Puffins spend much of their lives out over the open sea, but during breeding season they nest along the rocky coastlines of the North Atlantic. Iceland is home to around half of the world's puffins, and one puffin nesting colony sits on the cliffs of Dyrhólaey in Vik.
I took this puffin portrait late in the day, after the sun had dropped below the horizon. I slowly approached the puffin on my hands and knees to avoid startling him, and also to prevent myself from falling off the edge of the cliff. It was very quiet along the cliffside and I could hear the waves crashing on the black sand beach far below. The strands of grass held dew drops from the quickly cooling temperature. Alone with the puffin in the middle of the chilly night, I felt as though we were deeply connected.
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We currently offer two limited edition print options at Brent Goldman Photography to display the artwork in a modern, striking manner: FujiFlex Crystal Archival paper and Gallery Acrylic. The main difference between the two is that the Gallery Acrylic option is frameless and ready-to-hang, while the FujiFlex paper will require matting and framing. Both options will be signed and numbered with the edition and will ship for free in the US.
The photograph is first printed on brilliant Lumachrome archival paper, then face mounted to 1/4-inch acrylic glass, and finally encapsulated by a 1/4-inch Komatex backing to provide stability. A rear floating frame is included so the print will be ready-to-hang upon arrival.
Lumachrome prints surpass other printing paper bringing unbelievable resolution, clarity, and vibrancy. Acrylic glass allows the light to bounce through the surface which provides an amazing near 3-D glowing effect, making the image come alive. Combined, you have the ultimate viewing experience.
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Below are a few useful tips to help determine the right print size for your room. One of the most common mistakes is selecting a print that is too small which can look awkward against a white surrounding space. If you have any questions about what print size to order or which print would look best in your room, I would be happy to help. Using images of your room, I can create a visual mock-up that displays the your chosen artwork. See Contact page for more information.
Artwork is commonly placed above furniture or a fireplace mantel. A good guideline is for the artwork to be around three-fourths the width of the furniture. For example, if your couch is 80 inches wide, then the artwork should be around 60 inches wide.
If you do not have any furniture near your wall, then you will want a piece of artwork that takes up to two-thirds to three-fourths of the width of the wall. For example, if your wall is 60 inches wide, then the artwork should be between 40 to 45 inches wide. Instead of having one piece of artwork fill a large open space, consider two or three pieces of artwork that form a collection or series.
Artwork should hang six to twelve inches above furniture and three to six inches above mantels. This will lead to a nice balance between the art and furniture without feeling too crowded. In the case of a short piece of furniture, like the sideboard below, hang the artwork so the center is 64 inches above the floor level. This will allow an average-height person to be eye level with the center of the artwork.
After receiving your artwork, there are a few steps you should take to ensure the longevity and preservation of your purchase for years to come.
Sunlight contains Ultraviolet (UV) waves which can fade and yellow your artwork over time. Our acrylic prints have UV filtering which filter out 95 percent of the UV rays. Even so, it is best to avoid hanging your artwork where direct sunlight will contact it. In addition to sunlight, temperature fluctuations will cause the art materials to expand and contract. This can breakdown the paper pigments and warp both acrylic and wood surfaces. Temperature should be controlled below 77 degrees F.
It is important to control the humidity levels in the room where the artwork is being displayed. Museums keep their artwork at 55 percent relative humidity. Mold growth can occur when relative humidity levels exceed 70 percent. Organic materials, such as paper, acrylic, and wood, are hygroscopic - meaning they can absorb and give off moisture. Fluctuations in humidity cause the materials to swell and shrink. It is recommended to keep the relative humidity fluctuations less than 5 percent. Each material responds differently to the humidity changes which can lead to dimensional changes such as bowing, cracking, and warping. Our acrylic prints have the paper face-mounted to the acrylic and humidity fluctuations can introduce tension between the surfaces leading to damage. If you are unsure what the relative humidity levels are in your home, you can purchase an inexpensive thermohygrometer which will provide the temperature and humidity amount and show daily averages.
You should always use a soft microfiber cloth to clean your artwork. Moisten the cloth with a little water to remove the dirt. Avoid using paper towels because they can easily scratch the acrylic surface. Also avoid any alcohol-based and ammonia-based cleaners as they can damage the acrylic surface and cause a cloudy appearnace.
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