DOING MY PART TO BE GREEN
I have always been a collector and over the years and on a regular basis I visit various shops looking for used and vintage frames. I have no qualms with a few minor dings or nicks in a frame as long as it is a quality piece. A beautiful frame, like any antique, is not devalued by slight imperfections. It is enhanced by the history and is one of a kind. I'm sure that there is a story there somewhere, if only it could talk. Some of my "finds" are beautiful on their own, sometimes obviously handmade, and a little love and elbow grease can restore them to almost new condition. I do my own framing and cut my own mats so that every framed piece is unique. The frame is a part of the art as I envision it. In this way I give those frames a second life, keep them out of the landfill, and derive personal pleasure from the search and rescue. And, my clients get a piece of history along with a new piece of art.
The Reuse Centre
I have known that the Reuse Centre existed in Edmonton for a number of years, but never had the opportunity to visit. Donna and I did just that in the fall of 2017 when we decided to start getting rid of some material things that we no longer need or want. Instead of adding more items to our landfills, we decided to donate them to the Reuse Centre.
For those of you who don't know about the facility, "The Reuse Centre accepts various items from Edmonton residents free of charge and makes them available to organizations and individuals for reuse. The Reuse Centre is unique as it deals with items that are not accepted for reuse elsewhere." (as stated on their Web site: https://www.edmonton.ca/programs_services/garbage_waste/reuse-centre.aspx). For artists like myself, it a great place for materials for projects you're working on. Its inexpensive, a minimal fee for up to 50 kg of stuff! If you have good and useful items you no longer need, take them to the Reuse Centre instead of the landfill.
NEW WORKS FROM STAN 2018
This year, as in previous years, I will be presenting my new original works at Riverbend Community "Art in Our Park". As some of you know, I am not represented by galleries, so this is the only way to see and purchase my original work. Be sure to mark it on your calendar. "Art in our Park" takes place annually in September. I will keep you posted as more information becomes available. Hope to see you this year!
Welcome to Stan's home on the Net.....
Thank you for visiting my web site. Since I'm kind of lazy and an introvert when it comes to promoting my art, this is where you can follow me on my artistic journey. For most of my life I've been busy dealing with life in general: people, family, kids, business and making money to feed my self and the family. Not much time for my art. Now that the kids are grown and on their own, I have more freedom to do the things that don't necessarily bring in the dough. What a feeling! Please don't get me wrong. I do still like money, so please do make a purchase if something grabs your fancy. Go to " stan-kwong.pixels.com ". By the way, this site has small samples of my work scattered throughout. Clicking on the image itself will take you to the page where you can view details and buy the print if you wish.
I would also like to hear from you. My preferred method of communication is email. If you have some praise or critique on my work, please feel free to let me know. I cannot promise that I will answer every email, but I certainly will do my best under my circumstances (lazy, old and sometimes unable due to being lazy and old!)
There is a section called "THOUGHTS". Some are mine and others are those of people that I admire and whose teachings I try to follow. This is also where you may find some blogs from me when I feel the need to say something or to share fun and entertaining materials such as links, photos and videos. I hope you'll enjoy it and find it interesting.
The majority of my paintings are Acrylics and Oils. Quality reproductions of my work and some originals are for sale. My style is very informal and it varies from realism to abstraction, and may or may not contain a statement of some kind. My only goal is to create art that will give the viewer a reaction that will summon feelings, happy or not. Having been consumed by the digital domain for the last 30 years, it is very refreshing to pick up a brush or a marker and create something that does not require electricity to see it. I hope you enjoy your visit.
Photography was a hobby in the '70s. It has been one of my personal and professional creative outlets since the '80s. Professionally, I had to move to photography as a matter of survival in the Graphic Arts business. Personally, I embraced photography because of its unlimited creativity with technological advances in software such as Adobe Photoshop. I've been playing with it since 1985 and taught Photoshop for a number of years with Metro Continuing Education, EPSB in Edmonton. Prints of my Photo Art are for sale and they are available on quality photo paper or as canvas prints.
I operated S. K. Graphics Ltd. in Edmonton, Canada for almost 20 years. During that time, the company did everything from Corporate Identity to stage design and Fine Dining menus. I still do design work here and there but most of my work is now concentrated on Painting, Illustration and Photography. Go to the "BUY SK STUFF" page to see samples of illustrations, photography and paintings.
