Category Archives: Art

Preparing Images with an iPhone

The iOS is the operating system that controls the Apple iPhone.  In this article I investigate whether an artist can complete the image requirements for Open Studios Napa Valley using only an iPhone.  My initial answer is “not entirely”.
The Call For Entry(CaFe) system allows you to upload images to a Portfolio.  These images stay in your account and can be then be selected to be part of any Calls for Art, including OSNV 2017.
First, we need to understand the digital image submission requirements.  The CAFE portfolio image requirement is that the dimensions be a minimum of 1920 pixels on the longest side and the image be less than 5MB in size.  OSNV has the additional requirement that the image for the catalog must be 7 inches by 300 or 2100 pixels on the longest side.  In addition, the title of that image must be CATALOG-FirstInitial.LastName, i.e. CATALOG-A.Nunziata.
I won’t go into how to take the photo.  Most smart devices are fairly good at adjusting lighting, but you will need an app or apps that can do the following:
  • Cropping
  • Lighting Adjustment
  • Resizing
  • Renaming
  • Uploading
Most apps, including the default Apple Photos have cropping and Light adjustments.  The difficulty with using an iPhone to prepare images for the Call For Entry (CaFe) online application has to do with resizing and then renaming the image.  The iOS does not give you the ability to access the file name or size.  However, you can almost get the job done with applications or “apps” from vendors other than Apple.
I found Dropbox to be the easiest way to rename the file. You can open or share the image to Dropbox and then Dropbox allows you to rename it. Note that the file Name is not the same as the file Title.  Lightroom allowed me to add an image title, but the filename was still IMG_6577.jpg.
My problem was that I could not find an app to resize the image.  I tried Adobe’s PS Express, and Lightroom apps and also many others including PicMonkey, PhotoToaster, and SnapSeed.  SnapSeed was the only app that had the ability to resize the image, but the choices were limited to very specific sizes.  You can choose 1920 pixels on the longest side, which matches the CAFE requirements exactly, but you cannot choose 2100 pixels to meet the OSNV requirement.
So, in conclusion, the Apple iOS is not conducive to resizing images.  There may be an app out there that can do it, but I gave up after trying many of them unsuccessfully.  I welcome any comments my readers may have on apps that may be able to resize images.

Valentine Sale at FlyingPig Farm

watercolor batik

A Rose for your Valentine – Rose Fire ‘N Ice

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, all items in my Etsy Shop are discounted 10% with this special coupon code BEMYVALENTINE and a $5 minimum purchase.

Rooster ornament

Year of the Rooster- Baynyard Rooster Batik Print

My lavender sachets and miniature artwork are the perfect items to tell that special someone that you care.

This special code is valid for the entire month of February, but I recommend you order by February 10th, or your items will not arrive in time for our most romantic holiday.


Purple Mesh Handmade Lavender Sachet


Pink Handmade Lavender Sachet

Now Open- Art Gallery Napa Valley


Art Gallery Display

Ann Nunziata at Art Gallery Napa Valley

Our artist co-op was closed for refurbishing in January.  Can you believe we still had seismic work to do resulting from the earthquake of August 2015?  Thanks to the hard work of our tireless volunteers, we were able to re-open on time February 1st.

Come down and enjoy our freshly remodeled interior.  And don’t forget to pick up something for your valentine!

Art Gallery Napa Valley is located at 1307 First Street between Randolph and Franklin in downtown Napa.

W&N Masterclass Videos

Just a note to say you might find the Winsor & Newton Masterclass videos interesting.

Those of you who know me know that I’m an art supply junkie. Recently I subscribed to the Winsor & Newton Masterclass, Learning Tools for Artists. Naturally, W&N has produced these vides to promote their own materials, but I often learn something new.

The most recent installment is titled masterclass|Professional Water Colour Markers. I’ll let you follow the link to see for yourself, but in this short 2 minute video, I noted two details of interest.

One was that the marker can be inserted directly into the water to thin the color. That surprised me since most other nib type markers I’ve tried seem to completely stop working when you get them wet.

The other was that they seemed to suggest that a sized paper is desirable to keep the nib marks from showing. Visible marking has been one of the objections I have to using markers, so this comment caught my interest.  And I know that many artists actually soak their papers to remove the sizing, so this is certainly noteworthy.

I’d already found these markers an excellent tool to use in the damp environment on our sailboat, so I plan to experiment further with these markers en plein air and in the studio.

Here is a sketch I posted earlier at Anthony’s Cabana in Anacortes while waiting for our tasty salmon and chips.

plein air materials

India Ink and W&N watercolor markers

Exhibit at Rabobank, Napa

Exhibit at Rabobank

5 Artist Exhibit

The rain is pouring down in Northern California, but I braved the weather joining 4 other artists from Art Association Napa Valley to hang our work at Rabobank in Napa.  We think the pieces to together surprisingly well considering we cover a wide range of media including acrylic, pastel, photography and oils.

During the month of January, you can decide for yourself.  Rabobank is located at 700 Trancas St.  We’d appreciate it if you’d drop by and let them know if you like the exhibit.  Rabobank has been very supportive of local artists in Napa, and they deserve our thanks.

5 artists at Rabobank

back from left- Lis MacDonald, Ann Nunziata, Jeanne Dillon. Front from left- Maggy Walton, Emily Freiman





Twelvetide Holiday Sale- Finalé

Well, this is it!  I’m actually a day late, so I will leave my final item on sale until I close for a short winter holiday vacation.  My Winter Solstice and final item is my Watercolor Batik Painting of Fire ‘N Ice, one of my garden roses. (You did know that December 21st is the first day of winter, right?)

watercolor batik

Rose Fire ‘N Ice, Series No. 3/25, watercolor batik

My mini watercolor batik paintings are small versions of larger works, all completely original.  I’m trying different paints and colors for each one, and will only try 25 variations.  So this is a very unique limited artwork.

This particular version is my 3rd attempt and I tried gold gouache in the background.   Gouache is another word for opaque watercolor.  And for a limited time only, this piece is discounted in my Etsy shop.

It’s been challenging but fun to post a different work each day.  I hope you have enjoyed this.  If you did, shoot me a comment and I might try this again in the future.

Thank you,

Ann Nunziata

Twelvetide Holiday Sale- Day 11

This is the penultimate day of my Holiday Sale.  If you missed out on the special prices on the California Poppy Lavender Sachet or the Silk Batik Ophelia Lavender Wand, don’t despair.  Today I’m featuring my Barnyard Rooster Batik Print Ornament.

Rooster ornament

Barnyard Rooster Batik Print Holiday Ornament

This cute little guy is 2″ x 2″, printed on Kinwashi ricepaer, then affixed to a mini canvas.  He would just love to “hang out” in your kitchen.  You’ve spent a lot of time buying presents for your friends and family.  Head on over to my  Etsy shop to grab him for yourself.