Sunday, February 20, 2011

Snow is in the forecast

Here is my February sketchbook page.  I have been working on it for a while, and then we began having temperatures approaching 70 degrees!  There is snow in the forecast tomorrow so I thought I had better hurry up and finish and get it posted while it was still relevant.  I am posting two pictures to show you my blogging frustrations.  The first picture is from my camera.  It ALMOST allows you to see the lavendar background in the mailbox square, but turns the whites and everything else a horrible dull gray.  The second  picture is done with our cheapo scanner.  It keeps the whites white, but loses the contrast and makes the colors look neon.  I've tried making adjustments with our "paint" program, but nothing works.  So dear readers I am asking for a vote on what I should do.  Camera, scanner, or give up blogging altogether?  (replacing any of the equipment is not an option right now).


kathyjo51 said...

I don't you even think about giving up the blogging.All good things take time. The scanner makes the pictures sharp and clear. If you don't tell everyone what is wrong they will never know. Your work is awesome, thats all that anyone needs to know.

The Muse of The Day said...

Let me begin saying the most important thing, Alicia. You should be VERY proud that you are posting more regularly - very proud. With everything we have going on these days the only people who have to blog are those with a business that requires the additional blogging support. Next, your painting style is charming and sweet - this fast paced world could use more of that. Right now you need to continue perfecting this style - when the kids are grown you can decide what to do with it. I can tell you, via FB, what kind of equipment to use, but let's start with something that is free- your lighting. I would like to see more of your work photographed with natural lighting. Try it outdoors, or with the light falling on it from a window. Ideally, I would like to see the light streaking through a window, warmly bathing the table surface with light. Show not only your finished painting, but also those in progress, your paints, your "muddy" water jars, your cup of tea, etc. I want to see mood. Force your photographs to tell a story - the story of you. Long work hours and winter weather make it trickier to accomplish this, I know, but push yourself to find that perfect moment. Capture the memory. Make the blog a record of not only finished works, but moments in time that you don't want to forget. Let's look at our next few blog posts from this perspective and we can discuss how we are doing. Try posting this painting again - I will comment on the painting at that time. I can't wait to see it. Carolina