Friday, April 29, 2016

I've got the blues

I find it very difficult to correctly photograph bright blues. I don't have great lighting in my studio (as it used to be our bedroom). I have plans to add some better lights but time slips away and I keep putting off calling the electrician. Add this to the fact that I took all these photos in the evening and you don't get a good representation of colour. I need to do some research into capturing blue hues better.


I decided to paint some more pieces in that beautiful deep teal that I have been using recently. It seems that people can't get enough of it. 

Below is a better photo of the colour. Colours like these with lots of tint have great coverage and make painting a breeze. I may never paint anything white again...


I immediately sold the Balinese drawers above and had several disappointed potential customers so I searched for another tall boy and painted it the same. One more happy customer :)


I've used a filter on the photo above and it goes part way to capturing the correct teal colour. I really think you need lots of natural light to capture blues correctly and sometimes then it's hard.

Here are the pine drawers before - so well made and in great condition but an awful orange hue from the varnish ageing.





I'll share tomorrow some pale blue pieces I have finished also. 
A lot of blue paint in my studio! 
A lot of paint full stop. 
Just the way I like it.

Fiona xx

7 comments:

  1. Do you shoot in RAW format? It has better color and you can edit and then save as a JPEG.

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  2. I believe its the green hues in that teal blue which is the problem. I for the life of me could not get green to photograph it was my most hardest colour when I made jewellery to photograph. It doesn't make any difference shooting in RAW format and then saving to a JPEG. I have tried every way you can imagine and have taken 100s of photographs but still green is a problem. I was looking on the Debenhams website today in fact and came across a lime green summer top, the colour was so washed out you wouldn't have known it was green unless they said...it looked more like palest yellow, this is a big company so you would expect them to get the colour correct. So maybe you shouldn't be beating yourself up about this maybe its just the colour and not you!

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    1. thanks so much for that info Di. i will not beat myself up then xx

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  3. Beautiful painted pieces as always Fiona. That lovely white planter with those lavender flowers are becoming synonymous to me anyway with your blog. Love your work.
    Happy Painting
    Marie

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    1. Thank you so much Marie, yes I love that pot! Hope it doesn’t get boring

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    2. No, it's a classic Fiona it will never get boring.

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  4. where did you source your glass drawer knobs? the only ones I can find are $110 each or $1 from Hong Kong on Ebay-not sure if to trust them.

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