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) Sun, 08 Apr 2018 16:11:00 GMT Sun, 08 Apr 2018 16:11:00 GMT http://carlstovelandphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u990707290-o472400109-50.jpg Carl Stoveland Photo and Art: Blog http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog 80 120 Remembering Dad http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2018/4/Dad 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!

Carl

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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!

Carl

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Holy February Batman http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2018/2/holy-february-batman 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!

Carl
 

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Goings on http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2018/1/goings-on 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!

Carl

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IPad Pro Drawing http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2018/1/ipad-pro-drawing 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!

Carl

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A good weekend http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2018/1/a-good-weekend 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!

Carl

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Maris Portrait http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2018/1/maris-portrait Maris

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!

Carl

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carlstovelandphoto@icloud.com (Carl Stoveland Photo and Art) carl stoveland digital painting gallery inspiration natural light portraits painting photography http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2018/1/maris-portrait Fri, 05 Jan 2018 14:21:12 GMT
Persistence http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2018/1/persistence Kitchen Still Life #2

Digital Painting

Hello Art Friends

I knew eventually my journey into digital painting would take me to still life work.  Today's lesson is in persistence.  Yesterday I noticed some onions and garlic in my kitchen I had bought and thought they would make a great still life.  I took out my camera and then set out at my computer to paint.  Yesterday I loved it. I had successfully captured what onions and garlic look like on a dark background.  This morning I looked at the painting from yesterday and was less happy with it.  In fact I realized it was just a study and needed to be done with a better composition.  So I set up the same items this time with an old crock I normally keep soap and my dish sponges in.  I decided I wanted to really make an interesting composition that looked like an old masters painting.  Once I had the photo the way I wanted I set out to painting on my computer.  I am so glad I went back and revisited the subject.  Today's I really love.  I should really remember this because as a photographer I will return to the same site over and over again until I really get the photo I see in my head.  I have to remember to do the same when I paint.  We don't only get one crack at a subject.  

Tomorrow I will be framing my pieces for the Art of Jazz on J Street show and plowing through my next class for school.  I do have a portrait painting I did over the holidays queued up to write about so I will take a break and get that posted.

What lessons do you find yourself learning over and over again?

Keep Makin' Art!

Carl

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Digital painting a few tips http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/12/digital-painting-a-few-tips

Burt Boice on Bass

Today's post is a recent painting of bass player Burt Boice at Jazz on J Street.  This one will not be in the upcoming show called 'the Art of Jazz on J Street'  it is not quite done and I won't have time to have it ready for the show.  It is also a bit different from the rest of the work in the show.  I know you have not seen most of the work I am putting in that show yet.  That is by design so it will be new to everyone who sees it at the gallery.  I will post those pieces on line once the show starts.  For this painting I explored more of the new dry brushes available now in photoshop.  It has more of a pastel look than the rest of the Jazz on J art I have done which has a rich and creamy oil painting look.  I hope you like this one.  I did not know what I wanted when I started and was playing and learning my way through the work as I learned about some of the brushes.

As my end of year gift to you my blog readers and Facebook followers I will share a few tips with you on digital painting.  I still have a lot to learn and these are just little tips to help you if you decide to start trying to do digital paintings.  The reality is this is exactly like painting.  No matter what tips I give you there is no shortcut.  You have to put in the time practicing, learning and developing your style.  Ok with the warning out of the way.  Here are three tips.

1.  There is no shortcut for learning photoshop - I'm sure you have all seen sketching and drawing apps on social media.  They can be fun and a place to start if you don't know where to start, but will not let you have control of your image to let your creativity flow.  I have been using Photoshop for 23 years.  I know the program pretty well and am comfortable using it.  This is key for me because when I want to do something I know what tools I want to use and when to make new layers etc.  If you want to do this well spend some time learning Photoshop or you will get frustrated.

2.  Learn what your brushes can do - Photoshop brushes have come a long way recently since adding Kyle Brushes to the program.  They are a free download from adobe and you must be on the latest version of Photoshop to use them.  It can be overwhelming there are a lot of them.  Try them all paint away.  They work best with a wacom tablet to control flow.  A mouse just does not work as well with these brushes.  Make a new folder in your brushes called favorites and add the ones you like to it so they are easy to find.  Just like I reach for 2 or three of the same brushes all the time when I paint in the real world I have found a few favorites that I like to use.  That said once in a while play with new ones and see what works for you.

