Saturday, March 1, 2014

Maiden Light

This video has definitely been a labor of love for me and everybody involved.  Despite its close location, hiking up to The Maiden is kind of a schlep as Front Range climbing goes.  Lugging a bunch of gear up there over and over again in oppressively hot weather was quite exhausting!   The post production offered up some unique storytelling challenges as well.  To top it off, creating the art and writing and recording the original music made the completed video that much more of a labor of love for me.  Thanks to Tim Davis for his vision, endless psyche, and for making this wonderful collaboration happen. And of course, thanks to Ashley Smith for pushing her wonderful dance skills to the next level.   Also, thanks to Jack Ellenberger for additional camera work and Jenn Friedberg for photo and audio assistance.   

Monday, December 9, 2013

Illustrations



  A discussion of fine-art pricing
          Over the years, I have made a concerted effort to keep my art prices as low as I can.  As much as possible, I sell my art by word of mouth, outside of galleries.  This allows me to avoid a 40-60% markup to cover the gallery's cut (Yah, in case you didn't know, usually an artist decides how much they want to earn for their artwork and then the gallery marks it up 40-60% and the consumer pays twice as much as the art was intended to sell for).  I believe that art is extremely important, and for me it is a necessity.  However, I also realize that art is a luxury, and I would prefer for my artwork to hang on admirers' walls instead of my own.  Pricing art is an abstract process muddled by hidden costs and nonlinear methods of creation.  Time delegated to painting, drawing and other media account only for a fragment of an artist's labor, and completed artwork represents a mere fraction of the artistic process. One of the hidden costs is the countless hours artists spend fostering inspiration.  Sometimes this inspiration presents itself with minimal effort - maybe while drinking a cup of coffee.  Conversely, this inspiration can also take a lifetime to realize.  Should an artist be lucky enough to find inspiration, they will undoubtedly encounter creative blocks.  This creative process is unique for each individual artist and for me it changes with each creation.  It is simultaneously exhausting and wonderful and is what ultimately brings life to art.
In conclusion, art is difficult and time consuming.  Be it as it may, in keeping with my goal of making my art more affordable, I am now producing prints of my original artwork.  After much searching, I found a superb printer who does justice to my original artwork with limited edition giclee (zhee-klay) prints.  A giclee print is a high-quality, archival reproduction.  This means that each component of the reproduction process, including the paper, the ink, and the printing, is of the utmost quality.  The combination of exceptional pigment based inks and thick, archival paper produces a print almost indistinguishable from the original.  Furthermore, the archival printing process maintains the quality of the print for hundreds of years - especially if it is framed well.  Each of my prints is hand signed, numbered, and I also include additional unique hand drawn markings on each print. 

About my art
Most of my illustrations are inspired by landscapes that are influential to me both for their beauty and relevance in my own life as a climber. Some of my illustrations are rather literal representations of specific landscapes, while others are more figurative.  As you may have noticed, most of my art is marked with lettering or text.  This style of mine has developed over the years out of my love for book-arts and my own journaling.  At some point I started incorporating these influences into my art, and believe that is represents the propensity for these exquisite landscapes to elicit powerful human emotions.   Sometimes this text is legible while other times it is simply jumbled letters or words with less literal meaning.  Most of the time, it is unimportant what the text says.  Instead, the text is commonly used as conceptual design alluding to a connection to the landscape which  transcends its beauty.  The text is representative of something deeper - a unique, inquisitive human experience.  In this way, I hope to share something different that a beautiful landscape photograph cannot accomplish.  The laborious and sometimes obsessive quality of the lettering and details in my illustrations are synonymous with my own obsessions and yearnings for these wonderful places  
 How To Purchase
 Please look below each image for options. Immediately below the image is a description of the art: title, size (in inches), and price of originals and prints.  Below that is a tab for choosing the type you're interested in.  Many of the originals are already sold.  If so, it is listed as "SOLD" below the image.  Make sure you choose the correct option depending on your preference for framed or unframed.  Everything is handled through Paypal. After receiving the payment, Paypal notifies me, and I will ship your art.  It can take up to two weeks to receive your print.  If you have any questions, please contact me at craigmuderlak@gmail.com.  Please enjoy.
Frames
I make my own handmade, finely crafted frames.  They are constructed with poplar wood, reinforced beautiful splinted miter joints, and plexiglass.  The illustrations are floating on 1/4 inch foam core, creating a wonderful shadow and contrast.  Smaller prints are listed with a "framed" option for an additional cost. I have chosen not to include a "framed" option for the larger illustrations due to the cost of shipping which can be cost prohibitive.  However, if you are interested in a larger print with a frame, please contact me for pricing.  While I believe that my frames complement my art very well, I understand that framing is expensive - materials and labor add up!  If you purchase an unframed print, I encourage you to find a nice frame!  The print will look much nicer on your wall and it will last much longer.  






Saturated Needles (The Needles, CA) - 22" x 14"  (prints: $115 / original (SOLD): $275)




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Rockfellow Group (Cochise) - 22" x 13" (prints: $115 / original (SOLD): $275)




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Luminous Liberty Bell -  22"x14"  (prints: $120 / original : $275)




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House Range - 22" x 13" (prints: $115 / original: $275)




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"Wild Iris" (International Climbers' Festival poster - 2014) - 13" x 15" (prints: $100 / original (SOLD): $215




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Saturated Dome  20" x 13" (prints: $115 / original(SOLD): $275)




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Sapphire Tetons - 22"x14" -(prints: $125 / original: (SOLD) $275)




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Cirque Dreams - cirque of towers, wy -  22" x 14" - (original (SOLD)$275 / print: $125)




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Diamond Dreams #1  - 15" x 11.5"  (original:$275(SOLD):  print:$110  / enlarged print (30"x22"): $230)





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Saturated Cathedrals - 16.5" x 10.5" (SOLD:$250 / print:$110)





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The Diamond (2011 Access Fund t-shirt) 14" x 8.5"  (original:SOLD / print:$90)





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Dreaming of Patagonia -  22" x 12"  (original:$260 / print:$125)





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Three Patriarchs    -     12" x 9"      (original: $175 / print:$90)





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Cathedral Journal -  11" x 9"  (original(SOLD)  / print:$90)





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Castle Journal 17" x 7.5"  (original (SOLD) /prints: UNAVAILABLE)



Maiden Light #1  15" x 9.5"  (SOLD:$100/ prints: unavailable )





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Maiden Light #2   15" x 10"  (original:$100 / print: unavailable)





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Maiden Light #3    -  15" x 10.5"    (original:$185 / print:$110)





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The Granite Series:  
Four separate illustrations.  All are 8.5" x 8.5".  Originals are $85 each or $320 for all four.  Prints are $40 each or $155 for all four

Granite #1
Granite #2
Granite #3
Granite #4




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Letters to Nobody #2   15.5" x 8   (original (SOLD): $175 / prints: $90)





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Basaltic Columns - 33" x 25"   (original: $550)





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"Basaltic Columns" (closeup)
original: $335  /  prints: $170




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FRAMES