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24" x 12"
oil on canvas

Another trompe l'oeil piece I completed a few weeks ago.

Comments (9)

Mr Michael:

Looking at your trompe 'loeil work, it brings a question back into my mind:

How do you capture the images of your work for the website?

Do you scan them on a flatbed, or do you have a really good camera and lightbox arrangement? I can't figure it out; I would expect that a photograph would have more reflections or vignetting... yet I fear for the paint itself when scanning an oil.

It's probably something simple, and in retrospect, obvious... but do tell.

Jonathan Logan:

And they came
those strangers and friends
to he
that on occasion joined with thee
to toil diligently
toward what others see
as naught but a wall
a face
to see

Beautiful work, John


Jonathan's waxing poetic today!


I use a very adequate Fujifil Finepix 6.3 megapixel digital camera. I make sure sunlight hits the painting surface in a "flat" manner and I adjust the light sensitivity (in the camera) to where I can see all the details of the work.

Once I load the image into photoshop, I fine tune the exposure level to make the shot as close to the original as I possibly can.

Nothing can replace seeing the actual painting, but the digital camera is convenient and accurate.


What a delightful description! Your poetry has a lightness and "sound" that's very satisfying.

Jonathan Logan:



My apologies! Those words were meant for you, of course.


I know it's winter John, but ya still got to vent the studio when you're painting.



AAAaaaaaaahhhh....the smell of turpentine in the morning.


John Cox is a painter, cartoonist, and illustrator for hire. For information about purchasing existing work or commissioning new work, contact him by e-mail at john555cox [at] hotmail.com.

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