All about Giclée Prints


Ever seen the term “Giclée Print” and wondered “What the heck it that, and what makes it so special?” Ok, your first question was probably more like “How the hell do I pronounce that?” It’s works best to impersonate a little French dude – zhee-klay!

Giclée (zhee-klay) is a French word, and according to Wikipedia “…was adopted by Jack Duganne, a printmaker working at Nash Editions. He wanted a name for the new type of prints they were producing on the Iris printer, a large-format, high-resolution industrial prepress proofing inkjet printer they had adapted for fine-art printing.”

So Why Are Giclée Prints Better (and more expensive)?

Giclée print is a term that has come to signify the highest advancement in printmaking technology. The giclée printing process provides the best color accuracy and fade resistance of any other means of fine are reproduction available today.

The original artwork is digitally scanned at the highest resolution possible to capture the details and color subtleties of the original. My artwork is scanned between 1200 and 1600 pixels per inch. That's 92,160,000 pixels in a small 6 x 6 inch scan – WOW! Never thought about it that way before.

The digital scan is then printed with archival quality inks onto an archival substrate such as cotton paper, canvas and other types of photo papers. These professional inkjet printers are special in that they use between 8 and 12 different colored ink cartridges and have fine print heads that deliver tiny little dots of each colored ink. As a result they print quite a bit slower that the typical inkjet printer.

Giclées are much more expensive on a per-print basis than the traditional four color printing process, costing up to 10 times as much.

I'm an Epson girl and use their products for the giclée reproductions of my artwork, so I know a little more about them then others. Epson’s UltraChrome archival quality inks have been tested by Wilhem Imaging Research to last over 200 years in color print permanence and over 300 years in black and white print permanence. Epson creates a specialty line of papers that are specially made to be archival by being acid and lignin free (won't yellow over time). I just lover their products.

CLICK HERE to watch a short video on how Legacy paper by Epson is made for the fine art print market. It's a great behind the scenes look at the whole process of paper making.

So in a nutshell, giclée prints are the next best thing to owning an original painting.

Study in Orange (DP002)


Study in Orange  |  6x6 in  |  oil on linen  |  $90 (unframed)
Orange and red purples are one of my favorite color combinations. The door to my studio is painted magenta with orange lettering. So many people don't like orange, wonder why?

I'm not typically a junk antique store shopper, but will wander into one every now and again. I found this cute little sugar bowl along with a creamer while on a day trip in the Caledonia, NY area. I just loved their bright color and unique shape.

Had a lot of fun painting the grapes and the reflected light from the orange sugar bowl. Also experimented with creating textures and using a painting knife.

Painting is for sale, click here to purchase:

Lemons • 2 (DP001)


6x6 in.   |   oil on linen   |   $90 - unframed
First of what I hope to many Daily Paintings. Painting from life again and especially working on still-life has renewed an excitement and relearning again.

Lemon • 2  (DP001)
6x6 in.  |  oil on linen
$90 - sold unframed

Click here to purchase this painting.

Better by the Dozen


Just listed a boxed set of 12 assorted cards, one of each design pictured.

Click on the Etsy Shop to purchase your boxed set today!

NEW Work - Indigo Bunting


While I paint I usually take photos along the way to document and to be able to reflect back on later if needed. There have been times that I was so focused on the painting that later I can't really recall how I did it. (that sounds kinda weird) Yesterday I decided to play around with iMovie which has been on my Mac forever. It was pretty fun. This is the first time I've uploaded a video to the blog so lets hope all goes well.

The experience working with the Braddock Bay Bird Observatory's banding program has become invaluable in my artwork. To be able to observe, learn, document, sketch, and take notes on the colors and patterns of so many birds each spring and fall has help to inform my work.

This is a female Indigo Bunting that was banded at the station. I really love the touches of blue on the Scapular feathers in combination with the browns and charcoal colors.

Here a male Indigo Bunting is molting into the familiar beautiful blue plumage. One thing I've noticed in the coloration of this species is the beautiful range of of blues, from an almost violet blue through the color wheel to the teals. Tried to capture this aspect of their coloring in the painting. But with limits, the sumptuous turquoise paint was $75 a tube, I'll have to sell a few more paintings first.

FUN FACT : Like all other blue birds, Indigo Buntings lack blue pigment. Their jewel-like color comes instead from microscopic structures in the feathers that refract and reflect blue light, much like the airborne particles that cause the sky to look blue.

Happy Valentine's Day!


This photo was just too cute to resist!

Although this day is usually focused on the loved ones in our lives, I'd like to invite you to take a moment and appreciate you! Do something special just for you. Get a fru-fru coffee at Starbucks, or a pedicure, a massage, or a fun new pair of socks. It doesn't really matter what it is, just as long as it's a little something special for you, because you are special too!

Have a great Valentine's Day.

Does Your Family Have One?


Does your family have one? You know, the one who knows how to do everything? The entertainer? Or, the one you want to be on your team for Trivial Pursuit? My brother-in-law Joe is the last one, he has a wealth of facts and information that he can recall at will. Not me! I honestly admire that he can remember them all! I have NO idea how he does it?

I've never been good at remembering things, especially and thing to do with numbers, or get milk on the way home…I've been know to walk out of the house and forget to pick up the lunch I packed the night before. I have to keep a notebook with me and write things down before I forget. :) And, it won't be uncommon to see a post-it note on the counter or steering wheel to remind me to do something.

I'm probably being a little hard on myself. I know I'm good at remembering other things, such as the exact color of a paint sample or shirt. I tend to remember the placement of items, "on the third shelf down, next to the blue and white thingy, towards the back". We all have our own way of working in this world and that's exactly what makes it so amazing! Think about it, it'd be pretty boring if we were all the same. It's our quirks that make life fun! That's some of what I am thankful for this Thanksgiving. What are you thankful for this year? I'd love to hear them.

Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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