It’s the deadline for submitting my titles for the upcoming Plumage show. I’ve been trying out different titles on post-it notes and putting them up by the paintings. Sometimes I have to keep changing them out until I find the right title. I think I may have. (see below)
Now that the varnish is dry, and the titles have been sent off (no changing it now!), it’s time for the portfolio photo shoot.
Artwork documentation is not my favorite part of working as an artist. Thank goodness the art world has finally entered the digital age, but even so, it’s hard to take portfolio-quality pictures of artworks. It’s quite a technical skill, compared to my artistic process which is loose, free, and spontaneous. I’d be brilliant at it if it could be blurry, in-motion, extreme glare, out-of-frame, etc. Unfortunately, artwork photography has to be precise, in-focus, centered, no weird shadows, neutral backdrop, accurate colors, etc. It has to be exactly right.
But, no matter how great the photos are, it’s always better to see mixed media artworks in person. This series, inspired by trips last summer to Yosemite and the Enchanted Circle in Northern New Mexico, is soon to debut at Plumage, a group show celebrating birds. If you’re in the Seattle area, the opening reception is part of the University District Art walk, April 19 at Gallery 4500. 6-9 pm. Hope to see you there!
Following Wide, mixed media on clayboard, 14″ x 18″
Any number of things, mixed media on clayboard, 14″ x 18″
Above Tuolumne Meadows, mixed media on clayboard, 14″ x 18″
Carry On, mixed media on clayboard, 14″ x 18″
Finding Tioga Pass, mixed media on canvas, 24″ x 36″