Carl Stoveland Photo and Art: Blog http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Carl Stoveland Photo and Art carlstovelandphoto@icloud.com (Carl Stoveland Photo and Art) Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:16:00 GMT Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:16:00 GMT http://carlstovelandphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u990707290-o472400109-50.jpg Carl Stoveland Photo and Art: Blog http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog 80 120 One scene four interpretations http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/12/one-scene-four-interpretations The same barn on Rt 5&20 in Lima, NY rendered four ways.

Hello Art Friends!

As promised, here is the yellow barn I shot on my Thanksgiving trip to NY, done as a photo, a digital painting, a watercolor and an acrylic.  What an interesting exercise and one I recommend to everyone who works in multiple mediums.  I think I am most pleased with the acrylic as I just started working in that medium a few months ago and I see real progress here.  That said there are things I like about each of them.  It is funny that I attack each medium differently.  I have been painting watercolor for a while now and my style is somewhat illustrative and always has been.  That does not carry over to the digital or acrylic there I am more painterly.  I like the choice in the acrylic to be less fussy with the ground and instead for the blends and the warm glazes to bring out the glow.  The acrylic is the last of the four I did and I think I learned what I wanted it to like like with each iteration.  for the watercolor I measured everything and used a grid to get the shapes.  When it came time for the acrylic I simply drew the shapes in with a small brush.  I think this leads to more feeling and less trying to recreate an image but instead capture a feeling.  In the end I am happy with all of them and glad I challenged myself.  How do you challenge yourself as an artist?

Keep Makin' Art!

Carl

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carlstovelandphoto@icloud.com (Carl Stoveland Photo and Art) acrylic carl stoveland digital painting painting photography upstate ny http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/12/one-scene-four-interpretations Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:15:33 GMT
Of lemons and lemonade http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/12/of-lemons-and-lemonade

Couple admiring Hopper's August in the City at the Norton

Digital Painting

Woman in Yellow Dress at the Norton

Digital Painting

Hello Art Friends,

So today was a good news bad news day.  Bad news first.  I was notified today my pieces were not selected for Art Synergy at Art Palm Beach.  I'm a bit bummed, but have been on a lucky streak so can't take the news too badly.  I will attend the show and look at what was accepted and see what I can learn for next time.  Part of being an artist and participating in juried shows is rejection.  You can let it stop you or you can use it as a learning experience and grow from it.  Every artist I know has a pile of rejections from shows.  It is part of the life.  On to the good news.  One of my digital paintings has been purchased by the the Lake Worth CRA to be used in their program of wrapping art around traffic control boxes.  I'm honored to be chosen and will share it as soon as it is installed.  The subject is a digital painting of one of the cottages of Lake Worth.

I decided to go to the Norton Museum today to visit my favorite Hopper painting called August in the city.  I love all of Edward Hopper's work but he captured summer light in the city perfectly.  The color and light in this painting are perfect I can spend hours looking at this painting and there is something wonderful about seeing great art up close and in person.  The Cherry on the my Sundae at the Norton was I was able to add these two digital paintings to my ' at the Norton' series.  Tomorrow I will tackle the yellow barn acrylic I deftly avoided starting today.  I was just not ready, but think I have a plan for attacking it now.

Keep Making' Art!

Carl

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carlstovelandphoto@icloud.com (Carl Stoveland Photo and Art) art carl stoveland digital painting photography http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/12/of-lemons-and-lemonade Wed, 06 Dec 2017 03:23:10 GMT
Three down one to go. http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/12/three-down-one-to-go Yellow Barn - Lima NY

Watercolor on Arches 300lb cold press paper

14x7"

