Since 2008, I began a site which evolved into being ArtRave.com now ArtRevu where my focus turned from my own artworks to helping other artists to display and sell their artworks as well. All art is family friendly and suitable for viewing audiences of all ages and beliefs.
When I find some ‘me’ time I have worked mostly on learning how to do digital art on my own, lacking the knowledge of what all the technical terms mean in Adobe and other art programs I have tried, I went back to a simple photo editing software that came with my $49 Vivitar Digital camera. The software is called Arcsoft Photoimpression 4.0 and I have been able to master doing pointalism art with it as well as recreate as in mixed media, converting paintings I began in acrylics then photo’d and then totally repainted or redrew over them with the Photoimpression software for my mouse.
The results of most have been stellar as I have been able to enlarge portions of my paintings to repaint the most minute details in ways a normal fine 10/0 brush could never achieve. Now since these were painted on monitor screen,my next challenge was to learn how to print them suitably for framing as well as what inks would bring longevity and be fade resistent. That is like a science of its own but through trial and erro and using various printable canvas stocks and photo stocks I was able to achieve success and create my own Art Card Edition Originals and other framable prints which I then began to sell on Ebay and other websites.
The printing process is a very time consuming and expensive endeavor indeed as when printing a 13×19 ” painting, if the ink levels are even slightly off, the entire painting can become something totally different than the one shown on monitors. Some effects have been great and others have driven me back to the drawing board.lol
I HAVE STOPPED MAKING MY OWN PRINTS AND NOW HAVE THEM MADE FOR ME AT THE ARTRAVE SUPERCENTER .called Art2Do
UPDATE 2015 : NOW AVAILABLE AT :HTTP:WWW.ART2DO.COM
I have found also by joining certain POD sites [print-on-demand] such asArt.com, ArtWanted, Fine Art America, Imagekind, RedBubble, CafePress, Zazzle & Society6 that they have great success in printing images exactly as shown on monitors so I now maintain shops in each of them for those who wish to buy various sizes of my prints or cards and wish to shop around for sizes, stocks, prices, sales and so on. I keep direct links to all my shops on my ArtRave.com site for customer convenience, but am always willing to create a one of a kind original print when asked. UNFORTUNATELY THEY ARE GEARED TOWARDS THE SALE OF THEIR OWN PRODUCTS REGARDLESS TO WHOSE ART IS ON IT SO NONE ARE PROFITABLE FOR ARTISTS~!
I NOW MADE MY OWN ‘POD’ CALLED ART2DO WHERE I DEAL MANUFACTURER DIRECT SO CAN BRING YOU MY ART ON PRODUCTS CHEAPER AND MY OWN PROFIT IS ENSURED 🙂 I ALSO MAKE THIS SITE AVAILABLE TO OTHER ARTISTS AND CUSTOMERS WHO MAY WANT TO USE THE DO IT YOURSELF EDITOR TO TURN THEIR OWN ART /. PHOTOS INTO ART PRODUCTS 🙂
Most recently I introduced my latest seascape with lighthouse, called Hobson’s Lighthouse ,named after my sister’s family and had it printed as continental sized collectors art post cards. They measure 5.25 x 4.25 and have their colored semi gloss imge on the front and a greyscale image with information on the back. These arent ordinary post cards but printed as postcards so that their inks will not fade and they can be framed for smaller wall areas or placed on desks or shelves. They are precisely detailed and should be a welcome addition to any decor.
Hobsons Lighthouse is available for $5 including S&H It comes signed and dated.