Watercolor Words and Wanderings

It came up in conversation yesterday, just what is a Giclee print anyway? I thought I should learn that as I tip toe my way through finding the most cost effective way to get my art reproduced and also end up with a product I can be proud of. First off it is pronounced Zhee Clay ( I often get the consonants mixed up and say Glee-shay ;)). Giclee is derived from a French verb gicler meaning to spray or squirt. Wikipedia claims my ink jet printer can produce a Giclee.  According to gicleetoday.com the answer is no. Giclee uses special light-fast, water resistant, archival inks on archival substrates. The process uses 12 of these special inks creating a very accurate color reproduction of the original.  If treated properly, the prints will last a lifetime. The way the image is scanned is different also. The original is scanned directly on a drum scanner or large flatbed. If the image is larger, or cannot be taken off the stretcher frames, then a professional large format photograph must be taken. Finally it also seems that most of the Giclee printers can accommodate large sizes. So that seems to be it in a nut shell!

Here is what I have been working on this week- I hope you have a good week- Peace Out-Bec






Watercolor Words and Wandering

I have not been wandering very much lately. Just when I got the OK to go back to the gym after major surgery…I got a nasty cold. Dry hacking cough, sore throat- grrr. I have managed to get some painting done this week! In my studio and I am just reaching into the stack of W.I.P.’s and working on them as they pop up. In my Tuesday morning drop in class I taught about working on hot pressed paper ( which is very smooth) using a glazing technique I saw on youtube done by Jay Lee. We also worked on our field and tree paintings. Looking at the pictures of this I really despise the composition…I made the walls between the fields too straight! I can fix that!

I missed class with Doris Rice on Wednesday due to cold- hoping to catch a class or two with her in January. I also missed class on Tuesday with Becky Darling, again due to my cold, but we were working on barns. Here is a picture she took and my start on a painting. I am wanting to make this a geometric design and I may even zentangle on it.

Below find the ones I finished- the butterfly is sold 🙂

Here are the ones that I decided were finished- they are smaller 4×6 and are of Cedar Circle Farm in Vermont.

Below are the ones that I worked on and are not done yet but you know I like to show you the progress.

I got my Christmas cards off and returned from Vista Print! I am also getting ready for a show with my Odanaksis Plein Aire group. 4 painting framed and ready. Being home sick has been productive! Until next week- Peace Out- Bec