I'm working in Bangkok this week; I think this is my 5th visit here to work and travel. At this time of year, it rains most afternoons, sometimes furiously, and sometimes lightly, so the sky ranges from grey to sun (filtered by the smog and pollution here). What I love at this time of year are the flowering trees. From the UN building I look out over green trees lining the canals and many of those trees are butea frondosa known as flame tree of the forest. Artfully and generously arranged boughs of brilliant scarlet flowers show against the sky on these very tall trees. Lower, the deep green leaves of the wonderfully knotted plumeria trees shows the classic and elegant white flower which is incorporated in art all over Asia and Asia Pacific region.
Here in Niagara Falls, the linden and lilac are fading, but the roses are blooming brilliantly. Three rose bushes in my front yard and four in my back and all are ablaze with color. The people down the street have yellow, pink and white roses, but mine are alizarine and merlot! I've nearly completed an abstract version which should be posted next week.
I lauched michellemarcotte on June 4th, with the announcment that I have given birth to a new baby -- this website. I received terrific and welcoming comments from so many people, and thank you so much for the encouragement. I would appreciate your referrals. Pass my name and website to friends, relatives, co-workers, bosses, and anyone you meet!
Wendy Bering (naturepaintings.com) and I braved the wind to exhibit and paint at Springlicous on Queen St in Niagara Falls this weekend. We made some good connections with several prospective buyers and one gallery owner. And inspite of it all, I managed to begin and nearly complete a painting called 'Strawberry-Rhubarb Pi" (in the mathematical sense!). Thanks to Geny Heywood of Niagara Arts and Crafts Exhibit on Queen Street for hosting us during the festival.
Some of my paintings can be made available as Giclee Originals, archival prints on canvas that are then overpainted and then varnished. I have only copied those few paintings that I think might sell as giclees or where I can not bear to part with the original.
Mt giclees are made by a family company of truely skilled technicians, with a heap of expensive photo and printing equipment, in Niagara Falls Ontario. (Thank you Aztek!)
The painting is photographed and translated to a carefully color matched electronic copy (this is where you really appreciate the skill of the Aztek technicians). A proof is prepared which I review to make sure the resulting print is excellent.
Then the painting is printed onto canvas, and overlaid with sealers to ensure it is impervious to UV light, water or other forms of light and chemical damage. The canvas is wrapped on gallery quality strechers. I sign and write notes on the back.
Then, I do something a bit different. I overpaint on the giclee with acrylic paints, highlighting color, lights, darks and making each giclee an original on its own in a small way. I then apply varnish over it all for longevity.
Archival quality prints are advantageous in that they can better withstand the rigours of hanging in a kitchen, dining area or commercial establishment. They will withstand sunlight better than an original oil or acrylic painting. Archival prints are not inexpensive, but they can be sold for less than an original.
Prints can be made larger or smaller than the original painting. If you would like to change the size of a print, contact me for pricing.
Choose a print if you like to change your decor ocassionally and don't want to invest in an original. Choose a print if you will hang this painting in the sunlight or where people or food might touch it.
Choose an original if you want a investment quality artworks, and to ensure you receive the original, fully textured work.
Hello, and thank you for visiting. With this website I am breaking out, coming out and setting out. For some years now, I have been transitioning to becoming known as an artist. Prior to now the artist - me has been hiden from all but those who knew me well. They bought my paintings (when I would agree to sell or loan them); support for which I am very greatful.
In the past two years my productivity has multiplied logrithmically, I have been exhibiting and getting ready for the business of trying to make a living by working about half-time as an artist.
Now, with this website, I have taken the plunge, done the surgery, taken the hormones, whatever it takes to be seen as the artist that I have hidden.
I thank you for being a part of that transition.