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How to photograph your artwork

DIGITAL CAMERA PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS

  1. Hang your work on the wall. Find a neutral coloured wall (white or grey) and hang your work at the height where the middle of your piece will be parallel to where your camera is pointing – either on a tripod or sitting on a hard surface, such as a shelf or table.

2.     Light your work. If shooting indoors, make sure you shoot in a room with plenty of windows and natural light. Avoid direct sunlight on your artwork as this may create glare and affect the colours of your photograph.  You can light your work with lamps. For 2D works, all you need is two lights. (Preferably using Daylight bulbs). Place the lights halfway between the camera and your work on the wall at a 45-degree angle pointing towards the wall (this angle will help eliminate any glare you might get from the lights). If you are still experiencing glares from the lights – you can diffuse the lights with white sheets in front of them. See image for camera placement.

3.    Once your artwork is hung on the wall and lit with lamps, double check that the camera is set to where the lens lines up with the middle of the painting.  The artwork should take up the majority of the frame in your picture. The ISO and aperture of your camera are very important to get clear, crisp and bright images of your artwork. In this case, since we want very crisp images, we want a low ISO. Studio shots will generally be shot at ISO 100. The f-stop of the aperture of your camera adjusts how much light is let through the lens by making the opening bigger or smaller. The higher the number, the less light is being passed through. With a DSLR the ideal range for shooting artworks is between f-8 and f-11. Set your camera’s timer to four or five seconds so that pressing the shutter button doesn’t create a shake in your image.

#NOTE Look up specific instructions for your Camera or Smart Phone for step 3

4.     Take the picture!

WATCH THIS VIDEO!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQmt8y9V6wc&ab_channel=PaulRichmond
Photo editing app demonstrated in this video that you can download:  Snapseed

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What is an Artist Statement?

An artist statement is piece of writing by you that helps the audience access or
understand your artistic work. It is written in the first person, while artist bios are written in the third person. Both represent you as an artist, even while you are not there. Both are not meant to come to you right away and it will take some time, revisions, and fine tuning to have a finished written product. They may include sources, ideas, and materials in your current practice.

HOW TO WRITE AN ARTIST STATEMENT WITH A SHORT BIO

Between 150-200 words (two paragraphs) is the best length for a statement that is going to be published. It is long enough to let a viewer learn more about you and your work, but not too long that they can’t follow your story and get distracted. 

The “Who”  Very briefly state a bit about yourself and your highlights and education as an artist.  Do not write a resume!  Readers will be bored if this is the main feature of your statement.  In fact I recommend putting it at the end!

The “How” Refers to how you created your works. Many visitors are interested in knowing about your artistic process. Describe your works; what colours do you use, do you make large marks or small marks, or do you use blending so there are no visible marks at all? If you’re a photographer, what kind of tools are integral to your process?

The “What” Are your paintings abstract? Portraits? Do you take photos of landscapes? What is your imagery? When people describe what you make, what do they say? Describe the content of your works in a general way to flow from how you work to what you make.

The “Why”   Why do you make what you make? What does your life say about your work and your work say about your life? What symbols do you use and why? Explain the influences behind the meanings of your works.

You don’t have to have the same amount of each type of information, but it is a good idea to have part of your statement devoted to each of these categories. However, if one category seems far more relevant to your work than the others, feel free to emphasize it in your statement. You can put as much or as little of each category as you like. If your works are about the medium then you can focus more on how you make your works and if it is more about the “why” and your inspiration, focus on that. Balance your content in any way you need.

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21st Birthday Exhibition

Past and Present members of Mallee Artists Swan Hill Inc. are invited to exhibit in the 21st Birthday retrospective exhibition at Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery.

Any work created by the artist in their lifetime may be exhibited.  Deceased artist works may also be included at the discretion of their owners and or families.
(in this document they are called Agents)

Important dates

Friday 30 September                     Entries close

Friday 28 October                         Artists notified of successful entries

Monday 21st November                Artwork to be delivered to the Gallery

Friday 25 November                     Official opening of Exhibition

Saturday 26 November                 11am Walk through the exhibition with artists

Saturday 26 November:                6.30pm Artists and guests dinner

Sunday  30 January 2023              Last day of exhibit

Tuesday 14 February 2023            Last day to collect artworks

All Enquiries including assistance with photography:

