My first show back on British soil opened to gratifying results. Within 3 days I had sold about 9 pieces of original work (won’t be sure of the exact number until the cheque arrives)!

The previous exhibitions both here and abroad have all been before the advent of social media and largely before the internet became current in almost everyone’s life.  So much has changed.

During this extended lacuna I have continued to work whenever possible. At times it was not possible. All my energy was absorbed by serious, boring and worrisome problems.

July was definitely not the best time to open with everyone thinking about holidays, the beach or other amusements.

The exhibition runs until the end of September so if you have the time and inclination, do pop by and have a look and of course grab a genuine original work of painted or hand printed art. There is also a browser full of small original pieces (real bargains) and there are some limited edition archival quality prints!

So much of what one sees in the specialised “digital” art galleries and particularly online consists of unlimited reproductions. A picture could run to millions of copies. This should be reflected in the price. Always question the seller and learn a bit about the various methods of reproducing a work of art.

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Girl Combing Hair, lino cut mono print on paper, 100 x 100 mm

It is also useful to compare with a painting you already know ( a visit to your local Museum will help here),  such as an Old Master (sadly not too many Old Mistresses ) to get an idea of dimensions and the surfaces of works. What medium was used? A vast canvas can be reduced to the size of your screen and a small piece made bigger. Online, different surfaces resemble each other because we see them in the same way that we see images on our TV screens.

It is also possible to create a painterly surface digitally. But of course it isn’t paint, it is digital ink. Sometimes there are a few “real” brush marks to add authenticity.  Ask if it is of archival quality i.e. guaranteed to last at least 100 years.

The marks made by our prehistoric ancestors on the walls of caves were made using natural pigments… and many are still there, as fresh as though painted yesterday.

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Cave of The Rhinos, Chauvet, France, prehistoric painting with thanks to Wiki Creative Commons. The posh name is parietal art. Many words have been spoken and said about prehistoric cave art and I can add nothing… Just look…

Will there be many of today’s works still around many millennia from now?

Will we still be around, given the follies of our present “Civilisations”?

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