Our members have been busy! We had lots of recognition to give:
- Gemma Gylling: Best in Show in Colors of Humanity Art Gallery Animals Exhibition
- Ranjini Venkatachari: Invited into Ampersand Art Supply’s 20th Anniversary Invitational
- Gemma Gylling and Denise Howard: included in “CP Treasures Vol. III” from Ann Kullberg
- Denise Howard: included in “Strokes of Genius 7” from North Light Books
- Denise Howard: finalist in Richeson 75 “Animals, Birds & Wildlife”
- The winners in our chapter show: Denise Howard (1st, and Hon. Mention), Gemma Gylling (2nd), Chris Swetlin (3rd)
- Andrea Myers, Gemma Gylling for helping with show reception
- Everyone who participated in ArtWalk: Phil Dean, Gemma Gylling, Denise Howard, Maryann Kot, Vivi Leon, Andrea Myers, Joanne Spurr
We made some plans for 2015!
- Next meeting:
Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 at the Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore.
Back by popular request, we will host another two-day workshop by Gemma Gylling!
Saturday and Sunday April 18-19, 2015
Bothwell Arts Center, Livermore
2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the founding our chapter, so we’d like to do something special to celebrate in observance. A suggestion was made for a bocce ball outing since it requires no special skill or fitness and allows for socializing and dining. Campo di Bocce has locations in Livermore and Los Gatos, and a couple of our members have connections at them, so they volunteered to check into it.
The Fun Stuff!
Steve Gray is a Livermore photographer who does a lot of digital image capture and fine art reproduction, including for a couple of pleased members of our chapter. He gave a very interesting one-hour presentation about the factors that affect the fidelity of a digital image to the original artwork, and the additional factors that affect the fidelity of a print to the original artwork. Color models, color spaces, printer profiles, calibration of monitors and scanners, type of paper being printed upon, He also covered the basics of making your own digital captures via scanner or camera. He had examples of a particular artwork reproduced from the same digital file on the same computer and the same printer but on different papers. Some of the key takeaways:
- Keep your digital image in as high-resolution of a format as you can for as long as you can—don’t throw away pixel data that you can’t get back. RAW or TIFF are best. JPG is worst because every time you open and re-save the file it recompresses the data, throwing away more information
- For prints, the type of paper used can make a big difference in how closely the reproduction matches the original
- Always keep backups of your digital image copies, preferably off-site like in a safe deposit box.
- DPI (dots per inch) and PPI (pixels per inch) are not the same thing. DPI refers to inkjet printing, PPI is for computer screens.
After Steve’s presentation, we viewed the CPSA DVD slideshow of this year’s International Exhiibition and award winners as well as the award winners from last year’s Explore This. We applauded as the works of several of our several chapter members appeared on the screen!
We finished with “Show and Tell”, 11 drawings in states from in-progress to framed. There was a wide variety of subjects and techniques on display and we all learned from the discussions. For example, Mike Purdy is experimenting with grisaille, which involves making a monochromatic underpainting to settle the value range and then adding colors over the top.
Here are some photos from the meeting, courtesy of secretary Mike Purdy. See you in February!
|Steve Gray explains color spaces|
|Steve Gray presentation|
|Watching the CPSA International Exhibition slideshow DVD|
|During Steve Gray's presentation|
|Several of the "show and tell" pieces|
|Linda Loder - show and tell|
|Denise Howard - show and tell|