Praying To Santa

 by Lisa

First, let me say that I think it is good for Bill to have to work with others. Initially, I pitied the student who stepped into that unenviable position, but in the end Bill behaved nicely and did not try to move the set up when she wasn’t looking, or steal her paper towels.

brown_jug.jpg  I finally got a picture of the demo I did last week. (Once again, please excuse the poor quality of the picture, but I am really praying to Santa that he bring me a new 10 mega-pixel camera for Christmas.) That demo was a real b–buster. First of all, the crowd was big and ruthless. They asked questions throughout the whole demo and actually expected an intelligible answer from me. Then, it was an ambitious size for a demo at 18″ x 24″. I’ve never done one that big. I decided to create something this size because Jordan, the proprietor of The Portico Gallery (  where I sell my work, keeps asking for this size. BTW, feel free to call her or email her and ask why my paintings are not up on her website yet. Do act like a buyer. In fact, do buy something.

And as I prayed to Santa, I also prayed to the God’s of cotton to deliver me some bolls for my next still life. Sure enough my super dad sent me some the other day.  I will never call him a raging hypochondriac again.

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9 Responses to Praying To Santa

  1. wrjones says:

    This painting is making me envious. I hope you get fat.

  2. grfxho says:

    I LOVE this one, Lisa. It’s so rich and lovely. Will Portico have this one for sale?

  3. 100swallows says:

    Do you really mean a 10 mega-pixel camera, Lisa? My 7 mega thing enlarges so much I can see the linen in my canvas–when all I want to see is the picture! I usually turn it down to just 2 megas.

  4. wrjones says:

    That is a good point 100S. And when you post you must cut the size down anyway.

  5. Janet says:

    100swallows is right, it is a good idea to reduce the size of your image for the web. It’s always a good idea to “optimize” the image through Photoshop or other such program so that the image will load faster. Still, especially if you’re buying a “tool” for your profession, it is also a good idea to buy the best that you can afford. A 10 mega-pixel camera has better resolution or “grain” if you’re used to working with film than a 7 mega-pixel camera. Especially if your viewers want to enlarge the image.

    But then, I’m not a camera salesperson. You should talk to one, though, before making that purchase!


  6. lbtowers says:

    Wow. I was gone all day, and feel really left out here. Let me explain first that to your and my shagrin, my sorry-ass camera is a ONE POINT TWO megapixel camera, thank you. It doubles as a video camera, and so it really stinks for picture taking. I have another that takes up to 3 megapixels, but the colors come out poorly.

    And I do reduce them for the web. Believe it or not. I do it in Photoshop, and that is as good as they get. I also tweak the colors, etc.

    What I really want is a digital back for my collection of Nikon lenses from my old film SLR days. I think they are about 7 megapixels which really is good enough. Like you say 100swallows, 10 megapixels would be way more info than one needs. I’d probably get all paranoid about my brushstrokes.

    And yes, this painting will go to Portico, unless it sells first. I’m asking $2500 for it now.

  7. wrjones says:

    Hey, Milkweed, before you buy this painting, will that leave you with enough for my Christmas? Ya, you could give me the painting. I’d like to find it under my tree.

  8. grfxho says:

    I already have your Christmas present. The painting would be for me. Get/Paint your own.

  9. wrjones says:

    Great! It is fast approaching – not to early for a hint I feel.

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