Wednesday, August 4, 2010

You Know and I Know You Know

Yellow! It just had to be yellow, didn't it?
I had a red series going, and should have done two more red canvases.
Nooooo. I began painting with yellow.
And now, the camera won't pick up the warm "golden" yellow for a photo; it shows it as a bright lemon yellow. Yes, I'm painting in layers and glazes and mixing it all up. It's what I do.
Please tell me how to fix this. I know you know. You're smart, experienced, and you photograph your paintings all the time; I know because I drool over your paintings constantly when I visit your blog. And none of them look like the neon yellow in my golden yellow paintings. Lighting? Camera? Settings?
Go ahead; dish! Spill it. Whisper it in my ear...


2010 Yellow Series 1 Planet Flyers by DJ oil on 20x16" canvas

2010 Yellow Series 2 Pansy 2 by DJ oil on 20x16" canvas

2010 Yellow Series 3 Couple in Shelter by DJ oil on 16x20" canvas

How's your studio time going? Tell me about it. I wanna hear. Really. Please.
Love & Laughter,
DJ

30 comments:

Steve Finnell said...

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Martha Lever said...

Yellow!! I love yellow!! LOTS of my walls are painted yellow. And yes, I am READY for the "opportunities"!! Thanks SO much for your sweet encouragement!

steveroni said...

Thanks for dropping by s'roni's blog. (but you don't have to "follow", since I am not an artist--well, in a way I am-grin!)

I LOVE your yellows as they appear on my monitor, and I refuse to put them to the "Paint-Shop-Pro" test!

I love vehicles painted YELLOW, So beautiful, easy to see, and some bug squishes are the same color--STRIKE THAT LAST PHRASE, PLEASE--BIG grin!

(Now you probably won't drive down to Charleston, DAMMMIT.) Never could control my mouth--and now, my keyboard....

Jennifer Wadsworth said...

DJ - I don't know. Wish I did. I've run into the same problem. I post anyway, as the images show what I want to say. Your first appeared as golden, but I love the third. The images I see ... do you know who the people are? Digital cameras are an enigma to me, but I've found they cooperate much better in bright sunlight. Take your work outside, or do you already to that? If you do, try taking the pics inside with no flash and only natural light. Difused light. Sometimes that will work. I have a lot of gold in my recent work, and mine shows up as neon green. I've got to read my camera instructions. Photoshop is another resource, if you're good with that, you can adjust your images' color and post what is closer to what you have.

Love your work ! Tell us about your process next!

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Shopgirl said...

since I love yellow, this looks perfect to me. I have a hard time with lighting, it is either to dark or to light...I am always so pleased with myself when I get it right. Right now I am trying to get used to windows 7, so far I am very unhappy with it. Programs that it will not take:(
It wouldn't even take my scanner...$$$$$ and new programs more $$$$. I will be a happier camper when I learn Photoshop, it is a little over my head. I had been using Picture it forever, and it was so user friendly...I am complaining...Sorry!!!! Hugs, Mary

Lotus said...

Yeah, I have no clue how to photograph yellow. Love the paintings anyway. The first one really caught my eye.
"Studio" time is limited to days off at work, in between laundry, vacuuming, dusting, etc. Got a new journal in the works tho! No fancy paper inside. Just scrap copy paper intended for the trash.

Mary said...

well DJ I like the yellows that are showing up!! I know it is frustrating when they are not what they are in person though. Most of my paintings have some yellow - I love yellow!!

Did you take these pics outdoors???

the domestic fringe said...

I'll trust you that the camera does not do your work justice, but they look amazing to me! I love the color.
-FringeGirl

Odd Chick said...

I'm loving your yellow series! My favorite is between the Planet Flyers and the couple.
The only thing I know to do and I'm very experienced but I take mine to www.picnik.com and adjust the colors until they look like my painting. I have used this site to try to darken or lighten and then sometimes go back to my painting to improve it. It's very helpful! That's how I try words on my paintings before I paint them, too.
Also sometimes I make a "light box" under a GOOD art lamp by draping a dark blanket over it and put my painting under there to photograph. Or take it outside. I try all these things to pick up the actual colors of the painting.
good luck!