$250. unframed

As a quick recap I spent time photographing old barns while I was in upstate New York for Thanksgiving.  I decided to do a small project where I would do the same subject as a photo, a digital painting, a watercolor and an acrylic.  I chose a very cool series of yellow barns I found in Lima, New York.  The unexpected color looked great on this particular overcast fall morning and it is the one I chose for this project.  I am three quarters of the way done.  Just the acrylic waits to be started.  I will work on it today as the first course in my project management class starts tomorrow.  I had every intention of showing this painting as I completed each stage, but from when I started washing in the background to two hours later when it was done I never stopped painting.  So you get the finished product.  I kept a pretty limited palette for this piece.  It is done with various mixes of four colors.  One of the things I have learned along the way as a painter especially for landscape and nature scenes is working with a limited palette and not using too many colors out of the tube will help your painting feel unified and give it color harmony.  Careful selections of these colors like tending to use all warm or all cool versions of each color  and using transparent colors when possible will keep you from getting muddy colors.  I like fast loose paintings, but I also like architectural renderings.  So you will often find elements of both in my paintings.  I suppose that is why I like barns and lighthouses so much, they give me the opportunity to do both.  I made one design choice that helped the painting and now I wish I had done some work in progress photos.  In the original photo and in traditional painting things in the distance get lighter and cooler.  It helps a painter explain the space and tell the story based on how we naturally see the world around us.  In the early version of this painting the hill to the right was much lighter, but that posed a problem.  The value (lightness/darkness) of the barns was close to the value of the hill and the barns just kind of washed out to the right.  This caused the barns even with their warm yellow color to recede into the painting and gave your eye no place to stop and rest.  Since the barns are left of center in the painting I was able to darken the hill on the right and force the barns front and center.  It is a much more pleasing painting because of that break in the 'rules' made on the fly.  So, here is the lesson of the this particular post.  Watercolor is won or lost in the time it takes for a wash to dry.  That is pretty quick.  So when something does not feel right take a minute and decide what it is and make the course correction.  A word of warning though.  That very advice I give you now has led to dozens of rejects in my studio.  Sometimes everything is just right and does not need to be changed.  Inexperience and lack of confidence in yourself as a painter will sometimes cause you to make a bad decision.  Ok.  This is lesson two of this post.  It is quite OK to crash and burn a painting.  What have you wasted some paint and paper and what you have gained is knowledge of one more way not to attack a painting.  Watercolor is a devilishly tricky mistress.  You will make tons of mistakes.  Learn from your mistakes and take another whack at it.  If you are like me and have heard the siren song of watercolor calling to you then you can't help painting and hang on it can be a bumpy ride.  

Keep Making' Art!

Carl

 

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carlstovelandphoto@icloud.com (Carl Stoveland Photo and Art) balance carl stoveland inspiration painting photography watercolor http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/12/three-down-one-to-go Tue, 05 Dec 2017 14:56:21 GMT
Looking for inspiration. http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/12/looking-for-inspiration At the Food Truck Invasion.... Choices Choices

Digital Painting

In my last post I spoke of the fleeting nature of inspiration.  Today I'm thinking about those times when the big white canvas (or computer screen) is staring at you.  I don't know about you but when that moment hits that you have no idea what to paint or photograph or write etc etc.  It can stretch out and set up shop in your studio.  Once the block sets in it can be tough to shake.  What do I do when this happens?  Honestly whatever it takes to find the spark.  Some of the things I have been known to do are.

  1. return to an old work you never finished and try attacking it with fresh eyes.  
  2. By a book or watch a youtube video on a subject or technique you want to learn.
  3. Do something else creative... Cook, play an instrument etc.
  4. Take a class.  Sometimes hanging out with other artists you can catch their creativity.
  5. Play music you like.  I have been know to play Taylor Swift's Shake it off at high volume and dance around the studio. (Don't judge me!)
  6. one thing I like to do is shoot fun colorful scenes like the food truck invasion or carnivals.  Looking for compositions in the chaotic light and color usually helps me find my creativity if it's gone out for a walk and didn't tell me.

What are some of the things you do to jump start your creativity and be able to reconnect with your muse?

Keep Making' Art!

Carl

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carlstovelandphoto@icloud.com (Carl Stoveland Photo and Art) art carl stoveland digital painting inspiration painting photography http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/12/looking-for-inspiration Mon, 04 Dec 2017 15:20:55 GMT
Keeping an eye on the art http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/12/keeping-an-eye-on-the-art Guard at the Norton Museum

Hello Art Friends!

 

Today's offering is another painting from the Norton Museum.  I really liked the pose and posture of the guard and found he made for a great subject.  I shot the images in the museum with my Canon 5D and a 50mm f1.4 lens so I could shoot hand held and grab quick shots.  I did find the 50mm a bit tight in some of the galleries and may try the 40mm next time, but will carry the 50 also since I'm not sure I want to give up the two stop speed difference between the lenses.

I won't post any art work again until Monday or Tuesday so I can work on my barn paintings in watercolor and acrylic.  Have a great weekend everyone.

Keep Making' Art!

