The Impact of Sales

SOLD – “Dawn Arrives Slowly” – Yading, China – 10×5″/25.4×12.7 cm

The “Help Mark Move the Studio” sale is currently in full swing, and continues until May 5th. I’m grateful to everyone who has contacted me and made a purchase! Wow! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I’m shipping more stuff out today!

What I realized, and finally articulated a few minutes ago, is that this experience has had an impact on me in more ways than one.

1) It’s helping defray the costs of moving, and it really does help us with the whole “food and shelter” thing!

2) It’s freeing up physical space that has been holding all this inventory.

3) It’s freeing up psychological space. I feel like I’m not just accumulating more of my own artwork, but that there is ROOM for more art, even in my psyche.

4) Knowing that someone resonates with my art is deeply satisfying, and having someone choose a painting or drawing creates a connection like no other.

These are irreplaceable experiences, and I’m grateful to be having them.

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Is MingART Paper Acid-Free?

Many of my recent paintings have been done on MingART paper from China. They have several different surfaces–all of which are great for different pastel techniques.

You can read about my experience with all the different grades of MingART here.

The question arose recently as to whether or not these were acid-free and non-toxic. The marketing materials for the paper currently do not specify the answer.

The short answer is YES: MingART papers are acid-free and non-toxic.

The email I received from the company today included a complete report showing that MingART papers were certified in 2017, having passed the ASTM D-4236 and TRA tests.

Painting on MingART Standard Gray in Suzhou, China – 2018

2019 Moving Sale! Original Artwork at Special Prices

Well, it’s time to move the studio, so here goes….!

Whew! This sale is over. Thanks so much to all of you who made it a smashing success!! Much appreciated!

Then I’ve got to start packing for real!!

This includes my pastels, acrylics, pen & ink, and graphite works. Check out the galleries to see full-size images (links below)!

To order, email me at markivancole@gmail.com or message me on Facebook and let me know the title(s) of the painting(s) you want!

Links to the galleries:

Pastel
Acrylic
Pen & Ink
Graphite/Duotone
“Treasures” (steampunkish stuff!)
The Watchers