Catherine Jeltes Fine Art Decor Photography, Painting, Artisan Jewelry News The latest news from Catherine Jeltes Fine Art Decor Photography, Painting, Artisan Jewelry. en-us Wed, 06 May 2015 14:30:20 CDT Wed, 06 May 2015 14:30:20 CDT Art Photography Print and Canvas Print Pricing <div> <img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/PrintSizes_web.jpg" height="340" width="513" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It may seem that art photography prints and fine art prints listed on my website are different prices than what you see in <a href="">my Etsy shop</a>.&nbsp; Why is that?&nbsp; </div><div>Two reasons:&nbsp;</div><div><ol><li>The photograph or art print may be listed in different sizes</li><li>Photography and art print pricing on my website <a href=""><u>includes shipping charges</u></a><u></u> (for Continental United States)</li></ol><p>Prefer an image at a different size?&nbsp; To purchase an art photograph or art print at a different size than what you see listed here on my website, you may either contact me here OR simply go to my <u><strong><a href=";ref=shopsection_leftnav_8">Choose Your Print Size </a></strong></u>gallery on Etsy where you can select your own print size for nearly any image.<br /></p><div>Prints 13x19 and smaller are printed by me in my studio and ship via USPS First Class Mail.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>All prints are made with archival inks printed on Velvet Fine Art paper, an archival (acid-free) 100% cotton ragg paper with a matte finish.&nbsp; All prints are hand-signed.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span>For prints larger than 13x19 and for all canvas gallery wrap prints, I have partnered with a professional photography lab based in St. Louis, Missouri. I have been working closely with this lab for over 3 years.&nbsp; Prints produced in the lab ship via USPS Priority Mail or FedEx Home Delivery.<br /></span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span>Regardless of size, all prints ship directly from my studio--never the lab--and are always personally inspected and packaged by me.</span></div></div><div> </div> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 10:35:39 CDT Art Photography: How To Use One Image To Make Different Prints <div> <img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/QAnnesLacePrints_web.jpg" height="294" width="304" />How many hours are in a day?&nbsp; Easy.&nbsp; Not enough.&nbsp; We all spend our days trying to be efficient, trying to get the most things done in the least amount of time.&nbsp; As an artist, I know how long it can take to develop a painting to its completion or to take that perfect picture.&nbsp; Well, if there is a way to use that perfect image as a "base" to create other print options, why not?&nbsp; Not only will you have a series of themed prints to match a variety of home decor color palettes but you will expand your portfolio gallery both exponentially and efficiently.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In the image above, I used a macro photography image of Queen Anne's Lace and simply varied the color palette.&nbsp; In a photo editing program such as PhotoShop, you can also "flip" the image as a layer, as seen in the <a href=""><strong>green flower</strong></a><strong></strong>.&nbsp; Notice how the green flower emerges from the left side of the page versus the others that emerge from the right?&nbsp; That is a result of "flipping" your image layer.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Another option is to change your image to black and white.&nbsp; Go one step further, and <a href=""><strong>"invert" your image</strong></a><strong></strong>, making what was white, black and what was black, white.</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/QAnnesLaceBWPrints_web.jpg" height="468" width="272" /> Quite a dramatic difference, huh?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>For my two <a href=""><strong>floral photography</strong></a><strong></strong> prints of this zinnia, my original intent was not to make two different prints.&nbsp; During the editing process, however, I realized that I was drawn to both the <a href=""><strong>pale pink zinnia</strong></a><strong></strong> and the <a href=""><strong>sepia zinnia</strong></a><strong></strong> and simply could not choose between the two.&nbsp; The best part is that they are compatible and work effectively together as a print series.&nbsp; With this set, I can even go one further and create a black and white print.&nbsp; Hmmm...I wonder how this flower would look as an inverted white on black image?</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/ZinniaPrints_web.jpg" height="361" width="250" /> Go through your portfolio and see if there are other variations you can use on your images to maximize availability of new work.&nbsp; I guarantee not only will you have fun, but I assure you will be pleasantly surprised!