Posted on | September 29, 2014 | No Comments
A new batch of copper books are waiting to be sealed. There is a new title front and center.
Posted on | July 28, 2014 | No Comments
It’s a rainy day in Maine and the studio is in full swing. I think I need more flat surfaces!
Posted on | July 3, 2014 | No Comments
It is a digital art piece transferred onto a metal sheet and covered with resin. It can be any size but this one is 30 x 30 on aluminum.
Posted on | June 5, 2014 | No Comments
I’m continually surprised by artists who post full size images at 300+ dpi (dots per inch) on the web! It is just asking to be stolen.
- First – A computer monitor can only show 72 dpi so there is no reason to post an image that is 300 dpi on the web.
- Second – I don’t even print at 300 dpi – most of my printing is at 150 and that is the file size I use to create. (DPI is a printing term | PPI is a computer image term.)
- Third – Putting a 12″ by 30″ picture on the web at 300 dpi and pulling the corners in to make it smaller, doesn’t reduce the image contents at all.
- Fourth – Don’t put an image over 500 ppi (pixels per inch) except under special circumstances. Zoom in a give detail shots of the image.
- Fifth – When saving as a JPG, don’t use a high quality setting. Get it as low as you can without loosing image quality. The higher the quality the more information is in the file and the easier it is to be copied and reprinted.
Difference the resolution size makes for the actual image size on the screen. The quality of the image however hasn’t dropped.
(I’ve cut into the picture more, but it is all still there.)
Posted on | June 2, 2014 | No Comments
Posted on | May 28, 2014 | No Comments
I’ve gotten a lot of comments about the design of this blog, and thought I’d talk a little about it. The theme is free and is called “Elements of SEO”. I took it and customized it to fit what I wanted to complement my art. That answers the major questions that I’ve gotten.
A website or blog should always support the purpose of your business (sales, services, or sharing). Make a list of the kinds of things you want your bog or site to do for you. For example, collect e-mail addresses, sign people up for newsletters, buy a product, showcase your art or samples, have video, manage a gallery of photos, monetized, etc.
Then you go and look for a theme or platform (WordPress, Joomla, etc.) that offers these modules. Never mind the colors and pictures that you see in the themes – look for the services. I wanted a site with a nice but not overpowering banner, good typography (type style), 3 columns, and widget ready.
Elements of SEO
Future Questions from HoltDigitalDesigns.com
Do it yourself or get help?
WordPress or Joomla?
How to manage a gallery online?
How to use e-mail marketing as part of your marketing plan.
Posted on | May 25, 2014 | No Comments
I’d appreciate any comments or reactions. Send me an e-mail direct to email@example.com.
Posted on | May 25, 2014 | No Comments
Posted on | July 25, 2013 | No Comments
I’ve just finished a new series of 8 copper books. As a former librarian and English teacher, books have a strong appeal to me.
They are each unique and can’t be repeated because I can’t find any more copper that looks like this. The copper used is from old roof tiles that I found in a metal recycling yard. The copper is discolored and has patina, some of the tiles have been hand-cut and are crooked, etc. They each have their own character and can’t be recreated.
The images and text are created in the computer and printed onto watercolor paper which is then collaged to the copper and everything is then sealed with acrylic.
Posted on | November 11, 2012 | No Comments
After layering fractals, that I’d made and put aside, and painting elements, this image appeared through my subconsciously controlled mouse.
It is called The Vessel – symbolizing motherhood/mother earth and the goddess of life.keep looking »