Sunday, January 9, 2011

Photographing Miniatures

I have been struggling, trying to find a way to get a descent photograph of my miniature paintings. Since I work in oils, the surface of the painting is wet when I finish. The light is reflected back from the surface of the painting, picking up all of the minute crevasses from the canvas. giving me a painting that is not worth posting. Many times I  needed to reshoot the painting a number of times. This had become frustrating and very time consuming. I am here to say, I have solved my problem.  With a  Christmas gift from my future son-in-law, I ordered an all-in-one Photo Cube. The reflection is gone and the pictures are coming out fantastic. I tried rephotographing a few of my small pieces that had already been photographed the old way. Check out the difference in the photos below.

Dark Garlic
Photographed 1/9/2011

I love the contrast and the depth that I got with this photograph. The  real advantage was that I shot it 4 times and was able to download it with out a lot of difficulty. For me the Photo Cube was well worth the investment. I am still getting a glare off the left side, but I think that may be due to the varnish that is on the piece.

Dark Garlic
Photographed 9/10/2010

Below is an image of the set I ordered. It includes all that you need; backgrounds, lights, tripod, and cube. There are a number of different brands on the market. Check them out, they have made a big difference in how much time and frustration I need to give to photographing my small pieces.

I hope this has been helpful. I would love to hear from you if you try one of the Cubes. 


Sunday, January 2, 2011

Like Giving Birth

I have spent quit a lot of time over the past two months thinking and planning for the upcoming year. I have a habit of looking at what went well and not so great during the past year and then deciding whether I can improve it or is it time to file it in Number 13 (trash). I have struggled with the idea of doing a monthly newsletter for the past year. I knew I should be doing one, but the challenge was what to write about. Of course my art, but not everyone cares to know how you work through your process. So what then? It finally occurred to me that most of my still lifes are focused on food. The things I like to eat, drink, cook with, or grow. If I like to use these fruits and vegetables, so do a lot of other people and maybe, just maybe, they would enjoy sharing the end result, the paintings, and the great meals or dishes that the fruits and vegetables end up in. After much thought and pushing and pulling;  "The Fine Art of Food"  is up and published for the first month. I started with my favorite fruit; Pears. I have included recipes and paintings of the "pears" I used. I hope you will stop by for a visit and stay long enough to try out some of the recipes. You can sign up to receive the monthly newsletter in your mail box by subscribing in the upper right box or the newsletter can be found at:  The Fine Art Of Food.

Have a Happy New Year.

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