So, you've browsed through all the Naturali Images galleries and you're ready to purchase a a canvas print, right? Before adding it to the cart, make sure you're aware of all the options available, especially the type of "wrap," which in my opinion is a crucial choice.
The first step is to choose a size. Hard to miss this as it's front and center on the ordering page. But just to the right of the size option is "step 2," which is Frame choice. You either choose Yes or No. Now don't get me wrong, canvas prints look great in a frame, but I prefer a frameless canvas. On to "step 3," which is Canvas. This is a simple choice of either glossy or matte finish. I go back and forth on my opinion. I went through my glossy days and then my matte phase and I still have no preference. I guess it depends on the image.
Okay, "step 4," is Wrap. This can make or break your your excitement about receiving your order. Luckily, a clear preview is shown with each choice but make sure you understand what's what here. Now this is just my opinion, but I think the best choice is "Gallery Wrap, Mirrored Sides." This means the canvas is stretched around the wood frame and the sides still include part of the image. Other choices will leave you with black sides or white sides. The choice is yours, but just sayin', I like the mirrored sides.
Now you're ready to add to cart. If you have any questions about ordering a canvas print or any other item, feel free to comment below or contact me direct.
When I was searching for a way to sell my greeting cards, I went through several options before deciding on Fine Art America as my vendor. I have a ton of samples from various companies, even Walmart! There were pros and cons to each. Some were preferable because there was no outside company logo on the back but the print quality was poor. Some looked like they came right off my home inkjet printer. One company didn't offer envelopes with the cards, which I thought was bizarre. Needless to say, I went through quite a bit of research.
Ultimately what led me to Fine Art America was the exceptional quality, drop shipping option (I don't need to stock inventory), the ability for buyers to customize the cards (try it!), user-friendly interface and reasonable membership fees. Then I discovered in addition to greeting cards, I can offer prints, framed prints (with a ton of options), metal prints, acrylic prints, wood prints and a host of products including cell phone cases, yoga mats, mugs, totes and more.
Basically, Fine Art America (FAA) is an online marketplace founded by Sean Broihier in 2006. From what I understand, Broihier wanted a more universal name for the company so he changed it to Pixels. Pixels and FAA are basically the same thing. All of my work is available on both sites at the same price points. Interchangeable. An artist's membership also comes with an individualized site known at the Artist Website (AW). So for a nominal annual fee, customers can find my images on Pixels.com, Fineartamerica.com and on my AW, alison-frank.pixels.com. And by visiting the store right here on naturaliimages.com, you can browse through all my products (seriously, there's a lot).
So that's it! I get to do the fun stuff (creating images) and the rest is up to FAA/Pixels. Now, feel free to browse!
If you're a fan of The New Yorker cartoons, this Conde Nast Store is a great site to purchase your faves in the form of a greeting card. And, just like my NaturAli greeting cards, you can customize the inside message. This one cracked me up because it's totally me. I hover. Can't help myself. It's not so much a trust issue (okay, maybe it is), as it is a natural curiosity about how things work. When my dad used to tinker with the car engine, I was front and center, unlike my sister who could care less and was likely inside with a book. I'll admit, the cable guy recently called me out on my micromanagement behavior. As he sat there troubleshooting on his makeshift stool in the form of an upside down 5 gallon bucket, his comments still linger in my head. "Ma'am, if you don't mind, I prefer to work alone." Alrighty then, I get it the hint.
Of course there's no shortage of political humor, as well as stuff that just cracks you up. I love the weekly caption contest and have even entered a few times. It's always fun to see what clever things people come up with.
I recently hosted a contest, Rustic Farmhouse Wall Art, via Fine Art America. I love this type of decor and think it makes some of the best wall art. Because it's such diverse category, the entries were quite varied but they all had that same country feel of warmth and comfort.
There were 230 pieces of artwork submitted and the winning entry was from Wes Iversen, A Window to the Past. The impressive HDR image was taken at the Chippewa Nature Center, near Midland, Michigan, which includes a homestead site that depicts rural life in Michigan as it was in the 1870s.
"When I visited the homestead site on a Spring day last year, I did not have any particular image in mind, but was simply looking for good subjects to photograph," says Wes. But the homestead buildings were actually closed during his visit and he describes how he managed to get the shot.
"I was able to capture the handheld HDR shot through the glass on a door to the kitchen. Even though I tried to steady my camera by bracing the lens against the glass, the longest of the three exposures that I took showed some blur, so the image was created by combining only the two shorter-exposure shots. I used Photomatix Pro software to combine the two images into a single high dynamic range (HDR) shot. I then adjusted contrast and sharpened the image in post processing using Photoshop and other tools, and added texture to achieve the vintage look," explains Wes.
Originally from Chicago, Wes moved to Grand Blanc, Michigan, in 2016. Most of his images were taken after 2011 when he retired from a long career in journalism. He is inspired by all types of photography from macros to landscapes, and strives to produce images that tell a story. "Since moving to Michigan, I have particularly been enjoying the opportunity to photograph local wildlife, especially the birds and waterfowl in State Parks and preserves near my new home," he says.
Congratulations, Wes, on your first place win. Such a gorgeous and impressive image.