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This blog is dedicated to my original paintings, prints and other fine art stuff.

My primary business is illustration and design. In that capacity, I do artwork for clients whose needs range from editorial and advertising illustration to logo, packaging and advertising design.

To see examples of my illustration and design, as well as a more extensive painting portfolio, visit jerryrussell.com. And then, come back here, and buy a painting for that empty wall in your home or office.

My Lakeport, NY painting studio is open to the public whenever I'm there working. See the map on the right for directions.

Studio 309 is located at 1987 Rt. 31, in Lakeport, NY
(The mailing/GPS address is Chittenango)
See map art right.

Hours:
Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10am - 4:30pm
Other days/times by appointment.

I'm in my Liverpool studio the rest of the week, usually.
However, if you're in Lakeport, and i'm in the studio working, c'mon up!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Fine Art Print Terminology


Giclée
The term “giclée” is based on the French word gicler, which means “to spray”. The term was coined in 1991 to describe fine art prints made using inkjet technology, which involves spraying tiny dots of ink onto paper to create an image. Today’s inkjet printers and inks are capable of producing fine art prints that rival, and often surpass the detail, color accuracy and print longevity of traditional
photographic prints.

Archival
The term archival, when referring to artwork, means the materials used have been chosen to insure that the artwork lasts a long time without fading, color-shifting or otherwise degrading. For fine art
giclées, acid-free cotton fiber papers and archival inks are used to create long-lasting prints.
For original paintings, choosing the right support (canvas, panel, paper, etc.) and preparing it properly is as important as choosing good quality paints. Modern professional artist’s paints are formulated to retain their color brilliance over time.
Combining good quality materials and supports, along with proper framing and display will insure that the artwork lasts generations.

Fine Art Print Editions
Fine art print editions fall into one of two categories; open edition and limited edition. An open edition is a set of prints of the same image that does not contain a specific number of copies. The artist will reproduce the image as much as desired.
A limited edition contains a set number of prints; 250 for example. Once the set number of prints have been made, no more will be printed. A limited edition print will display a number, usually in the bottom margin; 1/50, 2/250, 3/250, etc., indicating its place in the edition.
Lower numbers within an edition e.g., 5/250 rather than 225/250 are generally considered more collectible, although the prints are identical. Prints from smaller editions are also generally considered more valuable to collectors because fewer prints exist.