</div><div><em><strong>All artwork &#169; 2015 Catherine Jeltes, Gallery Zoo Art. All Rights Reserved. </strong></em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:06:07 CDT Home Decor Art: The Versatility of Diptych Paintings <div> If you are anything like me, you are constantly on the lookout for ways to update your surroundings that not only reflects your personal sense of self and style, but also lends itself to a certain "whimsical versatility."</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>When it comes to home decor, multi-panel art such as diptych paintings (two panels) and triptych paintings (three panels) can give you the most bang for your buck.&nbsp; <strong><a href="">Modern abstract art</a></strong> is the most versatile, allowing for display in any orientation.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In this small diptych titled <em><strong></strong></em><a href=""><em><strong>Blue Dragonfly</strong></em></a>, each panel is 8" x 10", giving a total surface area of 16" x 10" or 20" x 8"--which can be increased quite a bit depending upon how the paintings are spaced when displayed.</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/DragonflyAB2_web.jpg" height="238" width="238" /> In the above presentation, each panel is off-set, increasing the display space while providing visual interest.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/DragonflyAB1_web.jpg" height="240" width="240" /> If more coverage of length than height on the wall is desired, displaying one painting in landscape orientation and one in portrait orientation is a unique way to accomplish that.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Of course, if you have art paintings in a similar color scheme you can even combine them into a much larger canvas display.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/DiptychDisplay_web.jpg" height="295" width="285" /> If original art does not fit your budget, the same concept can be applied to mass market canvas prints or grouping various size photo frames into a themed wall gallery display.&nbsp; And when you are ready for another change, simply swap out photographs, reconfigure the grouping, add more art or take some away.&nbsp; Easy peasy...and after the initial investment, easy on your wallet.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Original Artwork:</div><div><strong><em><a href="">Blue Dragonfly, Acrylic on Linen Canvas Diptych</a></em></strong></div><div><strong><a href=""><em>Meadow Bloom, Acrylic on Canvas Diptych </em></a></strong></div><div><em><strong>All artwork &#169; 2015 Catherine Jeltes, Gallery Zoo Art. All Rights Reserved. </strong></em></div> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 12:21:34 CDT Wildlife Management: Why Short-Sightedness Is Simply Irresponsible <div> Let me start by saying today's post has nothing to do with art.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Before becoming a professional artist, my career was in wildlife management, so after seeing this article, "<strong><span id="parent-fieldname-title"><a href="">US Army Corps of Engineers announces it will move forward with plan to slaughter 11,000 cormorants</a>"</span></strong><span id="parent-fieldname-title">, I was ticked off.&nbsp; Not for what most would consider the obvious point--that 11,00 birds were going to be culled--but because this proposed action to address the problem of improving survival rates of juvenile salmon and steelhead fish is short-sighted, irresponsible, and unethical. &nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It is a fact of the world we live in:&nbsp; many wildlife populations simply have to be managed.&nbsp; Providing a long term management plan for a species population is a responsible approach, an approach that takes many factors into consideration and allows for changes to be made that do not have catastrophic consequences.&nbsp; Problems with wildlife populations do not happen overnight, so why do we expect to implement a solution that promises to resolve it that quickly?&nbsp; Quite simply, we shouldn't.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><h3>Short Sighted <br /></h3></div><div><span data-reactid=".3.1:3:1:$comment10206354589451721_10206377919434956:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1"><span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" data-reactid=".3.1:3:1:$comment10206354589451721_10206377919434956:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body"><span data-reactid=".3.1:3:1:$comment10206354589451721_10206377919434956:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".3.1:3:1:$comment10206354589451721_10206377919434956:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3"><span data-reactid=".3.1:3:1:$comment10206354589451721_10206377919434956:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3.0"><span data-reactid=".3.1:3:1:$comment10206354589451721_10206377919434956:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3.0.