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Questions & Answers

Q: Why aren’t you selling your art on this website?

A: I will definitely have that option in the future, but for now it’s more feasible to do through my Etsy shop. Fast, reliable, one-click purchase.

Q: How do you ship your paintings? Is it safe to ship by regular Mail?

A: I use registered mail for posting my works as a default option, however you can always choose whatever carrier you prefer, like FedEx or UPS. Regular mail has worked just fine for me so far. It’s a bit slow, of course. But it is 10 time cheaper than the express courier companies., and for watercolors it’s quite safe. I have mailed my works to several countries in Europe, to the USA and even to Australia and they all arrived safely.

I package my artworks so that they arrive safely. Smaller works are packaged with hard cardboard and padded with foam sheet, and the larger works are better posted rolled in a special hard tube. Read more about it here

Q: Why is your art so cheap?

A: I think it is reasonable. I want people to be able to afford having original artwork in their home without paying an arm and leg for it. But who knows, it may become more expensive in the future.

Q: Why is your art so expensive?

A: As I said, it’s reasonable. It’s not the cheapest, perhaps, but I use the best materials to ensure the archival quality, and simply because I enjoy working with quality stuff. Besides, original art shouldn’t be as cheap as serial prints, otherwise it loses its value.

Q: What gets you inspired to create?

A: The answer to this can be very extensive as there are quite a few things that make me tik. It’s like chemistry: when I see it, I know it. It can be a certain color combination, shadows and lights. Some things are so challenging and exciting at the same time!

At times it is spontaneous. But often I may spend days or even weeks planning a painting, making sketches, thinking of a color palette and deciding on the composition and strategies… hmm… that sounds not too artistic, huh? Strategies. - but believe me, watercolor isn’t possible without it, you have to plan it very carefully for that effortless flowing effect. Yep, it’s the most difficult medium out there, and the least forgiving. Once you put your paints on the paper, you can hardly fix anything if you haven’t careful and chosen the wrong color or didn’t leave white spaces, etc.

Q: Do you display your art at galleries or art shows?

A:  So far, I have only participated in a few low-key exhibitions, and I do not have my art in galleries. I might, in the future. The gallery business is tough, they basically want an artist to pay for an opportunity to have their artwork displayed, and an artist has to work on attracting customers, etc. And when someone wants to buy an artwork, the gallery then takes over 50% commission. All that makes it not too attractive for an emerging artist.

Online though, it is pretty straight-forward and flexible at the same time.

Of course, seeing it live can be a great factor for some people… Art looks better live than on the screen, and most people who have bought my paintings say they were stunned that it looked so much better in person.

Q: Many artists have a certain topic they like to paint. Some artists paint exclusively portraits, others stick to landscapes, etc. You seem to work in different directions... Do you have a preferred theme or style?

A: Like I said, I never know what will inspire me at a certain moment in time. I may have a “flowery” mood today and be up for a moody street scene tomorrow, and the day after I may want to take a trip to the countryside or a sea shore.

It may look confusing as people are used to see some unified style from an artist. I guess I haven’t quite found mine yet. I try things and learn something new every day, finding new challenges and inspiration. For now, I do not want to narrow my creativity to a certain style or theme. I keep my eyes and my heart open to many things.

Q: What about the materials that you use for painting? I am buying an artwork to last for generations, and I don’t want it to fade or crackle in a couple of years.

A: For my watercolor paintings, I use paper of the highest archival quality and paints made by internationally renowned brands: Arches, St.Cuthbert’s Mill, Fabriano, Clairefontaine and Canson. The paper is not less than 300gsm, or 140lbs, 100% cotton and acid-free, so it will remain white for not less than 100 years.

The paints I use are of the professional artist grade, high-pigmented and lightfast which means they will not fade for ages to come if an artwork is matted and framed under a glass.

Painting with acrylics, I also use quality gesso base to undercoat the canvas - that ensures that paints won’t peel off the painting, and branded paints with rich pigmentation, and I finish my paintings with water-based satin varnish that gives an artwork an eye-pleasing slight gloss and protection.

I paint on stretched linen canvases of high density or on canvas boards (or panels) that are made of a sturdy cardboard or an MDF board covered with a cotton canvas.

The acrylic artworks can be framed without any glass or not framed at all, depending on your preference.

More questions? Ask in the comment section below or contact me - I will promptly respond.