ArfstenAbstractArt

Richard Arfsten abstract art collage, paintings, prints

Burlington, Wisconsin

Announcement    Abstract art portraits, landscapes, architecture, colorfields - by Richard Arfsten

I was recently featured in "Architerior". Check it out here: http://architerior.co/richard-arfsten/

Copyright © Richard Arfsten

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Last updated on Nov 21, 2016

Abstract art portraits, landscapes, architecture, colorfields - by Richard Arfsten

I was recently featured in "Architerior". Check it out here: http://architerior.co/richard-arfsten/

Copyright © Richard Arfsten

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About ArfstenAbstractArt

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Art Should Be Fun!

I have a passion to make art. I MUST create something every day. After 70+ years of creating, I felt it was time to share my work with the world. I hope you enjoy it.

MY PROCESS

Collage:
Most of my work starts as a monotype. I use translucent oil-based ink to paint on a sheet of plastic (plexiglass). A piece of paper is placed over the inked plastic sheet and the paper is pressed into the ink. Some of the ink transfers to the paper, maybe 60 or 70%. You never know what you are going to get - this is the fun and the terror of the process. When you open the "sandwich" it is either "whoopie" or "oh well we will try again after it dries for a week."

The result is a monotype - meaning one impression per inking. It is much harder to get a great result this way than direct painting. However, the reward comes from the serendipity of not being in control, which allows you to work with "happy accidents." Sometimes it takes 8 or 10 applications of inking - "building history" - to give the final image enough interest to make me happy.

I also use images of my original acrylic paintings and sculpture as layers in the collages. I have taken photographs of most of my work in order to build my digital image library. After all of that prep work I now get to play on the computer using Photoshop and/or Painter. I usually "marry" several of my images together and "tweak" the colors to fit my mood.

The next step is sending the digital file to a fine art printer where it is reproduced in several sizes. I have my work printed on glossy metallic paper, which I feel gives the image an unbelievable depth of color and richness. The metallic inks and paint I used to create the original art is faithfully reproduced on this paper. The paper is reported to have a 100-year lifespan.

Finally, I will package the unframed, flat print in a sturdy box and ship it to you for FREE. Insurance and tracking is included. The 8x10 and 16x20 sizes are usually available to ship in 3-5 days. 24x30 is a special order and may take 3-4 weeks for delivery.

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  • Richard Arfsten

    Owner, Artist

    I am a many-faceted artist because I love all the processes involved in making art. But foremost I MUST make art! I have had the privilege of making it for most of my 70+ years. My philosophy is "Art Should Be Fun!"

  • Sandy M

    Assistant, Customer Service, Marketer

    I am Richard's fiancee and all-around Girl Friday. I'm a quiltmaker, photographer, gardener, computer geek and love to cook. We make a great team!

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  • Printique by Adorama

    New York, NY

    A printing company that produces high quality reproductions of my artwork.

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