Updates, Studio News

I have added some of the new small landscapes to the website. They are available as both prints and originals. Some that have been sold are available as prints only.

SHIPPING - These options have been updated. There is a flat rate for US and most International orders. It has also been brought to my attention that locals might want to purchase online and puck up at the studio, so I have added a free ship option for studio pick ups and local delivery.

LARGER PRINTS - Most of the newer art will be available in a larger format soon. I am experimenting with a new paper and may change from the Epson Photo Luster to the Metallic Photo Luster. The matt option will stay the same.

We can print up to 17" wide, so the largest print size that we can create as a signed and dated print is 16". This would leave a half inch white border. Plenty enough for matting and framing. For a matted and framed piece of artwork with an 3" matt the ready to hang artwork would be 22-24" square, depending on the size of the frame.

I am not currently cutting matt board for the prints, but will in the future have some of them matted and framed, and available for in studio sales during the Final Friday art walks.

PRINTER FOR HIRE - As it is now, all of my images are stored on my laptop. I am looking to purchase a new desktop for the studio. As in the past I will once again offer printing services for others who wish to have small run prints made of their images. We have an Epson  Stylus Pro printer that uses Ultra Chrome Inks. The combination of the quality inks and these new exceptional papers it is possible to get a print with well over a 100 years of fade resistance. Add on the fact they we also use an archival UV coating on our prints, the years of print quality can double.

But enough with all the print speak. I will post again when I have a plan in place for this small scale printing service.

FOOTNOTE - Thanks to all who came out to the art reception last night for my group show at the YWCA Women's Gallery. By evenings end I had sold five paintings, with a lot of interest shown for other works in the show.

It is always such great validation of ones work when people buy it. It's one thing to receive compliments, but when people actually want it on their walls and invite the work into the space where they see it every day. It's beyond words the feeling that I get to know that the energies that I expend in creating, can carry on into other spaces, taking on new life and new energy.



In The Studio

Had my first REAL week in the new studio... Made some progress on the pieces in progress and painted over three large canvases. Art is funny... one day you are going in a particular direction and the next not so much. Best to work fast so as to finish things before the mood shift or mind change. Not a biggie.. more of a color change of direction than anything else. Layering can be tricky, building up color from dark to light works to the advantage and I was getting a wee bit on the dark side..

Continuing with these little landscapes. This one in progress 12x12 on canvas. and five more in various stages of completion.

Vignette: in progress acrylic on canvas Liz Zorn

Vignette: in progress acrylic on canvas Liz Zorn

PRINTS  - Until I am able to set up my print station in the new studio I am still using my sun room for digital work. It will be nice when I have everything in one place. Particularly since my space in the sun room is limited. I tested another paper yesterday an 100% cotton rag velvet paper. I am not sure this is the best choice for these prints, I like the softness of the paper and how the ink is absorbed, but I also think for this work that it needs to have more of an edge. Once I have decided on my paper I will put some of these online as signed and dated prints. You can already purchase some of them from my Digital Arts page, but they are not hand dated by me and are not signed. You have more choices though as I will only be offering one size to start.

Impress Me : Detail from original painting, 13x19 digital print Liz Zorn

Impress Me : Detail from original painting, 13x19 digital print Liz Zorn


Digital World

As I am in the middle of setting up my new art studio I am also trying to tie up some lose ends online. I signed on for another year with Fine Art America the print on demand company who creates fine art prints and various items from original art. Eventually I will be set up again with the printers do do it all myself. At the moment I am able to create a nice archival print on paper, but would like to have more versatility in the future. I have added links to my FAA portfolio "Print on Demand"  and created a page where you can get a digital giclee print based on some originals direct from me, signed and dated.

I am hesitant to offer exact duplicates of originals because I feel that the person who buys the original should have an original that has not been made into prints. This is a personal view on my part. How others choose to handle their work is up to them.

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Only a few of the originals are suitable for digital enhancement or detail enhancement, and not everything created will be available as a print. It is purely an aesthetic choice made by me as I apply filters and make changes to the image. Often I will start working on an image that just doesn't evolve in a way that is pleasing to my eye, so I will just move on to the next one. All of the images however are created from a photograph of the original work of art so there are no copyright issues, I own the rights to all of the imagery.

With the print on demand service there are several options including gallery wrap canvas, traditional prints, prints on metal, note cards and new to the site a smart phone case. I am going to get one of the phone cases as soon as I get my iphone upgrade.

The images are more vivid and detailed than the original paintings. This is particularly advantageous for smaller works behind glass. They have a nice visual pop that makes them a focal point in a room. They will not get lost in the surroundings.  Due to the originals being smaller works, I choose not to make available large prints. I like to keep them more in line with the original composition.

The original paintings are created to be viewed from a slight distance and these prints are no different. Up close they are very bold, but from a distance the perspective is clear and the lines all fall into place.