While rummaging through a closet in my home studio I came across a large roll of canvas. The idea came to me that I should paint a custom backdrop for my portrait studio. Even though I have a B.F.A. in painting I had never embarked upon painting a backdrop. After a bit of research on google, I gathered my tools and got to work.
First I taped down a sheet of plastic to protect the floor, a drop cloth, which I later removed, and my canvas. Then I began to prime my canvas with gesso. A lot of people skip this step but I could only hear my college professor Mr. Wright scolding me for not priming my canvas. Gesso sizes and primes the canvas for paint. It ‘s an extra step but will save you time and paint in the long run.
The next step was to paint a brown base coat. I rolled this on in one coat. My goal was to build up thin layers of paint to have them show through one another.
I wanted to and some lighter colors, grey, peach, yellows and whites to give it some luminosity. I found these little jars of paint at our local Habitat Resale store for 50 cents a piece in a variety of colors that were perfect for this project. I then began to roll them on in a criss cross pattern. Tip: Get yourself an extension pole. It will save your back.
So so after a lot of rolling out paint I decided to let it dry and add more layers the next day.
I did did not like all the harsh lines that were left from the roller so I decided to add some watered down paint layers with a large sponge. I then began just swirling the paint until it became more painterly yet soft.
I am quite happy with the result.! I can’t wait to use it on a shoot this weekend to see how it will look in photos. I have enough canvas for another backdrop. What color should it be?
Today I begin my third 365 project. I am doing this project with a group of people on Instagram, #m4hp365, so it should be fun! I will be posting a daily photo as well as my normal post and occasionally sharing some of my favorites from the group. You can find me on Instagram: http://instagram.com/trinabakerphotography Happy new year!
I bought some Gerber Daisies for $2.00 at the grocery today. I couldn’t resist. I put them in a vase and snapped some photos in my kitchen. I really wanted to concentrate on the bloom in the front to create very shallow depth. I set my aperture to f 1.8 to get the most shallow depth possible. I then added a painted texture and erased it off the peach daisy to make it pop even more. I am really happy with the result. I added this image to my shop and don’t forget the 30% off in the through Valentine’s Day.
Today I picked up the photos taken with the Rollei 35mm LED and I couldn’t be more happy with the results. Considering that I guessed the film speed and the exposure, I need to purchase a battery so the light meter works, they turned out great. I like how the Winter sky looks so blue and the contrast between the snow and grass. The focus isn’t tack sharp, however, that doesn’t bother me. These are scanned from photos and I think I need to get/build a negative scanner to see what a scanned negative looks like. Yay another project!
It was a bit warmer today so I went for a quick walk to finish of the roll of film in the Rollei 35 and to snap a few photos. I was particularly interested in this path of white that blanketed the path. I added some texture and I like the result. I hope to post some film shots tomorrow. Until then, I think I will list this image in my shop.
I went out to take photos of the recent snow and came across this field. I like the brown dots of dried flowers and the subtle white in the background. I added a texture to the image to bring out the orange and yellows. The texture warms up the tonal range to give the photo the feeling of film. I have added this image, along with a few others, to my etsy shop. I hope you have a lovely day.
We are bracing for a Winter storm here today. The NWS is predicting 5-8 inches through tomorrow. I like it when it snows. It’s so calm, quiet and peaceful. I went out to take photos and captured these two trees at the end of my street. I like that the snowflakes were large enough to capture. I hope to get out tomorrow and take more photos after the snow has finished using my Lensbaby Muse lens. I have discovered that I can use this lens in Aperture Mode on my D300s and it will meter through the lens. Exciting. I might even make a little movie.