FAQ

The story behind the picture.

Illuminating insights that bring symbolism, meaning, and imagination to my abstract photography.

“Boundaries” in the Seeking Simplicity collection, is a nature black and white photograph by Ann Newman. Trees burned by a forest fire are now contrasted with the snow of winter. The hill not visible before is now revealed. Sometimes change helps us to develop our boundaries.

What does Annstracts mean?

My name is Ann, and I love abstracts.  So Annstracts is a play on words. My eye is drawn to abstract scenes, and I also love to write short insights about what I feel when I view an image. A short written summary is also called an abstract, so I think this is a spot-on description of my two passions:  photography and writing.

There are a lot of places online to purchase art from, why should I consider your art?

Yes, there are some big warehouse-like online art sites out there.  They do have some excellent artists.  However, I view art in my home as something I want to live with and enjoy for a long time. If I know something about the piece, I feel more connected to the artist. 

It’s like being hungry.  If you need sustenance, you can stop for fast food.  But if you want real fulfillment and experience, you take the time to find a restaurant with ambiance, quality ingredients, and superior service.  A beautiful piece of art should be something you enjoy for years and grow to see more and more from it.  

Purchasing from an individual allows you to know more about the artist and their values, and you support a small business at the same time.  An online warehouse doesn’t help you know when that artist has new pieces.  Some of the fun in collecting art is feeling connected to the artist.

How do I order a print?

Click over to the page called “Shop.” Click on the collection that attracts your eye and then find the photograph you can’t live without. Once you click on the name of the piece you love, you’ll see that the site will guide you first to choose a medium, then size, and finally, a style.  

Medium is what the photo is printed on.  There are a variety of options, but to make it simple and reflective of the contemporary type of art I offer, I’ve preselected metal and acrylic.  Both of these mediums are ready to hang when you receive them, and all you need to do is pound a nail into the wall.  No framing, no buying mats or making decisions on glass coverings.  

Metal offers the photo art a magical luminescence because the dye is infused on specially-coated aluminum sheets. Unlike other metal offerings, I’ve chosen a printer that also mounts the metal to a solid black surface so that you will not worry about bending the corners.  I’ve had that happen in the past, and this is so much better!

  • Maximum color brilliance–unsurpassed color vibrancy and resolution
  • It is scratch, fade, moisture, and flame resistant – perfect for any location
  • It is non-porous – easy to clean with any cleaner!
  • Lightweight

Acrylic is an ultra-modern, contemporary solution for showcasing art. Like metal, you will not need to frame, mat, or choose a glass covering.

  • Maximum color brilliance–unsurpassed color vibrancy and resolution
  • Abrasion-resistant
  • Reflective to give art incredible depth and clarity
  • Highest-resolution viewing experience possible

 Other options are certainly available, and if you prefer to have a framed and matted print, I can have the art printed on paper.  Some people prefer canvas and that can also be ordered.  Just reach out to me and we can work on the best solution for your space.

 

 

 

What is Live Preview AR?

Coolest thing ever.  Seriously.  AR stands for “Augmented Reality.”  And who wouldn’t want to augment reality?

The Live Preview AR tool allows you to launch a camera from your phone or tablet, and try out an art piece on your own wall. Just click the button for “Live Preview AR,” then point your device at a wall. The Augmented Reality tool will help you size the print for your space.

What size should I select for my art print?

Just like there is a myriad of ways to print art, there are so many sizes.  I’ve preselected just a few sizes that are common.  If you have a smaller wall or space, 11″ x 17″ is a good size for most pieces.  You could take a legal size of paper and tape it in the space you are considering.  

If you have a larger wall, 24″ x 36″ is a great size.  Remember posters from another decade or two ago?  That is the size we are talking about.  When in doubt, take some newspaper (if you are one of the holdouts still receiving them) or some wrapping paper and tape that to your wall.  Or better yet, use the Live Preview AR tool on my shop page to see your selection on your own wall.  You just need a camera phone or an iPad with a camera.  If that doesn’t work, you could always look at the Wall Preview and size the piece to what you are considering.  The art will be placed in a setting like a living room so you can see what it will look like.

 

 

What if I don't see the size or the style for my wall?

In order to simplify the ordering process, I selected the most common sizes and the medium I thought worked best for the art. If you prefer another size, want it printed on paper, canvas, or some other way, just send me an email and let’s collaborate on a solution.

What does the term "medium" mean?

Medium is what the photo is printed on.  There are a variety of options, but to make it simple and reflective of the contemporary type of art I offer, I’ve preselected metal and acrylic.  Both of these mediums are ready to hang when you receive them, and all you need to do is pound a nail into the wall.  No framing, no buying mats, or making decisions on glass coverings.  

Metal offers the photo art a magical luminescence because the dye is infused on specially-coated aluminum sheets. Unlike other metal offerings, I’ve chosen a printer that also mounts the metal to a solid black surface so that you will not worry about bending the corners.  I’ve had that happen in the past, and this is so much better!

  • Maximum color brilliance–unsurpassed color vibrancy and resolution
  • It is scratch, fade, moisture, and flame resistant – perfect for any location
  • It is non-porous – easy to clean with any cleaner!
  • Lightweight

Acrylic is an ultra-modern, contemporary solution for showcasing art. Like metal, you will not need to frame, mat, or choose a glass covering.

  • Maximum color brilliance–unsurpassed color vibrancy and resolution
  • Abrasion-resistant
  • Reflective to give art incredible depth and clarity
  • Highest-resolution viewing experience possible

 Other options are certainly available, and if you prefer to have a framed and matted print, I can have the art printed on paper.  Some people prefer canvas and that can also be ordered.  Just reach out to me and we can work on the best solution for your space.

