Monday, September 30, 2013

Publishing Artful Color for Creative Projects: From RGB to CMYK

Anyone who has ever published a book full of colorful photographs knows how difficult it is to replicate the bright, saturated colors in print.

I am in the process of converting all of the vibrant colors in my eBook (Artful Color) to a color language the printing presses can read, but oh so tedious as you can see above with 3 color swatch images stacked:

-Original in RGB on top
-Direct conversion to CMYK in middle
-Tweaked CMYK version on the bottom.

Luckily earthtones convert beautifully, however note how much the pinks in the middle change. Though I'll never be able to print the vibrant clear pink of the original, I'll keep working to achieve a scrumptious result.

My goal is to create a file ready to go to print by the Holidays, and to hopefully attain my eBook sales projection to enable me to get the presses rolling!

I'll keep you posted!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

What happens when you mix a painting and a photograph?

 'Reflections' - Digital Art

'Reflections' - Digital Art (does it need to be lightened?)

'Field of Daisies' - Acrylic on canvas

Water at night - photograph

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Last of My Bead Soup Collection

Bead Soup Collection

These colorful mixes were introduced at the 2005 Bead & Button Show and since that time have been used by people all over the world in bead weaving projects, for colorful embellishments in quilts, scarfs, mixed media projects, felting designs... even as bursts of color set in bowls around the house!

They are now discontinued (very time consuming and costly to create), and the few that are left are for sale on my website


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Greeting Cards

A batch of my Greeting Cards arrived - can't believe how well the lab recreated the colors from my artwork!

p.s. You can see the original artwork on my website:

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Summer Painting

A few paintings I created over the summer...

You can see all of my paintings on my website:

Back to 1977 Revisited

True to our plan, we unplugged 2 days every week over the summer. We reconnected with ourselves, with each other, focused on creativity and laughter and games and books.

But a picture paints a thousand words - so let me show you!

Will we do it again?

Monday, September 9, 2013

Kitchen Garden



We finally took down the play system last winter and put it a new kitchen/cutting garden.

Turns out the soil is pure black gold (45 years of grass clippings and leaves piled here by the previous owner) and coupled with a perfect summer, created an amazing crop: zucchinis, cucumbers, peppers both hot and bell, tomatoes, beans, peas, cantaloupe, leeks, onions, grapevines, apples, blueberries... not to mention the flowers!