Saturday, August 23, 2008

FAQ: What is a limited-edition giclée print?

My Web site houses an online gallery of paintings that I offer as limited-edition giclée prints. The limited-edition part doesn’t stump people much – it simply means I only offer a limited number of the actual prints. Of the paintings featured on my Web site, almost all of them are available in editions of 150. There are only a few exceptions: the Santa series and the new Home Waters are available in editions of 100 prints, and Betsy’s Santa is part of a 200 print series.

I sign and number each of the prints, furthering to the “limited edition” idea.

Giclée (pronounced “zhee-clay,” although, personally, I’ll accept “gick-lee” and “gee-schlay,” but never “jicklee”) is a French word which roughly means “little drops.” Producing a giclée print involves a very detailed digital scan of the original work, which is then translated to a printer that reproduces the artwork using tiny sprays of paint, resulting in an extremely-high-quality print. When placed on quality paper, like my prints are, the reproductions are almost identical to the original painting.

The process in creating these giclées allows me to better manage my inventory – or more correctly, the storage space needed to manage my inventory – as I can order small (even as small as one print) numbers of reproductions. Instead of trying to house 1,000 or more of each print – as the standard four-color offset lithography process often requires – I can maintain a small number of prints ready for sale.

Yes, the process is more expensive, which results in a higher price for a giclée as opposed to the offset prints. But, I think the giclée prints are far better quality than any of the rival versions, and personally, I think that a collector is much more pleased with having No. 149 of 150 as opposed to No. 2 of 1,000.

So, please let me know if you’d like a jicklee for your collection today!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Hey, it works.

After months of deliberation and consternation, I’ve officially gotten with the ‘90s and entered the world of social media. God help us all.

As a means of providing more up-to-date information about my artwork, my fishing and well … anything else (it’s a blog, after all), I’ve launched the site, “Dan Sharley and the Art of Fishing.”

Hopefully, you’ll forgive me for the title and still enjoy what I have to offer. As a side-benefit of this site, you’ll be able to see some of my recently-completed artwork – including many original paintings that are for sale.

This blog is also designed to be a less-formal companion to my more-formal Web site, That site is still the flagship of the Dan Sharley enterprise … which probably overstates things just a tiny, wee bit. But hey, it's my blog.

If my artwork’s main subjects didn’t tip you off, I also like to fish. A lot. As a form of self-indulgence that hopefully results in some sort of benefit of the reader, I’ll post the occasional fishing report. No promises on great trophy shots – or even great trophy stories. Think “Hunt for Big Fish,” but without the big fish. Or, in some cases, even a medium-sized one. But, I try hard. That’s gotta count for something.

I’ll be back again soon. I promise.

Thanks for reading. And, thanks for the interest in my artwork.