I've struggled for awhile now trying to take good shots of my paintings. I drag an easel outside, try to get the angle to the sun right with no shadows or glare, catch the painting when it blows over, deal with mosquitoes and then fuss over photo editing for hours to get the color balance somewhat correct. I have an old dslr, OLD - like 5 megapixels - and rather than invest in a new camera which I wouldn't use often, I decided to hire a pro!
The difference is clear when you compare the two images side by side. I see now that my photos tended to be more warm and much less crisp. My yellows were too yellow and my blues tended to purple. Now the subtleties of color and strokes are visible. Glare is removed in the dark transparent areas. I painted this scene maybe two years ago and haven't shared it because I could not get an accurate photograph. I like the painting and now I hope I can send it out in the world with good web images that will accurately represent the work.
Sometimes pro is the way to go!
From the Liliedahl teaser:)
Gee, can you tell I'm nervous? lol
We filmed this first, so I was not yet used to looking at the camera and talking while working. Not that it got very easy, but it got easier. Anyway - this is a fun tool I use. I think I've shared this before. I use the Artgraf graphite to sketch and plan value studies for paintings. Give us a thumbs up if you like it.
My video is about to release later this month - and I've had a chance to review it! I have to say, I am really pleased! I think I've shared good information and demonstrated how I put paint on in an expressive way. Hopefully, in the almost 3 hours of painting demonstration, you will be inspired to try some of the techniques I share. You can sign up to be notified when its released and they will send you a discount.
This is one of the larger pieces I've done lately. I have a comfort zone, I think, like many artists and something between 12x16 and 24x24 works well for me. Sometimes I'm not sure how something will look large. But this one definitely works and is a nice balance of loose and defined areas, and the color play was fun using these somewhat pastel colors.
This is on exhibit until June at the PACT show at 12124 Ranch Rd 620. If you would like to purchase - let me know!
Wow! The last month was just insane. And April is shaping up to be much the same. But I am making some changes here when I have the downtime in the evenings. All the work shown here is available direct from my studio - and links to purchase are being created. My representing galleries will manage the works they have, so I figure I duplicate and confuse things by trying to direct people all over the country. I'm rather prolific. So much work! Which is great - what a great feeling it is to be creative and having the flow. It isn't always the case - as you have probably heard me lament. ;-) Ebbs and Flows.
I hope you see something you like on my site and know you can purchase directly here safely and securely.
I have had the most amazing opportunity! I just filmed a painting instruction video with Liliedahl Art Videos. It was such a professional studio space! I think they had 4 cameras on me - including one over my palette so you can see me mixing probably in split screen. It was quite an experience.
On day one, Monday this week, I arrived to meet Trevor and Scot, who were the principal camera operators/filmmakers. They certainly were helpful in coaching me - especially in talking to the camera. I hate talking about myself, so I really have no idea what I said in the introduction! lol
Once painting, I think things hopefully made more sense. First, we filmed a little short demo where I shared the water soluble graphite I use for gestural sketching (Artgraf). If I hadn't mentioned if here before, its really a fun technique. It helps me when planning my paintings by making me think in big shapes. I have my students spend their first day sketching with this in class.
My wonderful friend (and artist) Bruce Bingham was able to stop in and offer me moral support as well as some coaching on dialog. She has lots of experience with public speaking - and mentoring artists!
Also on the first day, we filmed my materials set up, design and color plans - and then the quick start. The video will be released sometime in June. I will keep you posted!
I just want to share some thoughts about the many opportunities - or scams - that come to artists active on the internet. Its so hard to know for sure what is real. There are the usual typos or generic "we like to purchase your works" language as well as the special shipping arrangements that always set off alarms. These are generally bot mails and you can go back and forth a little bit about what is available and how they can pay - I never accept a money order/cashiers - and I won't accept their shipping terms. Corresponding with real buyers, even those who are not native English speakers, will feel more human and warm than the bots/scammers who crawled your site and picked up random images.
Sometime, it would be fun to go ahead and take their check and see if a shipper arrives at my door.
Recently, I've had inquiries now that seem like/are legitimate offers to exhibit with a foreign gallery or send work for a major art fair. My worry here is all the hidden costs, the possibility of work being lost or damaged, held up in customs, the different tax codes and tariffs for foreign transactions, and the exchange rate. Even the different time zones would hinder communication. And if the gallery isn't legit, your recourse for recouping losses would be almost nil. I think I will not respond to email offers - especially those that are "pay to play".
Here is a website dedicated to helping artists share their experiences - https://howsmydealing.com - hopefully, the bulk of the info is about scams, and not just name bashing.
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