Matting paper and panels can be incredibly simple. #1. Create your work. #2. Take your work to a frame shop and have them professionally mat it. They can even install it in a frame of your choice. The problem with this, for me, is that I am a small business that struggles to maintain a good flow of revenue, and professional framing services can be quite expensive. These are some of my methods for making your work more presentable while keeping costs low.
Living abroad forced me to scale down the size of my paintings. I had very little storage space and my production level rose to the point that I was creating paintings faster than I was selling them. I started using paper for experimental works, but after developing a suitable prep method with what I had available to me, paper quickly became a viable option for smaller works.
I, like many artists who paint with oils, became dependent on mineral spirits and Turpentine for cleaning and thinning. This is how I kicked the habit.
Having trouble managing your paintings in progress, drying, and done? Establishing an effective system doesn't have to be difficult, complicated, or costly.
Your studio space directly effects your ability to produce art. These are some of the most important factors that you should consider when designing and creating your art studio.
If you intend to begin creating oil paintings these are the essential things you will need to have.
It can be difficult enough to find images or ideas that inspire an artist to create art. Commission work can supply the inspiration, but what if the image itself has an emotional aspect that interferes with the creative process? This is how I moved forward on one such piece.
Follow me on a small part of my adventures in Berlin and Potsdam as I check out some local museums for a few different types of inspiration.
Check out some of my early painting experiments with different colored backgrounds. Although these seem a bit crude and cartoonish, in retrospect they have influenced much of what I do today in establishing an overall tone or "feel" to my paintings.
Scott Anstett is a American artist, teacher, and avid cyclist living in the Pacific Northwest.