Carl

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carlstovelandphoto@icloud.com (Carl Stoveland Photo and Art) art carl stoveland digital painting photography http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/12/keeping-an-eye-on-the-art Sat, 02 Dec 2017 14:44:13 GMT
The Spark http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/12/the-spark Woman at the Norton Musem - Digital Painting

Hello my art friends!

What's on my mind today you ask?  Well since I have a blog at my disposal I'll tell you.  Creativity that's what's on my mind.  Yesterday I went to the Norton Museum in West Palm Beach for the first time since moving to Florida.  I have been meaning to go for a while.  While its new wing is under construction entrance is free so even more reason to go.  While not a huge museum the quality of the work in the collection rivals many much larger museums.  I assume this is due to many benefactors who live nearby in Palm Beach.  I brought my camera because I love to watch people look at art it fascinates me.  I hoped to get a few reference shots and someday do a painting of someone looking at art.  By the end of the day I had created this painting and saw another series forming in my mind.  That would be about five series I am currently working on in painting and photography.  That brings us back around to creativity.  I am going through one of those phases in my life where ideas are coming at me from all directions.  I have projects lined up like 747s trying to land at a busy airport and I have to manage them like an air traffic controller so they don't all crash.  It takes keeping an eye on all of them and giving each the attention they need to keep moving forward.  This is in no way a problem in fact this is what I want as an artist.  Ideas and activity lead to more ideas.  It is the times when there are no ideas that terrify me as an artist.  Questions like what if I never have another idea again? start to creep into your head and when they get there they can fester and let doubt in.  I find during active creative times it would never cross my mind to ask if somebody is going to like what I am doing, but when you are low on ideas and doubt has set anchor you can find a dozen reasons like that to not try what could be a good idea.  What is an artist to do?  First keep actively working even if it is producing work on a project you thought was done.  Activity and work leads to slowing down your brain and ideas can take hold like light in the darkness.  So if you are in the midst of a creative storm take advantage of it.  If you have too many ideas write them down in a journal so you can look them over when the creativity bucket is dry.  If you are grasping for ideas do some work.  I like to stretch watercolor paper or review images I took a year or more ago to see if I missed some winners that will lead to something.  Do whatever you have to to catch and ride the creative spark.  It is better than just about any other feeling I can think of.

 

Keep Making' Art!

Carl

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carlstovelandphoto@icloud.com (Carl Stoveland Photo and Art) carl stoveland creativity digital painting painting photography http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/12/the-spark Fri, 01 Dec 2017 14:48:16 GMT
5 Barns the big reveal http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/11/5-barns 5 Barns photographed on Rt 5&20 between Lima and Canandaigua NY last week

OK friends here is the big reveal.  Here are the five barns I photographed in NY last week as digital paintings.  Each one has its own look and feel and I am happy with all of them, but only one can be the project piece I talked about earlier.  So over the next few days, most likely into next week I will do a watercolor and acrylic painting of the chosen barn and present them together.  I'll chat about each one in terms of why the subject was good or challenging in that medium.  Now on to the winner.... With the lovely Wendy's help I chose the yellow barn.  There is a harmony to it I really like.  So look for a post or posts about the four different images I make of the yellow barn next week.

Today I will be back to taking photos of the CanvasLW outdoor museum mural project being done in ten locations in Lake Worth this week.  It has been amazing to watch the murals come to life day by day on the sides of our buildings and the bridge.  I'm also going to wander the Norton museum and get some photos to be used as studies for paintings of people looking at art in the museum.

Lastly today there is a happy hour gathering at Social House which is the co-working space I have used as office and photo studio for the last year.  It has been a great place to hang my hat and was a welcoming community when I arrived here in Lake Worth a little over a year ago.  I'll be giving up my membership as I am going back to school in December to get a project management certificate from Cornell University and hopefully a job.  Now that I am established as an artist here in town it is time to help support the household a bit.  Wendy has happily carried that load while we got settled here, but I'm in a position to balance work / life / art now so I'm happy to jump in.  Happily I will be continuing full steam with my art.  The convergence of all these things has led to one of the most creative periods of my life and I expect it to continue.

I will be traveling across the state this weekend so I may not have a chance to post, but look for new posts next week.

Keep Making' Art!

