I am an artist, not a writer. My Intent is not to educate, enlighten or inspire but rather to clarify my motivations to myself. I find that when I write down the thoughts and reasons that I take certain paths, it helps me to avoid repeating the same mistakes over and over again. Let's face it, authentic work evolves through a series of mistakes, lessons learned and options eliminated.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Now Producing Works on Paper

To produce these limited edition prints, I digitize high resolution photos of my original cement art. Then I combine, manipulate and digitally paint the surface creating new images. Giclee prints are made in editions of 100 each on heavy acid free satin finished stock, using permanent archival inks.  I need feedback.  Do you feel these are a valid extension of my cement art?  Good idea or bad?

Composition 101, 24" x 18"

Composition 103, 24" x 18"

Composition 104, 18" x 24"


  1. Hi William, thank you for your comments on my blog,I've been working hard on my new work and have around 11 paintings done, hard to post because they wont be seen on the gallery wall until next year ,just the way the system works,

    There are so many different printing process to choose from take your time to find as much as you can and the best ones are not cheap sounds like you have some idear for the moment the better quality can come later test the waters first.

    Firstly welcome to your retirement future i know artist making more money from prints than there work, and your work suits this system
    Understanding that people have so many different views on art and one thing i can say straight away is people will find it difficult to buy something so heavy in your process ,these people will buy your work more easily on paper in a frame.

    Some tips i have learnt being a picture framer and selling works on paper .

    You make an agreement with the digital printer that he has the rights to produce the images you supply at a fixed price per unit. with 100 being the limit. that should give you the cheapest price for you.
    You have to make a really good book system for accounting the work
    eg, 5/100 sold to whom and so on. you keep the A/ps artist proofs and the first 4 prints, later on these sell for more money hang onto them.

    Check the market whats out there, have a look around good picture framers,check what colors are selling.
    look up limited addition prints in your country find out more on how the system works in your world.

    All the best William you will find the print world has a place in our world.

    Kind Regards David Weir

    1. Hi David, again I am touched by your willingness to take the time to set down and write this all out for me. It is very encouraging and enlightening. I have decided to place a section for works on paper on my website. http://williamhallart.com/

      Thanks again, this is very useful information.

  2. Hola William

    Thanks so much for the feedback you so graciously offered me.

    A comment. . .

    Signed prints are a terrific way in representing your work, and are certainly lighter and can be rolled up in a canister and mailed. Very portable a great adjunct.

    Just got picked up by a rep who also wants to create giclees of my work. Oh such a fancy name for "nozzle or ink sprayed", and that's exactly what a good Epson Printer will accomplish IF it is calibrated to the Monitor and the Monitor is calibrated to Photoshop. Calibration is key.

    The other thing to think about is what Color Space was used from the camera and does it match in Photoshop. So, we know that most cameras will shoot in either JPG or Tiff. We also know that most all will shoot in RGB. Here's the wild side. . .

    There is a pronounced color shift going from RGB to CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black). CMYK is a Color Space for some printers i.e. Epson. Why CMYK? Because control of color is more accurate, and as mentioned some Epson printers will RIP in CMYK.

    When I go to see the rep, and giclee time comes around, both of us will be responsible for the outcome.

    William, you are a gifted artist who has found another way of expression. Terrific!

    Be well


    1. Hola como estas Micros, I am grateful for your positive comments.

      I have a wide format HP 130 printer with large volume 6 color permanent inks. I can print up to 24" wide by any length. At present I decided to standardize all my prints to 18" x 24", mainly for ease in framing. That size includes a white border allowing for matting if desired. Luckily my HP prints in RGB, eliminating most of the color shift problem.

  3. Can't add anything more to what David and Mocros have said except great idea!

  4. Hey there, Old Friend!
    Gone are the days of fending off Orville (may he r.i.p.) and Charlie, who may still be with us. Haha!!
    Anyway, i love, love, love the idea of giclee prints of your work. You are such a superb technician and can keep your quality above that of commercial printers. It is a brilliant, natural path for you to take, which will make your work more accessible to many. You have so much to say in your art expression. I love seeing what you have posted most recently. Your work always amazes me. Please continue to expand on the non-objective process as you see it.

  5. Hi Marianne! Actually, Charlie is still with us. We have been in contact with Charlie Jr. a fellow rotarian. He said Charlie is in his 90's now.

    I have not made it to the MAC to see the show yet but I do plan on it. I have 5 work's in a fundraiser auction at the Scottish Rite Children's hospital tomorrow night August 16th in Dallas.

    As always, it is great hearing from you. You are far too kind but please keep posting.


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