Legacy hand-repainted print 18x12
red rose, caladium, lace and crystal still life wall art
enhanced print, hand-repainted and unique
custom printed giclee on fine art paper
Upon receiving your order, I print a high quality giclee on museum grade fine art paper with archival inks. Then I take color-rich soft pastels and add detail and enrichen lights and shadows to make each print a unique piece of wall art called a remarque or "enhanced print". This process is much more involved than highlighting or retouching. I even paint over my original signature, then sign the finished artwork anew, because it now stands alone. You have an elegant but highly affordable new artwork that's almost original. Or, maybe it really is, because I made it especially for you.
- an archival acid-free ivory mat and acid-free foam board backing make this high end wall art print ready to frame
- the 18" x 12" vertical art image is matted to outer dimensions of 24" x 18" so it fits a ready made frame (frame not included, but this format makes framing it much more affordable for you)
- we strongly suggest you frame this and any other art on paper under glass to protect it from the ravages of the environment. Select museum glass as the ultimate to protect your art and prevent reflections; clear, UV-protective glass or acrylic are economical alternatives.
This largest size and only size offered as an enhanced print for this painting, because it gives you the entire, uncropped artwork image.
A clear, resealable envelope protects your enhanced print until you frame it. Ribbon-tied, a foam board case sandwiches this carefully packaged artwork, which protects your painting and makes an elegant gift presentation.
Free Domestic Shipping in a protective fine art box via USPS Priority Mail includes insurance
Precious things passed down from my grandmothers
My grandmothers and my great grandma bequeathed me their common love of flower gardening and lovely things. They handed down the etched glass vase, the sterling serving spoon and the lace mat in this still life, a legacy of love and loveliness.
My still life paintings are rare. I created this one as a change of pace from my usual landscapes.
A still life should hold a subtle story. I chose objects that, when arranged together, have a meaning beyond their own. When she'd pot a blooming plant, my great-grandmother liked to include a nail or shavings from a railroad spike to add iron to the soil. Wondering what she might've used, had she lived on a ranch, I slipped a rusty horseshoe into my composition. My city grandmother would dig in her formal rose bed using any handy tool: this usually meant shuffling dirt with a sterling serving spoon. My other grandma, a simple, tidy lady, potted her plants on brown paper grocery bags, indoors or out. All three loved lace, etched glass, and color.
I composed and painted this pastel in my studio, finishing it except for the rose and for detailing the glass and lace. Those final touches, I saved to show the artists in my advanced pastel painting class. As I finished painting in the tiny holes in the lace and colors in the rose, I explained to my adult students that it doesn't matter whether you're painting a tree or a rose or a face-- as an artist, you must decide what you want to say to the viewer, then let your fingers follow your thoughts across your canvas.
Here I'm saying, Thank You, three special ladies, for showing me beauty, for teaching me that getting your hands dirty is as much form of loveliness as tatting lace, and for allowing a few extraordinary surprises, like horseshoes, to enter daily life.