I have pieces in a show at the South Wing Gallery in Cleveland Heights. The opening reception was on the 14th. I took a couple pictures of the displays. The did a nice job of displaying all the artists work.
All the artists were introduced and we were asked to speak about their work. I stumbled my way through a few minutes of how I make the pieces and what inspires me. I gave the camera to Lou and asked him to take a few pictures while I was speaking....this is what I got....
Years back I took a bead stringing class in Santa Fe from Marla Gassner. I remember she described a design technique she used called "puddling". In creating a new design she would put together puddles of beads so she could decide which combinations worked best.
When I create my jewelry, my bench usually ends up with multiple puddles on it. When they all converge into one large puddle I know it's time to clean the bench.
Recently I put together a necklace around a large lentil for my gallery show. Here are some pictures of the puddles I made.
I put beads in and take them out until I have something I like. Here is the finished necklace.
The cats were hard at work being puddles of fur...........
Most artists I know cringe when it comes to taking product shots of their work. I'm one of them. I've taken classes and tried a number of different set-ups including shooting outside. Most of the time I shoot inside with a light tent. I've tried using one light source, two light sources, three light sources....the variations have been endless. So once again I'm trying something new. I have been shooting against a black background. It's actually a black shelf I bought at Target. It's a bit reflective and it's flat. When I take a long shot or a picture of something tall I end up getting the back of the light tent in the picture. I have twisted and draped and arranged myself in a number of positions to avoid this.
So now I am trying another variation. I finally found some lights with small stands on them that I can position on the table. Before these I had lights with clamps on them and I was clamping them to chairs and to the overhead chandelier....and hoped that I wouldn't bring it crashing down. I also got a graduated back sweep which blocks out the back of the tent.
Tonight I took some pictures of a copper cuff....a big ass copper cuff that I am putting in the South Wing Gallery show.
I still like a black background even though most magazine photographers tell you to use white or a graduated one. I can see I still need to play with this a bit. The pics taken on the white background look a little washed out to me. They looked better in Photoshop.
Guess I will keep plugging away at it. I wish photography was something that I had a handle on. This continuous tweaking takes up way too much time.