Wednesday, January 4, 2012

RNAC Residency Opportunity

Goetemann Residency in Gloucester, MA:   a unique opportunity for artists

Be part of the next generation of  21st century artists to build on the foundations set by Edward Hopper, Milton Avery, Nel Blaine, Winslow Homer, and many others. 

Rocky Neck Art Colony is currently accepting applications for the 2012 Goetemann Artist in Residency Program at the Rocky Neck Art Colony ( Three visual artists will be selected to be in residence for three one month residencies during the summer season from May to October of 2012.

Rocky Neck sits like a jewel in the large fishing harbor of Gloucester, MA. With rafted fishing vessels sitting below the stacked houses of surrounding hills, it has provided the visual drama and complex beauty to draw America's greatest artists over the last 150 years to the oldest working art colony in the United States. Residents accepted will receive a prime live-work studio both private and on a wharf right in the midst of it all.

Choices for subject matter are endless.  Interpretive possibilities abound.  We encourage applications from artists interested in the naturalistic phenomena of this place s well as from those on the cutting edge of contemporary thought and exploration.
Kathy Liao of Seattle, Washington,  Goetemann Artist in Residence, Gloucester,MA

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

High Five Photo Tips for Jan-Feb 2012

High Five Photo Tips for JANUARY - FEBRUARY:

1. Light Painting is done in the dark with the camera on a tripod set with manual focus - preset using a flashlight to aide focus) and shutter speeds in the seconds up to minutes. Use a continuous light source such as flashlight, light pen or instantaneous flash with or without gels. Dress in black, move quickly through a scene and even cover flashlight grip, etc. with black. 

2.  Get inspiration for your still life and food photography from your local museum. Look at classical paintings from the old masters. Carefully observe the use of color, contrast and composition. Simple lighting with the use of a single light source will create lovely shapes due to cast shadows.  Dark shadows will produce the illusion of depth. Prime lens with a 50 mm equivalent crop factor will mimic the physical limitations of paintings. Experiment and create harmony with complementary colors such as orange with blue. Don't wait for the perfect object, the perfect lighting or the perfect equipment.
blue plate with onions
Blue Plate with Onions

pepper duo
Pepper Duo
3. Create a mood or inspire an emotion with your photography.  
Heading Home, Gloucester Harbor

4. Choose your subject and find the simplest elements. Then compose and shoot with your concept in mind. Think and compose. Remember these key elements to create not take an image.
peony sunrise
Peony Sunrise

5. More on Patterns. Explore B&W and Color. Look for duplicity of patterns and how the light enhances the effect. Side lighting will bring out the texture.
sand pattern square
Sand Patterns Square
sand pattern
Sand Patterns

All prior photo tips archived in the JMP Blog.