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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Chocolate Dip


I've been trying for two days to upload my finished painting "Dandelion" and for some reason the painting's colors are very washed out compared to the actual jpeg. Has anyone else experienced this problem? I noticed this with my last post, but since the painting was in process, instead of completed, I didn't worry much about it. I am using a Mac with iPhoto to crop the image and making zero adjustments to color. The jpeg is vibrant, but when I load it into blogger, it loses a lot of color??? If anyone knows what I might be doing wrong, please let me know. The painting above posted very close to the original jpeg, I can't figure it out???

While I was trying to figure it all out, I luckily decided to paint this monochromatic painting. I talk a lot about color, but not much about value, which is a key component in inspiring my paintings. I have always loved monochrome paintings and value studies, and don't know why I don't do them more often. They seem quiet and still to me. The actual bow is red, but I used Burnt Umber, Payne's Grey, and white, to show the form using only value.

Besides the actual meaning I find behind these bows and presents, they offer a kaleidoscope of color and strong value shifts within one single object, and I seem to never tire of their possibilities.

13 comments:

silvina said...

Karen,
Faux Chocolate reminds me of a bittersweet truffle. Yum. Seems I've missed a few posts. I hope you don't mind me saying, the way you're painting the yellow flower reminds me of Uglow.

I'm not experiencing the loss of color with the jpgs I load off of my Mac desktop, but that often happens when I transfer jpgs from photobucket. Strange. You could try punching up the color a bit in iphoto since you know it will get washed out.

Sara Winters said...

I tagged you for the "A Passion for Painting Award" because you are one of my favorite artists. I absolutely love your work. If you want to do anything with it, the details are on my blog.

Christine Mercer-Vernon said...

hi karen, beautiful little monochromatic painting. i too like to paint mc from time to time.

not sure what causes the fading of color on blogger, but i have the same problem and so do a few other artists i know. usually, it occurs when i work on photos in a program other than uploading an original. i haven't yet figured what 'setting' is causing it.

can't wait to see the dandelion painting :)

Karen Appleton said...

Hey Silvina,
Thanks so much for your comment and compliment with Uglow, I have to say the finished painting has lost all Uglow-ishness though. Thank you for the comparison. Have you gotten his book yet? It is a must, especially with all the figure work you've been doing lately.

Sara what a compliment! Thank you so much! I am so glad to discover your blog and the paintings you are doing. Your latest painting is luminous with clear crisp color!

Christine thank you so much for commenting and your advice. You are definitely the PhotoShop expert, if you figure out this problem please pass it along. Thank you so much!

Jeremy Elder said...

If I had to chance a guess about the "washed out" issue, I would guess that blogger is further compressing your jpeg when you upload it, thus throwing away luminance value and giving you a washed out image. I would check the difference in image size between the washed out and okay photos and see if they are drastically different. If the washed out ones a quite large in size, you may need to compress them more before uploading by adjusting the quality of the jpeg on your computer. I hope this helps.

Karen Appleton said...

Gosh Jeremy! Thank you so much. This is excellent advice. I'm going to check into the file size.

I will keep my fingers crossed!
Thank you.

Karen Appleton said...

Dang, I just tried adjusting the file size and even at a lower setting it still loads washed out! Thanks Jeremy I'll keep trying, I'm sure I'm doing something wrong, my computer skills are not the best.

Alia El-Bermani said...

Karen, is just the thumbnail (for lack of a better term) on your blog the only washed out image, and then if you click on it, does the bigger image seem ok? Can you send Blogger an email about this? They have IT people I'm sure and probably have delt with this before. I'll also ask my hubby who is much more attuned to this sort of thing.

Also, I never tire of your bow images either. It's your love of paint that keeps me wanting more! Beautiful.

r garriott said...

Just a crazy thought... you might check and make sure your original image is set at RGB vs. CMYK under image/mode. Always start with a RGB for web, it will be brighter.

Another idea might be to take your original, go under image/adjustments/hue-saturation, and push the saturation way to the right-- see if that helps at least fake it.

I like your paintings and would love to see them in their 'real' colors as you do!

Karen Appleton said...

Alia, thank you so much, you lift my spirits with your comment. It is so clear from your work that you know all about the love of paint, and this compliment means so much to me, thank you.

As for the image, the thumb and the clicked larger image are the same. ??

I seem to be getting personal emails too, that indicate I am not alone in this issue. I have tried loading the same image into other hosting sites, and the image loads fine. I hate to make a mountain out of a mole hill here, but I tend to get obsessive over things I can't figure out.

r garriot,
How is it possible that I haven't stumbled upon your site before? Thank you SO SO much for chiming in here. First, I am so glad to see your work, your painting of the hanging fortune cookie is right up my alley! Second, the tips you and Christine Mercer-Veron are posting about PS, are valuable resources of info for those of us that are struggling to learn PS. Having the right images to send into galleries and shows is such an important part of our jobs as artists. Thank you so very much.

Alice McMahon White said...

Gorgeous and luscious as always Karen. I'm amazed at the texture when I open the full size image. The soft blues are a perfect compliment for this subdued piece.

Karen Appleton said...

Thank you so much Alice!

Anonymous said...

Incredible post! Will you follow-up on this specific subject?