Photos of Artwork: A How To

Just for fun I thought I’d share with you how I take photos of my artwork. (Disclaimer: The photos I’m sharing here were taken with my cell phone and would not be the ones I’d submit for shows, etc.!) Since I’ve set my website up to have all the images on a black background that is how I always photograph them. Occasionally I’ll do them on both black and white backgrounds if one just really needs the white to look good. I don’t keep my photography backdrops, stands, etc. set up in the studio so I pretty much drape the black cloth over whatever I can find. Depending on the size of the art I’m photographing some creativity might be needed to get it large enough to surround the artwork. Here’s ares pictures from this morning showing both the front & back of the set up.

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As you can tell from the shot of the back this is one of those “creative” set ups since a few of the pieces were over three foot tall. As long as it works no one (normally) sees how it’s put together so who cares? I placed it up on the table so I wouldn’t be bending over so much to get the pics, plus there was more available light coming in through the windows & doors at that height. Unless it’s a late-night desperate situation I prefer to take these shots with natural window light instead of room lights or using a flash. Today was cloudy out so it was perfect conditions…not too dark but no hot spot of sun shining in to deal with.   Here is a pic of a new art piece sitting in the photo area:

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Doesn’t look too spectacular at this point but, as I said earlier, this was taken with my cell phone so I didn’t have a lot of control over the amount of light, etc. that was being captured.

One of the hardest parts of photographing square or rectangle images is to get the perspective correct so they actually look like squares or rectangles. Aiming your camera at the center of the piece and keeping it parallel with the artwork helps a lot, plus just being aware of that it’s not skewed when you shoot helps too. (Multiple shots up the odds as well!) If all else fails you can straighten while you’re making adjustments to the image with your computer, but that’s extra work so I try to get mine lined up correctly when shooting.

This final image was still on the cell phone but was taken closely to the art and then I also tweaked the lighting/color in photoshop before I uploaded it here. It’s an improvement over the previous image!

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currently untitled, mixed media art (carved wood, painted stones, driftwood, paint) on 6×16″ wood panel © Lynne Medsker

The one taken on my Nikon will be even better than this! Since this is a semi-flat (it hangs on the wall, anyhow!) piece of art with black borders on it I didn’t care that it blended right into the black background. With more dimensional pieces I try to place them with a space between them and background to help emphasis the depth and give them some separation.

So that’s that…

I’ll be sharing more new work as I get a chance, heck I’ve still got a couple of pieces from this summer I haven’t gotten on the blog yet.

Busy, busy,

Lynne

New Work! November at ArtSplash Gallery

I’m excited to be sharing the main gallery space at ArtSplash Gallery in Carmel, Indiana, during the month of November with the talented Lynn Andalman! We’re jokingly calling it the Lynn & Lynne show. 🙂 I’ve been busy creating new work with a focus on wood, stone & metal. It’s more sculptural than some of my previous work and I’ve been having a lot of fun exploring the shapes, textures and colors I’ve been using.

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From the artists –

Lynne Medsker:
“I was asked recently what I loved as a child. The question brought memories of collecting rocks and other items in an old shoe box when I was young. Some were from treasured trips to local creeks to collect geodes, fossils and river rocks. Others were merely gravel from our driveway that I’d used my Prang watercolor set and painted pretty pastel colors! Special trips to the local rock shop, where I would spend much longer than my parents would have preferred, selecting just the right stone added to my collection. Those happy memories, along with a collection of driftwood, rocks and items that I have collected as an adult (to make something with “someday”) are what inspired this artwork. I hope you enjoy these new creations as much as I have enjoyed creating them!”

Lynn Andalman:
“After my trip to South Africa and surrounding areas, color and content seems to be bursting at the seams. There doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to complete what I have to give to the canvas. Looking forward to sharing all things new & wonderful!”

We’ll have some delicious treats and libations to celebrate the show during the Private Opening, Friday, November 7th, 2014 from 6 – 9 p.m. If you can’t make it then be sure to attend the Public Opening/Monthly Gallery Walk, Saturday, November 8th, 2014 from 5 – 9 p.m. Of course you can always visit during normal gallery hours as well.  ArtSplash is located at 111 W. Main Street, Suite #140, Carmel, IN 46032.

The difference of a year…

So it’s been exactly one year since we moved to our new home and I thought it would be a great time to go out and take some photos of the property to show the before/after images and the progress we’ve made in making the place our own.

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The front of the house, before & after

It’s taken a lot of hard work, sweat and a more than a wee bit of cursing but we’ve about got everything off of the “to-do” list we had when we moved in.

The backyard area, before & after
The backyard area, before & after

The backyard is still a work in progress, I plan to add more raised flower beds and other items each year for the next few years.

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This little semi-gazebo building is built on a slab of concrete from the original farm house that was on the property.
The big barn = what a transformation!
The big barn = what a transformation!

Of course my favorite place is my studio that we created in the old garage building.

Garage to studio, before & after
Garage to studio, before & after

The back deck of the studio is such a great place to hang out and relax, with an awesome view of the meadow and woods and lots of privacy. Napping in the hammock is my little slice of nirvana.

Side and back of the studio, before & after
Side and back of the studio, before & after

Add to all the structural and outdoor work we also painted every wall inside the house. Shew! Moving and settling up a new place is hard work. 🙂

I’ll be back soon with some new art to share!

Lynne

Name That Workshop!

Tuesday I announced the first workshop I’ll be holding in the new studio space. Today I’m asking for your input for a second workshop to be held on October 18th 2014. SO, what do YOU want to learn? Even if you aren’t able to attend I’d appreciate the feedback on what topic(s) interest you…either from the list I have available on my website or from the pages of art shown there. I’m open for anything! I’ve set aside the entire day so it can be a quick morning class or an all-day workshop.  I’ll announce the topic by September 15th to allow time for sign-ups.

