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Old 10-31-2008, 08:06 PM
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Lighting?

I realize that the lighting in your work area is very important. I wonder if mine is sufficient.

My current (I rearrange the house when the whim overtakes me) work space is in the livingroom next to the (large) doorway to the kitchen.

Because this house sadly lacks enough windows (and I like houseplants) my kitchen is lit with a two tube, 4' fluorescent over-head fixture. And, instead of normal tubes, I've got two broad-spectrum "grow" lights. I really like the light it gives off.

That's part of my "indirect" lighting....on the other side of me, in the livingroom ceilingfan I've got "Reveal" bulbs (supposed to be a better light).

My work light, mounted on a bookcase with an adjustable arm, also has a "reveal" bulb.

I've taken my paintings outside and compared the colors....there doesn't appear to be any difference.

The only difference I have noticed is when I'm photographing my paintings. I have better luck photographing them in my kitchen...with no flash, than I do outdoors. Photos taken outdoors of canvases often looked washed out, either that or unwanted shadows appear.

I'm assuming that my light is adequate. But I'm curious as to what y'all use.
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Old 10-31-2008, 08:40 PM
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Re: Lighting?

I have a southwestern exposure in my room that I use as a studio. But I also always have my Ott light on, day or night.
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Old 10-31-2008, 09:35 PM
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Re: Lighting?

I have a 4'x5' northeastern window behind my painting area, but I also have my Ott lights on when I paint .
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Old 10-31-2008, 09:56 PM
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Re: Lighting?

Wide brim straw hat with evenly dispersed candles on the brim. Seems to work ok.
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Re: Lighting?

I have a north window and a cheap full spectrum light ($20 at Menards). I find taking pictures indoors on the south side of house make for decent pictures. I still have to photo shop a bit to add contrast and warmth. Whatever works, eh?
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Re: Lighting?

My studio area is in a large basement and I must rely on artificial light. My Ott light is a must but I also have grow lights in the background on plant shelves and regular incandescent lights overhead. It seems to work because I can't detect much difference, if any, when I take them outside to double check. Getting decent photographs seems far more difficult than doing the paintings!

Can't you just see Raymo with candles on the brim of his hat? Now THAT would make a painting worth sharing!
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Old 10-31-2008, 11:38 PM
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Re: Lighting?

when you are taking pictures outside make sure you are not in direct light.. it will wash out the picture. I usually take my pictures on the sunny side of the house - but under the shade of the veranda.

for my work, I have two tall south facing windows (often with the blinds at least partially flipped up so the light doesn't shine right on my work area) and three flourescent bulbs.
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Re: Lighting?

yeah Ray - gives ye that warm glow, huh...
[and hot flashes whenever ye lean over...]

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