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New Wood Prints - Unboxing

November 28th, 2016

Ok here goes the unveiling! I shot these with my phone so a few are blurry. Overall I think these new prints are great and are much warmer and more casual/rustic than other presentations. I'm pleased to be able to offer them as a print option!

I ordered an 18" x 24" wood print of this image:

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I ordered this one specifically because of the amount of whitespace. I wanted to see the maximum amount of woodgrain. What was white in the image was clear on the final print.

Overview: the print quality is very good. Crisp, even with the grain.

The wood is cabinet grade plywood. Flat, smooth, well cut, square.Sides are sanded nicely smooth, corners are crisp but not dangerously sharp. Looks like poplar layers sandwiched between maple veneer. Overall color tone of the wood is slightly pinkish, but just slightly. I think you can see that in my photos. Nice weight for the size, feels substantial but isn't overly heavy.

Comes with hanging hardware, a cleat system. A cleat is the best idea for this material due to potential weight. The cleat is aluminum and well made, with half pre-attached to the back of the print and the other half shipped with wall anchors to attach to the wall. Instructions were included.

Here's how it came in the box. Wrapped in clear plastic, then in bubble wrap, then suspended on a backer cardboard so the edges of the art were well away from the outer box edges.






Here's the print and the contents of the hardware bag, print is still in clear plastic bag. This image doesn't have much color, but what's there is exactly true to my expectations for the soft coral color of the sun and the flowers in the grass. Print quality is as crisp as you can expect for being printed on wood. There is no overcoat or sealer, the visible wood is untreated to the touch, the natural finish is matte.








Here's a closeup of the edges and corner, the back and the attached upper cleat.










Hopefully, this provides some info on this new print type that will help you make a decision about what type of print fits best with your decor. Feel free to email me if you have any questions!

2016 New Images and News Email

November 14th, 2016

I send out emails a few times a year, and this is my newsletter for November, 2016. You can click the link to read the email, and you can sign up for email notifications too. I send out images, insights, events and new products and deals.

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Here's an excerpt from this mailing:

Over the Summer I met a customer who purchased one of my framed images. I happened to be in the gallery and struck up a conversation. In talking with him about my inspiration and process, I realized that I had been taking the way I see the world for granted for a long time. I have always created visuals and scenarios in my head around feelings and experiences. It's what's been behind my imagery for as long as I can remember, but I never considered it different from how anyone else sees things. My customer told me he responded to my work because it reframed universal ideas with a different perspective, and he thought that's why my images spoke to others as well. I know that when I do speak with customers and admirers, I am always struck by how everyone has a different story to fit any of my images, many of them amazing ideas I had never thought of when creating the image.

Read more at the newsletter link. As always, thank you for your interest in my images.

-Cynthia

Product Information

November 3rd, 2016

A short description of all the different products I offer here in one place. Please contact me if you have any questions at all about prints or products.


Framed Prints:


walnut gallery style frame with double arctic white mat shown.


Your order will be fulfilled by one of the most-respected custom framers in the world. You can choose from over 250 different frames and many different mat colors and styles. All framed prints are assembled, packaged, and shipped by our expert framing staff and arrive "ready to hang" with pre-attached hanging wire, mounting hooks, and nails.


Unframed Prints:

I use acid-free papers with archival inks to guarantee that your prints last a lifetime without fading or loss of color. your prints should be hung in an area where they're not exposed to hours of direct sunlight for best longevity. Paper prints include a 1" white border around the image.

You'll have a choice of 8 different papers, I think my work looks best on the "Archival Matte" paper. I also offer gloss, semi gloss, luster, picture rag (all cotton museum grade matte paper), Watercolor paper and metallic. You'll find a description of each type right next to each option when you're shopping.

You can also order prints unframed, but with a mat (or mats). You'll have many choices of mat colors and once the prints arrive at your home, you can just pop them in a frame yourself.


Metal Prints:




One of my favorite print types, metal prints put the image directly onto a sheet of 1/16" thick aluminum, and coat it with a UV protective high gloss coating. The result is a vibrant, ultra sharp, frameless presentation that is lightweight, strong, water resistant and will remain gorgeous for many many years.

