Wednesday, May 16, 2018

#Mermay Ocean Stock Photography Feature

It's been a while since we've featured some spectacular photography. In the spirit of #Mermay, we've posted our favorite images, sourced from Unsplash.com, for some seashore and mermaid vibe!

Photo by Jordan McQueen on Unsplash
Nothing says summer magic than seeing the waves crash against the shore like in this energetic shot by Jordon McQueen.
Photo by Erika Fletcher on Unsplash
Apart from scuba-diving or being a real-life mermaid, this is probably as close to underwater skimming as you can get. I could look at this photo by Erika Fletcher all day, mesmerized and imagining myself actually immersed and completely surrounded by water. Print this at a massive 30x40 canvas with resin or on metal or plexiglass, and it would surely enhance the experience all the more.

Photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash

Sweep away in limbo with this gorgeous shot by Jeremy Bishop.

Photo by Oliver Sjöström on Unsplash

The further out you go, the deeper the blues get. Get lost in the mystery of Oliver Sjostrom's photo above.


Photo by Talia Cohen on Unsplash

How better to feel like a mermaid than imagine yourself swimming among creatures of the sea? Talia Cohen captures this tranquility and life so well.

Like always, stock photo sites like UnsplashStocksnap.io, and Freestock, have images for you to download...for free! They're high enough quality to print and hang in your home or commercial space, on virtually any size you need.

Downloaded and ready to print? Some of our recommendations for business decor are canvases and plaque mounts. If you're in an especially modern environment, then our glossy metal or wood prints would also look impressive!

Got your piece and ready to hang it? Snap us a photo, we'd love to see you and business in all its splendor! Post it to our Facebook group!

Not quite what you were looking for? Comment below and send us suggestions on what kinds of images you'd like us to find for our next Stock Photo Set!



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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's Day!



For those of you who have ordered something from us for today, thank you for giving us a chance to help you make your special day perfect. Happy Mother's Day from all of us here at USAOnCanvas / KeenArt Media!

(Need some gift ideas for the future? Check out our Ideas Gallery here!)


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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

[Artist Feature] Lindsay Rapp and #MerMay

It's been a while since we've featured some artists! Since May has just begun, we figured this month's artist theme would be mermaids...why? #MerMay, that's why!

What is #mermay?

#MerMay is an artist drawing challenge created by animator Tom Bancroft. The goal is to post a new mermaid drawing every day in May. Similar to Inktober, the idea practice your art skill by sticking to the theme daily, and exercising your creativity with the same theme over and over again. Many artists have embraced the challenge, and you can find the hashtag trending hard on Instagram every May.

One of Tom Bancroft's infamous mermaid illustrations under #MerMay
To get in the spirit of #MerMay, we wanted to feature one of our favourite artists who specializes in sealife, women and mermaids - Lindsay Rapp!

Lindsay Rapp

Artist Lindsay Rapp. Image sourced from JustLuxe.
 Lindsay Rapp was born and raised in Florida, and has been an artist since the tender age of 4. Although her studio is now in Philadelphia, her connection with the sea is never too far, manifesting in stunning works full of spirit, rawness and femininity.

MerMind by Lindsay Rapp
 "For some of us, the ocean lives within. I dream and paint with nostalgia of the ocean. I love the water so much. Despite rarely seeing it in  person anymore, I feel that my access to the water is intrinsic to me. No matter where I go, the ocean is part of my soul."

Sea Queen by Lindsay Rapp
 Her pieces are mixed-media, and she frequently utilizes semi-precious materials like mother of pearl and gold foil to capture the allure of the mythology and preciousness of the sea's essence. A percentage of her sales is dedicated towards ocean conservation charities.

Tofino, by Lindsay Rapp

A true mermaid in soul! To purchase Lindsay Rapp's prints or originals, visit her shop at lindsayrappgallery.com.

Joining #MerMay?

Participating in #MerMay this year? Let us know and share your picture with us on our Facebook page!

We also offer canvases and wood panels for painting, as well as fine-art reproductions and life-like canvas prints of your scans, photographs or artworks. Celebrate your best #MerMay by having it printed on deluxe archival fine art paper or canvas. Or capture your sea-essence with a cerulean underwater metal print.