3.  There is such a thing as too many colors - One of the things that can help make a digital painting look like a real painting is limiting colors and the choices of colors.  I work with a bigger canvas size than my final digital painting.  I leave white all around  When I am picking the colors for the painting I paint some of the colors on the extra white outside the image area.  This does two things.  It helps me see how they look together and help me decide on my final palette for the painting.  Once I have my colors picked out I can simply sample them over and over to keep using my 'theme colors'.  When the painting is done I trim it down to final proportions in the painting.

That's my tips for you brave souls who like my work and want to try painting in Photoshop.  There is no secret sauce except to try things and see what works.  The beauty of digital is you are wasting no paint or canvases so keep trying.  If you do dive in and start painting in Photoshop show me your work.  I'd love to see it.

 

Happy New Year! and Keep Makin' Art!

Carl 

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The paintings of Winston Churchill at the Society of the Four Arts - Palm Beach http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/12/the-paintings-of-winston-churchill-at-the-society-of-the-four-arts---palm-beach

AT the Society of the Four Arts - Digital Painting

Yesterday we took a ride to the Society of the Four Arts  on Palm Beach to see the show of paintings of Winston Churchill.  If you have the chance to get to see the show go see it!  Make no bones about it the man could paint.  He made over 500 paintings in his life and all were very good some were superb!  He painted what he saw around him at his home in the gardens and when he travelled.  I felt a connection to Churchill as well because on the walls above the paintings were some of his famous quotes.  Here is one that I read and thought it could easily have been said about me.

“Personally, I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.”

That is a side of me every one of my teachers, Wendy and my parents will agree is a part of my personality!

What made the paintings particularly good is that they were by a man who wrote 50 books and led England through World War II.  It is a good reminder that none of is just one thing be it artist, parent, etc. etc. and we are not defined by one thing.  In fact the more things were are in engaged in the better we are at all the other things we do.

Today I need to send the label info off for the Art of Jazz on J Show, spending a few hours on school work and then will be meeting up with the Thursday Night Peddlers if it is not raining.

Keep Makin' Art!

Carl

 

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The Art of Jazz on J Street http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/12/the-art-of-jazz-on-j-street Digital Painting of Jazz Guitarist New Bacher from my Jazz on J series

 

I have been attending and photographing Jazz on J Street since just after our arrival in Lake Worth.  It is held at the Clay, Glass, Metal and Stone Gallery on (you guessed it J street) on the third Tuesday of each month starting at 7pm.  What an experience.  These cats can play.  If you have not been to Jazz on J make the effort and come down or check out the live stream.  As Blanche Williams, the founder and host of Jazz on J St says "life intersects and jazz connects".  How true this is.  There is a group of photographers and artists that have been drawn to the talent and creativity present in each Jazz on J St.  Now in January there will be even more reason to attend as there is a show of the art inspired by Jazz on J St.  starting on January 16th and with an opening reception on 1/19 there is an invitational show of the art inspired by the music and musicians of who perform at the monthly jazz show.  I will be showing for the first time anywhere a series of my digital paintings of the musicians of Jazz on J St.  The above image is of jazz guitarist Neil Bacher.  I have been talking to Blanche about this show since the summer and got inspired to 'paint' the musicians.  The hard part has been not sharing these with you guys.  I made the decision to embargo them from social media until the show, but with the show now three weeks away I will strategically post a couple of teasers of my work.  If you know me you know not sharing these along the way has been utter torture.  All of the pieces will be 16x20" canvases.  I can't wait to share more of them with you,  Maybe you will see one more piece before the big unveil at the show.  So mark your calendars for January 16th and 19th.  I am looking forward to seeing the work of the other artists I see and work with at each jazz night and also many of my Lake Worth friends their to support Jazz on J Street.

 

Keep Makin' Art!

