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Photographing the painting

Originally posted on February, 6, 2009

"Untitled" Golden Open acrylic on 100% cotton paper, 24,5cm x 18,5cm, 2009
"Untitled" Golden Open acrylic on 100% cotton paper, 24,5cm x 18,5cm, 2009

The last 2 days have been spent for the most part working on images in Adobe photoshop (and Adobe Lightroom). Over the years in the photographing of paintings I’ve had my best results photographing in direct sunlight. For me, simple is best. In the past, I’ve been the proud owner of sophisticated electronic umbrella lighting. And if you like to play with “stuff” this way this may be your cup of tea. The drawback, however, when we depend on sunlight is that for a good part of the year, it does not cooperate. As well of course, the sunlight changes of quality.(temperature) throughout the day and then it gets dark. Not to speak of rain and wind. Often conditions are not correct at the time we are ready to photograph a painting.

Enter photoshop. The ease of digital photograph includes the complexity of photoshop. In order to correctly render colors there is a fairly steep (for most people) learning curve to learning photo processing with photoshop.

Most painters, me included, have some difficulty with highly technical stuff of this sort. But the freedom to photograph and quickly post your work on a web site makes all of the effort a small price in my estimation.

The small painting above was done after the struggling with the larger one on canvas the day before I struggled also with this one as well.

Published in french as Photographier la peinture

Learning to paint Golden Open Acrylic

Originally posted on February, 3, 2009

"Untitled" Golden Open acrylic on canvas, 46cm x 38cm, 2009
«Untitled» Golden Open acrylic on canvas, 46cm x 38cm, 2009

As I’ve indicated in recent articles about Golden Open Acrylic, my struggle with learning acrylic has gone on for some time. About 10 years ago I decided to dedicate one year to acrylic. For one year I would paint only in acrylic. Well, this program lasted for about 2 months as I recall. A lot was learned but it was not sufficient for me to become comfortable with acrylic. The word comfortable is used here in a special sense. For me there is always the element of struggle in painting. Look at it this way, if it was easy everyone will be doing it! I think that I may struggle more than most with the material.

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My Painting Space: the Studio Clean

Originally posted on February, 2, 2009

Painting Studio
Kitchen Corner and also Painting Studio.

My studio is spread over 3 floors. A corner of the kitchen has a north facing skylight and access to the water. This is where I paint watercolors and, now, the Golden Open acrylics as well. Downstairs is for oil painting, a showcase for work, and a place to entertain. The third floor is dedicated to storage and framing.

My paint-box is here setup for the Golden Open acrylics. Since I work with a small number of pigments I choose them out of a small assortment as I need them. There is less waste of paint and you are always working with paint reasonably fresh. The trick is to, accurately estimate how much paint you need as you need it. Learning to do this efficiently takes a bit of practice but I think it is well worth the effort.

Published in french as Mon espace de peinture

A painting for a cold day

Originally posted on February, 2, 2009

"Snow on the Doubs", Golden Open acrylic on canvas, 30cm x 24cm, 2009
«Snow on the Doubs» Golden Open acrylic on canvas, 30cm x 24cm, 2009

The cold weather must be getting to me. I generally do not paint so many snow scenes. This painting, done from a sketch, was begun as we were receiving a light dusting of snow: another Siberian storm front has now moved into France. It is too cold for me to be outside painting. Soon I will head south to Provence.

Published in french as Une peinture pour une journée froide

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