Scan or not to Scan

I often wondered if it’s best to take a photo of a painting or whether to scan it. Below is a small painting of a peeled tangerine that I finished last week. I scanned it at 300 dpi, which is normally requested by magazine or any print matter. The bottom image directly below was taken with a Panasonic camera.

After comparing the two, the bottom image is much closer to the colors than the scanned image. I could, of course, manipulate the colors in a photo manipulation program such as  Photoshop or in my case, a free software – Gimp.

It’s easier to scan. But it’s also good to know how to take a good camera shot of a painting if it’s too large for the scanner.

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Peeled Tangerine, oil on gallery wrapped canvas, 4 x 4 x 1.25 inches; scanned image
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Peeled Tangerine by Marlene Lee, oil on gallery wrapped canvas, 4 x 4 x 1.25 inches; Image taken with a camera

 

Two Mandaquats and Tangerine

My father-in-law had grown kumquats in his backyard. A small orangelike fruit. I might have tasted them but I don’t remembered if I liked them or not. But he would often graft his various fruit trees to produced the same fruit. Then recently I found these mandaquats at the Davis Food Co-op. Their rich colors attracted me. Amazing what is out there, the different combinations. I don’t think my father-in-law came up with something like this when he grafted his trees.

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Two Mandaquats & Tangerine, oil on gallery wrapped canvas, 6 x 6 inches by Marlene Lee

Note – a new signature! no more printing. And did I taste these?…nope, not yet.