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Sunday, January 24, 2010

I have added the painting above, Date Palm I,  to my list of available giclee prints, so I now offer 24 prints of original paintings.   At this time, all of my giclee prints are derived from watercolor paintings and have previously been printed on paper, however I have also added the option of printing on canvas.  With canvas, the work is stretched over bars and thus removes the need for frame and glass.  The work can easily and effectively be increased in size with retention of color, line, and quality....this is exciting stuff!  Large walls that are begging for art work, homeowners with a smaller budget, can now have beautiful, quality art at very reasonable prices.  Just this month I shipped three canvas giclee prints to a home in Southern California where they are displayed on a very tall, open wall above a staircase.  To give you an idea of size, this giclee of Date Palm I is 60" x 44".  The other two prints are 70.5" x 44".

Photos of my available giclee prints can be seen at:

Here is a bit of information about giclee prints:

Giclee (zhee-klay) - The French word "giclĂ©e" is a feminine noun that means a spray or a spurt of liquid. The word may have been derived from the French verb "gicler" meaning "to squirt". 

The Term : The term  "giclee print" connotes an elevation in printmaking technology. Images are generated from high resolution digital scans and printed with archival quality inks onto various substrates including canvas, fine art, and photo-base paper. The giclee printing process provides better color accuracy than other means of reproduction.

The Advantages : Giclee prints are advantageous to artists who do not find it feasible to mass produce their work, but want to reproduce their art as needed, or on-demand. Once an image is digitally archived, additional reproductions can be made with minimal effort and reasonable cost. The prohibitive up-front cost of mass production for an edition is eliminated. Archived files will not deteriorate in quality as negatives and film inherently do. Another tremendous advantage of giclee printing is that digital images can be reproduced to almost any size and onto various media, giving the artist the ability to customize prints for a specific client. 

The Quality : The quality of the giclee print rivals traditional silver-halide and gelatin printing processes and is commonly found in museums and art galleries. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

To continue the produce theme in my painting, I have been working with chili peppers. 

 I continually return to placing the edible on a board or shelf of some sort which began last year when I was painting bird nests in which sat a golden egg.  This was after the stock market plummeted and also after the Madoff scandal came to light.  My  small paintings were statements about the market, nest eggs and about 'feathering your nest'.  The nests sat on a shelf, and I loved the way that worked in the composition, so I have used it over and over with my produce paintings.

Here are photos of the bird nest paintings, which were three dimensional using both sides of the canvas, not only painted on one side but with the use of natural materials collected from my yard and newspaper shreds (from the stock quotes) on the other side. Look closely at the feathers...they are works of art all by themselves and trimmed in orange tones!  The bird flew into one of my windows, breaking its neck, so I plucked it, but not before I thanked the spirit of the bird for its generosity.  

Three of these small works were sold out of the Palm Springs Art Museum's 99 Bucks event and went to an office in Michigan. Others are in homes in Southern California and I kept two in my collection.  

The 99 Bucks event will take place again this year in March.   I will participate again, but with different subject matter....maybe some sort of produce on a board.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Last November our family spent Thanksgiving on Maui, where we helped celebrate the wedding of a young couple.  Orchids were everywhere during the wedding;  in the bouquets, on the tables, everywhere I looked.  Though I previously thought them a lovely flower, I did not have much of an connected relationship to them, which I need to paint a subject.  Due to their abundance, exotic shapes and diverse color,  they grabbed my attention and I felt compelled to start using them as a subject matter for a few paintings.  Pictured here is a small 12" x 12" painting.

Did you know:  Orchids belong to the most diverse family of plants known to man. There are over 880 genera, 28,000 species and well over 300,000 registered cultivars currently documented.  Orchids are the most rapidly (genetically) changing group of plants on earth and more new species have been discovered over the last few thousand years than any other plant group known.  Orchids are also one of the most adaptable plant groups on earth.  Some Australian orchids grow entirely underground, and many tropical jungle orchids grow in the upper branches of trees. Tundra, rainforest, mountain, grassy plain, desert and swamp environments contain numerous orchid species.

This is definitely a subject matter to be pursued.