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1. What are traditional, inkjet and limited edition prints?

Traditional forms of printmaking are printed by hand or a hand-operated machine press, either by me or a professional print studio.  For my purposes, this currently refers to block-printing with a linoleum rubber block or woodblock that is carved by hand.  It also refers to serigraph (silkscreen) printing and letterpress printing which I hope to be producing soon. Because the print is created by hand, there are apt to be unique qualities found in each print, particularly with how the paper takes the ink.

Inkjet printing, sometimes referred to as giclée, is printed from a digital image with dye-based inks that have a high-degree of lightfastness, onto archival paper.

Limited Edition prints are produced in a limited number and are signed and numbered by myself, the artist.  Once the edition is done, no more will ever be produced.  If a second edition is created, it will be different in some way, such as a different color or color-combination.

All of my prints come with a certificate of authenticity which provides an important record of the details of the artwork as well as additional proof that the artwork was made by me.  This is especially important to have if at some point you decide to transfer or sell the artwork.

2. What kind of mediums do you work in?

I work primarily on paper in a variety of mediums including pencil, ink, watercolor, gouache (similar to watercolor), pastel, charcoal….whatever inspires me or I feel like experimenting with.  I work with as much fine quality and archival materials as I can.  I aim to produce work that will last for centuries if well-cared for.

At some point I will be working in oil to produce paintings on canvas as well, and possibly some other mediums, but for now my focus is on creating water-based works on paper and traditional printmaking.

3. What is your art about?

The Lucid Lush™ experience 😉  Please visit my Artist page for more information about what inspires me.

4. Can you create a custom work of art for me?

My focus is on producing artwork that comes from my own source of inspiration, so I am not looking to create commissioned pieces, however, there may be exceptions.  If you have an idea for something that is inspired by my own work and are looking for me to create something with my own particular vision and style, it’s possible it could be a good fit, so please feel free to email me and let me know exactly what you are looking for and your desired budget:  haus@briannalamar.com

5. What should I consider when making an investment in a work of art?

If you are fairly new to the world of fine art collecting, here are some questions that may help guide your decision-making process, whether you are purchasing a work from me or anyone else:

  1. Does the artwork speak to me on a deeper level?  What feelings, thoughts, and sensations does the artwork evoke from me?
  2. Do I have a place to display this work?  If so, does the style and color harmonize with and compliment the other elements and structures in the space?  Or, does this artwork inspire me to build a space around it?  Consider the mood you want to convey.
  3. Is this a piece I want to live with and look at every day?
  4. If I don’t have space to display this artwork, is it something I want to keep in a safe place in my own collection for personal inspiration?
  5. Is the artwork professionally constructed with archival materials meant to last for decades or centuries if well-cared for?
  6. Is there a clear signature and associated documentation providing details about the artwork that tell the story of the work and prove it’s authenticity, for my own records as well as if I decide to sell or gift the artwork to another down the road?  This is an important factor to consider for the discerning art collector and investor.
  7. What are the unique qualities of this work of art and this time period that it was produced in that create it’s unique value and rarity?
  8. What is the story and inspiration behind the artist and does it intrigue or inspire me?  Do I appreciate who they are as a person and do I want to be a patron and supporter of their work?
  9. What is the history and potential future of this artist?  How might their art evolve over time?
  10. What personal value will this artwork provide me over my lifetime?
  11. Is the monetary value of this work likely to grow over time?
  12. Do I LOVE it?!!  I hope you do because that is the most important factor in my opinion 😀

6. How do I care for and display the artwork?

If you are going to frame the artwork, select a mat that is of archival quality, and glass that offers some UV protection if possible.  Consult with your local framer.  If you frame it yourself, be sure to only use a small piece of tape at the very top of the artwork to secure it to the base board or back of the cut out mat if you have one and ideally you should invest in a roll of archival (acid-free) photo/art tape for this purpose.  If you purchase a print with a mat from me, this is how the art will be attached so it will already be done for you!   If you are going to store the artwork, it is ideal to store it flat and in an archival box or encase it in some archival tissue, paper or a plastic sleeve.  All my work is packaged in an archival plastic sleeve. In damp or muggy climates be sure to store the artwork in a manner that keeps it dry to prevent mold.

If you display the artwork it is best to keep it out of direct sunlight and in warm or full-spectrum, soft and diffused light to preserve the color over time.  From personal observation and research I would advise against fluorescent and led lighting and instead recommend diffused natural daylight, tungsten and halogen (a form of tungsten) lighting.  There are a variety of approaches and opinions however.  Chromalux full spectrum bulbs appear to be the most balanced lighting from what I have found, so I would recommend these for your artwork and for your own general health and well-being.

7. What is your shipping & return policy?

All artwork is shipped via USPS, in an archival plastic sleeve and flat paperboard mailer or box, with signature confirmation.  You must be present at time of delivery to sign for your package.  Shipping Insurance is required to be purchased separately for cart subtotals above $100 (before tax).  For cart subtotals of $100 or less, shipping insurance is included in the shipping fee.

If item arrives damaged, a claim will be filed for reimbursement.  I cannot guarantee that a refund will be issued.  If item is missing, I will contact USPS to try to track down your package.  I am not able to issue a refund for lost or stolen artwork.  I will not be held liable for anything that occurs to your order once it is shipped, however I will do everything I can to support the safe delivery of your order and resolve any issues that have arisen during the shipping and delivery process.

Returns or exchanges of artwork are not accepted.  I am available for any questions or concerns that you may have before purchasing, so please do not hesitate to reach out and I will respond to you asap.

8. How do I contact you?

You can email me at haus@briannalamar.com

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