When would I have something printed on metal?

Metal prints offer a unique, durable print method for vibrant colors, brilliant luminescent images, and exceptional detail. Dyes are directly infused onto specially coated aluminum sheets. The luminosity is magical. The ultra-hard, scratch-resistant surface is waterproof and can be easily cleaned. Metal art prints are an excellent solution for medical office art, hospital art, or bathroom installations. These pieces do not require a frame and are ready to hang on your wall as soon as you receive them.  If you can find your hammer right away, that is. Metal art prints generally are a little higher than canvas prints but can be a lot more cost-effective than printing on paper and paying for a mat, glass, and a frame. Metal is also less expensive than acrylic but gives a similar contemporary look to art.

When would I have something printed on acrylic?

Acrylic prints are ultra-modern and a great contemporary solution. Your selection of art is printed on paper and fused to 1/4-inch thick acrylic. The light-capturing properties will enhance colors, making them appear more vibrant. The 3-D appearance is sleek and glossy. The inherent qualities will shield your image from moisture, UV rays, and accidental knocks. This option is generally a higher-priced printing solution than other methods and what you see in many photo art galleries. These acrylic works of art are even more exceptional when paired with a lighting solution.

When would I have something printed on canvas?

When I think of canvas prints for art, I naturally think of painters.  That is their medium.  And some photography looks good printed on canvas. Canvas prints offer a slightly-textured, more sedate feel, and a classic look. The bonus is that canvas is economical and does not have to be framed. Canvas is ready to hang right away since it is stretched on a wood frame underneath the fabric. Canvas prints also look stunning in a floating frame, which gives the art a bit of a traditional painting look. Between the frame and the canvas is a slight space. Not to confuse matters, but you can also just order a print on canvas which is not mounted on a frame but would be something you took to a framing shop for finish work.

With canvas, there is a choice to finish it as matte or glossy. Matte is perfect for rooms filled with windows where you might encounter a lot of glare. Glossy is recommended for bold and bright colors, as it reflects a bit of light.

There is another choice to be made when ordering a canvas art piece. You can have the sides printed a solid color like black or white or have the artwork stretch out and around the sides.  Some photos look good that way; others would not see something important visually on the edges. I’d be glad to help you decide what would work best if you are headed down this road. (see why I wanted to simplify and not offer every possibility?)

 

When would I have something printed on paper?

If your plan is to frame an art piece, paper printing is one way to go. The initial cost of a paper print is fairly low.  The cost for the finished piece is mostly from the mat, the glass, and the frame.  Sometimes, a piece of art or the style of your home needs to follow a more traditional finish.  That is when a paper print is used. 

Within the paper printing realm, there are many kinds of prints: glossy paper, metallic paper, and smooth fine art paper.  Glossy is highly-reflective and great for bold and bright colors with no texture to the paper. Metallic paper has a 3-D effect, bringing out the light in the photo for depth, beautifully saturated colors, and sharp details. Fine art paper is a popular choice, ideal for intense colors, contrasts, and enables a wide range of grey tones. For that reason, it is an excellent choice for black and white photos.

When you order paper, there is an option for ordering a border. If you desire to put a mat on the photo, you may want to allow for a border. Otherwise, if you are placing the print into a frame that doesn’t require a mat, you’d chose no border.

Can I place an order by phone or email?

Sadly, there are a lot of scammers out there.  For your security and mine, I only handle orders through my secure website. The site is encrypted with SSL, an approved standard for transmitting securely over the internet. Protecting your private information is my highest priority. As part of the order process, your information is only used for the purchase transaction and will never be given out.

What information do you collect when I place an order?

We only collect the necessary information such as your name, email, and mailing address, etc. to be able to fulfill your order.  If you would like more information, please visit the privacy policy page.

What will it cost to ship my artwork order?

If you are ordering an abstract art print to be sent within the continental United States, the great news is nothing.  Nada.  Yay!

If you need an art print shipped to a destination outside of the lower 48, then I will work with you on the best solution for shipping due to all the variations for international shipping costs. Just send me an email message to ann@annstracts.com, and I will get right on it.

How long will it take to receive my art print order?

I want you to enjoy your artwork right away, but I also want to ensure that you receive a quality piece. Each art order is printed on demand. The time for printing is typically 2-4 business days, but high demand seasons, workforce issues, and distribution problems (aka COVID-19) can slow down the timeframe. In addition to printing, please take into account shipping. For the lower 48 states, most orders arrive 5-7 days after production is complete. Again, holidays and interruptions can increase the time.  If you are considering this for a gift that needs to arrive by a particular time, please let me know to follow the order to see if there will be an issue with your timeframe.  Things that are custom and take time are worth the wait.

What is your policy on returns, exchanges, and refunds?

I want you to be thrilled with your new piece of art. If there are any quality issues with your print, we will provide a no-charge replacement or refund. 

Since each piece is custom printed, you should feel confident the artwork will work for your situation. If you have placed an order but want to change it, and if the piece has not gone into production, I will refund your purchase or assist you with a replacement.  If you question whether a piece will work in your situation, please reach out to me at ann@annstracts.com.  I’d rather help you on the front end, so you can enjoy your art with peace of mind.

How do I keep up with new art and stories?

At the bottom of each webpage, I have a sign-up form that just requires your first name and an email address.  Add ann@annstracts.com to your contacts so the alerts don’t end up in your spam folder.  Then sit back.  I will deliver new gallery pictures and blog post announcements as fast as I can humanly get them loaded.  This means, in other words, frequently, but not annoyingly frequent.  

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