How an oil painting becomes a Giclee print (“sunflower #5″)

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The original SUNFLOWER #5 oil painting shown over my fireplace. My new giclee print of this painting will hang here soon!

Prime Digital Media, located in a suburb of Milwaukee, WI has been producing my Giclee prints since 2006. They are great to work with!

The original painting is the largest one on the right. All the others are prints. Can you even tell the difference? I can't!

Gregg is the master artist who makes this happen! After my photograph is captured, he does all the color correction on the computer to make sure the proof print looks as close as possible to my original. This is a very tedious process, but he always manages to makes them match!

This is the ink-jet printer that makes my Giclees. I normally have these printed on canvas so I can stretch them like a painting, but a few times I've had them done on paper and then I framed them with glass. I prefer the canvas prints, however, because they look like originals.

Here's some samples of pieces they've reproduced for other artists.

Sometimes they print on paper and then mount the print onto foam board.

Sometimes they print on metal.

The sample on the left is printed on canvas. You can see how the image wraps around the side of the piece. Sometimes they even print on wood! (I saw a few samples of that and it was really cool.)

SUNFLOWERS #2, #3, #4, and #5 hanging together in my studio. The print of SUNFLOWER #5 will be the same dimensions as the original painting -- 24 inches x 24 inches x 1-1/4 inches deep.

I sold my newest favorite painting called “sunflower #5, so I’m having Giclee prints made!

I thought I’d show you a few photos of PRIME DIGITAL MEDIA, the printer who has been creating my fine-art quality reproductions since 2006.

The process is basically this (in a non-technical nutshell:) First they photograph my original painting with some really high-end camera. Then Gregg does a bunch of color corrections on the computer until the proof prints match my original. When he thinks it’s perfect, I see a proof just to make sure they don’t need to make any more changes. (On this print, I signed off on the first proof right away without asking for any additional changes–it looked exactly how I had hoped it would!)

The prints are then made on a huge ink-jet type printer that sprays a lot more colors of ink than a regular desktop printer could.

“Sunflower #5” will be printed onto a canvas fabric and sprayed with a coat of lamination. After the prints dry for a few days, PDM will ship them to my studio in SC. I will then stretch them onto wooden stretcher bars, and then hang the first one up in my home!

If you’re interested in more details on Giclee prints, check out this link.

If you want to place an order for “sunflower #5,” just e-mail me at

Orders placed through April 30th will receive the special introductory price of $179 + tax/shipping for this 24″ x 24″ x 1-1/4″ giclee print on canvas. They will be ready to ship to you in Mid-May.

Beginning in May, they  will be available for purchase directly on my web site for $229.

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