Tuesday…In The Studio

As new pieces of art are finished, an artist needs to document each work by photographing it.

Purple Wings. Fused appliqué, free-motion quilting on cotton, 9 x 10". © 2008 Joni Beach. Private collection.

When teaching university design courses, I always scheduled a photo shoot of the student’s original designs at the end of each semester. In the past, slides were required for a professional portfolio and any time an artist submitted an application for a juried exhibit. The slide film was expensive and there was a waiting time (of several days sometimes) while a shop developed your roll of film. Finally, most venues now have changed to digital submissions and the ease of shooting, editing, and developing good images of artwork has greatly improved.

Lighting Stands

I have been attempting to meet some new goals as an artist/designer in the studio. A current goal is to improve my photography skills and equipment. While I have a newer digital camera, a Sony DSC-H20, my ability to get the lighting needed for clear color and sharp images was lacking.

Yesterday my husband was kind enough to build some new light stands for me, which you can see here beside the camera tripod, using the instructions from Holly Knott of Finger Lakes Art (http://www.hollyknott.com). Holly’s suggestions for these light stands, light bulbs, and how to use them has given me better lighting conditions in my studio.

The next challenge?…To continue to improve my photography and to update my Portfolio and website with improved photos…

♦ Does anyone have more suggestions on what has helped you improve your photographs? I would love any further ideas to try!                                                        (Feel free to add your suggestions below by clicking on the small gray words, “Leave a Comment”.)

Quote…Imagination Or “The Wisdom of a Child”?


“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all  we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”                                                                                                          Albert Einstein                 

(Quoted in interview by G.S. Viereck , October 26,1929. Reprinted in “Glimpses of the Great”(1930).)

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                               The number of our days are unknown–                                                                                                       How many may we have to leave our                                                                                                                 unique stamp and viewpoint on the world…? 

                             While some may possess an inflated view of themselves,                                                                             many never realize the importance of their contributions                                                                                            and the value of being who they truly are…                                                                                                                                                                                                      If these are overlooked, it is a loss to self                                                                                                                                                      … but also a huge loss for others.

                            May we recognize the value and importance                                                                                                                                          …of each unique individual,                                                                                                                                                        ...ourselves included.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   (© 2011 Joni Beach)

 Do you acknowledge the uniqueness, affirm the value, and encourage the individuality of your friends, the children  in your family, and yourselves?              (I’d love for you to write a comment and share your own thoughts about this!)