I have been toying with the idea of creating a separate tab for my watercolor paintings which have been sealed with clear acrylic. The reason for doing this is so you don't have to frame with glass or acrylic. In fact you don't have to mat or frame when using canvas or cradles unless you choose to. Many galleries don't like watercolor art because of the glass or acrylic glare from lighting or sunlight in the gallery which affects seeing the art from a distance. In recent years I was told that if you sprayed or painted clear acrylic over your watercolors it then became mixed media. I have personally observed many watercolors sealed versus acrylic paintings which are often sealed in the same way and there is a definite difference in the appearance of the painting. You don't lose that much of the wonderful characteristics of a watercolor painting when you choose the right style and subject matter.
It is a labor intensive process for the artist but it saves money for the buyer in not having to purchase expensive acrylic or museum glass, mats, and then a frame. I like to still frame my sealed watercolors and love that Ampersand recently has added "floater" frames for their product line. I like that I can send the art out the door with the buyer and it is ready to hang on the wall with no further expense. Below are several examples of my painted which have been sealed. I normally seal them before they are photographed so I used my print website to show you the canvas and framed print idea.
So do you think people looking for art would like to see these identified in a separate gallery? I would like to hear your thoughts.
Sharing my paintings with others is one of the joys in my life. Educating others about how I paint and the media I use is very important and why I wanted to reach out through this blog. Hope you will add a comment about what you see. What else would you like to see here?.
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