President: Judy Brawn 0448918771  Secretary: Lorri Lambert 0467 879 261

Conditions of Entry

  1. Artists must be registered past or present members of Mallee Artists Swan Hill Inc. Two works may be submitted, however only one may be displayed.  This is at the discretion of the Gallery Director.
  2. Members (or their agent) must submit an entry form with an electronic or printed image of the work (either TIF or JPG max. 5 MB) and a short artist statement maximum length of 200 words – word or rtf format).
  3. Images, statement about the work, and signed entry form will be accepted by MASH up until 5pm 30 September 2022.  Late entries will not be accepted.
  4. Artists will be notified which artwork/s will be exhibited at the Gallery by 28 October.
  5. Artists or their representatives are responsible for delivering all accepted work/s to Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery no later than Monday 21st November 2022.
  6. Adequate protection must be taken in packaging work as no responsibility will be taken by Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery for damage or lost works during transit. Works of art will be insured whilst in storage and on display at Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery.
  7. All works selected for the exhibition must be available for the duration of the exhibition, current from 25 November 2022 to 30th Jan 2023.
  8. Work is to be suitably mounted and ready to hang. Instructions are to be supplied with the work if alternative installation is required.  Small 3D work is also accepted.
  9. Works DO NOT need to be for sale but if they are, a commission of 20% will be retained by Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery upon sale of the artworks.
  10. All artworks and statements must be available for any form of media promotion and advertising of the exhibition. The Gallery will strive to ensure any publicity of artwork is appropriate.
  11. Artists are responsible for the return of their artwork and must be collected by 14 February 2023.

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Registration Form

21st Birthday Retrospective Exhibition
for members past and present

Artist Name: ____________________________________________________________________

Agent: (if applicable) ______________________________________________________________

Contact Telephone: _______________________________________________________________

Email: __________________________________________________________________________

Postal Address: ___________________________________________________________________

 _______________________________________________________________________________

ARTWORK #1

Title: ____________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________

Year created: ______________  Medium: _______________________________________________

Size:   L  _________________W ___________________ H________________

ARTWORK #2

Title: ____________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________

Date: ______________ Medium: _______________________________________

Size:   L  _________________W ___________________ H________________

Please attach

  • Artist Statement/short bio (up to 200 words)
  • A digital or printed image of the work/s. Email images to malleeartists.swanhill@gmail.com

Mallee Artists Swan Hill Inc.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/malleeart

malleeartists.swanhill@gmail.com

All Enquiries including assistance with photography:

President: Judy Brawn 0448918771  Secretary: Lorri Lambert 0467 879 261

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Save the Date!

SAT 10TH SEPT: LANDSCAPES WITH JON LAM

An image of Jon Lam demonstrating painting techniques
Jon demonstrating during his water effects workshop

$50 members $70 non members

*If insufficient numbers full price of $70 will apply to all participants

For those who came to Jon’s previous workshop in 2018 you will remember HIS relaxed and helpful tutoring.

Jon paints for the sheer pleasure it gives him. He has won over 40 awards during his career and he seems to be going from strength to strength with 5 successful entries in this year’s Camberwell Art Show!

Jon is competent with watercolour, oil, acrylic and pastels and his works vary between traditional to contemporary.

Bring some landscape reference photos and your own choice of medium for this one! Oils, Acrylics, Watercolour!

Bookings essential!!

Visit Jon’s Facebook page or website:

https://www.facebook.com/jonfonglam

https://jonfonglam.wixsite.com/mysite

And on the Ballarat Art Society page:

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Expressive Portraits with Paul Oswin

Sat 25th June:

$50 members ($70 non members) 10am – 3pm

Paul Oswin Portraits


Pauls workshops have become very popular across the state and beyond.  Loosen up and experiment with expressive watercolour and charcoal techniques to create unique portraits.  Bring your own photos and materials.  Portraits can be human or animal.  (list to be provided when you book).

https://www.pauloswinart.com/

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21st Birthday Exhibition Update

The Mallee Artists of Swan Hill (MASH) is celebrating their 21st Birthday this year with a retrospective exhibition at Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery in November.  

Important dates

Friday 30 September 2022:           Entries close

Friday 25 November:                    Official opening of Exhibition

Saturday 26 November 2022:       11am Walk through the exhibition with artists

Saturday 26 November:                6.30pm Artists and guests dinner

Sunday  30 January 2023              Last day of exhibit

Past and present members of the organisation are invited to submit items for the exhibition and can include 2D and 3D artworks that have been created anytime over the past 21 years.  Deceased members’ works can also be entered by family members or current owners of the art.

MASH members meet weekly and love to share their skills and knowledge with an annual program of in-house and professional workshops. 

For an exhibition entry form please contact the Secretary Lorri Lambert 0467 879 261 or email: malleeartists.swanhill@gmail.com

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Welcome to 2022!

Another year on and we are still battling the pandemic. Creativity keeps us going in troubled times and our groups will still meet to give members some time out with friends in an environment that is as safe as we can make it.

Woorinen South Community Hall starting Wednesday 12th January
9.30am. Gold coin donation to help pay for hall hire and cuppa supplies.

Murray River Motel, Campbell Street, Swan Hill starting Tuesday 1st February. 9.30am

Workshops will be announced soon following a sub committee meeting to set up the schedule.

Annual Fees Now due! $25 per person
#Participants must be double vaccinated to attend art days.

Water Spirit, Lorri Lambert 2022