A Tribute to Great Artists: CCAA Juried Show
by Sarah Jayne
‘A Tribute to Great Artists’ is an interesting concept. I valued this opportunity to pay homage to one of many artists who has helped me develop my own vision as a painter. Because the Pennsylvania still life tradition has always attracted me and influenced my style, I chose to pay tribute to Martin Johnson Heade. Perhaps, Heade is best known for his lovely paintings featuring orchids growing in the wild; however, he also painted southern magnolias resting on a table. It is these paintings in particular to which my show entries relate.
What most comes to mind regarding the process of these two paintings is the sight I observed as I gathered the magnolias in early June. In the bowl formed by each gigantic magnolia petal was a mardi gras of tiny bees and wasps rolling and buzzing around in a golden powdery fluff of pollen and flower parts. I would love to ask Heade if he too witnessed this amazing sunny celebration in the petal bowls of the magnolias. He must have!
The theme of the CCAA show reminds me of the invaluable legacy of the masters of the past and great artists of the present. Their work inspires and challenges us, it answers our questions and poses new ones for us to puzzle over. Perhaps our greatest tribute to these masters is to strive to be the best artists we can possibly be, keeping their legacy alive as we forge our way.
View this post on Sarah's blog site HERE.
Sarah Jayne is a CCAA member artist and blog enthusiast. Her works shown here are on display in our Bradford Avenue, Allinson Gallery.
Should I Make Digital Prints of my Art?
by Melanie Fisher
Many artists ask themselves - should I sell digital prints - While prints are more affordable for the buyer, and the artist can make multiple sales from one original source, not all art will reproduce in a satisfactory manner. There is also a difference in quality between prints made from professionally scanned originals, and prints made from the artist’s own jpgs. There is also the matter of artistic integrity. For example, some painters refuse to sell prints of their work because they feel it diminishes the value of the original. On the other hand, for many people who cannot afford an original painting, a print is the only way that they can enjoy the artist’s work. The first issue to consider is: Will my art reproduce well? It is my experience that a smooth surface will reproduce more faithfully to the original than a textured surface.
In my work, strong, opaque, non-metallic colors reproduce much better than subtle layers and nuances of color. My graphic design background influences my style for solid color and black outlines and a very tight approach to painting. Also, having designed wallpaper (my first job out of art school), I developed an eye for what can be reproduced well. I feel these understandings and influences are behind why my work tends to reproduce well. I have found that having a painting professionally scanned on a large format scanner produces a much better result than providing my own jpgs to the printer. Artists can sell their prints as “open editions” so that they are free to produce an unlimited number of them or as “limited edition” prints where the artist produces only a set number of them.
I know a number of artists who are successfully marketing and selling open edition digital prints online, through their own websites and through such venues as Etsy, Red Bubble, and Art Fire. Some galleries will also sell digital prints alongside the original artwork. This is helpful for the buyer, who can see firsthand any differences between the original work and the print.
Ultimately, the decision to use digital printing is the personal choice of the artist.
Melanie Fisher is a CCAA member artist and successful Gallery Owner (JAM Gallery in Malvern). Her works shown here are on display in our Bradford Avenue, Hutson Gallery.
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