Home Dec catalogs can be a great source of information and inspiration for the artist. I get several, and like the bedding catalogs, I rarely order anything from them. But I always look through them, if for no other reason than to note color combinations. A recent Charles Keath catalog provided much more than that.
Further on, I started to see "original wall art." I've often wondered how decorative artists can possibly keep up with orders once they show up in mass-marketed catalogs. Here I saw several ways, other than the common print. Fairly prevalent is transfer printing of images or photographs onto different bases like wood and canvas, followed by hand-finishing with oil brushstrokes or other coatings to mimic the feel of an oil painting. (The one shown here is by Don Li-Leger.) I happened to view such a photo transfer to canvas in an exhibit today, and it is a very effective technique. As they say, the look of an original oil with very crisp detail. I rather liked it.
Another method I've heard a lot about lately, but didn't understand until reading the description here is giclee (scroll down page and click on the giclee link). The catalogue describes it this way: "...an image of the original painting is laser printed directly onto canvas. It is then hand brushed with an acrylic sealer which adds highlights to enhance its beauty. This piece is by Linda Bernhard.