FAQ

Do you paint every day?

I would like to say yes but I am afraid I am not disciplined enough. Life gets in the way of living.

When did you know you were an artist?

I remember taking art classes from a friend’s mother when I was in Junior High. She put a painting of mine in her store window. I received an offer of a lot of money for it! Ten Dollars. (A lot of money for a kid!) I could not part with it. The painting is long gone. Thrown out, I am sure.

I remember being in an art class in high school and feeling like this is where I belong. But my parent’s choices were the only choices open to me. Be a teacher or a nurse. I am an R.N. I have a B.A. in Political Science and Business earned as an adult. I didn’t want to be a teacher so I took what I thought was the only choice open to me.

What is your dream for your artwork? How has being an artist changed your life?

Being an artist has given me wings and allowed me to fly. How does one quantify one's dreams when you wait most of your life for the dream to become reality? I am living my dream one step at a time. I will see where the dream takes me. Once a dream is let out of the box it has a life of its own.

Where do your ideas come from?

I do not have any set method for deciding on ideas or working titles. Sometimes I will awaken from a dream, other times it might be an article I read, a sculpture I saw, a suggestion from someone or out of our universal consciousness I hear an idea in my head or heart. I may be painting on one piece and I have to stop because another painting is calling my name.

What materials do you use for your original paintings?

I paint on heavy medium tooth canvas that has been primed with three coats of gesso. The canvas is gallery wrapped. I draw with a watercolor pencil. I paint with Golden Heavy Body Acrylic Paint. I seal the finished painting with two coats of diluted semi-gloss Golden Gel. When finished some of the paintings are then sealed with two coats of Golden MSA varnish mixed with pure mineral spirits for the best UV protection.

Do you use Photoshop in your original paintings?

No. I like to paint the old-fashioned way. Brushes, paint and dirty hands. My apron can now stand up on its own!

Did you learn this (how to paint) in art school?

No, these are my own concoctions, world, song, narrative…

Are you an art school graduate?

No. I am not. Much to my dismay.

Sources of Inspiration

What is your inspiration?

The air I breathe, the water I drink, a passing fancy, a flower opening, a butterfly in flight, a word, a thought, a dream, pain, pleasure, all of the universe as it sings its own song in my ear.

Who influenced you?

That is a good question. I graduated from college when I was in my early 40’s. I had an economics teacher who told me I was so smart that no matter what I did I had an A in his class. On the final exam, I transposed the numbers in the test problem. I came up with the right answer for the transposed numbers. Not the right answer for the test as written. He gave me an A. I had never been so unconditionally accepted. I was brought up by parents who lived through the depression. Praise was not something I received. You have so much potential was the war cry. This was the first time, I felt, I was given unconditional support. His influence has stuck with me and slowly changed my life.

About Ann’s Process

Where do you paint?

In 2010, I rearranged my home and moved my studio from the smallest room to the largest room. I have claimed the family room for my painting studio. It has a twenty foot (+/-) window with north light. I have gallery lighting to work in and display room for the finished pieces. The room is large and has a beautiful rug on the floor. I am surrounded by my paintings and draw energy from my peaceful surroundings.

Do you do work on more than one painting at a time?

I try to finish one painting completely before starting another. The pull to start another piece can get really strong and if I have to give in, I give in.

What is your process?

After I have the title or idea in mind I sketch with a watercolor pencil on a large sketch pad. I have very little patience at this point and spend no more than one or two minutes. A quick sketch on canvas of the figure and then the face takes shape. At this point, I will redo the figure or face if it isn’t pleasing to me. Once I accept the sketch the painting begins. I start with the face and placement of the features. The painting then grows around the main character. For more information about my creative process visit ‘the Creative Process’ under the ‘About’ section of my website.

Do you have photos of the process?

I’ll go you one better and post a video or two on YouTube–coming soon. Sign up for my newsletter so I can keep you posted!

How long does it take to complete a painting?

The quick and easy answer is a lifetime. But in reality, 32 took ten years. They were started over time and never completed. Starting in June of 2009 I painted like crazy and finished them all. I now have a total of 38 show on the website.

An idea may germinate for minutes, weeks or months. Once I commit to it I do a QUICK sketch. One or two minutes.

I then draw the figure and the face very quickly as a guide. Nothing ever is cut in stone until the painting tells me it is complete. I paint the piece quickly not worrying about paint coverage or perfect lines. I paint starting with the face and body than I add to the design. The design grows from the body without any preconceived ideas on my part. I paint the entire painting at least four times. I become a perfectionist as the work progresses.

If the piece is entirely geometric I do the same thing. I have a starting point somewhere in the middle and the painting grows from there.

Some paintings are busy and some quiet. Each painting tells me when it is done. I work in a zone other than conscious thought. The brush seems to have a life of its own as the design grows. I use a ruler to draw the straight lines but do not use it or tape as a guide to paint. There are no tape or painting guides used in my process other than pencil marks and my eye.

My cats keep me company doing whatever it is that cats do and I sit in silence and paint.