The aluminum sheet is offset from the wall by a 3/4" thick wooden frame which is attached to the back. Metal prints arrive wired and "ready to hang" and include mounting hooks and nails.


Stretched Canvases:

The image is printed on premium canvas and then stretched on a wooden frame of 1.5" x 1.5" stretcher bars (gallery wrap) or 5/8" x 5/8" stretcher bars (museum wrap). You can choose a matte or gloss finish, and you can choose different wrap styles (image wraps around the sides, white sides, or black sides). All stretched canvases arrive "ready to hang" with pre-attached hanging wire, mounting hooks, and nails. Stretched canvas prints look beautiful with or without frames.


Acrylic Prints:




The image gets printed directly onto the back of a 1/4" thick sheet of clear acrylic. The image is the art - it doesn't get any cleaner than that! The high gloss of the acrylic sheet complements the rich colors of any image to produce stunning results. All acrylic prints arrive "ready to hang" with four aluminum mounting posts (Option #1) or hanging wire (Option #2). You'll find more information about mounting options (with reference images) on the product page as you're shopping.


Greeting Cards:

Greeting cards ordered online are 5" x 7", full color prints on 110 lb. paper stock with a semi-gloss finish. The image goes all the way to the edge of the card unless it's displayed with margins. The print quality is so good I consider them extra small prints! You can adjust the size of the image on the front of the card, and specify either horizontal or vertical orientation.

The inside of each card has a matte white finish and can be customized with a text message up to 500 characters in length. "Cynthia Decker" and the name of the image you chose is printed on the back of each card along with the Fine Art America logo. Each card comes with a white envelope for mailing and gift giving.

I also offer smaller cards (4.25" x 5.5") that are blank inside and come with envelopes for $4 each. Contact me at cynthia@curious3d to order the smaller cards. They're also available at wholesale prices for larger orders.


Tote Bags:



Tote bags are available in three sizes and are made from soft, durable, poly-poplin fabric (feels like brushed canvas) with a 1" black woven strap for easy carrying. Tote bag interior is solid black. All seams are double-stitched for added durability. Each tote bag is machine-washable in cold water and is printed on front and back using the same image.


Duvet Covers:


I probably should have ironed that before taking the photo!

Soft, lightweight microfiber duvet covers are roomy enough for thick comforters and include a hidden zipper for easy washing and assembly. Your selected image is printed on the top surface with a soft cream colored microfiber surface on the back side. All duvet covers are machine washable with cold water and a mild detergent. Available in Twin, Full, Queen and King sizes.


Shower Curtains:

Shower curtains are made from 100% polyester fabric to resist mildew and stains (you'll want to use a liner curtain, they are fabric) and include 12 holes at the top of the curtain for simple hanging from your own shower curtain rings. Color is vibrant and true to the original artwork. The total dimensions of each shower curtain are 71" wide x 74" tall.


Throw Pillows:



Throw pillows are made from 100% cotton fabric and add a stylish statement to any room. Pillows are available in sizes from 14" x 14" up to 26" x 26". Each pillow is printed on both sides (same image) and includes a concealed zipper. You can purchase just the pillow case, or the pillow case and the insert pillow.

Product Reviews from Buyers

November 1st, 2016

Buying artwork online can be a little intimidating, especially if you've never seen the artwork in person! If you're thinking about purchasing one of my images, have a look at what some of my other clients have had to say about their orders.These are comments from happy buyers who have purchased my artwork online and had it shipped to them all across the country.

As always, I'm happy to answer any questions you may have about my artwork, or about your framing and display options. Just contact me if I can be of any help.







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Roc from mi on 11/25/2015 – Image: Haiku
This picture just elevates the look of my room. It looks so elegant and just seems to give the room an upgrade. It's like something was missing and I didn't even realize it until I hung this on the wall. (Okay I know I sound cliché but it's true) I purchased the largest size so it really stands out and makes an impression. I was so impressed with this picture that I thought about purchasing smaller sizes to hang in other places, but I decided I wouldn't want the same art work in more than one room no matter how much I liked it. On the internet it looks more like a photo on canvas, but in person it looks more like a very detailed painting. All in all, I feel like it was a great purchase!

