Wednesday, February 2, 2011

My first print

I am excited to tell you that I have sold my first print!

It is officially called a Giclee (pronounced "zhee-clay") print, which really just means that it is a copy of an original watercolor painting, printed on watercolor paper. The result is really quite impressive. It is difficult to tell the difference between the original painting and the print.

I had been wanting to look into this process for awhile, but the opportunity presented itself when a customer wanted another painting just like "Walkers on the Beach". Rather than painting the exact same thing, I suggested a print. We are fortunate to have a high quality art printing store nearby, so I took an electronic photo of the original painting and they printed it for me. The only downside is that I no longer had the original painting, so it was difficult to match the colors perfectly. Ideally the printing company does the scanning (at a cost, of course), perfects the colors and creates the print.

While the process is not as inexpensive as Kinkos for example, it does open new possibilities for getting my work to more people, which is always a good thing.

I've been playing with my new watercolors this week in the studio. While we don't have the horrible weather that the Midwest and East Coast is experiencing, it is clear but VERY cold. The art studio cat has been enjoying lounging in the sun that shines through the windows. It looks deceptively warm. The former art studio dogs (traitors!) have been staying on their warm pillows.

Hope you're staying warm.


  1. I looked up Giclée on google translate and it means 'squirt' in French and I've also heard people refer to it as 'spit'. I imagine it is some marketers idea to bring a higher degree of prestige to an ink jet printer which squirts ink at the paper. These printers are very much nicer than the ones we buy for home and office. They utilize dozens of different colors to get the picture quality right and they are FAST!

    Great first print. I know it is going to make someone happy.

  2. I guess that means that one way or another, I might be able to hand End of a Season on my wall!

  3. Yes, I think End of a Season is destined to be made into a print. We will negotiate something :)