There and Back Again; Changelings' Tolkien Inspired Art Auction

My recent watercolor painting, Chrysophylax Dives, will be one of the original works for sale in Changelings' "There and Back Again" art auction on Facebook next week.  Chrysolphylax is the dragon in Tolkien's "Farmer Giles of Ham," which has always been one of my favorite Tolkien stories.

The auction starts on Monday, Sept. 12 and is runs until Friday, Sept. 16, when bidding ends and the winners are announced.  To learn more about the auction, check out the article on Changeling's Facebook page, here.

I find watercolor easy to love, faster to dive into and safer to clean up after than oil paints, and satisfyingly real compared to digital painting.  It is a medium that invites playful doodling, like pencils, and I appreciate that immensely.  

However, I am still perfecting the art of recording a digital image of watercolor for reproductions and records.  Watercolor has a lovely glow, and that glow comes from light passing through a transparent layer of paint and bouncing off the paper below.  When I put a watercolor painting on my scanner,  the raw result is a washed-out, greenish version of my work.

"Chrysophylax Dives," a hot dragon and now a small original watercolor painting as well... this scan has been slightly adjusted in Photoshop to match the original. 

"Chrysophylax Dives," a hot dragon and now a small original watercolor painting as well... this scan has been slightly adjusted in Photoshop to match the original. 

Unadjusted Work In Progress shot -- painting the head...

Unadjusted Work In Progress shot -- painting the head...

The best way to record a watercolor is to shoot a photograph using a good camera and a white backdrop.  Until I get them, I use a scanner and Photoshop to manually adjust the color balance of the scan.  It's important to show people an accurate image, and right now the best way for me to do that involves holding the actual painting up against my monitor and squinting to see if the tones and hues match, fiddling with Adjustments until they do.