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ThatAussieGeek

Paintings and postcards by Australian artist L.P. Baker

Sydney, Australia · 3 Sales

ThatAussieGeek

Paintings and postcards by Australian artist L.P. Baker

Sydney, Australia 3 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(3)

Announcement   Hello there! If you'd like to follow me on social media, where I post a lot of art you won't see here at Etsy, you can also find me at Instagram - http://instagram.com/ThatAussieGeek :-)

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Last updated on Nov 17, 2016

Hello there! If you'd like to follow me on social media, where I post a lot of art you won't see here at Etsy, you can also find me at Instagram - http://instagram.com/ThatAussieGeek :-)

Lindsay Baker

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5 out of 5 stars
(3)
vincent salerno

vincent salerno on May 10, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I am fairly new to Etsy and purchasing art is a bit of a leap. What I see on my phone may not translate well into framed wall art, but loving the whimsy of the painting and being a huge Ghibli fan I took my chance. I am not disapointed. The painting is beautiful and more than I could have hoped for. The artist obviously cares about his work and has an imaginative eye. Purchased and framed and on our wall all within 2 weeks. This could have not been a better experience. I will definitely keep an eye on Aussiegeek to see what he comes up with next.

About

Painting my way back to my inner child

As a teenager in the 80's I learnt to program computers and wrote quite a lot of games on the home consoles of the day. The one thing that always held me back was not being able to design the art. I was often called a highly intellectual child, but nobody would have described me as artistic.

I flowed into a successful career as a computer programmer which I ultimately had to abandon when my wife became very ill and I had to become her full-time carer. It was some time after this happened that I was able to look back and realise that I had been desperately unhappy in the corporate world.

A TV show about watercolour painting inspired me to try it, and little by little I discovered that I did, indeed, have an artistic side. Now it's not so much a side as a huge part of my life, and my only regret is not discovering it many years ago.

As a self-taught artist I've worked my way through most types of art materials and most styles and subjects, and this journey has led me - perhaps unsurprisingly - to the realisation that the art style I'm most interested in creating is very much influenced by the cartoons and video games of my childhood years. Oh, the irony!

I've always been a geek, but for many years there, really forgot the "fun" side of it - not a surprise after nearly twenty years of dealing with chronic illness. I'm hoping that through 2017 I can finally weave together the strands of my life and create art which is both fun to do and fun to look at.

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    My passions include drawing and painting, fantasy and science fiction, steampunk, gadgets, video games, the paranormal and supernatural, and more!

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Last updated on Oct 1, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalised orders

Generally speaking, I don't accept commissions. I do better work when I'm inspired by a subject I've chosen myself. I do make occasional exceptions, so if you're very keen to have me paint something specific for you, please contact me to discuss it.

Sizing details

The size quoted for paintings is for the overall size of the paper or canvas.

Paintings on canvas are usually painted up to the edge (and sometimes over it).

Paintings on paper usually have a white border where I've used tape to hold the paper in place while painting.

Care instructions

Paintings on canvas will be varnished and are therefore ready to hang as they are.

Paintings on paper should be put into a frame as soon as possible to protect them from dust and moisture.

Although I only use artist's quality materials, I recommend not hanging paintings where they will be exposed to many hours of harsh sunlight every day. Dust and moisture should also be avoided if possible. Also see "Are your paintings archival?" below.

Gift wrapping and packaging

I don't provide a gift wrapping service, sorry.

Wholesale availability

I don't provide wholesale pricing as such. However, if you're buying a large number of paintings at the same time, I'd be happy to offer a discount on the total!

Are your paintings archival?

All my materials are "artist's quality". Paintings on canvas should last for many decades without degradation, unless you're in a particularly harsh environment.

Paintings on paper are a little harder to predict a lifespan for. I use good quality heavy watercolour paper which I often further prepare with several coats of gesso (a white base coat). I strongly recommend that you put paintings on paper into a good quality frame with a glass or acrylic face as soon as possible to protect them from dust and moisture.

The paints I use are all "lightfast" - that is, they should not fade when exposed to light. However, it's advisable not to hang or display a painting where it's going to be exposed to hours of strong sunlight every day.

Can I visit your studio?

I'm afraid not. I don't maintain a full-time studio as such, just part of a room in my house.

The next best thing is to follow me on social media - particularly Instagram (@ThatAussieGeek). I often post photos and videos of paintings that I'm working on, which will give you an interesting insight into how I paint.

Do you teach painting?

No. As a self-taught artist, I'd be too worried that I'm passing on all the bad habits I've developed because I didn't have a good teacher to guide me.

I taught myself to paint from books, magazines, TV shows, DVDs and of course the internet, and I have no doubt whatsoever that anybody who wants to learn to paint can do so.

If I can offer any wisdom, it's this: You learn to paint by painting. Reading books and watching tutorials is well and good, but you actually have to pick up a brush and paint to really make progress. Paint small, simple paintings, and paint a lot of them. You'll learn more from creating 100 one-hour paintings than one 100-hour painting. Finally; accept that it takes a lot of time and practice, but you can do it!

How do you set the price for your paintings?

I use two factors - size, and what the painting is painted on.

Paintings on paper or a canvas panel are priced at $AU1.00 per square inch. e.g., a 6x4" painting would be $AU24.

Paintings on stretched canvas are priced at $AU1.50 per square inch. e.g., a 16x20" painting would be $AU480. I use a higher rate here for two reasons - it costs a lot more to buy the blank canvases, and it costs a lot more to ship them (my prices usually include shipping).

I've found this formula works very well. It covers my costs and gives me a return I'm happy with without making the work ridiculously expensive.