Carl

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carlstovelandphoto@icloud.com (Carl Stoveland Photo and Art) acrylic art artistic balance balance. carl stoveland painting photography watercolor work life balance http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/11/5-barns Thu, 30 Nov 2017 14:40:24 GMT
Big things are afoot. http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/11/big-things-are-afoot

Jennifer Chapparo at her spot at 612 Lucerne Ave

Eduardo Kobra working at the Cultural Council

Sipros' dynamic mural in progress at Lake Worth Beach

Hi Friends,

This week after Thanksgiving has been full of action on a global, local and personal scale.  Starting with the global in the local.  Canvas, the international outdoor museum show is in full swing with artists from around the world painting murals and outdoor art all over the city.  There is a flurry of activity with the artists and gawkers interacting.  One of my favorites is Eduardo Kobra  whose work always knocks me out when I see it.  I'll be wandering into town with my camera to check on the art and artists later this morning.  I will do a full post about CanvasLW tomorrow.  Little Lake Worth is starting to shine on the world art stage!

Now on to personal!  I had a meeting yesterday with the folks at the Hatch 1121 which is the gallery, display space of the Lake Worth CRA and LULA (Lake Worth Arts).  They recently moved into this space from a smaller location on J Street.  I will be having two solo shows at 'Hatch 1121'.  The first will be in July of 2018 and will be the show that culminates my 18 month IAMLAKEWORTH project which has been a labor of love for me since moving to Lake Worth and starting to meet the people of this great little city by the sea.  The second show will be the first of the 2018 winter season in November and will be a collection of my digital paintings of people and places in Lake Worth I have been working on for the last couple of months.  This show will be tentatively called 'Everyday Lake Worth'.  I will have more details as we get closer to the shows.  I am still shooting images for IAMLAKEWORTH and want to capture as many people as I can so if you would like to have your photo in the project contact me and we will set it up.

There are several other things in the works that I will talk about when I can.  What do I owe this current flurry of activity and interest in my art to you ask?  Well I will tell you.  I went to a panel discussion in Fort Lauderdale at Art Serve a few weeks ago.  The topic was marketing and branding your art.  If we are being honest and we are since we are all friends here! Branding and marketing myself terrify me.  Funny problem to have since my lovely wife Wendy is a marketing pro, but there you have it.  The speakers were Jim Hammond, Tabitha Mudra and my fabulous friend Jen Walls.  All three said many of the same things just slightly different as presented from the singular lenses of their life story and work.  The key two takeaways for me were one I had heard and ignored before which is to be a professional artist and earn a living at it you only spend 20% of your time making art, the other 80% is spent on business and marketing.  This used to terrify me and would send me into a mode of 100% creation and 0% marketing.  This is great fun for me, but bad for business and a quick way to turn your business into a hobby.  Now here is the bit that changed things.... Jen Walls was the first speaker so I heard this from her, but all three of the speakers said some version of it.  If you are afraid or baffled by marketing and branding your art.  Remember this... you are your art! and then replace marketing and branding with the phrase 'telling your story'.  So the key is to tell your story to as many people as possible.  People associate you with your art and they want to know about you.  It is much easier to sell work to a fan and existing client than to create new ones.  It was really like I was hit by lightning.  I have taken these simple concepts to heart.  I think I knew this back in New York when I had Gallery Meraki, but I needed to hear it again and also to remember that I have to keep at telling my story everyday.  The followers and friends will follow, just keep telling your story.  The other aspect and this is just logical.  Is be your authentic self. Let your passion for your art and what drives you shine through.  Your art fans and followers want to know the real you.  So that is what I have been doing and I find myself re-inspired and re-energized!  

Keep Makin' Art!

Carl

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carlstovelandphoto@icloud.com (Carl Stoveland Photo and Art) art carl stoveland photography http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/11/big-things-are-afoot Wed, 29 Nov 2017 15:25:44 GMT
Waiting in the Airport http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/11/waiting-in-the-airport Waiting in the Baltimore Airport

Sunday was a long day in airports.  Our flight out of Rochester was delayed due to the plane getting a late start from wherever it originated from.  This caused an 8 hour delay in Baltimore.  I had a chance to wander around and take some shots with my cell phone of people waiting for their flights.  I will work on these as digital paintings and post them here and there.  My plan for the week is to pick one of the barn photos I took last week in Upstate NY and present it as a photo, a digital painting a watercolor and lastly an acrylic painting.  I'll post progress as I go along and describe some of my thought process in selecting and working on the images.

