My First Canvas Giclee

Remember last year when I posted about accuracy of sky color and mentioned a painting I was working on? Well, I finished that painting in time to get it professionally photographed before delivering it a Christmas gift. I finally picked up the CD from the printer, so now I can share it with you. Finally.

Chicago from the Lake

Chicago from the Lake by Meg Lyman

12×24″ oil on canvas

SOLD – Limited Edition Canvas Giclee prints available

The biggest lesson I learned from the experience was: gesso your canvas before use. Even the pre-gessoed ones. I had one strip of canvas that would not hold onto the paint. It lifted off even after drying for several days. I nearly tore out my hair. *sigh*

Canvas doesn’t scan terribly well because of its 3-D texture. And most canvas is too big for household scanners. So I had my pals at Silver Dog Digital photograph it for me. Apparently it was tough because I used a lot of medium on the top layer and it dried all shiny. Pretty, but a bitch to photograph, with all those specular highlights.

They also printed it up (archival) on canvas, full-size, and stretched the canvas for me. Actually, they did it twice, since the first one’s color was wonky, but only charged me for one. (This is a sign of a good printer. And the more I order from them, the more perks I get. Yesterday I was waiting for some prints to finish, and the owner let me watch Transformers on his iPhone.) Varnish, frame, sign and number, print a certificate of authenticity, which is required in GA for large reproductions, and I was set. Now I just have to sell it, and cover the cost of the photograph, the canvas print, and the stretching. It was a simple process and the print is full of awesome.

7 thoughts on “My First Canvas Giclee”

  1. I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you.

    Chris Moran

  2. Interesting tid-bit about the CoA. I wonder why it’s not required for all sizes?

    The printers did a wonderful job. I’ll have to try the RAW format they suggest on their website. My photos are never as good as my scanned pieces.

  3. HEllo Meg,

    I visited the French museum of Natural History last week and that museum will have a 13 meters long real Cephalopod plastinated in a few months. It was donated to France by New Zealand 5 years ago or more.

  4. Lisa, I have no idea. My quick internet research wasn’t fruitful. I found out about it when I hung the print in a show and another artist told me about it.

    My photos are horrible, too. *sigh*

    Ced, sweet! Is that like the Body Worlds exhibit? I might have to go to France just to see it. :D

    Nathan, don’t go planting more ideas. It will take me years to get through the ones you’ve already given me.

  5. Meg –

    That looks awesome! I tried a similar painting once (years ago) of the New York Skyline for a friend. (I still have it, but unfinished.) It didnt turn out anywhere near as well.

    I think I am going to have to get out to some of the Cons this year to see you and Kelly again.. I miss the “apprentices” :)

    – E

  6. Erik, thanks for stopping by, and thanks! I say “go for it” with your skyline, now that you have the power of Elmore in your arsenal. And please do come to some cons. They’re fun!

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