I usually love big mats because they isolate the art, but on small pieces mats are naturally smaller.
A 1” mat is really small though, almost too small. My original choice of mat and frame for this piece was a larger, double mat pulling the dark gray and tan from the sketch with a matte black frame. I didn’t want it to be too dark and logically it worked, but I just didn’t like it. When I mocked up a few other possibilities and came up with this combination of single narrow black mat using the white angled core as a highlight and a mocha frame I was really surprised, I’d never choose it, but it totally works.
I recently sold this piece to another cat writer, cat artist and cat lover, and I couldn’t be happier that one of my favorite little sketches is in good hands…kind of like when I adopt out a cat I’ve fostered.
About the Artwork
This sketch has a certain intimacy. My fine felines happily spent supervisory time with me in my studio, mostly napping, but I’m sure they could have awakened at any time to give me whatever direction I might need. I took plenty of photos of sweet, sweet naps of one and two, as well as an important meeting among the four, but there was just something delicately inspiring about Mewsette and Bean, backlit by my work lights, with gentle highlights on their faces and whiskers. Mostly soft and grayish and just a touch of their mahogany but lots of delicate whiskers, I could picture a soft sketch on black paper using just the pastel I had layered on my fingers from the portrait I was working on and gentle touches of white charcoal or pastel pencil. I could also feel my fingers applying the pastel to the paper and see the marks I’d leave that described their noses cheeks, ears using the shapes of my fingertips…heck, if I was that distracted by this sketch and visualizing that fully, I might as well do it! So I did.
I’ve done a few of these before—why waste the pastel, and the inspiration?
In truth, this was almost another scratchboard, except for catching that softness, and all that pastel on my fingers.
PURCHASE A PRINT
Gentle Highlights original pastel is sold but prints are available matted and framed. Prints are made in archival inks on Epson Velvet Art Paper, Cold Press Digital Giclee Paper or Artist Canvas.
SHIPPING AND CHARGES
Shipping within the US is included in the cost of each print.
Prints up to 16″ x 20″ are shipped flat in a rigid envelope. Larger prints are shipped rolled in a mailing tube unless otherwise requested; flat shipping is an extra cost because it’s oversized.
The giclees are printed on acid-free hot press art paper for a smooth matte finish using archival inks. Giclee is the highest quality print available because the technique uses a dozen or more ink ports to capture all the nuances of the original painting, including details of the texture, far more sensitive than any other printing medium. Sometimes my giclees look so much like my originals that even I have a difficult time telling them apart when they are in frames.
I don’t keep giclee prints in stock for most of my works. Usually I have giclees printed as they are ordered unless I have an exhibit where I’ll be selling a particular print so there is a wait of up to two weeks before receipt of your print to allow for time to print and ship.
I offer giclees of this painting in two different sizes: the full size of 31″ x 23″, a half-size of 16″ x 12.5″. The giclees have 2″ of white around the outside edges. All are countersigned by me.
Digital prints are made on acid-free matte-finish natural white 100# cover using archival digital inks. While digital prints are not the quality of a giclee in capturing every nuance and detail of color, texture and shading, I am still very pleased with the outcome and usually only I as the artist, could tell where detail and color were not as sharp as the original. Digital prints are only available up to 11″ x 17″ and some of the prints are cropped to fit standard mat and frame sizes.
Digital prints have at least 1/2″ around the edges depending on the size of the print. All are countersigned by me.
Because the standard size canvas prints are not proportional to the original painting, canvas prints of this painting will have a portion cropped off.
I usually have at least one of the smaller sizes of canvases on hand, but order larger ones as they are ordered because I have limited storage space. Smaller canvases are a 3/4″ in depth, Canvases 12 x 16 and larger are 1-1/2″ in depth. I set them up so the image runs from edge to edge, then the sides are black or white or sometimes I slip in a color that coordinates with the painting. This canvas wraps around the sides.
I do all my own framing and can custom frame a print for you. Please ask.
- Cards are blank inside but can be customized with your message for an extra charge.
- Feline Fine Art Cards assort with all other 5″ x 7″ greeting cards (except custom printed cards) for a quantity discount.
- Individual cards are shipped by first class mail.
- Sets of six and twelve are packed in a clear-top stationery box. Price includes shipping via Priority Mail.
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