~Spring’s Beckoning~

~An Early Spring~

An Early Spring, (c) 2012 Joni Beach

    

Warm sunny days, birds’ celebration in song, with green buds pushing up the earth…

New hope, possibilities, dreams, and activities…

 ~Distractions beckon me.~

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First Blooms, (c) 2012 JoniBeach

I’m Waiting For Christmas!

I'mWaitingForChristmas, (c)2010Joni Beach.
I'M WAITING FOR CHRISTMAS!, (c)2010 Joni Beach.

Or…

Finally, My Own Indoor Tree!!

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Christmas time is just filled with sights, sounds, and inspirations for art...and life.

My workshop (i.e. studio) is busy, though much of the activity is getting ready for the holidays. So while much studio work has been put on hold, cards are being written, gifts are being gathered, cookies are being baked, and decorations are being put-up.

         And, it is a time to enjoy colors, music, food, and relationships–and maybe some…

 Quiet moments of peace sipping hot chocolate in front of the fireplace.

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Tuesday…In The Studio

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

Butterflies
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”.)