Tag: photographing artwork

Register now for 3rd Lost Pines Art Conference Nov. 3 & 4 in Bastrop

It’s almost here! The 3rd annual Art a la Carte Conference will be held November 3 & 4 this year.  We are excited about this year’s line-up, including returning favorite instructors as well as some sterling new ones.

This year we have added more and exciting components to our conference. The conference will be located in the new Lost Pines Art Center, a 6.2 million project which is the largest comprehensive art center in Texas. All of our instructors will be featured in an art exhibit in the “Art of the Pines Gallery” in the Art Center.

The conference includes a full schedule of workshops and demonstrations.

If you haven’t registered for the Conference or signed up for classes, head over to our website:  www.lostpinesartconference.biz

Registration includes a Friday Night Opening Reception and the first look at the Conference Teacher’s Art Show in the Art of the Pines Gallery.  Also included is the Artist Panel.  Last year it was such an enlightening and enjoyable discussion.

This year it will be a Saturday Luncheon/Teacher Panel and will be included in your registration.

New this year is a raffle of fabulous prizes.  Each registrant will receive 2 free raffle tickets.  Some of the raffle items include: 2 one-night stays at the Hampton Inn, several $100 Visa Cards, original art – all valued over $100 each, and there’s more to come.  Additional raffle tickets can be purchased for $5 each or 5 for $20.  Tickets can be purchased at the Art Center.  (Raffle open to anyone)

ALERT:  If you register before October 16th you’ll get 50% off the $65 registration fee! That’s only $32.50, so take advantage of this opportunity!

We hope you’ll plan to attend the conference, learn a thing or two and have some fun while you support the Art Center in this important annual fundraiser.

To register and to get more information, please go to:  lostpinesartconference.biz

Thank you and hope to see you in November!
The Art Conference Committee

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ART TRADING CARD WORKSHOP June 13 & Photographing Artwork Workshop June 9 &



Art Trading Cards workshop, Saturday, June 13th.
1:30 – 4:30 MCL Grand, Room 3.
Time to be making cards for our own trading, and also, extra cards for you to trade card with the New York Art Leagues.
Come one, come all, have fun with creativity. Bring your media, cards
2 1/5 by 3 1/5 inches, and enthusiasm!
 Suggested theme for the month:  “Summer Plans”

NEW WORKSHOP:  Photographing  Artwork 

Tuesday June 9th, 9:30 – 12:30  in Classroom 1A of the MCL Grand,100 N. Charles Street, (between Main Street and Church Street in Old Town Lewisville, Tx).

This hands-on, three hour workshop will teach you how to prepare your art for photographing it, positioning and lighting it, setting your camera, taking the photo, and preparing the photo for submission to contests, etc. It will be taught by Maurice Leatherbury. A fee of $50 for the workshop will be collected at the door when you attend.

To register for the workshop at : www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0848ADA62DA1F58-photographing



Sponsored by the Visual Art League of Lewisville

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Help with Images for Show Entries: PIXLR.com / YouTube Videos / Photographing Your Artwork

At this time of the year as webmaster, Sharon Giles receives many questions about resizing or perfecting images of artwork for show entries, such as for the Texas & Neighbors (TxN) show (entry deadline Feb. 1st). Here is her advice:

General tip: Images should look professional — they should show ONLY the work of art (no mat, no frame, no easel or background of any kind.)



You don’t have to buy special graphics software! I recommend for both Mac and Windows users the free online app at PIXLR.com. They also offer free apps that you can download to your computer, phone or tablet if you don’t want to work online. The interface is both easy to use and powerful. For support on the online features, see https://support.pixlr.com/hc/en-us/sections/200581900-Pixlr-Editor. For other tutorials on special topics, see http://blog.pixlr.com/tagged/tutorials.

For instructions on resizing images, see the advice we give for TxN entrants at http://www.texasandneighbors.com/pixlrSteps.pdf.

For YouTube videos on resizing using PIXLR, see https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=pixlr+resizing. You can find thousands of videos showing every aspect of PIXLR. Here’s a sample:

YouTube Videos

So if you can find thousands of videos on just PIXLR, just think how many you can find on the graphic software that’s already on your device. Just go to YouTube and search on the name of your software and a keyword such as “resizing”, etc. to find what you’re looking for.

Here’s an example for Photoshop Elements:

Photographing Your Artwork

On Art News DFW, I have posted a guide to finding guides on this topic:

Photographing Your Artwork – How To Guides

It includes such expert sources as photographer JR Compton, Oxide Gallery, ArtistNetwork, and Empty Easel.

An alternative method for small works is scanning instead of photography, which usually results in better color and less distortion.

You’re probably going to guess that I’m going to suggest searching YouTube for videos on the topic. So here’s a few examples:



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Photographing Your Artwork – How To Guides

Dallas photographer J.R. Compton has created tutorials on his website DallasArtsRevue.com that provide great guidance on photographing your artwork.

There are two principle guides:

How to Photograph Art or just about anything else

How to photograph art that’s behind glass, is glass or is glossy like glass
Recently updated.

The Oxide Gallery in Denton has also published tutorials:




From ArtistNetwork.com:

Photographing Paintings | Keeping a Record of Your Work

How to Photograph a Painting, Step by Step


From EmptyEasel.com:

Camera Tips for Photographing Your Artwork for the Web

Why Photograph your Art? Instead, Use a Scanner and Photoshop Elements http://EmptyEasel.com/2008/05/29/why-photograph-your-art-instead-use-a-scanner-and-photoshop-elements-6/

Using Photoshop’s Healing Brush, Smart Blur, Despeckle Filter, and Color Replacer

How to “Square Up” Photos of Your Art in Photoshop with Free Transform & Liquify

How to Color Correct Images of Your Artwork in Adobe Photoshop

How to Use the Curves Tool in Photoshop to Add Contrast & Fix Washed out Photos

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