I hope everyone enjoyed Thanksgiving and is ready for the all out assault on our senses That is Christmas here in the US.  We are still getting used to Florida style Christmas done in shorts and flip flops.  Having spent 50 years in the northeast we are still strangers in a strange land.  We are going to the tree lighting this Friday and look forward to the intergallacticly (spelling) themed holiday parade in a couple of weeks.

 

Keep Makin' Art!

Carl

 

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carlstovelandphoto@icloud.com (Carl Stoveland Photo and Art) carl stoveland florida photography thanksgiving xmas http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/11/waiting-in-the-airport Mon, 27 Nov 2017 14:27:32 GMT
Giving myself a project http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/11/giving-myself-a-project

White Barn - Lima NY

I have wandered around Monroe, Livingston and a bit of Ontario Counties over the last couple of days with my camera.  Mostly, I have taken reference photos of old barns for future projects.  Sadly one of the old barns I shot in Avon NY in 2015 is now a pile of rubble.  Time and tides wait for no man as the saying goes.  NY’s finger lakes is some of the prettiest country I have ever scene and enjoy returning here every few years to wander whether it is to shoot barns or waterfalls or just enjoy a ride.

I have given myself a project to be done in the next week.  I am going to review the images I just shot and pick one barn.  I will edit the photo, do a digital painting, a watercolor and an acrylic painting of the scene and share each of them with you at the end of the week in one post.  I’ll show progress of each in a post of its own as I work my way through the week.

This will be a fun and interesting project for me I enjoy each of these artistic mediums in their own way and it will be interesting to try to capture the same scene in all for mediums.  I wonder which will be the biggest challenge and which will be the most satisfying for me?  I hope you will follow along and let me know what you think.

Keep Makin’ Art!

Carl

 

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carlstovelandphoto@icloud.com (Carl Stoveland Photo and Art) barns carl stoveland ny painting photography projects upstate new york http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/11/giving-myself-a-project Sat, 25 Nov 2017 18:58:26 GMT
Black Friday http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/11/black-friday No shopping for me today... No surprise there, but I did get up and out early with my camera.  I wandered around Livingston and Monroe Counties in NY taking reference photos of old barns for future paintings.  I have no images to share today as I did not travel with a computer.  So no editing for me until I get home.  I did get some good shots of old barns in the morning light that you may see as paintings in the next week or so.  

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family, friends and turkey!

 

Keep Makin’ Art!

Carl

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carlstovelandphoto@icloud.com (Carl Stoveland Photo and Art) barns carl stoveland photography http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/11/black-friday Fri, 24 Nov 2017 16:22:32 GMT
Jazz on J Street http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/11/jazz-on-j-street Photos from Jazz on J Street

One of the ways to really sharpen your composition and focusing skills is to shoot live music.  On the 3rd Tuesday of each month I do exactly that at Jazz on J Street hosted by the Clay, Metal, Glass, Stone Gallery on J Street in Lake Worth.  You hear great music in an environment that embraces all art.  It is a real treat.  I recommend it if you are any kind of music fan.  This is where pros come to play for fun!  So mark your calendar and head to Lake Worth on the 3rd Tuesday you will not be disappointed.  

Also... In January be on the look out for an amazing art show called the Art of Jazz on J Street.  I will be a part of this show.  I have six really great pieces to share in the show from my recent digital painting work that I have sequestered and am keeping off of social media until the big show... So you'll just have to make your way to Lake Worth to see it.

Happy Thanksgiving and Keep Making' Art!

Carl

 

PS - I will try to post if I get the chance but Thanksgiving is for family and friends so forgive me if I don't have the chance to post and you'll see me back at it next week!

CS

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carlstovelandphoto@icloud.com (Carl Stoveland Photo and Art) carl stoveland jazz jazz on j street lake worth photography http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/11/jazz-on-j-street Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:00:00 GMT
Early Morning Leadenhall Market London http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/11/early-morning-leadenhall-market-london

Early Morning Leadenhall Market London

Digital painting

This is one of my favorite early attempts at digital painting. In particular i like the out of focus characters on the right.  They balance the man on the left who is sharp and looking out of the painting.  Whether you paint with a brush or a computer deciding what to focus the viewers eyes on is the same for all artists. 

I will be away in Upstate NY Wed to Sunday so I am not sure what I will post.  Most likely photos.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Keep Makin’ Art!

