pbnumber's Shop Announcement

*** Get 20% off any order of $20 or more at my Paint By Number Etsy shop. Just use the coupon code: PBHOLIDAY14 to get the discount. The code expires January 1st 2015. Grab an original painting or print for yourself or as a gift! Happy Holidays

_Mike ***

Welcome to Paint By Number. I opened this store in August of 2011 (in tandem with my blog) with a desire to strengthen my painting discipline, after putting art off to the side for way too long, and explore areas of painting outside of my comfort zone. My intentions for this area of my work remain the same as they were when I started: to paint on a small scale, not spend more than a few days on each piece, and to choose subjects that are simple as well as, as another painter has aptly put it in an interview, "foils for the real subject, which is light" (rest assured that the artist was not the self-proclaimed "painter of light"- RIP).

I view these exercises as genuine expressions of the pleasure of seeing. They have so far served me as a wonderful opportunity to slowly digest and meditate on the random moments when I spot the light coming through a green vase on a restaurant table in certain way, when I see two objects lying around the house that I know would look great next to each other, or when I'm sitting by a lake and am suddenly moved by the warm summer weather and the natural beauty that surrounds me. Like any works of art, they can be read into as having deep conceptual underpinnings or symbolic importance by the viewer if that is what they are looking for, but I consciously try not to imbue these pieces with anymore than the innate beauty of the subject and the many times simple but powerful emotions that it has inspired in me.

As I write this, I find that I have become more interested in leaving the scenes I choose to paint as they are and trying to capture a sense of spontaneity as opposed to setting up elaborate still lifes (although I still enjoy both). I'd like to think my work reflects this, but I think it will take more pieces for me to stand back and spot a noticeable evolution. One thing that never changes is that, with each new piece, I find myself with a growing body of small works that I can learn from.

All of these paintings are in excellent condition and painted with oil on a masonite panel (hardwood) which is backed with a wooden cradle and picture wire (or any other equally priced hanger if requested) attached. Every print comes w/ a standard 1/4" margin for framing and is printed on Epson Premium Professional Grade Luster (semi-gloss) paper using genuine Epson Ultrachrome Inks, producing a professional archival photographic print.

Also, shipping for original paintings and 10" x 10" prints is always free.

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_Michael Ryczek

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