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Archive for April, 2010

To varnish or not to varnish, that is the question!

When we’ve finished painting your portrait or art reproduction we don’t normally varnish the painting as a painting needs to be completely dry before applying varnish and an oil painting usually takes 6 months to dry. So after 6 months should you varnish it, is it even important?

Well, varnish protects a painting from dirt, dust and pollution in the air, so it probably is a good idea to apply varnish to your painting. There are different types of varnish you can buy from art shops, such a matte or glossy varnish. The difference between the two is that a glossy varnish when it dries,  dries completely clear while matte varnishes leave a slightly frosted glass appearance, so it depends on the look you’re after.

I need to reiterate that you need to leave a good 6 months before you varnish your painting, if the canvas is still wet and you apply the varnish, there’s a good probability that your painting will crack.

By the way, in case you’re wondering how to varnish a painting, luckily, there is a really simply solution!  You can actually buy a varnishing spray & simply spray a layer of varnish across the whole painting. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

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Treat dad this Father’s day to his very own portrait!

This Father’s day why not commission a touching portrait of your father or of a special family moment that he’ll treasure. Portraits make special gifts as it shows how much you care through the time and thought you’ve taken into finding the photograph to thinking about the moment you would like the artist to paint and what it would mean to your dad.

family portrait

Commission a portrait of dad this Father's day.

Father’s day this year is on the 20th June so there’s still plenty of time to commission a portrait.  The cut off date for ordering is on May 12th 2010.  Prices start from £197 and delivery is free.

For more information please email us at portrait@fabulousmasterpieces.co.uk or click here

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If you would like to see our paintings in the flesh we are hosting a network event on Tuesday 27th April 2010 at the Troubadour gallery in Earls Court along with the Best of Kensington & Chelsea.

Art Reproduction of Stubbs' Whistlejacket

Two Fine Art Reproductions by Fabulous Masterpieces

Have a look at our art reproductions and portraits over complimentary canapés and a few glasses of wine whilst mingling with a whole host of interesting people. From solicitors and accountants to interior designers and make some lasting connections.

To buy your ticket, please click here


Venue: The Gallery, The Troubadour, 263 – 276 Old Brompton Road, London SW5 9JA

(West Brompton tube, Wimbledon branch of the district line or Earls Court tube, District or Piccadilly Lines) Click here for map and directions.

Time: 6.30 pm – 8.30pm

Some questions you may have about Networking

What happens at a networking event?

There are many different types of networking events. Our forthcoming event will be largely unstructured, relaxed and a very social occasion. We will be introducing ice-breakers such as a burst of ‘speed networking’ to ensure all attendees get to meet new people.

How do I prepare for the event?

Make sure you can succinctly explain what you do and the type of business you are looking for. Try to think of a memorable way to differentiate yourself and focus on the benefits you provide (e.g. instead of saying “I’m an accountant….” say “I help small business owners maximise their profits …”). Be sure to bring plenty of business cards and a positive attitude!

What do I do when I get there?

Everyone is there for the same reason so you will find it very easy to start speaking to people. The best initial approach is to find out about what the other person does rather than focusing immediately on your own business. Try to explore ways in which you might be able to help each other – there may not be a direct requirement for each other’s services, but you might be able to create a referral for one of your existing contacts. It’s standard practice to exchange business cards even if there’s no immediate opportunity for any follow up business.

How long does the event last?

Allow a good couple of hours. Sometimes the best networking happens after the ‘official’ session has ended over a drink at the bar.

Feedback From Previous Events

” I just wanted to say thank you for last night it was great fun and most beneficial.  I loved the format of the evening with the speed networking as it made me speak to new people which are not always the case at these type of events”  Sarah Ducker, SJD Events Ltd, Event and Wedding Planner

” I thoroughly enjoyed the meeting in Portobello Road.  It was full of a variety of people oozing with innovative ideas from casinos to cufflink suppliers.  Well worth going to.”  Gillian Katz, Your Wedding, Hair and Makeup

“Thank you for a wonderful event yesterday and for being so supportive of me.  The whole organisation was perfect and everybody was so at ease.  Belonging to ‘The Best of’ is the best decision I’ve ever made!”  Marilena Narbona, The Athena Network

“I was seriously impressed your Networking event.  At crunch times, when many businesses of all sizes are slashing marketing budgets in response to panic about what might happen, I applaud all those who chose to spend a few quid on an excellent local marketing opportunity.  Everybody seemed to find it useful, cards were feverishly exchanged in those inspired bursts of speed networking and the infectious group enthusiasm for making contacts was a form of business intercourse many more enterprises would do well to engage in.”  Neil English, The Mail on Sunday

“Thank you for organising an excellent event last week.  Truly good networking events must be: 1) Fun, and 2) Business effective, and yours was both!  In addition, the venue was really lovely and the food and wine were really nice.  I have arranged several follow up meetings with people I met on the evening, and I am sure they’ll prove very useful.” Tamsin Fox-Davies, Enthuse marketing

“Many thanks for organising the networking evening at The Sloane Square Hotel.  I found it well run, in a relaxed manner and beneficial having made two worthwhile contacts.  Please keep me informed on future events.” Jonathan Woodhams, James Pool & Sons Ltd

Chid Portrait by Fabulous Masterpieces. Portraits From Your Photos

For more information, please click here and if you have any questions please email us at info@fabulousmasterpieces.co.uk or call Amanda English to reserve your ticket on 020 7223 3903

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