Carl

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carlstovelandphoto@icloud.com (Carl Stoveland Photo and Art) art carl stoveland photography http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/11/early-morning-leadenhall-market-london Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:34:44 GMT
If You Can Dodge a Wrench You Can Dodge a Ball! http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/11/if-you-can-dodge-a-wrench-you-can-dodge-a-ball

Babar Little Free Library

Acrylic House Paint - 2017

The title of this post comes from the very silly movie ‘Dodgeball’  I’m not sure why the phrase stuck with me but it made me laugh.  What does it have to do with my art you ask?  It is a reminder that inspiration can come from just about anywhere.  Case in point, after successfully painting our Dr Seuss Little Free Library last year I volunteered to paint the Babar one you see here.  I had avoided branching out from watercolors to acrylics because of some unhappy experiments with acrylic and fighting it’s ridiculously fast drying times.  As I worked happily away on Babar and being thrilled with the results I realized Duh! This is acrylic paint.  That lead to me starting to paint acrylics which led to the storm of creativity I am in the middle of with digital paintings.  If you can paint a library you can paint acrylics.  I have gotten so much more from being a little free library steward than I ever could have guessed.  So the moral of my little story is inspiration can strike from just about anywhere at any time.  My best advice about inspiration is you can’t force it.  In fact it is just the opposite, so if inspiration strikes take advantage of it because it’s a gift from the universe.

Inspiration has led me to decide to split my time between art and work.  I have just signed up for a project management certificate course through Cornell University and look forward to starting to work again and get the energy and inspiration that can come from that.  I will in no way slow down my art projects.  In fact I hope to have an announcement about a solo show just after Thanksgiving.  So keep watching this space as my blog will return to its original theme of balancing work, life and art!  Everything comes full circle.  It’s one of the things I like best about life.

Keep Makin’ Art!

Carl

 

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carlstovelandphoto@icloud.com (Carl Stoveland Photo and Art) art carl stoveland creativity inspiration life painting passion photography http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/11/if-you-can-dodge-a-wrench-you-can-dodge-a-ball Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:16:10 GMT
What does the Ibis Say? http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/11/what-does-the-ibis-say Three Ibis' in the rain

Canon 5D 200mm f2.8

The Ibis says "Umbrellas we don't need no stinkin' Umbrellas."  I don't know how funny that is, but is what I was thinking when I got the shot.  I just love this photo.  It is one of those moments you have to be ready for.  To capture the raindrops you need a telephoto lens set to wide open in this case f2.8 fo give a narrow depth of field so you get sharp and blurry drops in the same photo.  you also need a fast shutter speed.  I used 1/1600th second to freeze the rain in place.  All that was passing through my mind as I walked past the ibis' on my way to shelter from a sudden rain.  When I got to the shelter I found a spot near the birds and sat down and remained still for a bit while I set my camera.  Then when the time was right I raised the camera and got the shot before the birds walked away.

I have been thinking of what I want to do with the blog for the last day or so.  I have photography, painting, digital art, projects and shows to talk about.  I thought about being structured and posting 5 times a week one topic for each day of the week.  It is neat and tidy, but I do not work that way.  I will fall down the rabbit hole and do only one type of work for weeks at a time as seen recently with my exploration of digital painting.  So, it will be more free form and will follow what I am currently thinking or working on.

So on that front my topic for today will be art shows.  I set aside the noise in my head this week and applied for one of the juried shows during Art Palm Beach in January.  I applied for Art Synergy.  I entered three of my infrared photos.  They are local scenes with a different twist from the infrared spectrum.  Recent success in an infrared photography show in Vermont gave me the courage to enter something into Art Synergy.  Here is my point about all this.  One thing leads to another.  I have been in several shows at Clay Metal Glass Stone Gallery in Lake Worth this summer and sold several pieces.  That lead to applying for the Juried IR Show at Photo Place Gallery in Vermont and now applying to Art Synergy.  I am excited and hopeful about this show as it draws 1000's of art buyers and collectors every year over its weekend run.  Build on small successes and stretch yourself you will be amazed at the heights you can attain! As the old saying goes how does one eat an elephant..... One bite at a time. 

Keep Making' Art!

