that meet certain criteria for permanence such as lignin-free, pH neutral, alkaline-buffered, stable in light, etc. A quality level for art materials, such as ink or paper, that has a neutral or slightly alkaline pH, resulting in high-level aging properties. A non-technical term used to denote material that will last over long periods (several decades) with minimal deterioration because of its chemical stability and physical durability. In reference to inks, many different manufacturers have different lengths of time or Archival ratings that they use. Archival in no way means that products will never fade or deteriorate at some point in time.

 

Documentation:

A certificate of authenticity identifying the process, techniques and materials used to create a Limited Edition Print. It also specifies the number of prints created including artist proofs,

Remarque’s and Printers Proofs. These documents are signed by the artist, publisher, and/or printer.

 

Relief Printing:

In making a relief print, a block of material, often wood or linoleum, is used  instead of a metal plate. The artist uses sharp tools to cut his design into the  surface of the block, removing all the undesired surface and leaving his  original design on the block. The design is then inked and applied to paper.

 

Etching:

Here the medium is a copper or zinc plate coated with acid-resistant varnish.  The artist draws the design through the varnish coating. The plate is then  immersed in acid and the lines are etched in the metal plate. When inked and  placed in a press, a print impression of the design results.

 

Atelier Stamp :

A stamp put on an artist's work by his/her estate at the time of the sale of the  works in the studio after his/her death.

 

Bon a tirer : (RTP, Ready to Print)

A French term meaning "good to be printed". This is a special proof which is  generally signed in pencil and designated to advise the printer of the artist's  approval. This is the go-ahead to proceed and print the edition.  Such a proof  is naturally rare, and would be a desirable acquisition to knowledgeable  collectors.

 

Cancelled Plate:

When the edition is fully printed, the plate is either destroyed or cancelled by  the artist. Most artists mark or deface their plate in some way to show that the  edition is completed. Sometimes, the artist will donate or sell the plate to a  museum ,where the plate serves to instruct the amateur and professional alike.  Some plates, being in excellent condition, have been reprinted with the  canceling lines indicated.

 

Provenance:

The history of previous ownership of a work of art. If available, the provenance  aids in establishing authentication and value.

 

Original:

One of a kind !

 

 

The POINT:

In geometry, a POINT is "an undefined term." This inexplicable thing is further undefined as "having no dimensions: no length or width." This thing, with no limits and indescribable, helps to describe space. Space is a set of all points.

ART, unlike math, can define a point. Artists illustrate a point in space by drawing a dot. Artists, whose goal is to define and explain the space of our lives, use many dots: dots that float and drift in space, that coalesce into planes, shapes and forms defined by the values created when dots exists side by side.
POINTILLISM is a drawing technique using dots that blend together when seen at a distance.
POINTILLISM is a metaphor for life. We need to step back, sometimes, to get it's POINT.

 

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