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

Calando, Cavatina, Crescendo

Why yes, I am mixing music and artwork in one post!  As promised months ago, I’ve finally begun to edit all the images from last year’s solo show that focused on recycled/repurposed art. Today I’m sharing the pieces I created with old piano parts.

The pieces on display during the show at ArtSplash gallery, June 2013.
The pieces on display during the show at ArtSplash gallery, June 2013.

First I’d like to thank my artist-friend Quincy Owens for sharing these parts with me after he had used most of the wood from a piano for an artistic project of his own. Thanks Q! Here is a look at the pieces and parts laid out, waiting for me to decide how to use them (along with a tub full that I have left for future projects).

I had these in the garage for several weeks, moving pieces about and generally tweaking things until I felt comfortable enough with the design to start the assembly. I raided my stash of vintage sheet music to use as a background, adhering it to the wood surface using a thin, clear acrylic with a tint of yellow ochre to giving it an even older, more weathered look.

Once on the wood I followed with several more coats of clear acrylic to seal it well and give it a lovely shine.  Then the power tools came out and the other objects were attached one by one.  The long bar across the top of the largest piece (Calando) is from inside the piano and the wires were at one time attached to each of the eyes that show along the top.

I actually ended up with a “less is more” approach with these pieces as I really wanted more of the background sheet music to show than my original plan. One part that I never varied on was the three foot pedals hanging from the bottom. Now to show you the images of each piece, once completed:

"Calando" mixed media on wood, 55x16", $995 © Lynne Medsker
“Calando” mixed media on wood, 55×16″, $995 © Lynne Medsker

The musical term Calando means “fading away music” which seemed so appropriate for this piece! Cavatina translates into “solo song” and, as most music fans know, Crescendo is described as “an increase in intensity”.

Currently these three pieces reside above the piano in my living room.

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Can you picture them in your home?

Lynne

Something fishy

Back in the fall, during my unintentional blog hiatus, I created several new pieces of whimsical art using scrap wood pieces, old dictionary pages and ink. They were fun! I have ideas for more pieces in this style once I get back into the studio. Today I’m sharing one of my favorite pieces from the batch I created.  It began with one of these pieces of wood, the backgrounds painted with acrylic:

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Add some torn paper shapes:

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Then lots of ink details and DONE!

Fishy © Lynne Medsker
Fishy © Lynne Medsker

Just for fun I left some of the paper un-attached to the surface to make the pieces more dimensional, in this instance the fin on his side!

Lynne

P.S. If you’d like to see this, and other creations, in person they are located at ProArt Gallery in Greenwood, Indiana!

Thank you & one last chance!

I wanted to thank all of  you who purchased items either online or in person at the BIG moving sale over the last few day!  As I go through the remaining art on Monday I will be posting some extra-special deals on this page and my Facebook page throughout the day. Perhaps you’ll find that one special piece of art you’ve been looking for – like the ones shown here that all have new homes!

Happy Shopping!

Well, it’s finally arrived. Day one of the BIG Moving Sale! You can visit THIS PAGE on my website for all the details and deals.There are items as low as $15 and discounts as high as 70%!! It is a first come, first served type of sale so be sure to do your shopping early and get that order emailed quickly! ! I’m excited to see what people select and also have a little happy/sad mixture of emotions about my art leaving home. But I’d much rather have it out in the world being enjoyed that stuck in a storage unit for an undetermined amount of time! Thanks in advance for giving my creations a new home, I really appreciate it!

Lynne

 

Early Bird Special!

"Migration" photo/digital art © Lynne Medsker
“Migration” photo/digital art © Lynne Medsker

Yes, last post I was exhaling and catching my breath but that didn’t last long! Life is full of funny, unpredictable surprises and one that snuck up on me recently is that we are going to sell our home of 32 years and move. And that house also includes the current location of my studio and primary storage space for the art I’ve created. YIKES! So in addition to the cleaning of cabinets, pantries, closets and attic from a 32-year accumulation of “treasures” I also need to reduce my art supplies and artistic creations by at least 50%. Oh. My. Goodness!  BUT, lucky for you, MY pain is YOUR gain!

These art pieces need a fabulous home (like yours!) to live in and to make the experience of adopting them even more enjoyable you can save on your purchases like never before and (as you can tell by the 32 year frequency of our moves) this will most likely be your only chance EVER for these kinds of savings!

I’m going to start these once-in-a-lifetime savings with a two day, online only, early bird special. I know that many of my collectors don’t live closely enough to just drive out and select their pieces in person so by doing it online I can at least level the playing field for the start of the sale. Details on how the online sale will be conducted will be posted next Wednesday and the sale starts first thing Thursday morning, June 20th! The online sale will run until midnight on Friday, June 21st.  That weekend, starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 22nd the “live” sale begins here at my studio.

Art that is currently being shown in galleries is excluded, otherwise any piece listed with a price  on my website  is included in this sale! (I will be updating the site over the next few days to make sure everything is accurate.) Since orders of new digital/photographic artwork not currently in print and commissioned works don’t help reduce the inventory they are not on sale.

I’d love to share with you where we are moving but I haven’t a clue at this point, other than the fact that it won’t be more than an hour away from our current home – our roots are in too deep for a major move just yet. 🙂  I have made sure to negotiate a much larger studio space and perhaps, when we are settled, even adopting a dog after being without one for almost 10 years. I’m looking forward to both of those things, and enjoy the feeling of being “lighter” as I purge my way through each room. The aches and pains, meh, not enjoying them quite as much…but that’s part of the experience. Little did I know when I chose the word “Explore” for 2013 that this is what I would get into. What an adventure!

Be sure to check back next week for more details about the sale – I don’t want you to miss it!

Hugs,

Lynne

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