||[Jun. 12th, 2006|08:12 pm]
Hi everyone! |
We took Kachina, little Theodore & baby Eleanor to the airport a few hours ago - so they are on their way back home. I miss them already =( At least we had a good long visit. And I'll see them in a few weeks too =)
Poor Matty is SICK today. Everybody is sick - it's crazy! Stay away - we're contagious!
I have a big gorgeous new painting for you and also some links to a collector who has re-listed some of my mini paintings!
The big painting is truly one of my best - you're going to love it! Huge, crazily detailed (maybe my most detailed painting yet) and it is called "Peacock Queen." I've always loved peacocks - they seem like magical, fairy-ish birdies and are certainly beautiful. I've shown a majestic Queen with a pet peacock - you can see the peacock's influence in her dress - peacock & peacock feather motifs can be found throughout this Tudor-style portrait. Click below to see her...
(And yes, I wore my "Peacock Queen" BPAL perfume while I painted it, hehe!).
Also, one of my collectors has unfortunately had to re-sell some of my ORIGINAL mini paintings. Note - these are not my listings on eBay but I will happily confirm that these are indeed the original paintings, being sold by their original owner. As per usual, they are also listing them at "Buy-It-Now" $50 prices each. I'm not sure when I'll be able to paint any new mini paintings, so if you're in the market for some affordable mini paintings you might want to grab one of these while you can!!!
You can search their listings here:
Or to see each of the minis individually, click the links below.....
Black Winged Innocent
Daisies in Her Hair
Fairy with Pink Eyeshadow
Jealous Green Eyes
Stars in the Dark
A Sinister Flag Bearer
All righty - I'm off to rest up a bit. Tomorrow will be an email catch-up day, and maybe a start-a-new-painting day too.
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 =)