$text0:0:$0:0">If the Corps obtains the permits from US Fish and Wildlife to move forward, 15 percent of the Double-crested Cormorant population west of the Rocky Mountains will be reduced below a sustainable level, meaning the species will likely not recover.&nbsp; Does this action consider all the reasons for salmon decline?&nbsp; No.&nbsp; It is a temporary fix at best.</span></span></span></span></span></span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><h3>Irresponsible<br /></h3></div><div>The Corps plans to implement the culling while the cormorants tend to their nests.&nbsp; <span data-reactid=".3.1:3:1:$comment10206354589451721_10206377919434956:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1"><span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" data-reactid=".3.1:3:1:$comment10206354589451721_10206377919434956:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body"><span data-reactid=".3.1:3:1:$comment10206354589451721_10206377919434956:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".3.1:3:1:$comment10206354589451721_10206377919434956:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3"><span data-reactid=".3.1:3:1:$comment10206354589451721_10206377919434956:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3.0"><span data-reactid=".3.1:3:1:$comment10206354589451721_10206377919434956:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3.0.$text0:0:$0:0">Not all of the birds shot will be killed. Many will simply be injured. Wildlife rehabilitation centers will be inundated with sick, wounded, and traumatized birds.</span></span></span></span></span></span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div><h3>Unethical</h3><div>L<span data-reactid=".3.1:3:1:$comment10206354589451721_10206377919434956:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1"><span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" data-reactid=".3.1:3:1:$comment10206354589451721_10206377919434956:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body"><span data-reactid=".3.1:3:1:$comment10206354589451721_10206377919434956:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".3.1:3:1:$comment10206354589451721_10206377919434956:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3"><span data-reactid=".3.1:3:1:$comment10206354589451721_10206377919434956:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3.0"><span data-reactid=".3.1:3:1:$comment10206354589451721_10206377919434956:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3.0.$text0:0:$0:0">et's talk baby birds. When the adult birds are killed traveling to/from their nesting sites, the orphaned chicks will be left to starve.&nbsp; Not only is this unethical, but disease can spread to the remaining population.</span></span></span></span></span></span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><h3>A Better Plan...</h3><div>During the next two to four months, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will be working with local governments to <a href="">haze cormorants in six coastal estuaries</a>.&nbsp; (Hazing is a process that is used to temporarily disrupt the birds natural feeding patterns, allowing the fish to move through the estuaries unharmed.)&nbsp; During hazing, the birds are not harmed.&nbsp; Small boats are taken into the estuaries and the birds are distracted from feeding with sounds of small firecrackers.&nbsp; Hopefully hazing will be effective enough in the short term to halt the Corps straight culling approach...or at least effective enough to buy time to develop a long term management strategy for the cormorant that addresses the key issue:&nbsp; improving the survival rate of the juvenile salmon and steelhead fish.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong><em>Editor's Note:&nbsp; </em></strong><em>Since this article was written, a wonderfully humorous article has come to light written from the perspective of the cormorant who could not say it better.&nbsp; Check it out on Audubon here:&nbsp; </em><a href=""><em><strong>The Corps, the Cormorants, And the Cull</strong></em></a></div></div></div></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 09 Apr 2015 11:27:33 CDT Mounting Photographs on Claybord: An Alternative To Canvas Prints <div> </div><div>&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/ClayboardPhotosA_web.jpg" height="204" width="407" /></div><div>About a year ago a client wanted to purchase some of my <a href="">seashell photography</a> as canvas prints.&nbsp; As the cost pushed the limits of her budget, I suggested a less expensive alternative that would fit with her modern decor design--mounting the photographs on artist's claybord.&nbsp; This is a fairly simple process to do with smaller size prints (11 x 14 and under.)