When I am alone at the Gallery on High, I spend a lot of time sketching scenes, in color, and when completed, I give them a finished look by adding a mat. Many of the sketches are from photos I have taken and put on my iPad. I sketch them on paper with pencil but a lot of time, the sketching is started with color and brush. This makes for a very fresh looking piece of art. Add the mat and it is ready for framing.
I do a lot of these in standard sizes so that framing doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Most people don’t know this but oftentimes a frame will cost more than the painting. Many jokes have been made about this but it really is a common reality. I try to stick with standard sizes for the most part so that those who want to frame a painting don’t have to purchase a custom frame unless they want to. Another way an artist can save money for a buyer is to use canvas that is gallery-wrapped. The canvas is stapled onto the back of the stretcher canvas instead of its sides. The artist then paints the scene around the edges of the painting leaving the option of hanging it alone without a frame or to frame it. It is their choice.
This week is the last week of my one-man show at the Gallery on High. It started out with over 50 paintings and sketches but with my watercolor sketches I completed while there, the total is more around 100 now. It is my objective to try to have something for everyone. I have really enjoyed seeing those who stopped by to look, chat, and buy.
The gallery will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. This is a good time to come out and see what’s going on in your town. The Gallery on High has classes for children and adults in a variety of different medias and with diverse class schedules. Pick up an exhibit schedule and support the artists that will be showing their works.
Original art adds warmth to every home and can be an inspiration to those living there to develop their own creative endeavors.
Harry Croghan is an artist, photographer, writer and teacher. He can be reached at (740) 852-4906 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.