We work with many Graphic Artists, and Michael Ward is the best of the best, so it should be no surprise that his talents extend beyond the keyboard to other media. I was delighted when he came by Focal Point Signs today and shared the good news that his original art work will be featured at Casa Romantica in downtown San Clemente.
The show is entitled “The Mystery of the Ordinary” which is an excellent name for his body of work. The Casa Romantica web site describes him this way; “A self-taught artist, Michael Ward captures what British-born philosopher Alan Watts called “the mystery of the ordinary” in his acrylic paintings of things we often overlook in our daily lives. Based on photographic images, his neo-realistic interpretations of unspectacular environments and people in the world around us are composed and rendered in such a way as to bring out the beauty in what one might have previously considered mundane, if not ugly.”
His work is so good I felt compelled not only to blog about it, but to make a video of it. Of course I also had to plug the fact that we do reproductions on Canvas and Posters. Luckily we have the HPL26500 which is capable of reproducing photographic quality images in large format and on a number of fabrics including canvas, poster paper, vinyl and wall paper. So if you are an artist who is considering making limited editions, call us at 714-204-1080. If you are an art lover and into neo-realism, go see Michael’s exhibit. You can learn more by visiting tmichaelward.com or casaromantica.org. Casa Romantica is located at 415 Avenida Granada in San Clemente and Michael’s show starts on Tuesday, January 14, 2014.
The poster sized sign is very popular for companies today. Posters are easily mounted on any light weight substrate making them easy to port around to training events, seminars, and client meetings. When most people think of mounted posters they think of something printed on Poster Paper and spray mounted on Foam Core (which we do), but there are draw backs to this approach. Namely that foam core is easily dented – you’ve seen it – the corners crunched and looking like neglected relics from the last trade show. We suggest you ask instead for a laminated vinyl applied to PVC which is still light weight but extremely durable. That’s what we’ve done for whw.org here in Orange County as seen in the video. Either way, we really enjoy making these handy signs!
We designed this campaign for whw.org. Because these are mounted on pvc they will last a very long time and allow this wonderful non-profit the opportunity to use the posters over and over for multiple events and fund raisers!
As a business one of our core values is to support the local community. We have a particular soft spot in our hearts for programs that help children like after school and sports programs that keep kids safe and teach them teamwork and leadership.
We also want to help organizations who support the underemployed. So many working parents are barely getting by. Given training, interview clothing, and interview skills training, adults are positioned to improve their employment and create opportunity for the future. That’s what whw.org does and why we wanted to help them with this poster campaign.
We gave them a very high end product that can be used over and over again. We used our full color HPL26500 printer which is capable of reproducing up to 1200 dpi – eye popping colors of photographic image quality. We also printed the posters on HP Photo Realistic poster paper which is over 8 mil thick and designed to hold bright colors fast. Lastly we laminated the posters onto PVC board instead of foam board. Most people are used to foam core because it’s inexpensive, but the corners always get bent or crushed and in short order your poster isn’t looking so good. We were happy to have the opportunity to print their poster campaign, and even more pleased that we created a finished product that will last for years to come.
If you need high quality posters, give us a call at 714-204-0180.