Ready to go? Upload your picture here!

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

[PROMO CODE] Mom's Day 2018!

Mom's Day is drawing close! Here's our newest promo code to help you save 30% off canvas and fine art prints!





 Not sure what to get her? Take a look on our ideas page here!

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

How Big Can I Print My File?

When it comes to printing large-format sizes, determining if your file is high-enough resolution can be tricky.  Here are some methods you can utilize to guess-timate how large your file can be printed.

Check the file size.

Normally when files are sent to you via email, the thumbnail will come up with the title and size of the file that was sent to you. Typically anything around 600kb is going to be quite small to print - say, 8x10 to 11x14 sort of size. If it's over 1MB, then you might be able to print it in the 16x20-ish range. Higher than 2MB, and we're looking at a much higher chance at hitting 24x36 and higher.

If you aren't able to check a file size though email, you can also check it on your computer. On a PC, right click the file and select Properties. It should tell you how large the file is. On a Mac, all the information should pop on a side window when you select it in the folder.

Check the resolution.

Although knowing the size of a file can help, it is the quality of the resolution that ultimately will dictate how large a file can be printed. Sometimes you can have a relatively small file, but the quality of the resolution is excellent, and therefore it can be printed at quite a large size. For most print projects, we ideally would like files to be 300dpi (300-dots-per-inch) at the size you wanted it printed, but 50dpi is usually considered visually acceptable.

How do you check for resolution? Typically it's found in the same area where you would find the size of the file. A file that says it is 1500x2500 px, for example, means that the file is 1500 pixels wide, and 2500 pixels high. If we apply the minimum 50dpi rule, (50pixels per inch), then that means the 30 x 50 inches at the very largest. 

The quality of the resolution matters.

When a file is not large enough to print, sometimes the first thought is to "add more pixels". While mathematically it makes sense, in reality there is no way to "add more pixels" to make an image clearer at a larger size.

Imagine you a puzzle piece that is 100 pieces wide, making the final width 50". This would mean each puzzle piece is approximately 0.5" in width.

Now imagine you would like the puzzle's final width to be 100". Although you could add white puzzle pieces to fill in the gaps between the ones you already have and colour them in, the result is that the full picture is still not going to be completely clear. The same concept applies to resolution - if the quality of the photo was low to begin with (with a smaller amount of pixels), adding more pixels will not make the photo more clearer; it will only make guesses based on the surrounding information the program understands, and fill in the colour at random. 

How to get a larger file version?

Upon discovering that you need a larger file, here are some ways to track a better one down:
  • Was it sent via Instagram/Facebook/Messenger etc? Any file sent through (or taken from) social media platforms will already be compressed, and therefore too small to print. In this scenario, we recommend contacting the person who posted the photo to send you the file through email.
  • When sending photos over email, make sure your sender is selecting "largest file size possible". Most email providers on mobile phones will list several options, and you are looking for either large size, or actual size. This should get you the original file with as much resolution information as possible.
  • Was your image found on Google? Try dragging the low-res image back into Google Reverse Image search. The engine should find all similar photographs, and list their sizes. Sometimes you may be able to find a larger version hosted from a different website. 
  • If your reverse-image search turns up nothing, and you are willing to find an image that is similar but not the same, we recommend hitting up some free stock photography websites. Stock photography websites will host beautiful photos with massive file sizes, perfect for printing large-format. All they request in return for your use is credit where you can (we can add it onto your photo before we print if requested).
And that's all of our tips for now! Hopefully this has been helpful! If you've gone through the article and still find yourself stumped on your file, send it on over to us, we'd be happy to check for you :)

And if you're ready, hop on over to USAOnCanvas.com and upload those files today - we print and ship most items within 2-5 business days! Let's get that awesome piece of artwork over your sofa before next week!