Linda from Farmingdale, NY on 12/17/2014 – Haiku
Received the painting and absolutely love it !!! Everyone should buy it. I have it in my den which now finally completes the room. Tried several different type pictures and nothing looked good, (everything was blah) i.e., until this painting arrived. I'm mesmerized by the beauty if it. Thank you!!!




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Marty from Coral Gables, FL on 08/06/2016 – Bike Rack
The metal print is stunning up close. This is a striking print, I get so many comments on it. Get the largest size your room will hold - my only regret is that I wish I had gotten a bigger print!

Eleanor from Cleveland, OH on 05/20/2015 – Bike Rack
My husband and I are both avid mountain bikers and we love to collect images of bikes and cycling. This was a perfect balance and one of the firs ever artworks we both completely agreed on!! The image is warm and elegant, the shape is perfect for over our sofa, and it's exactly the focal point we wanted. Bold, modern, Bright colors but not loud - and it's bikes! Will definitely buy from Cynthia Decker again.




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Roxanne from mico, TX on 10/15/2016 – Stillwater
This is a picture that you could never get tired of staring at and discovering new little details you overlook the last time you look at it . It's for Me. It's so unique and tells a story that can change each time you spend the time to look and daydream about it. It really brings that out in you.

Lynda from Edgewater, FL on 04/01/2015 – Stillwater
I saw this canvas and continued past it but found myself returning to it several times. It is haunting and ethereal and I honestly could not pass it up. When it arrived I had a difficult time deciding where to hang it but it ended up in my living room. The more I look at it the more it reveals itself to me. I just discovered the vehicle parked on the wharf behind the house. This reminds me of New Orleans. I love it and would purchase it again.

cat lover 3 November 22, 2014 - Image: Stillwater
Cynthia Decker's 'Stillwater' canvas is a conversation piece. You feel as if you are standing in a beautiful Louisiana bayou. Everyone who visits me comments on its beauty. :)




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Paula from North Bellmore, NY on 08/10/2015 – Image: Aki
I hung this picture above my bed and it's the first thing I look at when I rise in the morning. I find it to be a calming presence in my room.




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Loretta from Mount Juliet, TN on 06/25/2015 – Image: Storyworld
I looked at this a dozen time over several weeks, but I was scared to pull the trigger, since it was so outside my decorating comfort zone of landscapes and flowers. However something about it kept me intrigued, sooooo I took a leap of faith and happy I did. Fits perfect above the fireplace the colors are vibrant and the subject matter is interesting. An old friend stopped by and without even addressing her attention towards the picture she commented on its appeal and uniqueness.

Nancy from Kingston, PA on 09/24/2015 – Image: Storyworld
This whimsical piece was a perfect addition to our family room. The colors are vibrant and there is so much detail that makes it interesting and a great conversation piece.

dbf72 December 22, 2013 - Image: Storyworld
I was looking for something a little different, eclectic for my bedroom. I had already purchased a beautiful beach scene from Overstock with deep, rich colors. I saw this, and was intrigued. Not only is the subject matter tempting to an avid reader like myself, I LOVE the colors and the hidden pictures between the books. I find something different each time I look at it. I am so, so happy with this purchase!




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mscheri1 August 9, 2016 - Image: Senryu
I bought this for my bedroom and it goes perfectly. It is soft and subtle yet grabs your attention immediately. I love it! This is the second Cynthia Decker work that I have purchased and I love them both!





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SGodwin from Santa Clara, CA August 12, 2016 - Image: Lantern Bearer
Love - Love - Love Cynthia Decker's art. This is the third piece of canvas art that she created. She has the creative edge of going beyond the fantasy world and you just want to drop into her world. I am saving up to purchase one more. Note: If you can buy the 40x40 size. It shows so much to look at and her work is sensational. You will have friends and family saying WOW!




