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LDianeJohnson
01-25-2001, 03:07 PM
I just sent a student in South Africa a some close-up samples of various paintings. Thought some of you would like to view a couple of the pastel samples I sent to her:

<A HREF="http://www.ldianejohnson.com/samples/demo_berries.jpg">"Strawberries"</A>
<A HREF="http://www.ldianejohnson.com/samples/demo_arbor.jpg">"Le Treillage"</A>
<A HREF="http://www.ldianejohnson.com/samples/demo_pears.jpg">"A Pair"</A>

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Gisele
01-25-2001, 03:22 PM
I just love to see your work!Thanks for sharing!
Gisele

Katherine J
01-25-2001, 03:28 PM
Hi Diane
Your work is wonderfully inspirational for someone new to pastels. I loved these pieces. I'm curious to know what you're painting on because the closeups indicate something with a lot of tooth.

sandge
01-25-2001, 07:48 PM
Hi Diane
Thanks for sharing. These are really lovely. I love the way you have shown the detail in these paintings, it is very interesting to see the textures of how the pastel is applied.

Do you photograph your paintings yourself or do you have them professionally photographed? I just wonder because I have a lot of trouble taking pictures of my pastels - the results can be very unexpected. Sometimes a particular colour appears as a different tonal value to what it is in reality. Do you have any tips?

thanks
sandra

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Roan
01-25-2001, 08:41 PM
Oooooooooooo, ahhhhhhhhhhhh!

Sigh.

Speechless, for once :P

Me too, how do you photograph yours? I have the same problem Sandra has.

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<FONT face="Script MT Bold"><FONT COLOR="#AB4835"><FONT size="5">Roan</FONT s></FONT c></FONT f>
<FONT COLOR="#8A1010">Nan danadh mo lmh mar a dh'iarradh mo shil!</FONT c>
-- <FONT size="1">If my hand could do as my eye would desire!</FONT s>
RoanStudio.com (http://RoanStudio.com) &lt;-- pastel open stock vendor sources & reviews!

4vincent
01-26-2001, 07:59 AM
Ditto what Roan said,Diane....care to buy some used pastel sets? http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/frown.gif Ken

LDianeJohnson
01-26-2001, 03:03 PM
Thanks all for your kind comments. In answer to your qustions:

Taking Pictures of Paintings-

I shoot my own work except in rare instances where I need a large format transparency for publication. I do it many ways but always shoot outside and position each vertically when the sun is straight overhead (between noon and about 1:30.) I have shot inside with lamps and such, but am always assured of good light outside. It is best to do it on a clear day. Overcast days tend to gray-out the colors. I shoot all oil, acrylic and pastel paintings the fashion.

I normally wait till I have several pieces completed and have a "shooting day." I take several shots of each piece using both slide and regular print film (if you have a manual camera "bracket" your shots...for those of you who don't know what bracketing means, it's just taking different light exposures to assure you get a good picture...one standard shot, one with more light, then one with less light). Original slides are the best for reproduction and juried shows. But since duping slides does not offer good quality, I shoot with print film so I can have either slides or prints made. When I get the processing back, I then select the best of all the shots and return to the photo store to have them burned onto a CD. I have a good scanner which I use from time to time as well. However, for the paintings, I like to maximize the quality if possible.

In addition to using regular film, when I need a shot for Web use, I use my old Nikon Coolpix 950 (old being 3 years in digital time http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif I shoot at the highest possible resolution, open the photo in PhotoShop, resample the picture to 300 pixels per inch, do any touchup or color correcting, save the file, then use that original file to make any number lower Web resolution versions (72ppi) in any size I need.

I sometimes with and sometimes without the frames. When I know the pics will be used for publication or competition, I have a large piece of Homasote (compressed cardboard made in NJ, sold at Lowes, Home Depot, etc.) covered with black, non-reflective fabric. I hang each piece against the black and shoot. This gives a nice black, void area around the painting so I don't have to use mylar masking tape on slides.

Surfaces I use for Pastel-

I use currently Canson for demonstrations and pieces I know will not require much pastel. I have tried numerous other surfaces, but like to make my own boards. Many artists have noted their formulas in their pastel painting books. I use 30x40, 4 ply museum board as a base then apply a mixture of gesso, pumice, acrylic paint (to tone the board) and water. Once dry, I cut the board into any number of sizes depending on what I'll be painting. I can apply many layers of paint and the tooth allows the pastels to really glow. If I overwork an area, I can just sponge off the pastel and start again. I do however, spay with a light application of fixative between layers from time to time, but not on the final layer of paint.

Hope these replies help http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

Diane

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Katherine J
01-26-2001, 05:44 PM
Diane
Thanks for that information on your surfaces. Some day I'm going to try that, but for now I use Canson.

Because I live in a climate where the sun disappears for 6-8 months, I do indoor photos of my work using tungsten film and photoflood lights. I bought the latter, with stands, very inexpensively from a newspaper specializing in the sale of used goods. There is a good article on this method of doing your own slides called Photographing Your Art in "The Artist's Magazine", February 2000.

Katherine

gmc
01-26-2001, 05:57 PM
Diane
Thank you for sharing. Your work is wonderful!! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

Roan
01-26-2001, 06:02 PM
Thank you for sharing this, Diane.

I've been meaning to take my stuff outdoors to shoot -- just worried it'll suddenly snow or something on me :P

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<FONT face="Script MT Bold"><FONT COLOR="#AB4835"><FONT size="5">Roan</FONT s></FONT c></FONT f>
<FONT COLOR="#8A1010">Nan danadh mo lmh mar a dh'iarradh mo shil!</FONT c>
-- <FONT size="1">If my hand could do as my eye would desire!</FONT s>
RoanStudio.com (http://RoanStudio.com) &lt;-- pastel open stock vendor sources & reviews!

blondheim12
01-27-2001, 11:23 AM
wonderful work Diane. thanks for posting it.
Linda

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LDianeJohnson
01-27-2001, 04:45 PM
Katherine,
In the absence of shooting outdoors, Tungsten with floods is a great way to go.

Thanks all, for your kind comments http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

Diane