Photographing Paintings




Hum….I don’t like this photographing of long or tall skinny paintings. Out here at our new location, it is even worse since I don’t have a set place to photograph. SO, call on your husband to hold them…thank goodness no more slides on felt and they can be cropped.

Well…I spoke too soon on that one as my program kept wanting to crop off the top of one of the panels when I applied the filter to straighten. I think I finally got it okay. However, a 12 x 72″ diptych is not easily seen when you have to get back far enough to take it’s photo. SO, I took a full length and separate ones of each panel.

I decided to title this diptych, Familiar-Unfamiliar. I started this painting some time ago. I kept staring at it …just like the previous painting until I just couldn’t stand it any longer. Fix it or cover it all up. It was 98% done or it would have to be re-painted. I was fortunate that it worked. My mantra again……..Just DO it.

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I sat down to watch the weather since we finally have a little thunder and lightning in the area. Instead I found another one of those endless infomercials for “whatever” can make for a better life, more energy, and of course, not least…lose weight, and especially your tummy…or yeah, and throw in get rid of cellulite and wrinkles.

SO, I hit on a fabulous new way to make some money……Paint a painting, sculpt a new sculpture, etc that promises if you buy it and look at it every day in the morning, noon and night, you are guaranteed within 15 days to lose that middle, get more energy and have a wonderful, successful life. And this is free, all except you have to pay your small shipping and handling charge…oh yeah, it (new small paintings/artwork) will be automatically be sent to you quarterly so you can renew all this wonderful effect on your mind and body.

Anyone want to help me develop this wonderful new product?

Painting demo without video continued………

Okay…….so I went up to the studio. This time I just eyed that darn video cam and left it alone. I started working on the painting again ’cause as anyone familiar with acrylic knows, it can ‘die’ on you overnight even if you thought you were so brilliant the day before.

Before more paint……..

I decided the part above what could be called the horizon line needed more paint, something. So I set to work and quickly added some more.

Oops….not the right feeling here…off in color. I am not sure about all that gray in the bottom left either. There is more here and there throughout the painting, but from a distance something may be needed. I have to guard against getting things TOO balanced though. Anyway…this layer is not right. What to do, what to do!

The only thing you can, just DO IT. If it’s wrong, do it again until something looks better. You can always paint over it. Layers only add to the feeling of good paint quality with this kind of work.

SO……….this is what I ended up with….for now…the gray stays although there are some subtle changes not too noticeable in this picture. Looks like another “Little Pieces of Land” painting to me. Nothing wrong with them, but I have done quite a few (31) and none of them small. Maybe it’s time for a good talk with myself about where I’m going from here.