Today I thought I’d take a break from the larger canvases and switch temporarily to making some smaller acrylic ink on synthetic paper paintings.
I like all the paintings that I eventually catalog, but every so often one will appear that is rather exceptional and I think this is one of those. It’s not-yet-titled.
I had trouble getting a good picture of it, and so I put it on the flatbed scanner and captured most of it. The scanner has been calibrated so it’s quite accurate to my eye. The full image is 11” x 17”, but it’ll get edited down to 11” x 14” for mounting and framing.
That made me think about large format scanners again. I had looked into them last summer and talked to a company in Des Moines that sells and leases both large format flatbed and also sheet-fed scanners, but at the time they didn’t have anything around to demonstrate. Now they do, so I’ll probably stop over before the end of the month and see how they are.
My smartphone takes good pictures, but it’s far from perfect. And I’m not a photographer. I’m not interested in anything beyond “point and click”.
But scanning… once you have the scanner calibrated, it’s just a matter of pushing a button, and I like that kind of convenience.
I’ve been told I could use my legal-sized Epson consumer scanner and stitch images together in Photoshop, but I don’t have Photoshop and I don’t want to spend the time doing that.
And I have looked into using local shops with large format scanners, but the prices are very high. If you got a couple of paintings scanned in a month then you’d be better off leasing your own scanner.
I think it’s a matter of time before I lease some kind of larger format scanner. It might not be this year. It just depends.