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Tuesday
Dec192006

Full Spectrum Lamp

This is my new lamp, it clamps to the top of my easel and has a flexible arm so I can move it around. I haven't actually painted with it and I'm not convinced it's true "natural daylight" as it claims, but the white light looks pretty good. I'll report back after I paint under it.

Edited to add: I found a whole chapter devoted to green on the handprint.com site - guess I'm not the only one who has problems with green!

NEW UPDATE -- April 6 2007
I am not very happy with this lamp after all. The light color is great, but the problem is the arm is too stiff. It attaches very securely to the easel, but it will not move where I want it to go. Very annoying. A few people have asked which lamp it is:
This is the lamp I have
This is the lamp I am thinking of buying

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Reader Comments (4)

Hi Sadie,

Stunning, gorgeous work, and thanks so much for the process shots, they are thoughtful and enlightening. I also have your new easel light and have worked with it for a bit, and need it desperately as I have a very tiny work space in my Mom's basement (long story, moved in with her with my hubby, SoCal rents are obnoxious and her house is paid for and she's a widow, etc. so better she gets our rent money!), and the only other light is flourescent. I have to take the ceiling panels out to see if they are cool or warm bulbs, at this point I think it's better than incandescent, which makes for false warmth in color relationships. The light does help with doing detail and doesn't seem to be too "off", but compared to daylight, I in my dungeon would not know! For $100., it ought to be a bit brighter is my first observation, I do have to move it around, and it can get in the way. For the tiny daily paintings it seems quite valuable, however.

I put my web page in because there was a space for it, but it's under construction as I can't find all my slides, and thus the work is not shown up to snuff, but I figure no one's looking yet! ;) I got my BFA in art but am one who got benched out of the art field about 10 years ago. It has made me nuts, I have finally started painting again, though the bronzes are history.
Thanks for the link to Handprint, I forget they are there, and had not seen the color theory page, but your description is similar to the book I just got, "Blue and Yellow Don't Make Green" by Michael Wilcox. It is rewriting the info in my brain on color theory, makes much more sense, and though I have not done any of the exercises yet except in my head, it is already helping me with my color.

I LOVE your work; I know I got tired of hearing that when showing mine, and often thought Then buy something! Anything! but when I am not so poor I will let you know..! ;) In the meantime I will drool on my keyboard and be grateful that you are the kind of kind person who shares!
I wish you much success!
TK

December 19, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterTK

Hi Sadie,

Your light looks just like mine but twice as bright, did you Photoshop it, photo it by itself, or??? And cheaper too! :/ I'm curious what the wattage is, and hope you don't mind me asking. I seem to get good color correct photos too under mine, however. Glad it's working for you!
Best wishes,
TK

December 21, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterTK Temple

Hi TK, thanks for your comments! No, I didn't photoshop the picture, and I used the bulb that came with the lamp - the box says it's 18w. I am photographing it with a digital SLR, a canon rebel xt, if that helps.

December 21, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterSadie Jernigan Valeri

Just bought the green vase in tissue. I love your paintings and the process shots. And a "green" site. This is great. Green is such a problem...but the green on that vase is beautiful. I think green has to be "clear", not dirtied up

January 13, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous
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