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Nan's New Painting – in Other People's Art

Oct 2, 2020

I wanted to do one of my "Other People's Art" postings on Nan's new painting last week when she finished it – and announce that it cold be seen in the RiverView Gallery in town. BUT someone bought it the day she put it in. So I did the next best thing, used it for our new banner on Facebook. Since that only shows the mid-section of the painting, and gives no real information, I'm going ahead with it here.

This is an 18x24 painting (in a nice bronzish, dark gold classic frame I managed to find for her). A sunrise over the Promenade view here in town. Sorry the real thing can't be viewed, it IS nice.

Man was it difficult to manage a decent jpeg image for the internet of this thing! A truism about photographing paintings, one you can check out very easily by visiting a book store and comparing book images of famous paintings, is that you can never trust photographs of paintings. And there are good reasons for that. Including the fact that photographing will either improve or weaken the visual effect – it simply can't match it. I can't count the number of times I've seen impressive work on line and been horribly disappointed by the real thing.

A note to artists: before calling it quits on a work, photograph it and see if it somehow improves – if it does go back and work on it, using what you observed as a guide. Conversely, when the painting is at its optimum, it becomes impossible to capture it completely.

The issue becomes more pronounced when either going for a print or optimizing an image for posting on line – arrrgh. Anyway, the reason I mention this is that, in this age of smart-phones and iPads, it is another tool in an artists tool kit to be abe to shoot a quick, evenly lit shot of a painting, mess with it there for possible improvement of tone, etc., and potentially return to the easel for further work.

When you can't get the photo to quite measure up, no matter how much you try, you're done.