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  • What is the difference between a limited edition giclée print and an open edition print?
    Limited edition giclée prints are limited to a small press run. Once the quota of prints is sold, no more prints of that size will be produced. This increases their value. A giclée print is the closest duplication of an artwork that is physically possible. The word “giclée” is a French term, which when translated means “to squirt out”. It refers to the way an inkjet printer works – squirting or spraying the ink when printing artwork. All my original artworks offered as limited edition giclée prints are professionally scanned at an astonishing 600dpi and colour-corrected. This may be a lengthy process, as watercolour naturally employs delicate tints that are not easily replicated. Printed at Lucent Imaging, Canberra, they are printed using the Canon imagePROGRAF printers using 12 colour Lucia PRO pigment inks to create exceptional results. Printed on Canson Infinity Edition Etching 310gsm; a superb archival, acid free 100% cotton rag. No optical brighteners added. Every limited edition giclée print is individually signed and numbered by the artist and comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity. OPEN edition prints are, as the name implies, printed in open numbers often in the thousands. They are not signed and numbered by the artist, and don't come with a Certificate of Authenticity. They are usually printed via offset lithography, using paper of any degree of weight or quality. They are NOT printed via the giclee printing process.
  • Do you accept commissions?
    Absolutely! Please contact me directly for further information. My commissioned works hang in homes around the world. I offer a complete money back guarantee and will never cut corners on quality. My original paintings are guaranteed to last for generations. There is only ONE original. A truly magnificent gift for yourself or your loved one. Guaranteed to take your breath away!
  • What is your pricing structure for original paintings and commissions?
    In line with standard practice, my fees for original paintings and commissions are calculated per square centimetre of actual artwork. This ensures clients receive an accurate and consistent quote with their preferred size prior to commencement of painting. Framing, freight and insurance are additional costs payable by the client. I will usually take care of the framing requirements which guarantees the highest standards of museum framing. The framer I work with is highly qualified in museum framing and the quality is unsurpassed. A painting that takes over 100 hours deserves no less! However, I am happy to provide artwork unframed. The onus will then be on the client to provide their own framing. Please contact me directly for further details.
  • Do you paint with other mediums?
    No. Watercolour has been my first love for decades. Although it's probably more accurate to say I paint in watermedia. The main body of work is watercolour, but I will use touches of white gouache (for small highlights) with airbrushed backgrounds that are either watercolour or liquid acrylic. Watercolour, gouache and liquid acrylic are all water soluble, which categorises them as watermedia.
  • Do you paint other subjects?
    Yes! Birds are my favourite subjects to paint, but I am happy to take on pet portraits or other subjects. Please contact me directly.
  • Can I reproduce your artwork for my own or commercial use?
    All images on this website (including the logo design) are strictly protected by international copyright law. No image on this website may be used for commercial or non-commercial purposes without prior written permission, a licensing contract and payment of royalties or fees to Frances McMahon. Images must NOT be downloaded, copied, printed, saved, used on websites, transferred or reproduced in any way in any medium without written permission from Frances McMahon
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