If I work steadily the complete painting is done and sealed in two months. Some have taken as long as six months.

Original Paintings and Prints

What is your largest work?

My largest work is called Genesis and is 35 panels. It is 5 feet high and 102 feet long. it tells the story of the first "DAY" of Genesis.

I cannot afford one of your large paintings but would like some of your work. What do you offer in a more moderate price range?

Giclées are the best option to bring fine artwork to the public at a reasonable price. Giclees professionally done on the best equipment is the most up to date archival form of reproduction available today. I use only the best equipment and materials to produce artwork that is as good as or even better than the originals. First, the original painting is scanned with a state of the art digital scanner. Then the file is reviewed on the computer. Because the scanner can see through multiple layers of paint some corrections need to be made. Giclee Ink colors although close to painting colors have to be tweaked to get the best match. Then test strips are run and checked against the original piece for color matching. I print on both canvas and paper. We use an HP or Epson large format printer. The ink is HP or Epson archival pigment ink. 

Our CANVAS is approxiametely 16 ounce and the artwork is gallery wrapped on a 1 1/2 inch deep frame. The artwork is then coated with two coats of a polymer finish. The finish protects the work from everyday particles in the air and UV light. The work’s life on canvas is well over 100 years without any movement in the work according to industry standards.

Our fine art PAPER is 300+ grams, heavyweight, acid-free, cotton rag, archival paper. The work’s life on paper is over 240 years without any movement according to industry standards. The paper quality is the same as used by museums.

NOTE: All fine art should not be displayed in a strong ultraviolet light. ie: sunlight etc.

What makes your work worth more than a simple print?

The LIMITED EDITION works on CANVAS are hand signed on the front with acrylic paint. The back is hand signed with paint with my full name, the name of the piece, the edition number and the date the edition was done.

The LIMITED EDITION works on PAPER are hand signed on the front with the number of the edition, the title and my full name.

What is the difference between a limited edition print and open edition?

About limited edition prints
 
A limited number of prints will be made available for purchase.  Each edition will have a unique number. The exclusive nature of a limited edition print effectively raises its value and, therefore, its price.
 
About open edition prints
 
Open edition prints may be endlessly reproduced. Because there's no limit to the number of prints that can be made, an open edition print is priced lower than a limited edition print.

What supporting material do you supply when I purchase your work?

All LIMITED EDITION works are accompanied by a numbered hologram, custom made for Rosenberg Art Studio, that is placed on the back of the piece.

What size Giclées do your paintings come in?

Women of Words, Babylonian Voices, Escape Series, Cats and Other Creatures and Heavenly Bodies are available on a variety of sizes on canvassed fine art paper.. Please see our works under Canvas and Giclees.

What is your security for online purchases?

All purchases are paid through our Secure SSL eCommerce store. We do not keep your credit card information. 

What Color Frames Can I Order?

Aluminum Nielson 117 frames A HIGH-QUALITY FRAME.

We list in the drop down of each work the color that goes best with the artwork. 

If you want a color that is not listed on the artwork you want to order contact Ann. 

Listed colors available at this time:

Frosted Silver
Frosted Gold
Anodic Black  (Shiny Black)
Matte Black   (Matte Black )
Bright White  (Shiny White)
Tornado Red   (Medium Red)
Purple Haze  (Deep Purple)        
Tangerine Twist  (Orange)  
Cyber Green  (Bright Green)       
Raspberry Fizz   (Hot Pink)  
Turquoise   (Lighter Color than Aqua)          
Amethyst  (Light Purple)
Galactic Blue  (Bright Blue)   

 

Yes. Our frames are high-end, Neilsen #117 metal molding.  We use UV Conservation Acrylic artwork. Each piece is custom matted and framed using archival materials. The matte is 4-ply white with a black bevel. When you purchase framed 18 1/2″x18 3/4″ or 31 1/2″ x 32″ hand-signed Giclées, it comes with your choice of frame color (see list below) and is wired and ready to hang. We will help you choose the best color for the piece if you want our input.

Can I have a custom sized print or painting?

As much as I would like to accommodate this request. I am unable to do this at this time unless you order a commissioned piece.

Will you make a custom artwork for me? Do you accept commissions?

There are two options:

1. I am open to suggestions for new paintings. If you are willing to commit to an original painting, and the title speaks to me and you give me artistic freedom….. you have a deal. I would need a non-refundable deposit to be negotiated at the time of order. The preliminary design would be discussed with the end purchaser. You would get the original at current market price and the first four limited edition pieces 40″x40″ canvas giclees included. Shipping charges additional.

2. If I use your suggested title for a painting you will be the first to be offered the original piece and/or the first giclee. (this is offered only to the first person to suggest the title)

What Does Signed and Titled Signify?

The acrylic and aluminum artwork is printed on the front with my name and the title of the artwork,.

 

The canvas artwork has my logo printed on the front and my name and the title of the artwork on the back.

 

The paper artwork has my name and the title printed on a white space under the image.