Carl

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carlstovelandphoto@icloud.com (Carl Stoveland Photo and Art) digital painting gallery meraki jazz jazz on j street photography http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/12/the-art-of-jazz-on-j-street Fri, 22 Dec 2017 13:20:46 GMT
Feeling the Love! http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/12/feeling-the-love Electric Signal Box wrapped with one of my digital paintings

Corner of Fordham and Dixie Highway in Lake Worth

I am certain the game of life and a working artist is not won with hail Mary passes but instead by accumulating the yardage play after play after play and day after day.  That said I have felt my art life and my creativity take flight and soar in the short time we have been here in Lake Worth, Florida.  Never have I felt welcomed and embraced as an artist the way I have been here.  Just a little over a year ago when we were considering moving to Lake Worth I remember seeing the utility boxes around town wrapped in local art from scenes of the pier to the little free libraries.  So when the CRA contacted me about using one of my local digital paintings all I can say is I was thrilled.  The feeling I got when I was driving down Dixie Highway this afternoon and saw my image wrapped around the utility box was amazing.  I pulled over and took the pixs you see here to share with you all on the interwebs, but by the time i got home it had already been posted and shared around Facebook by my good friend Mary Lindsey.  Talk about feeling loved by my adopted home town!  Momentum is in my favor right now,   It is not even 2018 and am booked for a group show in January and two solo shows which will be in the summer and fall.  Today I am truly counting my blessings and since this blog is about my work / art / life balance I am also happy to report that I finished my first course in project management in a series I am taking from Cornell university and scored 100% on the first class.  One down and four to go!

Keep Makin' Art!

Carl

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The Best Kind of Multitasking http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/12/the-best-kind-of-multitasking

Birds at Green Cay Wetland

in Boynton Beach, Florida

Hello Art Friends

Even with school and art projects and Christmas fast approaching I am trying to walk or ride my bike a few miles each day.  I don't like to just walk around the block like Wendy does so I normally go somewhere and take my camera.  Some days it might be The Norton Museum, The Garden at the Four Arts and Worth Avenue.  Today it was one of my favorites.  Green Cay Wetlands and Nature Center in Boynton Beach.  I put my long lens on my camera and headed out.  Think of it as walking a few miles and carrying a 6lb weight.  I went at mid day breaking one of the rules of nature photography.  However with the short days right now even though the light is strong by 2pm it is already slanting towards the western horizon.  So today I multitasked my exercise with some bird photography and really scored big.  I am thrilled with these images.  Who has time to do one thing at a time anymore right?

Keep Making' Art!

Carl

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I am Lake Worth project http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/12/i-am-lake-worth-project Randy Lewis - I Am Lake Worth

Hello Art friends

In case any of you have forgotten because of all of the painting and digital painting I have been posting I am first and foremost a photographer.  I started the I AM LAKE WORTH photo project a year ago.  I original goal was to show off the people who live, work and play in our funky little seaside town.  I am capturing people from all walks of life.  All you need to do is spend a few minutes having your picture taken and write a few words about why Lake Worth is special to you.  I thought it would be a great way for me to break the ice here in Lake Worth and to meet people.  One of the benefits of doing a project like this is that I have gotten to see and meet the people that make this place so special.  Today's subject is one of those everyday heroes in Lake Worth.  Meet Randy Lewis.  Every Wednesday he feeds the homeless in Bryant Park.  What humbly started with six peanut butter and Jelly sandwiches now feeds 100+ people.  (Editorial Note: Randy almost passed on I AM LAKE WORTH,  but decided if I could get more exposure for his project he would suffer through having his picture taken).  He calls his group the lunch bunch or the burrito project.  He does not not want any fame or glory he just wants to help the homeless with whatever they need whether it is lunch or a sweater for the cold weather.  Randy is just one of the amazing people I have met in the course of this project.  

I am quite honestly humbled to have found such a great caring community here and I am proud to be Lake Worth.

The I Am LAKE WORTH show will be up at Hatch 1121 in July of 2018.  I will keep everyone posted as the time gets nearer.

Carl

 

 

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carlstovelandphoto@icloud.com (Carl Stoveland Photo and Art) carl stoveland iamlakeworth photography http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/12/i-am-lake-worth-project Thu, 14 Dec 2017 02:20:51 GMT
Digital paintings from the Society of the Four Arts http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/12/digital-paintings-from-the-society-of-the-four-arts Two digital paintings from the garden of the Society of the four Arts in Palm Beach.

