Photography and Art

There's a reason I don't make a habit of using my smart phone to photograph my artwork. The main reason is that the smart phone may be able to recognize my voice, interface with social media and call my friends as well as let me "find" it via GPS; BUT it's not the right tool when I want you to have an accurate look at my work. This is a portrait I'm working on. Pretend you're the parents of this beautiful child. Would you rather have the smart phone version or the "good camera" version? Hint: the good camera version is the one that reproduces the painting as it looks on the easel. The iPhone version is rather contrasty, and the result is a blotchy looking painting.  If I were my client, I'd be wondering why I'm paying a painter for this and hoping it looks better in person than it does on my screen.  This is photographed with the good camera.  The colors and contrast are more accurate and the overall look is one of fine art.  This is what I would like my clients to see.  I have a 5 second process of measuring the quantity of the light falling on the painting, then measuring the quality of the light falling on the painting.  The end result is to allow the tiny computer in the camera match reality to the best of it's ability.      

I don’t know her

but here she is. I found her in my watercolor drawer, drawn in lightly on the paper, but nothing else. I can't find any reference photographs anywhere, so I'm thinking that I drew her from life. The more I painted, the more I thought about her. I guess this is another one that may become a larger work. Maybe my moratorium on painting is over. Yay! Unknown watercolor on 100% cotton paper; study Interested parties may contact me here: Kittie@KDeemer.com

His stories are an offering

Sometimes you connect with another human being. It's one of those things we strive for, were made for, and when it happens it's a thing of beauty. This painting has been over 2 years in the making. I've painted this painting so far 2 times. I expect that I will paint it at least once more in the near future. I'm finding as I paint this man's face, I not only discover more about him and his story and his life, but I'm able to see and extract my story, as well. And isn't that what a fine piece of art does? It allows us to experience another through the filter of ourselves. We all have stories to offer. This painting will be with me in Site 1 at the Durham Art Walk, Saturday and Sunday. Please say "hi" and let me know you read it here! His Stories are an Offering 15x22 watercolor; $850

A daughter’s look

Sometimes you connect with another human being. It's one of those things we strive for, were made for, and when it happens it's a thing of beauty. A painting is an exploration of the spirit of the subject, but also an exploration of the spirit of the painter. When the painter loves the subject, it becomes so much more than a replication of life, it's a view of that piece of life through the heart of another soul. wpid2469-DSC_6447.jpg                           Larsen's Daughter 11x15 watercolor Interested parties may contact me here: Kittie@KDeemer.com