I've been drooling over that via webcam since yesterday, saying she's beautiful just seems so inadequate!
Thank you very much!!! I had way too much fun painting her too, lol.
Ecinechia in the herb garden, if you feel a cold coming on, you pick some leaves, wash them, and chew them. It staves off a lot of illness.
I'm currently planning my herb garden so I might try to squeeze in some echinacea - good suggestion!!
Wow. She's a little unnerving, but still fantastic! She'll look wonderful alongside Queen Arachne and the Princess of the Goblins. Your starting to assemble quite an interesting court!
Thank you very much! I plan on painting some more "royal portraits" soon as well =)
The painting is stunning, as always...so many little details! You guys getting lots of rain down there? I'm about 2.5 hours north of you and we're getting nonstop rain for the last two hours. Hope you and Matt feel better soon!
Thank you Becca! We are both feeling much better now =)
Yes indeed - we've been getting periodic bouts of rainfall over the past week, which we really needed!
Jasmine she is beautiful! I love the colors. This has to be the best ever. I just love it!
I have a question for you-
Just wondering if you know why when I tried to print my dog picture it looked like it was too light. Nothing like the original. It was scanned at 200dpi. Just wonderful. All the beauties I have bought from you just have wonderful color.
Thanks in advance.
I hope you guys get better soon.
Thank you so much Kim! This was one of my favourite paintings to paint, and I am just thrilled with how it turned out. In fact I have kept her in my studio this whole time and keep sneaking peeks of her, hehe.
That can happen - there is a lot of discrepancy that happens in colour, brightness, and contrast between the scanner, the computer, and then printer.
Basically what I suggest (and what I have to do when I get new printers - even printers of the same make & model) is to play around with the scan. Keep one file of the scan completely untouched and save it on a disk somewhere (so if you ever have a different printer, you can use the source scan again to re-adjust it). Make a print of it, un-adjusted. Keep note of what is wrong with the printed image - too dark? Too light? Too much/not enough contrast? Too blue? Too red? Purple disappeared? etc.
Then take the file (be sure you kept an untouched original somewhere for backup, and then just play around with the copied one) into Photoshop or whatever photo editing program you like to use.
If it is too light, I suggest first turning down the brightness and then increasing the contrast some what. Also working on the "levels" option manually (where you find the darkest value in the painting and set that as black, and click on the lightest value in the painting and set that as white, assuming you used both black & white in the painting!) can help a lot too. Write down what numbers or levels of brightness & contrast you set on the new file. Save it temporarily (again, make sure you saved an unaltered-version in case you messed up or ever get a new printer and need to change the settings again, etc.)
Then print it out and see how it looks! If it looks good, then keep a sheet of paper with the contrast & brightness levels on it that you used to tweak the image. In the future apply those same brightness & contrast levels to other images right after you scan them, and it should optimize the images for printing on your specific printer. Works pretty well - that's what I do with printers that don't print quite exact and scanners that don't scan quite exact!
If you ever use a different scanner or printer you'll need to adjust the settings on the images again (working from the untouched backup scans). Some scanners scan too dark or too light, and some printers scan too dark or too light - it's annoying, but with some photoshop editing you can get a print that looks just like the original =)
So beautiful! I love peacocks! You're amazing!! *^__^*
Thank you very much!!! They are rather magical looking birds, I love them too!!!
OMG freaking GORGEOUS. I am so buying a print when you sell them.
=) Thank you very much! I will have prints available soon!
Thank you Natasha! I've been looking at a lot of Tudor portraits lately =)
RYN: Thanks for the webcam clarification, lol. Now I can view it without worrying that I will stumble upon something surprising. Most likely entertaining, but definitely surprising, lol.
Anywho, I love the Peacock Queen. I like how the facial features are different from the usual "cute and innocent" or "cute and evil" style. She seems painfully drained, but there is so much beauty in her. I can tell you put a lot of effort into detailing, and it is very apparent you did an excellent job. The feathers are very reflective of the painful beauty surrounding her, the blues to me symbolizing sadness, and greens, jealousy. Maybe I'm analyzing this too much, but then again, I analyze everything, lol. I'm always open and honest, and if I ever see something in your painting that I don't particulary like, I will tell you, because I can already tell you're open to constructive criticism. Not like I'm in any place to tell you how to paint (lol!), but I guess I am an offical fan now :)... so might as well voice my opinion. Take care, darling! - .m. (Maggie)
Thank you so much!! It makes me happy when people put a lot of thought into my paintings. I agree - the colours do give a sense of melancholy. They also match the peacock, hehe =)
Hi! Just wanted to let you know we're back safe. We didn't have a phone so I couldn't call last night.
Hi Chi! Oh good! We were just wondering about you guys =)
Peacock Queen is so bright and bold!!! Perfect!!!
2006-06-13 09:21 pm (UTC)
IDEA: aztec fairy or mexican fairy
I would love to see an image that used the ancient aztec symbols in a fairy or the colonial mexico in form of fairy. My name is synonym with fairy in spanish and I love your images.
2006-06-19 02:35 pm (UTC)
Re: IDEA: aztec fairy or mexican fairy
That is a wonderful suggestion - I love Aztec and pre-Columbian art, so I would very much be interested in painting something like that - thank you for the idea!
You're right, Peacock Queen is definately very detailed and very beautiful!
Its kind of ...creepy too cuz she has no shoulders and her face looks like she hasnt eaten .. ^_^ still very lovely though..
Hehe, thank you Heather! Indeed - she's pretty, but kinda creepy looking.... a real human wouldn't look like that (hopefully!).
she's gorgeous!! Lots of great detail!! WOW!