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Words and Images by Ann Trainor Domingue

  “Painting is easy when you don’t know how, and very difficult when you do.”  Edgar Degas

My camera at the ready, I always take photos.  Not so much as fine art but more as an implement to story telling.  I’m pretty happy with that and flatter myself  by believing this means I dabble on the fringes of the art world.  A recent discussion with today’s guest blogger and fine (and also graphic) artist,  Ann Trainor Domingue, made me realize how much of a leap I am taking.  So much goes into converting those photos into indisputable art, that in comparison  I realize I am more of a chronicler than a creator.  She recently blogged on the subject and allowed me to repost (aka copy) her blog with a few additional photos to demonstrate process and how far she can stray from the original inspiration before being satisfied that a painting is complete.  Big gratitude for permission to share this with you goes to Ann Trainor Domingue and  EVR  Advertising, . 

An original in a copied world.

by Ann Domingue on August 18, 2011

(c) 2011 Ann Trainor Domingue - Painting in this instance begins with a reference photo

Photographers capture images with a camera — a simple device that controls light. Experienced photographers plan extensively and spend a lot of time and energy positioning themselves in the right place at a specific time to capture incredible images — in a studio or outdoors. With one click, that original image can be distributed instantly to millions. In fact, photographers shoot images for stock photo houses and receive royalty payments each and every time an image is downloaded. And those pennies add up quickly if the image has wide appeal.

(c) 2011 Ann Trainor Domingue - Parts of photo image are melded into a sketch

In contrast, a fine artist like a painter has only one true original that can be sold at a certain value. Only one canvas contains brushstrokes, lines, dried bugs, fingerprints, three-dimensional textures rising from the surface that capture glints of light. It’s impossible to duplicate these things. This is what makes a painting a valuable original — and what makes it very difficult to compete in a world of inexpensive duplication made possible by the internet and inkjet printers.

(c) 2011 by Ann Trainor Domingue - Final product "Road Trip in Italy", 18x18, mixed media, collaged paper of pages from discarded Tintoretto art history book, acrylic, ink. Giclee copies available. Contact artist.

The road ahead for fine artists who produce only one true original is a difficult one especially in this tight economy. Although giclee (zhee-clay) prints — high quality inkjet prints — are possible, they’re still not a dimensional copy of the original. What they are is a way for art aficionados to enjoy an image, live with it on their walls, and then maybe next time consider purchasing an original. Bug guts and all.

In spite of their imperfections, a world without copies is a rather bleak one. Imagine if DaVinci’s “Mona Lisa” could only be appreciated by those who visit the Louvre in Paris. A very long trek to see a woman. Fortunately, reproductions of the original have continued her legacy, mystery (and money-making prowess) since 1503.

Ann is an unduplicatable original.  Check out Ann Trainor Domingue’s website to witness the scope of her wonderful work, or come to my house where I proudly hang several of her original pieces, and fwiw none of my own.

2 thoughts on “Words and Images by Ann Trainor Domingue”

  1. The bad singer comment was made by my 12-year-old friend who cannot stand off pitch singing. And she was perfectly correct. Almost spoiled our dinner. Just really tacky Italian singer trying to do American pop tunes. and the fly was alive–bothering us during dinner. I thought my capture technique was brilliant. 🙂


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