Jul 9, 2006 at 11:38 AM

I love oil medium on a pounced vellum paper for studies of flowers. The finished product almost has the silky, giving texture of the real thing. The fine line between art and subject fades a bit when you find a medium that transcends detail to reach the heart of the matter for you as the artist.

I'm presently trying to figure out how to scan oil paintings. My friend Diana wants to see my paintings, but so far I can only scan items on paper... Hmmm. Any ideas, anyone?

Or perhaps what I really need is some advice on the subject of how to properly digitally photograph an oil painting. What settings are best?

I can't take a photo of a painting that doesn't flatten it out and make it drab. It always reminds me of the camera-stealing-your-soul superstition. The weft and warp becomes pancake flat. The difference between the fat and lean becomes indiscernible. Cameras seem to steal the heart of the painting away.

If you've got a way to do it better, please - advise away.