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Connie from Ogden, UT on 08/28/2016 – Image: Romance Novel
Everything and more than I expected! It's a priceless picture and worth every cent. Nice it had a hanger a ready to hang. I put it in my dining room; I had looked for months for the perfect picture and this is it! This is my second online picture I have purchased. U won't be disappointed. I bought the 48 x 36.




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Margarita Rita from HAMILTON SQUARE, NJ on 04/08/2015 – Image: Leaf Peepers
Looks exactly like online - get a lot of comments on this painting. I love it. Hanging in my dining area. Colors so pretty!





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Laurie from Clarksville, MD on 10/17/2015 – Image: Between the Cracks
I love Cynthia Decker's work. It all seems to have a combination of realism and whimsy. This one is no exception!




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Robert from Charleston, SC on 12/15/2014 – Image: The Bottle Collector
Just beautiful!! Thrilled with purchase. The steps look so real you want to touch them!




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Whitney from Frederick, MD on 01/27/2015 – Image: Infinitea
The colors in the canvas are really bright and vibrant, just as I had hoped. This is one of my favorites by Cynthia Decker.




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September 20, 2013 - Image: Equilibrium
I would recommend this set of picure if you're a lover of animals..I happen to have a rabbit..It's quirky and cute. Colors are soft but rich and the whole set has a lot of impact in my room. This will make you smile.




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JD from Ohio on 10/23/2014 – Image: Observatory
I purchased this canvas print to complement two other prints from this artist. They look great together, colors are bright and vibrant! The overall group is striking and blend perfectly with the grey wall color.




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darcy from Pittston, PA on 06/22/2015 – The Perfectionist
Details are. Amazing! it looks perfect in my bedroom. The picture has some beautiful pastel colors it picks up so many it's amazing, I love it!




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Zackery from MARIETTA, GA on 08/29/2015 – Image: Temple of Perpetual Autumn
This art work is in my upstairs hall its deep colors and mist is so telling and beautiful and the greenery is just so lush its a perfect addition to our home.




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Machelle from Mount Orab, OH on 09/10/2016 – Image: Sew Tiny
Love this print! It is so pretty and simple, yet really makes a room stand out. I have many Cynthia Decker prints and have been very happy with all of them. I would highly recommend to others.




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Andrea from Richmond Hill, GA on 01/20/2015 – Image: Five Pears
This was a great purchase. It looks just like the image online and was a very nice addition to my rustic style kitchen. It is dark but the green in the fruit is gorgeous and adds just the right amount of color to the picture. I am pleased with this purchase - it is a quality piece - and would definitley recommend it to anyone looking to refresh the look of their kitchen or dining area.




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Katie from Media, PA on 11/30/2014 – Image: Phone Booth
I bought this Cynthia Decker print (along with several others) for a client who was doing an office remodel and didn't want "boring artwork" on the walls. This fit the bill perfectly! The canvas proved to be really easy to work with, and the finished product looks like it cost a lot more than it did. Most importantly: Client was happy! Pros: Whimsical, fun, colorful




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jenn67 from Birmingham AL on July 17, 2015 - Image: Narcissism
love this!! I bought it large for a bedroom to go above a bed on a warm, dark spicy rust. The rest of the room is cream and this tied it all together. The reflection in the water and composition inspire soft dreams.



How I Create These Images

April 11th, 2016

How I Create These Images

The images in my gallery are 3D renderings. They are 2-dimensional still images that have been rendered from 3-dimensional digital environments that I created using 3D modeling and rendering software and other software packages. Before your eyes glaze over, I promise not to explain this in an overly technical way. Well, I promise to try.



One thing you should know is that these images are not created from photographs. Although I sometimes use images for inspiration, textures, or references, the works here are original works that I've created using the techniques I'll describe on this page. None of the places in my artwork are real, although some may have been inspired by real places. The worlds in my gallery exist only in my imagination, and hopefully now, in yours as well.



To clarify, there are many different workflows for any process. This is how I approach making my images with my toolset.



