Monthly Archives: November 2015

Digital frustration

Lucky Red # 3

Lucky Red # 3

I posted some photos of some sunflower paintings that I created the past few months.  My intention was to create 12 paintings for a calendar.  So I decided to revive my old Cafe Press account (http://www.cafepress.com/kitmiracle).  It was so frustrating.  Nothing seems to be intuitive or logical with Cafe Press. (And I have managed blogs and websites for over 20 years now so I’m not exactly a rookie.) They have so many pages and subpages, often with different instructions.  For practice, I decided to upload my Lucky Red #3 dragon design and create a few products with that image.  More frustration.  Anyway, the page is updated…sort of.  And I’ve got several of the dragon design items for sale.  Unfortunately, Cafe Press offers 250 different items.  Sheesh!  If you don’t see the item you want with the dragon design, just let me know and I’ll create it and get it up there.

Meanwhile, back to the sunflowers….

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Cropping subject for landscape painting

Kit Miracle, Irises, 10 x 10 oil

Kit Miracle, Irises, 10 x 10 oil

I was in my studio last Saturday evening and wanted to paint but I didn’t want to start something big.  So I went through some photos I had downloaded from my camera earlier this year.  I came across a scene of some irises in a backyard.  This is near where I park when I visit the library.  Lesson here:  always be prepared for a good photo op.

Street photo of irises in a backyard showing the part I cropped for the painting.

Street photo of irises in a backyard showing the part I cropped for the painting.

The variety of irises pictured here is beautiful.  At first I was going to do a long horizontal but reminded myself that I wanted to do something quick.  Hummm…. think smaller.  I pulled out a small prepared canvas, only 10 x 10.  Then I looked for a square composition in the canvas.  OK, so you’re really not supposed to paint to the canvas size but the other way around…but who cares?  It’s my painting and I’ll do what I want.  The composition wouldn’t have been the most apparent but I really think it turned out well.  This took about two hours to paint with a final touch up on Sunday.  What are your thoughts?

Cropped part of irises street photo

Cropped part of irises street photo