Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. How long does it take to finish a painting or engraving?
  2. What is an engraving?
  3. How do you get the depth/3D quality in your paintings?
  4. How can I see some original art by Max D. Standley?
  5. How many paintings and engravings are there?
  6. What is the difference between engravings and etchings?
  7. What is a giclée?


Purchase Information

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  1. What are the payment options.
  2. How much is shipping?
  3. What is the return policy?
  4. Can I have engravings shipped to me already framed?
  5. If I have any other questions about buying engravings, who should I contact?
  6. What is your privacy policy?
  7. Where can I get artwork?

Information about the Artwork

  1. How long does it take to finish a painting or engraving?

    It depends on the size and subject matter. For a 3' by 5' painting it can be up to 6 months, depending on subject matter and other factors. A very small painting may only take a week. Drying time between glazes can be a factor. Engravings can take even longer, even though they are smaller.
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  2. What is an engraving?

    An engraving is a print made on paper from a metal plate (commonly copper) that has been engraved on with hand tools called burins. They are often confused with etchings.

        The metal plate is inked by hand and wiped. After that is done to the artist's satisfaction, moist paper is laid on it, and it is run through a press to print the image on the paper. You can see the impression of the plate and the lines on the plate impressed on the paper. When the engraving is turned over and the back is looked at, you will see the ridge from the edge of the plate. That is one of the ways to tell if it is an original fine art print.

    The engravings are printed on Arches Cover paper that is "Mouldmade in France, 100% rag, neutral pH, lightly sized, cold press surface".

    Max's engravings are hand printed on a manual press by the artist himself.

    After they are printed and allowed to dry, usually the center of a mat is cut out for each engraving. The engraving is centered and taped with acid free tape to the mat, then both are placed in a frame with glass or plexiglas to cover the face of the engraving to protect it.

    There are pictures of an engraving being framed on another page.

    Engraved prints are different from reproductions (sometimes called fine art prints) in that they are not produced in large numbers as they are with the photographic process used for reproductions (which are produced in the thousands and are not considered originals).

    Numbers are limited on a copper plate because the finer lines grow fainter the larger the number of prints made.

    Generally the editions on a copper plate are no more than a hundred prints.

    Engravings are the original   works of art, as are etchings, lithographs, woodblock, wood engravings, etc.

    "My etching is just as much an "original Rembrandt" as an oil painting but not nearly so precious because it is but one of a number of copies. It has the qualities of great art but isn't as rare a thing as a one-of-a-kind painting. This is the main purpose of printmaking-to produce multiple originals of genuine quality."
    From: "ART: The Way It Is" by John Adkins Richardson
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  3. How do you get the depth/3D quality in your paintings?

    A masonite panel is used instead of canvas, for the smoothness.

    First many thin coats of gesso are applied, allowed to dry each time, and sanded in between coats. This makes the surface as smooth and white as possible.

    A series of coats of tinted transparent glazes and opaque pigments are applied and allowed to dry between applications until the desired effect is achieved. The glazes produce the glowing quality and refraction of light, while the opaque pigments are for reflected light. This can take many layers before the painting is finished.

    You can see pictures of a painting showing this process in different stages starting with gessoing the panel on this page.

    We put together a step by step slide show of "The Parthenon Columns," an oil painting of a landscape, in the stages of being created.

    There are also other step by step slideshows you might enjoy. Several of them are of oil paintings, along with an engraving in the process of being engraved and printed.

  4. How can I see some original art by Max D. Standley?

    By contacting R. Michelson Galleries or Fine Impressions Gallery (west coast)

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  5. How many paintings and engravings are there?

    There are over 60 engravings. We've lost track of the number of paintings over the years. Many of the early ones weren't photographed, so we have no visual record of them.

  6. What is the difference between engravings and etchings?

    An engraving is different from an etching in that no chemicals are used. All the marks on the metal plate are made with tools called burins.

    Etchings are generally made by coating the plate with acid resist varnish to protect the metal. An etching needle is used to mark through the resist varnish and then acids are used to etch the metal.

    The process of printing the paper is the same as in engravings after that.

Purchase Information is on the next page.

Want to purchase Max Standley's artwork for your home or office?
Please contact R. Michelson Galleries to see and purchase available paintings and/or engravings (or Fine Impressions for engravings.

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