"For my work, archival quality is key. People spend good money to purchase my paintings, and I want them to out last me and the collectors who buy them. As I tell my students, when it comes to art supplies you get what you pay for. A cheap surface is awful to work on and even more frustrating for students just learning to work in watercolors. Ampersand's Aquabord performs so well that even my least experienced students can create paintings they are proud of." -- Sandy Delehanty
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Sandy has spent decades refining her work and business and came to Ampersand Aquabord™ in 2008 during the crisis time before a show opening. With three short weeks left and three paintings to complete and frame, a friend handed her a piece of Aquabord with cradles. "I painted a zebra portrait with a red background and zebra stripes around the cradle edge creating a fun built in frame. I was done in just two days. I painted two more watercolors on Aquabord. The show went well, and the three paintings on the Aquabord were the first to sell," Sandy explains. "Those bold colors inspired my next series of watercolors on Aquabord-- tropical flowers. In August 2009, when the California art market was at its worst, I had a show of watercolor flower paintings at Elliott Fouts Gallery in Sacramento. We decided to test the market for watercolors on Aquabord. We hung sixteen new flower paintings, eight watercolors on paper framed under glass, and eight watercolor paintings on Aquabord with the cradle edges painted black. We sold eight paintings; seven watercolors on Aquabord and one watercolor on paper. Gallery owners always say that it is far easier to sell works on canvas or panel than works on paper. They say collectors complain about glare on glass, and they just don't seem to appreciate the value of works on paper. Now that I paint my watercolors on Aquabord the gallery owners are actually asking for my watercolor paintings as well as my oils."
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