Solo Art Exhibition is hung! :-)

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I’m very excited to announce, my exhibition, A Fresh Perspective; A Closer Look at Humanity, is now hanging at Broadway Market on Capitol Hill in Seattle.
The first thing I want to say is, I’m very honored by this venue. I feel privileged to be in a city that loves its artists as much as this one, and especially flattered to be hung in the wonderfully embracing area of Capitol Hill. The area is flourishing with remarkable artists and produces astounding talent like the musician Macklemore. I’m very grateful to Broadway Market for appreciating my art and giving it this opportunity.
I’m very proud of my work. I’ve spent just around one year putting together this series. It’s exciting to see what the world does with them now. This is the true magic of art, I spent so much time and energy into creating it, but now, it’s out in the world, and the entire world, combined with whatever I gave it creates its future. Who it effects, how it effects them, if it effects them, if it becomes treasured, or trashed… It’s not in my hands anymore. It’s the essence of art, this is why exhibitions are special. It’s the world’s chance to be a part of it.
I also want to thank my co-curator Kevin Edwards, who is a talented artist and musician himself, for helping me to hang the exhibition. I hope to do a collaboration exhibition with him in the future! I think that would be awesome! 🙂
Today went really well, for anyone in the area that gets to see it, I hope you love it as much as I do! For those that don’t, visit my website http://www.NicoleDieckman.crevado.com
Here are some photos from the day for you! 🙂

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Last day for pre-orders!

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The website is completely ready for orders, official proofs are up, and the show starts Tomorrow!! Yay!! To celebrate I’m offering this one day sale, for the last day of pre-orders! 🙂 Once limited editions are sold out they can never be printed again.
http://www.nicoledieckman.crevado.com

The Show is up in three days!

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I’m super busy today, getting ready for the show! But a couple notes… I have a few official proofs for prints up on my website- NicoleDieckman.crevado.com

I’m also planning on having the rest up sometime tonight!

Exciting News!! — I’m going to have a 24 hour pre-order sale on Monday, the day before we hang the show, so friends, family, and blog followers get a chance to get prints before I sell out– So stay tuned Monday!!!

And finally… I have a Facebook page you can like now, if you like that kind of thing. 🙂 I’m not a total Facebook junkie but I know some people like to keep up on stuff that way, so I’ll keep it updated for you guys!
facebook.com/NicoleDieckmanArtistPage

Last piece for the show!

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Well here it is…. The very last piece to my show that starts next week. 🙂 I hope some of you get to see these babies in person and love them as much as I do. 🙂 The two big ones are headed to the printers today, for their professional scans and prints will be ready for their release date, April 1st! Pre-orders are being accepted already if you follow the blog. 🙂
❤ Nicole

Sneak Peek!

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A sneak peek at the last piece for the show! Acrylic paint on Canvas 24×24

Pre-order Limited Edition Prints Now!

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Have you been patiently following my bog, waiting for the moment pre-orders would become available? Well today is that day!! Wait no more!

Visit the purchase tab for all your details! https://bloggingthesketch.wordpress.com/purchase/

Don’t know which title you wanted? Visit NicoleDieckman.Crevado.com to see images paired with titles. However these aren’t the official proofs back from the printer yet, so they haven’t been professionally color matched like only my fabulous printer can. I will be uploading those as soon as they are back from the printer. That should be as early as this weekend. The Kiss and The work still in progress won’t be uploaded until the release date April 1st.

But if you know what you want, and you want what you know, and you just can’t wait another second… Pre-ordering is available… Now!

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Why buy a Limited Edition Giclee?

If you’ve been to an art show or anywhere an artist is selling their work recently you may have noticed the word giclee. You may have thought, “What the hell does that mean?” But didn’t actually ask.
Giclee isn’t the oldest word in the book, and though any artist selling quality prints knows what it means, it’s not a surprise that a lot of art enthusiasts do not, and this is why. Giclee is a moderately new, but insanely high quality, form of reproducing art work. The prints (if you are getting them from a reputable fine art printer) are on archival quality paper or canvas (a print is paper a canvas print is canvas), which means they are sturdy and will stand up to time.
But that’s not the best part. Not at all. The best part is how closely these reproductions look like the original. And do you know why? Instead of using standard ink, from say an ink jet printer, a giclee printer uses a very high quality archival ink. Since the very first time I saw a giclee, I’ve seen people unable to distinguish between an original and a giclee. So, let’s just say, they are impressive. And they are archival.
Now, I know what you are asking, “How do you say giclee?” I know you’re asking because I remember the first time I was in a gallery and saw the word but couldn’t ask about it because I had no idea how to get that out of my mouth. Lol. Here you go http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dbKalNSezns 🙂 Your welcome.

Side note- giclees generally come in three forms, two popular and one to look out for. 1) The giclee print. This is the flat print on archival art paper. 2) The giclee on canvas, usually gallery wrapped. This means it’s on a canvas, ready to hang, and you don’t have to frame. 3) This is what you have to watch out for, “unstretched giclee on canvas” or “rolled giclee on canvas” this means it’s printed on a canvas material but not mounted on a frame. This is NOT ready to hang and really only a good idea if you know how to stretch your own canvas and for some reason want too. (I never offer this option, seems confusing to a buyer to me.)

Now, finally, why limited edition, and does that really matter? Well, if you’ve ever bought and resold something that was a limited edition you know how quickly these things can sky rocket in value. Or even better, wanted to buy something that had been a limited edition.
Quick story- we made the mistake of letting my daughter make a $15 limited edition care bear her favorite toy. 3 years later when we thought she lost it and we needed to replace it, we could only find them on eBay, for $90.
Now that’s a little different, because first of all, they were originally sold at a chain toy store and I guarantee way more than 100-200 were sold (the typical amount in a LE print collection) and… A care bear isn’t art work. 🙂

But the point is, when a limited edition of anything is sold out… The only people that can ever sell one again is an owner of one of the few. That makes the price a bargaining tool, and it can increase very substantially in value. Plus, obviously, that makes it rare, and by human nature, we value rare things, don’t we?
Would you rather have a 1/100 fine art print signed and numbered by the artist hanging in your nursery or a poster of something a thousand other kids have? In the end, that really depends on your taste.
But I personally do love a good limited edition giclee!! 🙂 I had one in my son’s nursery I bought from a local artist and every time I walked in the room it made me feel good, which is why I used the nursery example. 🙂

The end! 🙂 Have a good day! Feel free to leave additional facts or questions or comments in the comment section.

Where humanity’s innocence thrives

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Masterpieces

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“Kiss” 24×24 Acrylic paint on canvas.

I’ve finally finished this masterpiece. Sigh. It’s hard to explain this moment. You know, the one that comes when a work you’ve put countless hours into is finally complete.
There’s relief, relief that you didn’t screw it up and it’s everything you hoped it would be.
There’s love and adoration, like a mother after she’s birthed a baby.
And attachment that’s accompanied by fear, because even though, as an artist, I didn’t create this piece to keep to myself, I now feel terrified of letting it go. By that, I mean letting it go anywhere, like even to its exhibition where something might possibly happen to it. Lol. So apparently I’m the over protective type.
But alas, in the end, I know this painting now has it’s own destiny, like all masterpieces do.
And that, well, it completes me. Which is why I’m an artist.

Want an Artist Interview or Guest blogger?

Hi bloggers! I’m currently doing interviews and guest posts to promote my new series and upcoming show. If you are interested send me an email at Nicole_Dieckman@yahoo.com ! I’ll only be doing them During March and April, so email me your questions now.