Saturday, November 14, 2009
For some reason, the Downy Woodpecker is my most- sold bird subject. This is my latest version of the Downy, perched on an oak branch in October. It's inspired by a large tree in my front yard that is frequently visited by downys (downies?) as well as other bird species. Of course, you're not supposed to have large trees so close to the house, but the tree was here before the house was. It sheds leaves, branches, acorns, dead bugs and live squirrels on the roof. Those are the negatives, but it creates a shady environment for the front yard, which is a positive.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
This was my last outdoor show of the year. At the end of this month, I'll be in a barn again. By then, I'll have at least one new painting done.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
My framed prints are gaining popularity. All you have to do is hang it - instant art!
Friday, July 10, 2009
I'd considering doing a painting of them, but I don't think I can match the color.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Credit goes to The Art Center for quickly responding to my request to compensate me for damaging one of my frames during setup.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Back to the printer issue. It turns out that a new print head, again, was needed. We're giving it another try. It's working great presently, though by deleting and reinstalling the printer driver, the color adjustments I'd made were lost, and images looked too intensely colored, and generally off. I'm making the corrections, recalling the general tendency of the program to overdo it regarding saturation.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
I looked into getting the newer comparable model, which would cost the same as this one did years ago. I'm not giving up on this one though, I have it on good advice that a new print head assembly would cure the problem, guaranteed.
Though it doesn't resemble a yellow citrus fruit, I think I have a lemon printer.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Last September, one particular print came out of the machine showing some unusual marks, sort of like a faint bar code, showing each of the 7 colors, at random places within the print area, but not the result of ink on the rollers, and not responding to repeated print head cleanings.
The repair center that had replaced the print head in the past wasn't familiar with the problem, but didn't encourage repairing the machine again, since it's now obsolete. I checked out the newer models, but none seemed to have the familiar, simpler features I'd grown accustomed to.
So, I took my printing business to Blueraven Creative, and was very satisfied with the results of the work. However, I still missed producing my own prints, and the flexibility of creating prints whenever I wanted, as few or as many as I wanted.
I contacted the repair center again, and the technician suggested it may be a software issue. I uninstalled the program, and eliminated all traces of the printer from the registry. Then I downloaded the driver from the Epson website onto another computer first, and ran a test sheet. It came out clean, without the strange line pattern. Encouraged, I downloaded the software on my computer, and the test sheet again came out clean. I ran 2 prints successfully, and on the third try, the lines reappeared. This was frustrating, to say the least.
Though the machine is long out of warranty, I felt that I had nothing to lose to contact Epson support online. I described the problem, and their solution was to try realigning the print head, something I hadn't thought of. It took some time, paper, and a magnifying glass, but the realignment happened, and I ran several prints successfully. No strange lines.
This takes us to the present day. I hope this saga does not continue. . .
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Meanwhile, I'm giving serious thought to some springtime bird and botanical paintings.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Now, I think I've made some progress in this area, with my latest watercolor, Kestrel. The light is cast strongly from the right side, defining the form. Another notable thing about this painting is that the bird is looking straight at us, creating more shadow away from the light. Here it is:
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
My goal was to keep the visual clutter to a minimum while still preserving the essence of the picture - a moment in time when the cat was in the bag.