Carl

 

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carlstovelandphoto@icloud.com (Carl Stoveland Photo and Art) http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/11/what-does-the-ibis-say Sun, 19 Nov 2017 14:40:18 GMT
No More Mr Nice Guy http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/11/no-more-mr-nice-guy Lake Worth Pier Before Sunrise

Digital Painting

Hello Friends,

I had a squabble with a painter friend of mine last week.  I had mentioned the digital paintings I have been doing, was I fishing for a compliment from an artist I respect?  Maybe.  I am as guilty as anyone of needing affirmation for the art I bravely put out into the world.  To my surprise I did not get the praise I was after.  Instead she poo-poo'd it and dismissively said well that's not art and other painters would not like it.  I mentioned a squabble earlier... well maybe the squabble was in my head where most of the confrontation in my world resides.  I am still going to claim victory and depart the field of battle.  Here's why. In the past I would have let the slight bother me and I would have taken it as gospel truth.  God knows I would not want to insult an oil painter (queue self righteous musical flourish).  That is old thinking and I don't have time for it.  I can't limit my creative vision based on somebody else's opinions that come from a place of fear of being left behind or made irrelevant.  That is their issue and not mine.  I did not intend this post to be a rant and I promise it won't all be.  The moral of this little tale is don't give a fiddler's fart to other people's opinions.  Be true to yourself and let your vision guide you.  Creating the work that is screaming to get out of you is honest and authentic and will get you the audience your art needs.  That said the 80/20 rule (I am trying to live by these days) which is as a working artist 20% of your time should be spent on creating and 80% on marketing activities, but that is a whole other blog post for another day.  The truth is the art world is a big place and their is room enough for all artists.  just imagine if the the first Pixar movies had never been made because cell animators would be phased out.  By allowing technology to become part of the process nothing was destroyed.  We have a whole new world digitally animated films beloved by millions and we have a whole new respect for hand drawn films.  There is enough room for everyone.  I am a photographer, watercolorist, digital artist and starting to master acrylic painting.  I will use whatever medium or all of the media that is best suited to create my art because at the end of the day it is my art.  OK mild rant over.

Now onto what I wanted to talk about.  You guessed it digital painting.  It is a topic I will return to a lot in future posts.  Today it is about what inspired me to create paintings on my computer.  It all started when I saw the trailer for the movie 'Loving Vincent'.  It is a movie about Vincent Van Gogh created by painting the entire movie.  Now this was made with a huge number of original oil paintings, but shown in  a whole new way.  I loved the look and wanted to see if I could do something similar with my photos.  I had as far back as the 1990's made digital fantasy landscapes with photoshop and an application called Bryce.  They were great, but did not look like paintings,  I am now laughing remember having to render images overnight on my pentium II computer with 16mb of ram.  We have come such a long way in such a short time.  Anyway using photoshop I set out to try to paint some of my photos and have found a whole new voice to let my art out into the world with.  Many friends have asked how I Make the paintings when they see them posted on social media.  I'm not going to give away any secrets here.  It requires a lot of Photoshop and a few plugins, mostly it is 23 years using Photoshop and already being a painter and photographer.  Sorry there is no one button you can push and out pops a painting of your photo.  At least not one I have been satisfied with yet!  I can imagine a day not too far off when you will pick your photo and then pick an artist whose style you want the painting in and presto.  It is not here yet.  Painters do not fear this day.  It will raise awareness about art and people will discover the joy of pushing paint around on a canvas.  Nothing will ever beat that.  The painting I posted today is of Lake Worth Pier in the predawn hours.  There was so much great light and movement going on in the photo I knew it would make a great painting.  Yes I am calling these paintings my choice!  It is part of a series of digital paintings I am doing around Lake worth I am calling Everyday Lake Worth.  If you read all the way through thanks for hanging in there.  until next time...

Keep Makin' Art!

Carl

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carlstovelandphoto@icloud.com (Carl Stoveland Photo and Art) artist carl stoveland carl stoveland photography digital art photography http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/11/no-more-mr-nice-guy Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:06:00 GMT
A renewed sense of purpose http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/11/a-renewed-sense-of-purpose Sunrise Lake Worth Pier 11/16/17

 

I woke this morning with a renewed sense of purpose... OK.  I woke this morning to the sound of one of my crazy cats scratching the sofa in a none too subtle attempt to get breakfast early today.  For the sake of my sofa I got up and fed the little monsters.  It is true though I woke with a renewed sense of purpose.  I attended a workshop last night on pricing and selling your art held at ArtServe in Ft Lauderdale.  The speakers were painter Jen Walls, photographer/film maker Tabitha Mudra and puppet designer Jim Hammond.  Listening to these three dynamic speakers I realized I have been so busy creating new art since the move to Florida 16 months ago I have not been talking much about my art journey or my process very much.  That stops now!  So if you are interested in what I think as I create and the odd ways my life intersects with my art then check out my blog often.  in my previous blog (Artistic Balance) I had posted nearly every for several years.  Frankly, I just got out of the habit of writing.  I am looking forward to correcting that and sharing my current projects with you as well as my thoughts about them as they evolve.