I hope you will enjoy your visit and do come back often because I will post new works and thoughts as they become available.....
Thanks again for visiting!
I paint with Acrylics and Oils. I love working with these two mediums. The subjects in my paintings range from still life to the human figure. All of my paintings are available as originals (if not already sold) or prints. The prints come in various sizes on canvas, archival paper and other mediums. To purchase any of my original work, you will have to attend the annual "Art in our Park" event in Edmonton. This event takes place in early fall each year.
I've been toying with photography since the 70s, photographing nature, urban scapes, people, events and now my family. In the events area, I have shot the Canadian Finals Rodeo, Miss Rodeo Canada Pageant, Champ Car, Edmonton Indy and the Edmonton Canadian Country Music Awards. As you will see, some of my works in this area resemble paintings due to subtle enhancements in Photoshop, my favourite graphic arts software. I have an "Adobe Certified Expert" certification in Photoshop. Some of my photos are available as high quality reproduction prints on archival photo paper and canvas.
When I was operating SK Graphics Ltd. we did many jobs for technical and commercial illustrations. Now most of my works in this area consist of subjects such as nature, people and expressive moods. My medium of illustration includes graphite pencils, felt markers and whatever there is laying around my studio. Many of my drawings are available on archival photo paper and canvas.
I welcome all requests for commissioned works in Painting, Illustrations, Photography and Design. If you like my style and portfolio, please go to the "CONTACT" page on this web site and send me an email. All work is satisfaction guaranteed.
FINE ART AMERICA
The Fine Art America website http://stan-kwong.artistwebsites.com/ has several options for the purchase of prints. You can purchase prints of my original art, photos, and digital art on metal, acrylic, canvas, paper and greeting cards. The greeting cards are 5 x 7 inches and you can configure them in a variety of ways, adjusting the image size, background colour, and writing your own text for the inside. They can be ordered individually or in packages of 10 or 25.
Any of the images can be ordered as prints on metal, acrylic, canvas, or paper in a wide range of sizes, from as small as 5" x 8" to approximately 4 feet x 3 feet, depending on the dimensions of the original.
With the metal prints the image is printed directly onto a sheet of 1/16" thick aluminum. The aluminum sheet is offset from the wall by a 3/4" thick wooden frame which is attached to the back and includes a hanging wire for easy wall mounting. These metal prints are very durable, lightweight, won't bend, and are water resistant. For the acrylic prints the image gets printed directly onto the back of a 1/4" thick sheet of clear acrylic. You can choose two different options for mounting. The high gloss of the aluminum or acrylic sheet complements the rich colours of any image and makes it very easy to keep your art clean!
Stretched canvas prints add texture and depth to the image. The image is printed on premium canvas and then stretched on a wooden frame of stretcher bars. You can choose gallery wrap or museum wrap and opt for framed or unframed. Choosing frames is great entertainment because you get to play on the website, selecting various sizes, styles and colours of frames and instantly seeing what it will look like.
Prints on paper can be purchased on a variety of types of paper and you can choose to purchase the print shipped as a poster (rolled in a cardboard tube) or framed. Again, you get the pleasure of choosing your print, the size of the print, the style, size and colour of your frame, and choice of mats (0, 1 or 2) and colour of mat. Some prints work well in specific frames without a mat - others seem to cry out for a mat. It's a fun exercise even if you have no intention of purchasing anything. One can spend hours playing with the possibilities on this site...
And if wall art is not what you're after, my art can be transferred onto a variety of other surfaces including cell phone cases, shower curtains, rugs, beach towels, blankets, cushions, note cards, tote bags, and more. The size, shape and configuration of each art work determines whether or not it would be suitable for printing on home decor and other items.
RIVERBEND'S "ART IN OUR PARK"
"Art in Our Park" in Edmonton's Riverbend community takes place every year in September. It is a family friendly FREE arts festival featuring an art market, interactive & multidisciplinary workshops and activities, live music and dance on multiple stages, and much more. I have been showing and selling my original works at this event for the past several years. If you're interested in purchasing any of my original pieces this is your one opportunity each year to do so.
I look forward to this event each year as an opportunity not only to show and sell my art, but to meet new art lovers, and to re-connect with previous clients and fellow artists. Over the years a wonderful camaraderie has developed among the organizers, volunteers, and artists.
For more information on this event, go to:https://www.facebook.com/ARTinOurPark