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The process of creating 3D renderings incorporates various traditional artistic techniques, but relies on pixels instead of paint, the computer mouse or a digitizing tablet instead of a brush, and digital geometry instead of clay. Almost everyone has seen 3D renderings these days; whether it's an architectural walkthrough on television or a modern animated movie. The technology is used in product design and production, advertising, medical visualization, and dozens of other industries.



Basically, it's a lot like using the computer to create a diorama, except instead of putting it in a shoebox like you did in school, you build the pieces and assemble the scene in the computer. It all starts just like any other work of art does. With an idea, and a plan. Or something like a plan. In my case, I start with a sketch, where I rough out the composition and get a general idea of the color palette and major parts of the image. Once that's reasonably in place, I get started on modeling.



3d modeling is how each object in an image is created. The process involves using computer programs (3DS Max, for example) that allow the artist to create digital wireframe objects. The wireframes are created with points or curves, defined by math and visible on the computer screen in a simulated 3-dimensional space. Models can be made in different ways, by starting with a basic polygonal shape and modifying it, (like sculpting with clay) or by creating outlines and then volumizing and detailing the object (like creating a form for papier mache).



The wireframe objects include everything and anything you see when you look at my images—clouds, flowers, mountains, trees, people, animals—everything begins with a digital wireframe. I either create, purchase, or re-use items that I've already made as my first step in making an image. In the sample image at the right, I had to make a teacup, a spoon, a table, a napkin, a raft... all the things that make up the content of the scene.



Once completed, the wireframe objects are then wrapped or filled with color and texture created specifically for that object. The software allows the artist to specify exactly how and where the texture material is applied to each object in a scene. As part of the material, simulated or physical texture—called bump maps or displacement maps—can be added to lend further realism to an object. Bump maps take what would ordinarily be a completely flat surface and either change the physical geometry of the item, or simulate that change, to give a surface detail features like cracks, or grit, or lumps. General surface properties can be definied and modified, making the material shiny, reflective, illuminated, or translucent, for example. Materials can be made from scratch in a paint program or can be modified from photographs, or they can be built using mathematical functions from within the software. Material selection is the most critical part of any of my images. A relatively simple model can be made into something extraordinary by correctly creating and applying the right material.



Compositing is easy to explain. It's where I take all the objects I've created and put them into their final places in the simulated 3D environment to make up the scene. It's like putting the furniture and accessories into the dollhouse. At this point, I make many adjustments to positioning, I add or remove lights as necessary to properly illuminate the scene, I set the camera angle and any atmospheric effects, and I make what seems to be millions of tiny adjustments until everything is the way I want it. Once I'm finished, the scene itself is complete. The environment exists in imaginary computer space. All that's left to do is make a picture out of it.



Rendering is the only part where the computer does the work without human intervention. The computer takes all the information the artist has carefully loaded into the scene, and calculates what each surface looks like based on the shape, materials, and lighting that was set up in previous steps. It's essentially taking a photograph of the finished environment, but instead of using light to expose chemicals on film, the computer calculates the visible details of the scene (a process called ray tracing) and turns that information into a 2-dimensional image.



Depending on how complex the scene is, this can be a very time consuming step. I am lucky enough to have multiple computers devoted to rendering, which makes relatively quick work of the job. Back in 1998 when I first started doing this, there were many times I just had to let my computer render for a couple days in order to get a high enough resolution image.



Lots of 3d modeling and rendering is done for functional purposes, or for purposes like animation where there are millions of still images. In such cases, editing the finished images by hand individually is both time consuming and unnecessary. But for my purposes, for creating the image that I have envisioned throughout this whole process, I always go in and work on the final renderings to bring them to where I want them to be. With a digitizing tablet and using both software filters and hand work, I go over each image, giving it a painterly effect that softens the crispness of 3d rendering. I also add and refine details, adjust color and contrast levels, and occasionally crop the image to optimize composition. For my final result, I like a certain organic, hand done quality when you look closely at the work. The last thing I add is my signature.