Odd Chick said...

I meant to say, "I'm NOT very experience"!!! lol

robynthepaperboy said...

beautiful yellow, my fav is the first image.it's very enchanting somehow.
what was in your mind when you were painting on it?

Michelle McSpadden said...

Hi DJ!!

You may want to try using a Light Tent to photograph your paintings in. The light tents diffuse the light so it should help you photograph things better. I bought one and will be trying it tonight for the first time. (I noticed that when I took pics, they all had a red tint to them and glares, so the light tent should clear that up.) Here's where I got my light tent...it's a pretty good deal…it comes with back grounds and it’s 24x24in.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001TKEUNI/ref=ox_ya_os_product

artistamyjo said...

Love the yellow,my kitchen is a pretty yellow,always sunny.
Hugs, Amy

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

Well my dear DJ, you've been a busy and creative girl. I love yellow and how it makes me feel-refreshed...just as in those lemons I was talking about on my post that you left the sweetest comment on for Me! Thank you!

I've not been creating much yet this week and tomorrow is set aside to do so! I need that creative spirit working for me... it's so stress relieving for me.

Love ya DJ!

Lee Ann

Wanda Chudzinski said...

Lovely, beautiful work, as always, DJ. I am really enjoying the printmaking class, and my husband is too. We cleaned out our studio on Sunday, and we hope to do some work in there too! Have a great week!

~Babs said...

I love all yellows. Your paintings are wonderful,even if we aren't seeing the color properly. I KNOW the frustration of that.
My software has a feature where I can correct colors,but often they still aren't exact. The best photos I've taken have been outdoors, in the shade, on a sunny day.
I'm not much help, as I still struggle too.
As for studio time,,,right now I'm just grabbing time here and there,,,as I can, but it keeps me sane.

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Having been number 33 commenting on your earlier beautiful post I now see it has reached into the
60s - so you can see we all love you and know how much you care for people. You open your heart and write in such a fun loving way, it makes our day. As for photoing yellows, all I can say is I put my work on the flat flagstones outside the sunroom and take them from above so there is no distortment. Maybe it would work for capturing the colours accurately. The yellows of my weekend cottage sofa were scanned and the hue came out perfectly, but then they were in my sketchbook. Not possible with paintings 20" x 16". Thanks for your lovely comments on my cottage weekend post dear blogger pal of mine.

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Do you have photoshop? Try going to "image," then "adjustments" then "selective color" -- Grab yellow from the pull down menu and adjust accordingly. This is especially good for those pesky reds that never photograph DARK enough!! Good luck.

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

My advice is the same as Babs...shady spot on a sunny morning...touch up on your computer if possible. They look wonderful but I know you are trying to bring out the depth of the glazes...good luck!

Poetic Artist said...

I do not have a clue either..I am loving the yellow..Yellow all shades are wonderful...

SKIZO said...

Fascinating work.
It has been delightful
to visit your gallery.
Good Creations

Jeane said...

hmmmmm, it's hard to get true colors - lighting, individual cameras, individual monitors - can be very frustrating - I have not found the magic formula yet - I just keep working at it :)

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

I'm glad you asked that question DJ, because I would also like to know the answer.

I especially love the middle painting you've created. It makes me feel like I was just given a big glass of lemonade. A refreshing feeling.

Mary said...

Hi DJ, just wanted to pop by and say howdy! You've been a little quiet, hope all is well.

Hugs!

Shopgirl said...

I have two ATC's that I would love to send to you, but I do not have your address. Hugs, Mary

joanne said...

Hi DJ,

I like the mysteriousness of Couple in Shelter.

I do not use much yellow, but you are a great influence. Maybe my next painting???

My nemesis is purple...not only does it show up differently on monitors, but reproducing the right hue is highly frustrating.

What color next?

Ophelia said...

Found your blog today and I love your work! Really amazing.

ArtPropelled said...

Hi DJ, I'm bowled over by your Couple in Shelter. Beautiful work. Yellow? Not sure I know the trick but I find there's less yellow if you take photos in natural light once the sun has dipped (at about 5.30pm here in S.Af)otherwise there is a yellow glare.

SKIZO said...

Fabulous
good
creations