Hello art friends!

After the raucous and colorful digital paintings of the food trucks I posted yesterday, today I offer you more traditional fare.  I captured the photos for both of these at one of my favorite spots on Palm Beach.  The sculpture garden at the Society of the Four Arts is a beautiful spot to enjoy art outdoors with beautiful sculpture and a nice manicured grounds.  For these images I wandered around and asked people if I could take their picture and that is was for an art project I am calling Everyday Palm Beach.  So far everyone I have asked has been flattered and said yes.  I waited quite a while for the right subject to sit down on that bench in the dappled light of the pergola.  Both of these paintings to me are important as I am developing my style.  I am playing with different brush strokes and brushes.  It is very funny that in 25 years of using photoshop I used one brush for the first 24.  I found I could do everything with a soft round brush.  Now that I am painting in photoshop and thanks to Adobe adding the amazing Kyle brushes to their tools I am playing with dozens of brushes.  The hard part is remembering which ones they are.  Hint set up a folder of your favorite brushes.  Copy ones you like as you use them and give them meaningful names.  That will make them easier to find.  Think of it as the digital equivalent of rooting around in your brush can or jar looking for the the right brush and you'll get the idea.  I know I am at a watershed moment because I am departing from the photos in my color choices and composition.  Rarely is a photo perfect for a painting.  I am starting to trust my painting skills and my photoshop skills enough to make structural changes and paint over and adjust areas until I have them just the way I want.  I n that way there photos are truly just a jumping off point for me now.  My next challenge will be to 'paint' one of the portraits i have taken with my camera.  I'll share soon.

 

Keep Making' Art!

Carl

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carlstovelandphoto@icloud.com (Carl Stoveland Photo and Art) carl stoveland digital painting four arts palm beach photography http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/12/digital-paintings-from-the-society-of-the-four-arts Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:28:56 GMT
Food truck invasion http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/12/food-truck-invasion Three new digital paintings from last nights food truck invasion.

I love shooting the monthly Monday food truck invasion in Lake Worth for the same reason I love photographing carnivals.  There are lights, color, motion and people.  In other words they make perfect subjects for colorful, loose abstract paintings.  I took these three images last night and lost all sense of time while I was working on the paintings.  In that way painting and digital art are exactly the same  I absolutely love getting lost in the work.  It was fun to see some people bundled up like a blizzard was on its way.  It was about 60 degrees out.  I'm finally not sweating and everyone else is freezing.  Ah South Florida!  I am going to have to work on one of these as an acrylic painting soon and see how it turns out.

One painter I really admire is Patti Mollica.  She paints street scenes and still lifes and all manner of paintings.  She is incredibly good at getting her shapes right and values correct.  Since she gets those parts so good she can play with the colors in a more abstract manner.  I started to play with that technique in a painting I have not shown you all yet.  I will do a post about it when I'm sure it is done.  I am finding the more control I get over my digital paintings means the more they become my personal statements and are less related to the photos they are based on.  right now I am soaking up everything I am seeing and making paintings my style of digital paintings will grow from all of the experimenting I am doing now.  I wonder where my digital paintings will in a year.  rich with detail and printed very large or abstract and fun or something else.  I am certain people will still be a big part of my painting.  As much as I love Edward Hopper as a painter his people always seemed so isolated and lonely to me.  I like to show people interacting and involved with each other in their lives.  That said sometimes the single solitary figure lost in thought can be fun too.

Since it cool out this week I will head to the Four Arts Sculpture Garden for some new inspiration and of course I'll stop at the Norton Museum as well.  Tonight Lake Worth is lighting Hanukkah menorah so I will take some photos of that as well for my everyday Lake Worth Series.  Tomorrow I am doing some photos for the IAMLAKEWORTH project as well.  I should have new images to share all week.  I really love this festive time of year.

Keep Making' Art!

Carl

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carlstovelandphoto@icloud.com (Carl Stoveland Photo and Art) carl stoveland digital painting inspiration painting photography http://carlstovelandphotography.com/blog/2017/12/food-truck-invasion Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:58:26 GMT
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