Welcome to the Carl Stoveland Photography Blog.  Here I will post articles of interest to clients and photographers alike.  Until October 2016 this was the Artistic Balance Blog.



Holy February Batman

February 01, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

comm{unity} Exhibit
Lake Worth Food Trucks

Hello Art Friends!

Wow!  It's February and there is a lot going on.  The Art of Jazz on J Street show continues until 2/6 and the final reception is tonight.  Young Miles Hoyt will be performing on guitar with his dad Mike.  That is not to be missed.  I am continuing my studies towards a certificate in project management from Cornell University.  I have four courses under my belt and the last one started yesterday.  I was notified yesterday that the three pieces I submitted for the comm{unity} art exhibit were accepted.  Drop off is Saturday and the show opens next week.  I have three big pieces in this show.  One of them is the food trucks digital painting you have seen me post before.  The theme of the show is art is borderless.  I really love that on many levels.  The other two pieces are framed 30x40 digital paintings of the Palm Beach County Pride Parade in Lake Worth last year and another from the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival.  I'll share those two new ones after the show has been upper a bit and the opening repletion is done so they can be new work to the folks who come to Hatch 1121 for the show.  Now since that is not enough I am taking a painting workshop focusing on color with Patti Mollica who is one of my favorite painters.  I am also participating in a 30 paintings in 30 days challenge starting today.  I will work exclusively in Acrylic paints to help define my style in this new medium for me.   Add to this volunteering for the local meet the candidates forum next week and working on my two solo shows later this year and my plate is officially full.  Look for me to post here my acrylic work every few days as I work my way thru 30 paintings in 30 days.

Keep Makin Art!


Goings on

January 27, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

A few of the nature photos I have done in the past week. I am currently showing 11 digital paintings in the Art of Jazz on J Street show at Clay Metal Glass Stove Gallery

Jazz on J Street performer Libra Sene

Hello Art Friends 


It has been a busy start to the new year.  I have continued to work on my digital portraits, done two headshot sittings, am participating in a group art show, applied to be in a new community art show, worked on my nature photography and am going to school for a certificate in project management.  Wow that does sound like a lot.  So far I am keeping up with it all and keeping my sanity.  Right now I am charging batteries and packing my gear for two days of corporate headshot work up on Singer Island.  It feels good to be doing some purely photographic work again.

The community art show I applied for is announcing who's work got selected on Wed.  I am looking forward to this show and think I have a good shot at getting a couple of pieces in.  It was fun picking images with the theme Comm(unity).  I had lots of stuff to choose from and went bold with entering 2 30x40 pieces and 1 22x36" piece.  Wish me luck.

My course work for the certificate in project management from Cornell continues to go well. My current class ends on Tuesday and then just one more two week course left.  I am also taking a couple of online classes in drawing, but that is just for me and to help up my game as I do more drawings on my iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil.  I am hoping to start taking a figure drawing class soon and using the iPad as what I draw on.  

Enjoy your week to come and Keep Makin' Art!


IPad Pro Drawing

January 14, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Digital drawings done on iPad Pro with Procreate and the Apple Pencil

Hello Art Friends!

We have company this week so I have less access to my Mac which is in our guest room.  That is ok though as I have discovered a whole new way to create and I am loving it.  It will go right up there with the paintings I do on my Mac.  Last Friday night I took a workshop at Clay Glass Metal and Stone Gallery in Lake Worth with artist Jeffrey Weiner.  It was on Life Drawing with the iPad,  It was such a game changer!  I have the power to do almost everything I do drawing and painting wise on my mac in a small enough screen to take with me and draw on yet small enough to not be a burden.  The apple pencil is the real star it is quick and responsive and feels great for drawing and painting.  I have not gotten out and sketched live models yet, but with the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil using the Procreate App.  I have been able to produce these beauties based on photos I have taken of musicians.  I have musicians on my brain right now with the Art Meets Jazz on J Street show opening this Tuesday at the gallery.  The app is easy enough to start using, but is very powerful it may take me weeks to find all of the great tools built in.  Painting and my mac will continue to be my focus as I launch my digital portrait painting service, but the iPad and pencil is an awesome combination and I plan to use it often.

