Some years will be like this but you’ll just have to keep showing up!
Last year I created a post titled “New Year Ritual” this ritual helps keep me grounded and I have returned to these exercises for 4 years now, yay me!
So this year I wanted to set some goals for myself to keep me motivated to make and create. I also wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on the year of that was.
Thank you 2022
I have been blessed this year with a number of great milestones and I am super grateful and not at all disappointed when I look back and see that there was a huge gap between my posts.
When I think about the amount of projects and art I have made, I wish it was more however I do remind myself that I have also had a very busy year! With this being said, I am pretty pleased with the projects I have completed. Some years will be like this but you’ll just have to keep showing up!
Clay projects with my nephews and niece using air clay
Have you been thinking about how to take photos of your art?
Happy new year, it’s 2022, I hope you guys had a good start to the year!!!
Have you been thinking about how to take photos of your art?
I have really enjoyed exploring about how artists display and style their art work. I have found some artists who are great at visually marketing their art, taking photos of the their art and displaying it in a way that hooks you in.
I have been thinking about how I could set up a place where I could take photographs to practice my photography skills. Below you can see I have simply blu-tacked the end of my Ikea drawing roll to my Imac and left the body on the table.
I love this current set up because it is just so simple and easy to set up and pack away. The natural light and the position that I have place this set up is just perfect in the way of the shadow it creates with the natural light.
The camera I am using is the D90 with a Nikkon Lens, 35-80 mm (zoom) 1:4-5.6D (aperture range). This lens can only function with f-stop 22 ring limiting aperture range. It’s not the best in low light but can manage in the shade but will need to be adjusted to aperture F5.6. I used 5260K WB (White Balance) on the above photographs and find that this gives me a neutral colour. At shutter speed 6 it will not need a tripod. I like this lens, it is versatile and great for portrait.
I plan on setting up this table to do some speed painting or art making videos. Wish me luck!
I had to joy of painting this weekend. This is my second attempt with oil paints. I found some close ups from Vincent Van Gogh’s painting and attempted to recreate the images to learn the techniques that he used in his vibrant art works.
Best part of this painting:
I love how the paintings turned out – they have a lot of character.
My favourite painting is the one of the flowers – I enjoy the value range and the placement of the white flowers.
Look at images on Pinterest and choose a few to recreate – as a study!
Think about how much paint you need for the painting.
Prepare your palette, I stuck an A4 piece of paper onto my wooden board.
Squeeze out the paint on to the palette based on how much of that colour appears in the painting.
Get your paint brushes ready, look at the strokes on the painting and pick paint brushes you think might do the job. (It’s a good idea to do test swatches to get an idea of the brush strokes at an earlier stage so you’re not fussing about at this point)
Stick tiny canvas’ on cardboard or an old magazine to keep it stable as you paint.
Have tissues next to you.
Set up the work space, with the palette on the right and canvas in front of you.
Things I learnt:
I would use waterproof surface as a palette. I thought printer paper might work…. WRONG! it just absorbed the oil and made it difficult to mix the paint.
The canvas’ were small 7cm x 10xcm so in order to create those lovely brush strokes I could have used a thinner brush.
It was hard to apply paint to create those stiff lines by using paint brushes with softer paint bristles. The one you might use for acrylic paint blends the paint and makes the strokes flat, you can see this on the yellow trees.
Stiff paint brush with oil paint is better for impressionist Van Gogh type paintings.
Working from dark to light works well.
Prior preparation: I found photos of art that I loved and made me happy. I pinned these on my Pinterest board.
I have a rolling to do list on my Iphone note and wrote this “Tiny Canvas oil paintings” down as one of the fun projects I could do in my spare time in the month of August. This got me excited and geared me up each day to paint.
When inspiration stikes me and I have a spare few hours, I take out my paints and act quickly.
Painting for about an hour to an hour and a half on small canvas’ is a good amount of time before you’ll become fatigued.
The more you paint and mix colours the better you will get at visually identifying the warmth and coolness of a colour and adjust accordingly.
Find inspiration before you sit down to paint, the creating process is much quicker. Save pictures and photos through out the week in preparation for the moment you sit down to create.
Post editing tricks: 1. Use channel mixer to get the WB levels right, meaning getting the whites as white as possible. You will need to adjust the reds, greens and blues to make the image cooler or warmer. 2. Use Curve layer to adjust the value range which will determine the level of contrast of the photo.
I feel a stillness, coziness and a closeness when I look at them. It’s an ideal state when in winter.
They were shot with a Nikon D90 camera body and 50 mm NIKKOR (5201461) lens with a focal range of .45 to 5 metres. The aperture is 1:1.4 meaning it is great for low light. This lens is great for indoor low light conditions and shooting plans in a shady garden or a dark room. The images feel intimate because you need to be up close and personal. As it is a prime lens (ie. fixed lens) I am forced to move about around the subject. The lens is made in Japan.
I purchased the 50mm manual focus lens second-hand for around $100 at Sydney Camera Market hosted by Ultimo Community Centre. The lens slso came with a nice Cokin 0-52mm UV filer too. The markets are currently on hold due to covid, hopefully one day we can visit them again.
To understand what the above numbers mean I found this article to be helpful.