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Karyn Mannix

"Untitled" by Karyn Mannix
"Untitled" by Karyn Mannix
Karyn Mannix’s paintings have been exhibited in galleries throughout the United States and has had her work featured at the Children’s Museum of Long Island. She has won an award for her September 11th piece and has been selected by jury to participate in several shows.

Diagnosed with Breast Cancer, Karyn uses the female body image as the basis of her art. With a background in fashion and art history, Karyn also designs sets and costumes for plays on and off Broadway and has had her own fashion line featured in stores internationally. She has taught art to children with special needs and works as a freelance writer, educator and artist. Karyn Mannix was born in New York and resides as a year round resident of East Hampton, Long Island. She has a Bachelors Degree in Fashion Design and Construction and a Bachelors Degree in Post Modern Art Theory and Criticism.

"Art and the written word is a direct form of what lies between thought and expression. As a published poet, using text is a way that I transfer the verbal into the visual. Words help me portray the sense of emotion. As a breast cancer survivor, my work revolves around body image, gender and the social and political".

Canvas Printing

Printing on canvas is incredibly versatile and a great way to create a ready-to-hang image or artwork. Every canvas that we print  is protected with a UV coated acrylic finish to guard the print from dust, moisture and fading. Do you want your canvas stretched on bars or non-stretched? Framed or unframed? Customize the work to make it truly your own.

Art Prints – How are they made?

Photography by Laurie Barone-Shafer
Nowadays just about anyone can take a good quality photographs with a digital camera. Or take a few hundred pictures and the chances are few will be good, and even one or two outstanding.

Here are a few tips, tricks and techniques on how to make art print poster ready photographs and print ready digital files. Don’t get overwhelmed, there is a lot of information here, but a lot of it is just intuitive. Well, a bit of patience will always help.

First thing – Photo Size

If you taking a digital photo of you family or friend the largest size you would print is usually 5 by 7 inches, maybe 8 by 10 at the most. Even small size digital photographs (2MB or less) are ‘good enough’ to create a decent print. But if you want to create prints that are 16 by 20, 20 by 24 inches or larger you need more pixels (in pixels 20 by 24 inches photo is actually about 40 times larger than 3 by 4 inches photo assuming they have the same resolution).

Learning to Paint Watercolors

Watercolor is an easy, fun medium for creating art.  Color theory, composition and design can be explored freely with watercolor paint, paper, and brushes.  Several techniques may be used with watercolors for varying effects including painting wet on wet, wet on dry, layering washes, and more.

Watercolor paper comes in cold press, hot press, and rough.  Rough paper has the most texture, and its hills and valleys can result in interesting effects when paint is added.  Hot press is the smoothest and has the finest texture.  Cold press has a moderate amount of texture and is the paper most commonly chosen by watercolor artists.

Watercolor paper comes in several weights ranging from 90 lb. to 300 lb. based on the pounds per ream of paper.  Most artists prefer to use at least 140 lb. paper.  Papers vary somewhat between manufacturers, so sampling different papers is advisable.  Paper can be purchased in pads, in blocks or in large sheets.  The large sheets are usually the most economical and can be torn into whatever size is desired.

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