Finishing and Photographing a Painting
Painting is problematic enough without having to deal with the intricacies of photographing it, with all that entails. It is sometimes bizarre if not frustrating and maddening the results we get and are forced to live with once the painting is completed.
That brings up a whole nother (I know that's not a word) topic.
Is a painting ever really finished?
If you like it, it's probably finished.
But, if you've never really been happy with it,
then, you can bet it's not really finished.
In fact, it may never be finished.
I struggled with these two issues on this particular painting.
Is it finished
getting a good photograph of it if it is finished.
This is a 20" x 16" acrylic on a canvas.
I completed at least a year ago, but was never really happy with it.
I took this photograph in natural light and it is a fair representation.
This month I'm working on my own art education so I'm taking several online or DVD classes at home and if I have time re-working some paintings I'm not happy with.
This one was OK, but I just wasn't pleased.
So I reworked it and now I want to show you how we artists suffer for our art,
(are you crying yet)?
This was taken in natural light.
I like the painting better after a few tweaks, but the photograph doesn't really represent the actual colors in the painting.
I broke every rule in the "photographing your lovely painting book",
yet, it is much closer to the actual painting.
I used artificial light (I know you're gasping),
I had light coming from every direction, (you're feeling whoozy)
it's on an easel so it's not exactly straight up and down,
(please don't faint).
But here it is looking much more like the real painting.
I know lots of you struggle with getting a good photograph of your paintings,
(I'm not talking to you Meredith)
but this just goes to show you, that even if you do all the right things, some times the wrong things work out better in the end.
20" x 16" unframed acrylic on a canvas panel
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