Waiting patiently….

Lynne

The decision has been made!

Well I’ve chosen my words for 2014, the first two took a while to nail down and just when I thought I was set a third popped into my brain and just won’t leave. So I guess I’ll have three words to focus on in 2014. In some ways they overlap but each resonates with me in a different way! I’m starting with one that is popular with many people, SIMPLIFY. 2014 simplifyAs the last year entailed uprooting from a home we’d lived in for 32 years there has been a lot of packing, sorting, recycling and discarding going on. But not enough! I still find my closets stuffed with items I don’t care for, boxes full of items waiting to find a place (I’m thinking someone else’s place!) and some re-arranging of the items I did keep needs to be done to make life flow more easily. Not only is there home-type items on the simplify list but also artistic, business, personal items and schedules that need to be pared back as well. I’m getting excited just thinking about it. I keep referring back to last year’s word, Haven, and ready my description of what I think a haven should be. Simplifying will help me get there!

The second word on my horizon is TRANSFORM.

2014 tranformIt’s something I’ll be working on in several different areas and levels of my life. I feel like I’ve been stagnant, just in a holding pattern, waiting for the “right time” to change things up. There’s no better time than now! Art-wise the transformation of an old garage space into my studio space began last fall, with the first of four projects being complete. In that it was also the largest of the four projects we are probably more like half-finished at this point. But there is still lots of transforming to be done, even after the construction phase!  I also have been in dire need of some physical transforming, so I’ll be tackling that too. I feel better just thinking about it, just think how good I’ll feel once I finally DO something about it! Which leads to my last word, the one that won’t leave me alone. For some it may not have the impact that it does for me but becoming more ASSERTIVE is a huge step in my life.

2014 AssertiveFor as long as I can remember I’ve been a peacemaker, a fixer, a soother, doing whatever it takes to make sure others are happy, no one is ever mad. Any kind of turmoil or confrontation was to be avoided at all cost.  To be honest I’m tired of it. Tired enough to think making a change would be easier than continuing! I’ve already practiced a few times this year. 🙂 (Yes I realize it’s only the 3rd of January!) The world did not come to an end and it felt GOOD.  It may not always but I’m ready to try. I’ll need to be assertive for the transformations I’ll be undertaking this year so it goes nicely with that word too! As I kept having assertive come up over & over I also ran across this meme, which says it best:

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So, there you have it – no settling allowed!

What words speak to you this year? Hold them close and find all the ways to use them.

Blessings,

Lynne

Closing, Opening, Beginning….

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Look at this…a blog post! Amazing. Wow, what a year. I’m in that phase where you review the year, good, bad and indifferent, and start looking toward the next one. I would go out on a limb and say I’m not the only one! I can’t even begin to talk about all the changes 2013 has brought, and already I am anticipating many more in 2014. If you remember a whole year ago I had selected two words to focus on for 2013, Haven and Explore. I had no idea that my haven would be in an entirely new zip code, in a new home! Although I still have walls to paint and work to do it is more assuredly become a haven. I’ve explored things I didn’t anticipate and didn’t explore much of what I thought I would. Life is an adventure!

Although I’m still deciding on words for 2014 there are a couple that keep coming up over & over – the first being “simplify” and the next being “transform”. Have you thought of any word or words for your focus during the next year?

I’ve slowly been getting back to art and creativity,  like the new fractal art at the top of the page. Somehow closing out the year with a blog post feels right too, I’m out of excuses – if I’m blogging I need to show up consistently. So here I am! Speaking of blogs, I’m a using that word “Simplify” already and, at least for this year, closing down my “Digital Art Daily” blog. I’ll leave it online as an archive for now but new digital art will be posted here.

So that’s it – my thoughts for ending and beginning of another year. I hope yours if full of love, blessings and happy surprises!

Lynne

I’ve renamed this summer…

I’ve decided that this summer needs a title to sum it up, a long awkward title. The best one I’ve come up with to describe it’s effect on this blog is “The Summer in Which a Sudden Move was Decided Upon and The Artist’s Blog was Left to Die”.  Eh, not too catchy but VERY appropriate. 🙂

Yes, we are still in the midst of it…hope to sign on the dotted lines yet this month then follow that with a month of labor-intensive relocation and settling in. After that? Then the building begins…which includes a new studio space for ME. Happiness! I’m guessing that to be a many-month long process. In the interm I will be creating art when and however I can…be it outdoors, at the kitchen table or spread out on the bedroom floor!

Recently I’ve been experimenting with using spray paint as a medium. I’ve used it with metal and wood before but not as a painting medium. It’s been fun, and I’ve also emptied several cans that won’t need to be packed & moved (multi-tasking at it’s best). The background material was all re-purposed and donated so I’ll be able to show these pieces at the new upcycled/recycled show I’m participating in! Here’s a section of one piece that I’ve been adding pencil & pen details too:

Work in progress, spray paint, pencil & pen
Work in progress, spray paint, pencil & pen

I still need to edit and share all the images from my last show…I just can’t seem to make myself sit down at the computer and do anything right now. But you WILL get to see them sometime, I promise! In the meantime I will try to at least touch base here once a week so the poor blog doesn’t feel so neglected.

If you’d like to visit my home studio before it’s totally dismantled then stop by THIS Saturday, August 10th. It will be open between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. as part of the Second Saturday Gallery Tour – my last one until the new studio is up & running!

Hugs,

L.