Originally posted by Qumulys
That's it. I give in! I thought my paintings were sort of getting there, but you go and plonk this down on ATS! The vivid pounding blocks of
colour, bordered perfectly to suck in the eyes... GAH! How could you!!!
/me throws paintbrushes into the dust, kicks an empty can....
Man, there is a whole gaggle of naughty words which ATS forbids me to use, but imagine all of them preceding words like, awesome, staggering,
brilliant and gorgeous.
OK, I have a question. My paintings (of which I'll probably set fire to wearing a black mini skirt mumbling satanic words) that I've done are all
in acrylic. I tend to put it on thick in some places which gets problematic when the time comes to photograph them. What I end up with are lots of
highlights on paint edges that I dont want there. I've tried photographing them with a flash (tends to make it worse), with artificial light, out in
the sun-shine, then out on a cloudy day, but I keep getting white highlights on the edges of my paint... My question is, how did you photograph
/me bows down awaiting an answer.
I had that problem for the longest time too, then I got an SLR, and politely asked for help like you just did.
Here's what you do, NEVER use flash, use a tripod and the guy on deviantart told me this: set up you shoot on the North side of your house, during
midday, and if your stuff is real shiny you can do several things: shoot during overcast days, shoot your work at a slight angle on the plane your
facing it (maybe wedge a book of matches under one side?), invest in a matte UV varnish and just varnish them first since acrylics dry fast. Also if
you got the funds, invest in a good SLR and buy the extra lens filters, specifically the polarizing one that gets rid of some reflections, and the UV
to save your purty new camera lens.
If you ever want advice as to how to feel good about your painting, keep trying different things! Maybe more specifically try oils for a while. They
offer more vivid deep color, more time to mix and blend, colors stay truer thru more layers meaning more realistic effects, and colors MIX better,
they don't get muddied is most important like acrylics. It's why I don't acrylics. They dry fast, get dull quick and look like @a$s if you don't
mix them properly. They honestly depress me, lol!
There are some people with a gift and know tricks how to make acrylics phenomenal, but its hard I think. I just think there's a reason all the greats
worked in oils. But something about the smell of linseed oil makes you inspired (you're working with a millenium old media that's changed very
little), makes you serious about creating with these electric colors that have LIFE, they dry, dry so slow because they don't want to die, they are
crying out to you to create beautiful things and try to become them! Paint what you feel good about, and what you like to look at, not what you
There was a great quote once that always inspired me: "artists have a social responsibility not only to show how ugly it really is, but how beautiful
it truly can become"
Love all your artwork no matter what you think of it, it's where you came from
Never stop going to museums, places like NY, LA and Chicago have some amazing collections worth seeing, and and if you can't make it far find out
what's near you. Think outside the box so often you realize there was no box to begin with. Someone very bad told you boxes existed once and that was
a lie my friend.
Thank you so very much for your kind words, I wish you the best with your art and discovering even more talents I'm sure you have.