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 JULY COLLECTORS' CORNER
THE GREATEST ASSET IS AN ARTIST'S INDIVIDUAL CREATIVITY

The greatest asset any artist has is his or her individual creativity.  This seems obvious, but unfortunately this may not be understood, especially with regard to the art market in general and national competitions.  Over the years I have become increasingly aware of how the art market is driven by the media- especially the photograph.  It has overtaken the advertising industry- illustrators are no more.   The photograph is viewed as reality, but it is far from it.  
 
Several years ago we were at the Vatican, and I was surprised by the bus loads of tourists who were not looking at Michelangelo's masterpiece, the Pieta, but rather taking photographs to be viewed later.  This is the new reality for many young adults.
 
Nowhere am I more aware of the dominance of the photograph than in national art competitions.  Painstakingly detailed realistic paintings can receive the top awards ( why it looks just like a photograph!) and yet the public, and even the judges, are turning a blind eye to the fact that the painting is nothing more than a projected photograph  with a careful coloring applied.  Even worse,  the  computer industry has helped out by developing Photo Editing Software with "Impressionist, Value Distribution, and whatever type of painting you want" buttons. The award should be for the patience required to fill in the blanks, like a coloring book , but certainly not for creativity!  I have seen it a number of times: a student with superficial knowledge of painting shows me a painting of theirs that won an award -- but it's nothing  more than a copy of a photograph- Photo-shopped or not.
 
Creativity is rare, and the artists who have the courage to express their own creativity, coupled with the disciplined knowledge, skill,  and experience of painting, should be celebrated.

...Eric

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Return Policy for all paintings and giclee prints:
All painting and giclee print purchases come with a 90 day return policy from date of purchase. If, for any reason you decide to return the artwork, you will receive either a full refund or a credit toward another art selection within the first 45 days of purchase.

In the second 45 days from date of purchase, no refunds are given, however you have up to 45 days to receive full credit toward an equal value of artwork or apply the credit toward another art selection of more value with a balance due for the difference. The balance due must be paid before shipping.

Shipping the artwork back to us is at your expense and must be returned in its original condition. If there is damage to the artwork the refund or credit becomes null and void. Shipping and Handling charges are not refundable and are in addition to the painting price.
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(**To order framed Giclees or lithographs, please call 360-665-5976 or email us at watercolors@ericwiegardt.com to reserve your Giclee or lithograph. To view our house frame, just click on House Frames at our website, www.ericwiegardt.com. If you prefer one of the two other frames, we will give you a price quote.)

Shipping and Handling is extra for Framed giclees or lithographs.
A generous return policy is provided below for all original paintings and limited edition giclees.

RETURN POLICY FOR PAINTINGS AND GICLEE PRINTS

All painting and giclee print purchases come with a 90 day return policy from date of purchase. If, for any reason you decide to return the artwork, you will receive either a full refund or a credit toward another art selection within the first 45 days of purchase.

In the second 45 days from date of purchase, no refunds are given, however you have up to 45 days to receive full credit toward an equal value of artwork or apply the credit toward another art selection of more value with a balance due for the difference. The balance due must be paid before shipping.

Shipping the artwork back to us is at your expense and must be returned in its original condition. If there is damage to the artwork the refund or credit becomes null and void. Shipping and Handling charges are not refundable and are in addition to the painting price.

ABOUT ERIC

"I have no doubt that his future accomplishments will leave an indelible mark upon the American art scene." Irving Shapiro, AWS, Former President and Director of American Academy of Art.

Eric Wiegardt, AWS-DF, NWS has left an indelible mark on both the American and International art scene. He is one of the few to be awarded both the GOLD MEDAL and DOLPHIN FELLOW from the oldest and most prestigious watercolor society, AMERICAN WATERCOLOR SOCIETY, NEW YORK. He has participated in numerous museum exhibitions throughout the US and China.

Eric has taught over 5000 watercolorists his popular "Wiegardt's Painterly Watercolors" workshops.

Over 4,000 original paintings have been collected privately and corporately including the US State Dept., US Ambassador Alice G. Wells, Amman, Jordan.
Eric is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society (Dolphin Fellow), National Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America (Master Status) and others. He has been awarded the 2012 AWS Gold Medal of Honor, 2014 AWS Judge, among many other national and international awards. He has exhibited at both International Watermedia Shows in Nanchang and Shenzhen, China.

Eric has been featured in many publications, including Watercolor Artist Magazine, featured in “The Best Art of 2015”, as well as cover artist for both The Artist’s Magazine and Plein Air Magazine. He is the author of the book “Watercolor Free and Easy” and also has a video series titled “Painting Loosely from Photographs”.

Eric is a graduate of the American Academy of Art, Chicago.

"An artist's artist." Jim McFarlane, President American Watercolor Society.

"An intelligence that enables him to perceive and execute his artistic efforts with rare, sensitive insights. One of our brightest and most inspiring painters."
Irving Shapiro, AWS, Former President and Director of American Academy of Art.

"A tangible air of energy and industry" Seattle Times.

"A master of a fresh and loose painting style"
Kelly Kane, Editor Watercolor Artist Magazine.

Wiegardt paintings are to be enjoyed for generations; permanent pigments and professional framing are a priority.

Wiegardt Studio Gallery is in the home of Eric's great grandfather, Heinrich Julius Wiegardt, an oystering pioneer from Denmark.

The home, now the gallery, was built in 1897.

Eric and Ann, since 1985, have owned and operated Wiegardt Studio Gallery. They have raised five wonderful children.

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