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Month: August 2010


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Hi Everyone!

I’m spending this week inside painting artwork and outside repainting a deck. Seems to be a paintbrush in my hands all day! It’s nice to have a reason to be outside on these last days of summer. I’ve had a chance to watch the monarchs and swallowtail butterflies hovering around the butterfly bushes and a hummingbird too!

My monarch butterfly wing painting  is in another treasury on Etsy.  Treasury is an ever-changing, member-curated shopping gallery comprised of lists of items. Lists contain 16 items. Members can feature their favorite items, items selected on a theme or whatever they like.   I’ve been included in a number them.  This one is really beautiful and I like everything shown.  Enjoy!

Monarch Treasury

Photographing mini canvases

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Hi Everyone!

I am finding getting good clear photos of my miniature art work to be a challenge. It’s pretty easy to get great reference shots and clean shots of my larger work.  The mini canvases are requiring more effort and creativity.  Selling in person and in a physical shop allows you to see exactly how small they are and all of the detail. Online, the photos have to convey the same thing. It’s tricky to get a good photo that doesn’t treat it like a large painting. The charm of the miniature painting is how small it is with all the tiny detail. Photos that treat it like a large painting are not flattering at all to say the least!

My daughter had a terrific idea of photographing it on a  1 inch grid  to convey the size.  That seems to be working.  I have  rigged a make shift light box with white art paper to keep the background clean. Photographing them on a little plate stand also allows me to get a little distance but still show the details.  See what you think:

Make shift light box            Ready to shoot       Using grid to emphasize small size

Finished photo!

There’s still improvements to be made, so I’ll keep working on getting better photos.  But for now, I think this works.  I’ll be adding more minis and more art work to my Etsy shop this month and getting ready to add more minis to Mall gallery next month as well.  And if you are in West Chester,  be sure to take a peek at my two paintings hanging in the Starbuck’s this summer.

Stay cool and take care!


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Hi Everyone!

August already!  This was one of the faster summers in this household!  Time to begin thinking towards the holidays. I’m pulling out photos I’ve taken, sketches I’ve drawn and buying some new paints to get started. Here is one of my favorite fall photos that may show up later on in my artwork:

I’m posting new things at Etsy every week, so be sure to check out my shop. I’m working on some wine glasses and a mailbox, in addition to mini canvases and larger paintings.

Thanks for stopping in and enjoy the day!