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Artists - How to Sign Your Artwork



As part of our new year's resolution to broaden our topics, today we will be sharing our tips for signing your art. Although it may seem very simple, signing your name can actually be an art in of itself (no pun intended). Just like any brushstroke, your signature is an integral and important part of your piece, and requires careful consideration and thought. Before you sign-off with your initials, keep these tips in consideration:


  • Sign your artwork, legibly and clearly
  • You can sign it anywhere (back, front, sides, corners, etc), but
  • Keep it consistent from piece to piece
  • Sign with the same medium as your artwork
  • Date it (on the back)


Having a unique, recognizable, and consistent signature helps market and preserve your brand, while preventing thefts or third-party replications in the future. Providing as much information about your piece on the back also allows historians and collectors to better track and place your artwork in context of history and value.



For example, 17th century Dutch artist Judith Leyster always signed with her initials (JL) with a star attached. It was a play on words (Leister meant 'lead star' in Dutch), and also acted as a watermark in certain paintings - for in some of her works, a star-shaped mark can often be found in the north part of the painting.


In addition to signing consistently, consider creating a certificate of authenticity to go with your work. Unique methods of identifications provide extra touch to the artwork buying experience and legitimacy. You can also use an embossing stamp on the certificate or print itself.

Finally, make sure you use proper materials to sign your originals or prints. For original artworks, try to sign with the same material as the artwork, as this would help deter counterfeits. For prints, stick to pencil or ink, either on the back or the bottom corners in the margins. This will help keep the focus on the art itself, while looking clean and professional.




And that's it! We hope this has been a helpful article for all our artists out there. If you have any tips you'd like to share, please let us know in the comments below!


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KeenArt Media is a family-owned printing company specializing in fine art prints and reproduction services. Whether it's for the home or for the gallery, we have you covered.  Inquire today!

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

[New!] Nielsen Metal Frames!

Looking for a frame that is lightweight, versatile, and easy to assemble or store away? A frame style that is sleek, posh and sophisticated? Look no further, we have got you covered!

Our newest additions of colored metal frames.

Metal frames have been around for a while. They were originally made by a framer named Donald Hubert after a museum conference in 1967. Their purpose was to be sturdy, lightweight and easy to dismantle so that artworks from the Art Institute of Chicago could be loaned out to other institutions and exhibitions. Nowadays, they can be found in virtually any space, but especially in those where the artwork needs constant changing - offices, retail spaces, museums. 

New metal frames in traditional colors.

Traditionally metal frames could only be made in either silver or black, polished or brushed. However, Nielsen's new line of metal frames showcase a brand new array of profiles, colors, and finishes. We now carry metal frames in green, blue and red, and even a very convincing wood finish!

Look at this awesome convincingly good wood finish!

3/8" Contrast Grey

5/16" Silver

7/8" German Silver

3/8" Frosted Gold

7/16" Antique Gold

5/16" Gold

7/8 Florentine Walnut

7/8 Florentine Gold

7/16 Frosted Walnut

7/16 Walnut



These new gold ones are my absolute favorite. The chrome undertone makes for a very modern and sophisticated touch-  reminds me of champagne.

What are some benefits of a metal frame?

  • Affordable: Aluminum mouldings tend to be less expensive than wood, and are also lighter to transport. Since they are easy to assemble upon arrival, they can be packaged and shipped in lengths.  
  • Easy to assemble: To put a metal frame together, the only equipment needed is screwdriver, as opposed to wooden frames (which are joined by wood glue, staples, and clamps) and require time for setting.
  • Extremely versatile: Modern metal frames come in a wide variety of colours, shapes, profiles and finishes. Lengths of the same metal profile can also be interchanged with one another and combined to create different dimensions as needed.
  • Easy to store: When not in use, metal frames can be disassembled and condensed into any slim place.  
  • Durable: Made with anodized aluminum, metal frames are corrosion and wear-resistant, making it more able to withstand rust and oxidation
  • Archival use: Aluminum is an inert material that does not out-gas or contain acids, eliminating the need to seal the rabbet when doing conservation framing 

Just align...
And screw it in!



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KeenArt Media is a family-owned printing company specializing in fine art prints and reproduction services. Whether it's for the home or for the gallery, we have you covered.  Inquire today!

KeenArt Media Ltd. Toll Free: 1-88-533-6278
www.USAOnCanvas.com
Working Hours:
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