A Bit of Practical Knowledge and Housekeeping

Snow-capped peaks of mountains in Washington State as seen from Lake StevensSnow-capped peaks in Washington State

A Little Housekeeping 

The good folks over at Art Storefronts are always coming up with ways to make the artist's job a little easier. Not being as technologically driven as some of my fellow artists, I'm not sure it makes it easier for me. Usually, it means more work and more figuring and trying to understand numbers and such (not my forté). 


They've made some little changes that do make it easier for you, the customer, to envision a piece of art and how it might look on your wall. 

If you click on a print on the website, there's now something under each print that says 3D 360 viewing tool.

If you click on the type and size of print you want and then click on the tool, it gives you a good idea of what the print looks like from the front, side, and back. That's especially helpful with canvas prints so you can decide if you want a mirror wrap or a plain color border.

One of the things that's hard about buying art is wondering how it will look on your wall. 

I recently worked with a customer trying to figure out what type of print would look best for a specific wall she had in mind. She lives in a different state and is as busy as I am, so we communicated by email and text. In the end, she went with my suggestion and was very happy. 

The space she had for the print was in a room with lots of windows, so we discussed different options and how they would look. She wanted a very large print so framing with glass didn't seem like a good option.

I recommended canvas so that it would look like a large painting. 

She was also ordering a print larger than my printing partner offers so I had to find another printer who could do the print. 

In the end, she was happy with the print and it met her expectations for the size and look of what she wanted in the room. 

Helping people figure out what type of print works best is one of my absolute favorite things to do so please never hesitate to contact me (there's a contact page right here on my site) if you want a print but you're unsure of what medium, size, or style you should get.

Even if you're wondering what type of print would work in a specific place, I can help you narrow down your options. 

Wall Preview

Whenever you click on a print on the website, you'll notice something under the print called wall preview. This tool has come a long way since they first put it on the site.

You can now take a photo of your room and upload it to the site and then use the tool to see what the photo would look like in your room!

I thought that was pretty cool. 

Here's a sample of the generic living room using the "wall preview" tool:

The living room option for the wall preview tool for art prints

Mobile Viewing

If you're using your phone, there's another fun feature on the website. It's called Live Preview AR. 

You can hold your phone up and click on Live Preview AR. Then look in the top left corner and you'll see a drop-down menu with the sizes. Click on the size you're interested in.

Stand back from the wall (10 feet is optimal) and hold your phone up and you'll get a good idea of how that size will look on the wall. 

The tool isn't perfect and you have to play around a little with it, but you'll get a good feeling about whether you like that image in the space. 

Some technologies are pretty cool!

A Word About Color and Brightness

This is something I forget to remind people about but it's important. When you're looking at an image on your computer screen or smartphone, the image will appear different than how it looks in real life. 

The image on the screen is lit from behind, so it's brighter. Prints may appear darker to you when you see them in real life. Also, every computer screen is different. The colors and brightness are different. 

Keep that in mind when ordering your prints. When I order my own prints for art shows or samples, they look very close to what I see on my screen because I always have my screen set the same when I'm editing. But every screen is different. 

The good news is that the print will look pretty close to what you see on the screen but won't be an exact match (well, maybe if your screen settings are exactly like mine!). 

I hope that helps if you're getting ready to order a print. 

Please let me know if you have any other questions. 

And, see you between the raindrops!


You can find the snow-capped peaks in Washington here