 

Keep Making' Art!

Carl

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carlstovelandphoto@icloud.com (Carl Stoveland Photo and Art) blogging carl stoveland iamlakeworth photography http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/11/a-renewed-sense-of-purpose Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:28:56 GMT
IAMLAKEWORTH Project Update http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/4/iamlakeworth417 I am a few months into my IAMLAKEWORTH project.  As is common with any project lasting a year other things took priority for the past few weeks.  I plan to ramp up shooting again this week with people who have already volunteered and some man in the street stuff around last week.  I have made progress on the front of narrowing down what I plan to shoot the project on.  From the standpoint of digital it has been locked in since day 1. I am using my Fuji x100S camera.  It is small and light and packs the same punch as my Canon DSLR.  I have also wanted to shoot the project on film and tried a bunch of cameras before I settled on two.  For 35mm I am shooting my beloved Konica TC I have had since high school.  The lenses are fast and fantastic and I love shooting it.  I also picked a medium format camera.  I chose the Pentax 645N 120 camera.  Each negative is 2.25x 1.75" and produces wonderful scans of the negatives.  It won out its spot for 3 reasons.  It makes sense in my hands.  All of the control dials are in the right place and easy for me to adjust.  It is autofocus which I find I need more and more and the camera prints all the shooting data on the side of the negative outside of the image area.  I tested this camera at the St Patty's Day and Pride Day parades and it did a great job.  With my film cameras decided on I turned to film and did some testing.  For color the Kodak Portra 400 and 800 films deliver brilliant skin tones and color rendition.  For B&W I chose the HP5 400 film from Ilford.  I have been a fan of this film for years and enjoy shooting it.  I recently added 1 film to this lineup and am planning shoots with it now.  That film is the CineStill 800T.  It is a high speed tungsten color balanced film that will be great for available light shots around town.  It is based on the Kodak vision 3 motion picture film and has been modified to work in standard color c41 processing.  You will see the results of the first shoots with this film in the next couple of weeks.

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carlstovelandphoto@icloud.com (Carl Stoveland Photo and Art) Carl Stoveland Natural Light Portraits iamlakeworth photography http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/4/iamlakeworth417 Sun, 09 Apr 2017 14:55:37 GMT
I AM LAKE Worth 2/1/17 http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/2/i-am-lake-worth-2/1/17

Here we have some of the first folks who volunteered to be part of IAMLAKEWORTH! We are just a few weeks into the project and I am having a blast meeting new people here in my adopted home town of Lake Worth, Florida.  This funky, charming and diverse town is the perfect subject for a project that shows strength in diversity and the more different we are the more we really are the same.  In the last couple of weeks this project has taken on more and more importance to me, as I watch how our divided our nation is I want to convey even through our differences we are united in caring about our town and everyone that lives here.

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carlstovelandphoto@icloud.com (Carl Stoveland Photo and Art) I AM LAKE WORTH! http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/2/i-am-lake-worth-2/1/17 Thu, 02 Feb 2017 18:39:15 GMT
I am Lake Worth 01-08-2017 http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/1/i-am-lake-worth-01-08-2017 This week on I am Lake worth I took a trip to the Gray Mockingbird Community Garden.  I spent some time with the Garden's director, Brian Kirsch getting to see what the place was all about.  Then I followed Brian around as he gave a tour to a group of young people from a leadership class who were learning where our food comes from and how it gets to our store.  It was great to see the kids engaged and asking questions.  Thank you Brian for what you do for our community.

Brian showing kids around the garden

 

This week I will spend my time booking shoots with a few people who have already agreed to be in I Am Lake Worth, scouting locations, developing film from three shoots and man in the street style shoots around Lake Worth.  The project is off and running to a great start already.

one of the digital shots of Brian from the visit.

 

I AM LAKE WORTH!

Carl

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carlstovelandphoto@icloud.com (Carl Stoveland Photo and Art) Carl Stoveland I Am Lake Worth photography http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/1/i-am-lake-worth-01-08-2017 Mon, 09 Jan 2017 16:04:05 GMT