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.



Remembering Dad

April 08, 2018  •  2 Comments

Green Cay Wetlands

4x5 Crown Graphic with Ilford FP4 film

Sorry for the long gap in posting.  I have kept up with social media but the blog has suffered a bit of neglect at my hands.  Life sometimes has a way of pulling me out of the studio and then pushing me back in.  In the past couple of months I have been flitting around from digital painting, acrylic painting, digital photography including Infrared and film photography mostly with a 4X5" Crown Graphic press camera made in the 1950s.  A couple of things happened that got the shift back to photography moving.  I had gone to the spring open house at Clyde Butcher's Big Cypress Gallery and and fell in love with large format B&W photography all over again.  Until recently the biggest film I had been shooting was 120 roll film.  Now my freezer is stocked with 4x5 inch B&W film.  After going to the gallery I was editing some photos I had taken around the swamp next to the gallery and my Dad called.  It was not uncommon... Dad called to chat every time Mom was out of the house for five minutes.  I shared with Dad what I had seen at the gallery and was all excited to dig out my 4x5 and start playing in the Everglades.  Dad told me of having the same 4x5 camera I now have and that he had the kit that turned the camera into an enlarger.  He and my Uncle Eddie would got to dances and take photos and then rush home to develop and print the photos.  Sometimes they made it back to the dance by the end of the night.  We had a laugh over the idea of being that quick with a 4x5 camera.  The original 1 hour photo.  My dad passed away the next day.  I am glad we had one of our chats the day before.  He was always so supportive of all of my efforts.  I am sitting here now thinking of the three summers I worked by my Dad's side at the photo lab he worked at.  My love of photography comes from my Mom being a photographer and painter when I was young and the times as a kid I sat on a stool in the corner of my Dad's darkroom and the magic would happen.  So out of that sad event of Dad passing film photography has elbowed its was back to the top of the list of my artistic pursuits at least for a little while.  I have a show in July to prepare for of my I AM LAKE WORTH series, but for right now I am heading into nature with my cameras.  Tomorrow I am heading out into Big Cypress Swamp with a guide.  I will shoot digital for this first foray out into the swamp, but next time I'll be heading out with my 4x5.  Shooting 4X5 film is a deliberate process and forces you to clear your mind and slow down.  I shot 14 sheets of film last weekend at Corkscrew Swamp in Naples.  I am really looking forward to seeing those negatives and sharing them with you.  Tomorrow's journey will be mostly about infrared B&W which is perfectly suited to the swamp.  I'll be shooting in late afternoon so I'll shoot some color too as the light gets golden and starts to slant in from the west.  What I really look forward to is editing and finding that one image it will be the one that I would print and show Dad.  I'll here him saying "Great shot kid!" in my head while I edit.

Fear not I have not abandoned my other pursuits.  Painting and digital painting will be showing up again in my feed soon, but for now I'm having fun with my cameras.


Keep Makin' Art!


Artistic Identity Crisis

March 14, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Parking Structure Detail - Worth Ave Palm Beach parking structure detail

Worth Avenue - Palm Beach

I'm having a wee bit of an artistic identity crisis... Some asked me recently what I did and I blurted out and rambled on for 5 minutes every medium I work in.  That is about right too as I am lurching from painting to photography to digital painting.  I am just going to call myself an artist going forward.  What medium I create in does not matter to me as long as it speaks to me and hopefully the viewer (and hopefully buyers) of my art.  Sometimes I don't even know what hat I will be wearing when I pull out of the driveway in the morning.  Today my goal was to find interesting people and compositions for paintings.  I headed out to ritzy Worth Ave in Palm Beach to find some characters.  Just my camera and three lenses.  The first thing I noticed was this light in a parking structure about 50 feet from the sidewalk and suddenly fine art photographer was the mode I found myself in.  I really have no right to complain and I am not about this embarrassment of artistic riches.  I'm simply marveling at how I see the world when the creative juices are flowing.  Now back to looking through my photos to see if I found anything I want to paint.


Keep Makin' Art!


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!


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