Visions of the past

Visions of the past

One in a series of many ultra fine point, permanent marker drawings I’ve done over the the last three winters. Wish I could get the whole drawing onto the scanner but I’ll have to photograph all of them eventually. 11 1/2 x 14 on Bristol.

About pam

I am retired from real 9 to 5 jobs. I do my artwork and occasionally write poetry. In September 2010, I moved to Fargo, ND after spending 60 years in Phoenix, Arizona. Now, five years later, July 2015, I'm back in Arizona. And yes, I love the heat!
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7 Responses to Visions of the past

  1. gdare says:

    Sometimes, scanners are good enough only for documents 😀 However, for photographing paintings and drawings, you would probably need an tripod at least, so to have photographs clear and sharp. Good flash to prevent reflections, too.

    • pam says:

      I used to photograph all my work myself, without a tripod even. My hands were much more steady a few years back. I still have my old camera but I’d really prefer to get a digital because it would have auto focus. My eyes aren’t as good either.

  2. Hi, Pam … sorry I never answered your request on Vivaldi. The reason? I’ve left Vivaldi. Talk to Chuck about it.
    A couple of questions:
    1) What is your film camera? If you know what you’re doing, you can use it like a digital, for really cheap. The big thing is the post-exposure work that you do in the computer. I can supply you with software for that … things like colour adjustments, brightness and contrast, and, most important, getting the damned things squared up. If you want to go that route, see my latest post: “OK … I reckon I should put this up, here … ”
    2) What sort of digital were you thinking about? You really don’t need all the megapixels that the camera companies are selling, now, so you can safely buy a used one, if you can find a good one, meaning one you can use. This means a) get one with a viewfinder, not one of those things where you frame your pic up by looking at a screen on the back of the camera. You’re damn near as old as I am, and you can’t see that well anymore, and you’re certainly not steady enough to hold a camera still at arm’s length. Pressing the camera against your face helps a LOT! and b) Get one that’s big enough to hang onto steadily. We’re big, clumsy Western barbarians, and the Japanese camera designers don’t realize that we have fingers like bratwursts. Get a camera that doesn’t require a little pointy thing to push the buttons (BTW … get one with as few buttons as you can. I have tape over most of mine). c) Quality of lenses is a big point, but pretty soon you’re back in the counting-pixels game. Nobody needs you to do that but the camera manufacturers. One of these “compact” DSLRs, with only one lens that zooms like crazy is a good way to go, provided the lens doesn’t distort too much at extremes of the zoom. I’ve got a little Oly about 5 years old; it’s only 7.1 MPixels, but I’m not letting go of it … it’s sometimes more useful than the Nikon.

  3. I like the drawing, BTW … looks like drypoint.

    • pam says:

      Hi Charles. Thanks. It was done with a permanent marker. Have been using them lots lately.

      As far as a digital camera, probably the cheapest, or next to cheapest. Not yet though. Saving my money. Other things Need to get.

      On Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 9:38 PM, thesnakeandiandthebutterfly wrote:


  4. pam says:

    Oh, and as to Vivaldi, all I could ever do was post a picture or two. But they didn’t even go where I thought they’d go. Couldn’t figure it out. One blog is enough. Can hardly keep up with this one.

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