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Tips and other novel ideas for selling your art.

Hawksbill Reef Final

Hawksbill Reef Final

Hawksbill Reef is now complete! After many hours in front of the canvas (and many more cleaning all those brushes) my final vision for this painting is complete. The turtle rests on a 36″ x 36″ canvas and was created using oil medium. While the drying and curing process has just begun, limited edition prints will be available soon.

Check out a time lapse view of the creation of this piece here:

Bowling Pins for Charity

This year I am not only running the Art for the Cure charity art shows, but I am also donating art to other causes as well.

This year Team Kimpossible is poised for their second annual “Strike Cancer! Spare the Tatas!” bowling event. Each year they have colored bowling pins for auction as well as prizes during the bowling games but this year they asked that I paint a few for the event. Below I have the first of three pins I have began work on for the event.

Hammerhead Reef Two (Part 3)

Now things are starting to come together. I decided to ‘wash’ the reef as I felt that the colors were too overbearing for the scene. I was able to take a blue hue and mix it with white acrylic paint and dilute it with water. This allowed me to put a thin layer of paint on the reef making it appear as if it were further away.

I also added a few fish. To do this, I masked their silhouette using white acrylic paint. After the paint dried I colored the fish. This gave me the opportunity to paint true colors on the fish and not have to worry about the background color interfering with my pallet. I am pretty sure I am going to add more fish to this one soon.

Hammerhead Reef Two (Part 2)

I put more highlight on the shark today. I find that if I walk away from the painting for a while, once I return I have a better idea of what it needs. I think of it as ‘seeing the forest AND the trees’.

I also painted the reef for a while. Generally, I like to paint the high-impact colors first. Lots of purple, yellow and orange have shown up. While it looks distracting now, after these colors dry I will put a more dull layer of coral on top of this one. This will help create the illusion of depth. Enjoy!


Hammerhead Reef Two

It seems like hammerheads are pretty popular subjects around here! After completing “Peter’s Reef”, I had another request for a hammerhead over a Caribbean reef. Earlier in the week I sketched the shark and painted the background. Today I began painting the shark with the intention of just putting basic color on the animal. I ended up painting much more than that and began shading, detailing and building the reef. More images will be uploaded soon.

Check it out!


Free Underwater Photographs!

From now until the end of September I am giving away FIVE free underwater photography prints (a $100 value) with every purchase of an art print, original or photography print from my online store. Each print will come with its own mat and will be ready for framing.

We are running this special to help fund my next marine research and reference photography trip to the Florida Keys. The photographs taken during this trip will feed ideas for future paintings that will be available right here on my art blog!

Thanks for your support!


Photographing Your Art for Show

Recently I was critiqued on a painting of mine… sort of. The artist, Byron Pickering, mentioned that he had an issue with the value of colors and contrast. This concerned me because I thought the painting looked great. First, I thought it MUST have something to do with my colorblindness, however, this particular painting was prominently blue. My colorblindness is red-green and should not have anything to do with what he and I are seeing.

So what was the issue? The image I was showing was taken with a digital camera and was later presented on someone else’s monitor. While this doesn’t sound like an issue, consider what happens when you take a digital image:

When you take a photo light must travel through air (or space), though the camera lens, into the camera CMOS (think ‘film’), onto my computer, and then to your monitor. Check out the two examples below.

Digital Photograph (before)

Direct Scan (after)

So much image quality and color are lost! So how do you combat the lossy-ness nature of digital imagery? Here are two simple and achievable answers.

Get A Direct Scan
Getting a direct scan from your giclee printer or another professional is a great way to ensure your colors are correct. Usually there is a color correction process that takes place to ensure the colors you see on screen are the same you see in real life. The life cycle of light in this example is light directly to image (from a flat bed scanner), to the computer, through digital color correction software, to your screen.

Correct the Image Yourself
One other thing you can do is take the digital image as you normally would. Please make sure that you take your image is non-direct sunlight. Doing this allows a full spectrum of color to be seen, unlike indoor lights that limit some colors (mainly blues). Import the image into your favorite photo editing software, crop and color correct. The color correction process is very much trial and error. In Photoshop the first thing you should try is the ‘Auto Adjust’ feature. This usually nets great results. After that play around with the Contrast and Saturation (in the Image menu).

The goal is to get the image to look as much as the original as possible. The results can be amazing and could also help get an online sale!