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How it’s made: photo and canvas prints

There seems to be a general sense of confusion around photography when its for sale. People don’t know what it is they are getting. Is it a digital image? How is it printed? Are millions of them made? What’s does that word giclée mean that people use?

Let’s try to clear up a little of the confusion for you.

Giclée is a word that was used in the 90’s to refer to high quality ink-jet prints. With the rise of digital photography, basically all fine art photos would be called giclées by that definition and therefore the term is more now more commonly used when talking about ink jet reproductions of paintings or other types of 2-D media (drawings, pastels, watercolors, etc that have been photographed or scanned and then printed).

With the exception of a few images from our archives that we sell sporadically (silver prints, chromolithographs, etc), all photos sold at Blink Gallery are prints made from digital photo files. They are signed by the photographer, and numbered if they are part of a limited edition (all images 8×10 and larger are limited edition). The images are printed, matted, and framed at photographer Alexander Nesbitt’s studio in Newport, RI. Its a small business producing high-quality images prepared at the highest standard.

You may have also seen large photos printed on canvas, and wondered how that works. Its simple – the same large format printer that prints on paper also prints on canvas (or metal, or other materials)! Canvas prints are then coated with a thin layer of laquer to make them water and fade resistant. They are still limited edition fine art prints, just prepared in a slightly different way. Our canvas prints are also made at Nesbitt’s studio, each one stretched by hand.

For more general information about what sizes of prints we make and sell please visit the INFO: Photo blocks, framing, and print sizes page.

Anything else you want explained? Leave a comment and let us know!


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New Paintings!

A selection of the new work available by Tom McAleer. All shown are 16″x20″.

Last week I took a trip to Jamestown, to visit painter Tom McAleer and re-stock/re-invigorate our selection of his work at Blink. Tom never paints a place just once. He lets it become an obsession and then he goes to paint it almost daily until he feels he has captured it to his satisfaction. Our new batch of works include a current obsession, fishermen, and a former (but never tiresome) obsession, Beavertail. Its hard not to feel the movement of the water, and the punch of invigorating color when you looks at Tom’s ocean scenes. We also picked up a few small beautiful landscapes that still utilize color in a vibrant way, but have a much calmer presence.

Our selection of Tom’s paintings are priced really reasonably ($295 – $950), come on in and maybe you’ll get caught up in the vigor of the brushstroke and sensation of the ever moving ocean too!



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New Website on the Way!!

If you’ve seen our store, or have met us (Sandy and/or Nichole) you may know that we’re the type of people who love a good project. We’re problem-solvers, active creators, and diligent workers. It was brought to our attention by someone who works as a web designer that our site was terribly outdated. “Forms!? You’re still using forms?, she said.” So the time for change is upon us. Please bear with us as we learn, create, and activate this new website bit by bit. It will be worth it in the end. Our goals are to streamline our e-commerce ability, and be able to more effectively communicate to you who we are, what we sell, where we are, and what we can do.


Sandy and Nichole

Now shh, we’re working!