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My Art in New Charity Auction June 8, 2010

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My next painting is ready for the charity auction on Saturday 12th June 2010 at the New Continental Hotel, Plymouth, Devon. Its all in memory of Nichola’s friend Anja and raising money for Derriford Hospital Oncology& Haematology ward & Macmillan Cancer support. Please let me know if you want to come along and support a massive cause!


Ticket prices are £2.00p each in advance or on the door. Disco and other entertainment. Please pass this invite on to all of your Plymouth buddies!
Contact Nichola if you want to reserve a ticket here at nichola_giblin@hotmail.com

In memory of Anja,  playing the drum in the painting.


My Interview With Art & Culture Magazine May 28, 2010

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My Interview With Art & Culture Magazine

I am thrilled and proud to be featured in this publication. You can see the whole interview here!

St Ives Exhibition April 28, 2010

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I will be exhibiting a small selection of art at  The Crypt Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall from Saturday 6th November until Friday 19th November 2010.

The exhibition is a collection of art works by the members of the Association of British Naive Artists (ABNA)

More details to follow.

Awards April 16, 2010

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I have won the following awards:

The Technicolour Abstract Art Award for
The Colour, DEEP, DARK, RICH Award for
Award Winner in The Darkness Falls Challenge
Award Winner in The Award Tree
Runner-up in The Road Ahead Challenge

Other Achievements April 16, 2010

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I am runner-up in The Christmas Card Competition! LOL 🙂

Devon Artists Network April 15, 2010

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I am proud to announce that I am now a member of DAN (Devon Artists Network).

You can find me here! 

View My Art Shops April 2, 2010

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I now have a shop where you can buy my art as prints, greetings cards and other items.

Please take a look at my shop here!

If there is an artwork on my website that you would like  to purchase but is NOT currently in the shop please feel free to let me know and I will gladly add it to the shop for you to purchase.

All items are very reasonably priced and are of a very high standard via http://fineartamerica.com/index.html. For all orders/purchases outside the USA please allow approx 2 weeks for delivery. All terms and conditions of purchase are stated on the Fine Art America website.

If you would prefer an original or commissioned artwork please let me know via my email address at sandy_wager@msn.com

My other shop is here!

In this shop at CafePress you will be able to browse and buy my art as household items, clothing, stationary, clocks and much much more.

I have personally shopped here and an highly recommend this company. If you are ordering from the UK or other European countries please expect your order to take 2 weeks.

My 2010 Calendar April 2, 2010

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My 2010 Calendar is my 1st to be published and on sale. For this 1st calendar I only released 10.

For 2011, I will make a new calendar, but will limit the numbers for sale to approx 50. Prices and final numbers for the 2011 release will be announced later this year.

If you would like a 2011 calendar please let me know so that I can reserve one for you.

Please see the 2010 calendar photos above!

How To Commission A Painting March 27, 2010

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The first things your Artist needs to know.

Black and White or Color? Decide if you want your commission to be in black and white or in color. Choose black and white for making a dramatic statement which can be very detailed at a small size. This isn’t to say that it won’t help the artist to know what color things are. Blue eyes are a different value than green.

Color lends a depth and reality to an image. It also conveys a broader range of emotion better than black and white. In general, we relate to, and “feel” color images more. If you want something very subtle or very over the top, then choose color.
Background or no background? Not every image needs to have a background. This is especially true of portrait work whether it is black and white or color.

Another option is to add a graphic image in the background that relates to the subject. It could be a flag behind a political figure for example or a a pair of crossed swords behind a knight. It could also be a pattern that is either simple of complex.

But all that being said, there is something complete and wonderful about a painting with the subject in an appropriate environment.
What size?  Aside from complexity, size is the most influential factor when determining the price, and the reason is the same for both.

Time.  The larger a piece is, the longer it takes to do. Likewise, the more detail and the more “stuff” that you want included in your piece, the more time it takes to do.

