What do you do with all the paintings you finish! In principle sell them, but that does not always happen quite as often as we like to believe from reading social media sites (they are so inspiring though!) My older are stock is piling up because as I have progressed I no longer like them and I don’t see why anyone else would!
A lot of my paintings I print to make my greetings cards and notebooks, but I recently decided to try something new. Images can go on many things these days can’t they. I set about investigating possibilities.
I had to choose one image and have that printed on a variety of media for me to decide what I liked. I only wanted a very small run so this was ideal. I chose my donkey painting because I thought this could look good on the different articles.
This is the range of items I received back. What an excitement and very pleasing to see him reproduced so well.
Donkey printed items – bag, tea towel, mug, coaster, place mat. fridge magnet and key-ring
After that it was just a matter of deciding what I wanted to order and what other paintings I wanted to use…….. more later.
I have been very busy lately learning how to make good prints of my paintings. Before I started I didn’t realise what an all encompassing task this would be. It all began with a new printer – a Canon Pixma which takes up to A3 and is wonderful. Then I had to calibrate the screen on my laptop as the colours were not the same as the printer’s. This is not an easy task as it seems to be all down to personal preference and we all see things differently don’t we!
I already had a photoshop elements 1 but after wasting a lot of time, paper and ink trying to get prints I was happy with I finally decided to buy a more up-to-date version – number 11, thanks to a recent birthday. This was an eye-opener. it is so easy to use compared with the original version. My colours are so much better now although I had to change a lot of settings on my scanner, computer and printer to get them all working off the same hymn sheet as they say. The beauty of the internet is that there is always someone somewhere who has the information you require and I certainly required a lot. It is very satisfying when it all comes together though, because I do not find computer technology very easy.
I still get through a lot of paper just fine tuning my prints, but I think experience will probably help on this one. It always seems to be the case that the more you know, the more you realise you don’t know. My next issue is with paper as they all take up the inks differently…… but enough of the technical stuff for now!
Recent paintings …
Chionodoxa are small spring bulbs which look lovely naturalised in grass. The colour is beautiful and they look so cheerful. I love to paint close ups of small flowers as it really makes you appreciate how intricate they are. Some day I intend to paint so called weeds as they are just as beautiful as our prized garden flowers when you look as them properly.
This is of Helenium ‘Ruby Tuesday’ which is growing in my garden. It is not quite as tall as other heleniums and the blooms are a richer red/dark orange. It is one of those plants that are very popular for prairie planting with lots of ornamental grasses. I noticed that I always seem to paint blue or pink flowers, so decided to try these for a change. It was quite a challenge because I do think it is easier to paint subjects you like in colours that you like.