Sunday, December 24, 2017

Happy Holidays & New Year 2018!

Sand sculptures from Las Canteras beach

Dear friends, my solo exhibition "Instantes de Fantasía" ended on last Friday the 22nd. Once again, it was a great experience showing my artworks, getting feedbacks and meeting with wonderful locals and outsiders visiting from all over the world. I am happy to announce that a few of my artworks found their new homes too!

From the exhibition "Instantes de Fantasía" at Colegio de Abogados, Las Palmas.

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I wish Happy Holidays to all of you, and hope you will have a wonderful and creative New Year 2018!

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

My Solo Exhibition "Instantes de Fantasía"

Last Friday we proudly inaugurated my solo exhibition "Instantes de Fantasía" at the beautiful courtyard of one of Vegueta's most emblematic building, Colegio de Abogados, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. I am showing 36 pieces of my artworks in oil, acrylic, pastel and linocut print techniques. 

At the opening I was honored by Vice Dean Don Patricio Rodriguez whom did the opening presentation speech and by the friends and visitors who were able to attend to support me. The exhibition will be opened til 22nd of December, (Mon- Fri 9 - 15hr) at Plaza San Agustín 3 Vegueta, Las Palmas.  If you are in the area those dates, please come and visit the exhibition. I can assure that you will enjoy it!

Building of Colegio de Abogados

Partial view of the exhibition area 
from the patio of Colegio de Abogados

From the opening night

See more pictures from the exhibition opening night at the link below:

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Cactus linocut pieces

Color cactus linocuts and an acrylic artwork.

If you would like to own one of my artworks from this exhibition, 
you can purchase at my online shop ClickGallery or contact me 
for the PDF exhibition catalog.

(Price range for the linocut pieces is between €50 - €65 
and free shipping worldwide with registered mail. Frame not included)
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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

How to store small size paper artworks

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends and followers! 

When it gets close to the end of the year, I go through my artworks to organize and store them. These are generally the finished artworks, sketches, studies, some unfinished ones and some for giveaways. Obviously, I cannot frame all the finished ones. The cost wouldn't be feasible. But I would like some paintings available for easy viewing for studio visitors.

I did my research and found out a good way to display and conserve safely my painted on paper artworks . Professional artists use crystal clear bags and a hard cardboard to display and store them. These are high quality clear bags with an adhesive flap seal. They are acid-free and archival safe. They come in an huge array of sizes. I ordered a few different sizes from Ebay. If the artwork is smaller than the bag size I fold the extra part at the back and tape it nicely. Also, I put a sticker on the cardboard with my contact information.

crystal clear bags

back of the artwork

an example with clear bag

This method works for my watercolor, linocut, oil pastel, color pencil and sketch artworks. One thing, though, maybe I am a little picky, but I prefer not to put my soft pastel artworks into plastic sleeves. Because they get some residual pastel dust on the inside of the bag and it looks cloudy. For me the best way to conserve soft pastel artworks is putting a thin acid-free parchment paper on each layer of artwork and keep them flat in drawers.

A bunch of  small size artworks with plastic sleeves


"Sweet almond verdena branch with bronze owl"  
12,5" x  9,5" Oil pastel by Birsen Ozbilge

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* Order before December 6th and Save 20% off on all original artworks + FREE Shipping worldwide with registered mail.

* BONUS! Orders of 100 € or more will receive a giveaway Linocut Print Gift

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