&nbsp; Though this may be done with images on any type of photo paper, my experience is based only on using a 100% cotton fine art paper, which is what I recommend. </div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/PhotoMount2_web.jpg" height="296" width="402" /><br /><h4>You will need:</h4><div><ul><li><strong>A large flat surface to work on</strong><br /></li><li><strong>Flat or cradled claybord (I prefer Ampersand Claybord panels)</strong></li><li><strong>Golden Soft Gel (Semi-Gloss) acrylic medium</strong></li><li><strong>Plastic wrap</strong></li><li><strong>Palette knife</strong></li><li><strong>Dry unused paint roller or brayer</strong></li><li><strong>Moist paper towels</strong></li><li><strong>Heavy books or weighted materials <br /></strong></li><li><strong>Images to mount, printed on cotton fine art paper</strong></li></ul></div><div><p><strong><em>*Be sure your printed images and claybord panels are the same size.</em></strong><br /></p><div><ol><li>Lay out your claybord panel(s) and image(s).&nbsp; <br /></li><li>Prep the surface of your panel.&nbsp; Using your palette knife, thinly cover the surface of the claybord with soft gel.&nbsp; Be sure the entire surface is covered--not so thinly that the gel begins to dry before you apply the image but not so thickly as to cause the paper to bubble.</li><li>Here is the tricky part.&nbsp; Line up the edges of your image with the edges of the panel and place the image on the panel.&nbsp; Do this lightly at first to allow for adjustment--trust me, you will need to--before pushing down more firmly so that all edges line up.&nbsp; If an edge or two of your 8x10 image is just slightly larger than your panel (it happens as sizing is subject to human error) no worries; it can be trimmed after it has dried to the panel.)</li></ol><p><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/PhotoMount1_web.jpg" height="260" width="357" /><br /> </p><div>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; 4.&nbsp; Tear a piece of plastic wrap and place over the newly glued image (this protects your image from finger marks or other surface damage.)&nbsp; Using your fingers, press down firmly from edge to edge to adhere image to board, then do the same thing with the dry paint roller and/or brayer.</div><div>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; 5.&nbsp; Carefully inspect the sides.&nbsp; If any excess glue is present, use a moist paper towel&nbsp; to remove.&nbsp; Make sure there are no gaps or bubbles between the edge of the image and the edge of the board.&nbsp; Make sure there are no bubbles or wrinkles on the image.&nbsp; Remove the plastic wrap.</div><div>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; 6.&nbsp; Place a new clean piece of plastic wrap over the image.&nbsp; Turn the image over so the image and plastic are face down.&nbsp; Cover the claybord with heavy books or other weighted materials.&nbsp; Leave for 24 hours to set and dry.*</div><div><em>*It is important to dry your image in a non-humid environment, ie. no wet basement. </em></div><div>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 7.&nbsp; After&nbsp; 24 hours, collect the newly mounted image, remove the plastic and inspect for bubbles, wrinkles, or any evidence of non-adherence.&nbsp; If it needs more time to set, repeat step 6.&nbsp; If all looks great, then allow your image to continue curing uncovered for at least another 24 hours.</div><div>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 8.&nbsp; Once you are satisfied and the image has cured "plastic free" for at least a day, make sure the surface of your image is dust free.&nbsp; Using your palette knife, cover the entire surface of the mounted image with a thin coat of soft gel. &nbsp; Don't panic--this will look cloudy, but will dry clear--providing your print with a protective layer that will resist dust and UV light.&nbsp; Be sure to apply the gel smoothly around the edges, using the knife and moist paper towel to avoid clumps and glops.</div><div>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; 9.&nbsp; Voila!&nbsp; You are finished.&nbsp; When surface is completely dry, you can apply your preferred hanging hardware to the back side of your art.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/PhotoMount3_web.jpg" height="286" width="418" />&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>The prints I used were custom sized as 12 x 12 for this project.&nbsp; Starting on the bottom left and going clockwise are:</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em><strong></strong></em><a href=""><em><strong>Rustic Whelk Shells</strong></em> </a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em><strong><a href="">Banded Tulip Shell</a> (without border)</strong></em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em><strong></strong></em><a href=""><em><strong>Knobbed Whelk</strong></em> </a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em><strong></strong></em><a href=""><em><strong>Sea Snail</strong></em> </a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>All artwork &#169; 2015 Catherine Jeltes, Gallery Zoo Art. All Rights Reserved. </em></div></div><div>&nbsp;</div></div></div> Thu, 02 Apr 2015 15:22:39 CDT