Keep Makin' Art!


A good weekend

January 08, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Canon AE-1

This was a good weekend!  I did very little of the work I had planned but I learned something new and acquired one of my bucket list cameras.  Friday night I took a class at Clay, Glass, Metal & Stone Gallery (Also home to Jazz on J Street).  The class was on life drawing with your iPad, taught by Jeffrey Weiner.  I had used the early drawing apps on the iPad and found them fun but not of much use for what I was trying to do.  In the class we used the Procreate App and a stylus.  The app supports layers, importing photos and has a full suite of drawing and painting tools.  It was a bit of a game changer because now I could see a path to doing the drawing and painting I do on my Mac but out on location.  The screen on my iPad Air is a bit small, but It can be dome.  I also test drove the app on the iPad Pro with the Apple pen.  That is a seriously good combination.  I have been experimenting all weekend with painting on my iPad and you may see some work from me done on the iPad in the near future.

Next up was I acquired one of my bucket list cameras.  The venerable Canon AE-1!  I had always wanted one, but by the time I was buying my own cameras to work with AutoFocus had changed everything.  I have been shooting Canon cameras since the early 1990's, but somehow the AE-1 never made it into my collection that is until yesterday when my friend Blanche contacted me and said she had some old cameras to donate and would I like them including an AE-1.  I jumped at the chance.  I already loaded the camera up with a fresh roll of Portra 800.  Don't be surprised if you see me with it around town this week.  I had the option to get the AE-1 as my first SLR (not counting my Mom's old EXA I cut my teeth on).  Christmas my Jr year of high school my folks were getting me my first camera.  I knew the AE-1 because of the countless TV and print ads for it and the legendary Canon lenses.  I had mentioned it was the one I wanted.  My Mom is nothing if not thoughtful in her research.  About a month before Christmas My Mom gave me a choice.  I could get the AE-1 with a 50mm lens for Christmas or the Konica TC with the 40mm lens and a zoom lens and a flash.  The AE-1 was a status symbol for the photo kids in school and part of me wanted wanted that, but Mom showed me the lens lineups of the two cameras and the reviews.  It turns out the TC is just as good a camera.  It also had a fully mechanical metal shutter instead of the electronic cloth shutter of the AE-1.  I learned a great lesson and chose the Konica for it's substance and value.  Did I make the right choice?  You tell me.  I still have the Konica and 5 lenses for all super fast and sharp.  So yeah, I did.  It was the right choice for me.  That said a little part of me has always wanted an AE-1.  Now I have one and am going to shoot it right along with my trusty old Konica when I shoot 35mm film.

That said.  I did none of the work I planned on the weekend so today is a catchup day for school etc.

Keep Makin' Art!


Maris Portrait

January 05, 2018  •  Leave a Comment


Digital Painting

I am working on a postcard announcing I am taking commissions to paint digital portraits.  I needed a new painting for the postcard and did this of my friend Maris from a shoot we did a few years ago at the studio at Gallery Meraki.  Maris was my go to model in NY and a real trooper.  She always jumped right into whatever vision I had and made my work better.  So thanks for that Maris.  I really enjoyed making this painting.  I feel like my style is evolving with each and every painting I do.  I am almost overwhelmed with the number of painting and drawing brushes in photoshop since they added the Kyle brush tools to the program.  I spent 20+ years using one brush in photoshop it was a soft round brush and it is essential to editing photos, but the dozens of new painterly and drawing brushes and blenders are amazing.  I am slowly finding my favorites that suite my style.  

The postcard and a digital version of it will be available by the time the Art of Jazz on J Street opens on 1/16.  It will be the perfect place to kick off my portrait painting service.  I will give more details about that in an upcoming post.

Now it is back to school work for a while.  I am also taking a class tonight on drawing on your iPad.  I really love adding new ways to create art!  I am really looking forward to it.

Keep Makin' Art!


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