Not all pieces look good small, and not all pieces look better large. The subject, and the effect you are after, will often suggest the best size. A portrait destined for an opera house ought to be large while a miniature portrait’s small size is far more intimate.
Framed or unframed? All commissions that you have done should be framed. This can be done by the artist or the artist’s framer. These two people have the biggest stake making you happy. The frame should be an extension and a complement to the painting.

The only time this is not true is when you yourself are a framer or if a finished piece is being shipped. Especially overseas where the extra weight can make the cost prohibitive.

Receiving a piece framed alleviates the delay of hanging which isn’t good for the art and devalues your investment. Wasn’t showing it off to everyone the idea in the first place.
The budget. As you have seen, there are many factors that effect the price of a piece. One approach is to tell the artist how much you are willing to spend. The artist will manipulate the size, complexity, etc. so that you can get a quality job within your budget.

Another approach is to tell the artist everything you want to see in the commission and ask for a quote with your “want list” and see what comes up. The artist will usually give you a quote with a variety of sizes to choose from. You can pick one or you can ask the artist for suggestions on how to get the price in a range where you feel comfortable.

For example, you can get the cost of a piece down by changing a full figure image to a waist up image keeping the same size. Or you could keep your full figure and simplify or eliminate the background. Or you could keep everything and just go to a smaller size.

Don’t be afraid to ask if you can make installments on expensive commissions. It is a common practice. But be prepared to pay at least one third of the total up front, one third half way through and the final third when it is complete unless the two of you agree to another plan.

An installment plan is a regular monthly payment for as long as it takes you to complete the transaction. The art is shipped once payment is complete.
The time factor. Imagine writing your name on a piece of paper that is 8 x 10 inches. No problem right? It’s quick and easy and looks good without making a fuss.

Now write your name on a piece of paper the size of a postage stamp. This takes a little more planning, more effort and more attention to make it look good.

For a more relevant example, let’s say that you want a special ring on the finger of your subject’s portrait commission. If the piece is an 18 x 24 inch piece, this will not likely be a problem. If you want it done on an 8 x 10 inch piece, it’s another story.

The solution? Let’s say that the 8 x 10 quote is in the budget, but you really want that ring seen clearly. You can have the figure done at a closer view (from the waist up as opposed to a full figure from head to toe), or you could have the ring done as a graphic in the background. As we saw earlier, with creative inventiveness, there is almost always a way to get the job done within the budget.

The thing to remember is to know what the most important elements of the piece are and set your priorities so that you can relate to the artist what must be in the picture, what can be modified and what can be dropped if necessary.
Now your ready. With this information at hand, you are ready to contact your favorite artist with confidence and say I would like a commission.
Let me know if you would like a commissioned painting either by :-

Phone                 01752 313645

Email                  sandy_wager@msn.com

Via my website    http://www.artbysandywager.com

Post                    94, Lancaster Gardens, Plymouth, Devon, PL5 4AE, UK

The above text was copied from  (by Melissa A Benson re:- Squidoo  http://www.squidoo.com/artcommission#module12411555)

My Art Exhibitions March 9, 2010

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A small selection of my Flora art has been shown at Cornerstones Art Centre, Station Road, Didcot, Oxforshire, from Saturday 13th March thru till Sunday 18th April 2010.

I was very excited and proud to be exhibiting my art here.

This is my 1st art exhibition and I also feeling very nervous. I delivered my art to the gallery on the Sunday before the opening and felt like a school child waiting for a rejection. Boy, was I nervous, but the Curator was thrilled with my work and put me at ease.

I have heard so many stories about Curators, not all good, so the nerves kicked in pretty hard.

Thankfully my son, Shane, came with me for moral support. Shane is not on the internet and has never seen my art before, accept for the piece I gave him as a Christmas gift in 2008. He was gobsmacked when he saw my exhibition pieces and was so made-up when my art was accepted by Cornerstones.

My plan was to drive up to Didcot for the opening day on the 13th March and hang around in the cafe in the hope that some old school mates turn up.

Shane was there with me and was also  my elected photographer, lol.   I need photos of me and my framed art for personal use as well as for self promotional tools.

Here are the 4 pieces of art that will be on exhibition….