Thursday, October 6, 2011

Tickled Pink

#23 A Flower

Who needs a break from the heaviness of the past few days? I do. Today I'm linking up with Deb Duty's "This or That Thursday" with this sweet little dahlia from my garden. This tiny gem made me smile at its joyful bursting exuberance and at the same time want to cry from the perfection of it.

I'd been wanting to find a use for Pixel Dust Photo Art's texture, "je me souviens" and it worked nicely with this piece along with a layer of PDPA "scratched canvas."  Botanical style prints with a french flair really appeal to me in my home decorating, so why not try to make a few of my own?

What really had me tickled pink yesterday was coming home to find my prints from Fine Art America waiting by my door.  As I mentioned here, I've made my work available for purchase online through FAA and I wanted to check out the quality before I went too far uploading images and putting effort into the storefront.  

This is what I sampled:

A print on paper and greeting card with this image:


A small stretched canvas and greeting card with this image:

is the moon tired? or are you tired of the moon?

I couldn't be more pleased with the results on all these. The only caveat is that the quality was so good that it highlighted my sloppy brush work on the bird shot (it was also one of my first experiments in texturing). I fixed the problem and reloaded the image on flickr and the artist website and I feel better about it now.

A few notes for anyone who might be interested in using Fine Art America:

  • The quality is superb and the colors were true to the digital image.
  • They pack the pieces very, very well. I almost poked a hole in the canvas with my scissors trying to get through all the packaging.
  • The card stock is quite sturdy and it was so cool seeing my name printed on the back. 
  • As I mentioned, make sure your processing is good because flaws will show.

Suffice it to say that I'll be uploading more images,  working on my storefront a bit, and figuring out how the whole thing works.  Stay tuned.   This is not a money making venture per se (although who would turn their nose up at that?).  I just wanted an easy way to make my work available to family and friends who asked about it, and also find a ready resource for printing my work for personal use.  

That's all for today folks!  Have a great day.


  1. The dahlia is just gorgeous and your edit is lovely. Both of your test print images are amazing, really pieces of art. I'm sure you will be very successful. Thanks for linking up with me today!

  2. fantastic works! i like them all...

  3. Very nice images! I love all of them!

  4. so beautiful - really fabulous editing!

  5. Leanne - Your work is gorgeous! The quality of prints from FAA does look good - thank you for sharing that info. Thank you too for using my texture - I love that one and how you used it as a soft backdrop for your lovely dahlia.

  6. The texture you added to that flower is fantastic!

  7. Very interesting hearing about your new business adventure, and will be interested in seeing how this progresses, and if you are pleased with this company. I plan to do this eventually, but don't think I am quite ready. Love your work and think you will progress very well! Jeanne


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