How to Tell a Painting is an Original Piece of Art on Canvas
1) You are buying directly from the artist, who verifies the art is one of a kind and not a print.
2) You are buying from a reputable gallery who verifies the art is one of a kind and not a print.
3) When touching the canvas, your fingers can feel the textures, brushstrokes, or other media that your eyes tell you are there.
4) If the painting is done with oil paints, the canvas smells like oil.
5) If you take a photograph, most of the details in the painting will not show in the print unless close up photos are taken. Try it with your digital camera (if the gallery or museum you are visiting allows you, of course!)
6) There are water marks, paint drips, smears, and other “messy” marks along the sides and perhaps back of the canvas.
7) The paint looks layered, meaning colors are transparent in places instead of solid blocks of color. You can see the red layer of paint over the blue, not just the color purple.
8) The artist’s signature is on the back or front of the work. There is NO printed number or fraction on the front side of the work. If there is a number, ask what it means (I date my work with month/year on the back).
9) You are not in a hardware store, furniture store, home goods store, etc. where mass produced items are the normal things found.
Angeline Marie Fine Art