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Barbara Giordano
Wassaic , New York - United States
Drawings - Social Commentary

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Goddess Series
I've started a goddess series using colored pencil and ink. Three pieces are in my gallery. I see the female character in my work as being strong and self assured.

About my work
First let me just say, I began teaching myself to draw and paint a little more then a year ago. I've taken on what is most interesting to me and that is faces. Faces are so fascinating to me. At any rate, many say faces are difficult to render, especially as a beginning artist. For me, I don't see it that way. I attempt to capture the likeness of the person because I think it's important. I bring my own personal style into the work I create.

Goddess of the Earth - Colored Pencil and Ink - 11x14 - $100.00

2008-08-31 20:38:10
Strong works. Check my site too and give me your feedback.
Robert Doucette
2006-10-16 02:53:17
Well Ms. Barbara to answer your questions...
I do quick skectches of the outline of my subject, clean it up, and transfer it to the final surface (paper, board, canvas);this keeps erase marks and other imperfections made by mistake to a minimum.
I do use photos as references and try to stay as true to them as possible. As of late, I have enlisted the help of a Mr. Rick Laurance, who just happens to be a former art instructor. some of the feedback I have received have made me go back to studying and fundamentals and....PRACTICING instead of creating. All this so I can answer your last question.
My goal has always been to show my work. In the near future (I hope) I would like to do so in a venue that will view, critique, and ultimately show and sell my pieces; but at the present time...not quite ready...I need some fine tuning. Hope I didn't miss anything...:-)
Robert Doucette
2006-10-13 11:46:42
Hey Barbara! Haven't stopped by in a while and thought I'd do so. I'd like to ask your opinion on 2 new pieces I posted (the rest are available at my other site). As always your feedback is welcomed and needed...dare to create!!
2006-09-26 13:29:05
Greetings Barbara... Yes.. here is some tidbits on 'shooting' your work on a shoestring budget!
And believe you me, I know what it is like as an artist on a low budget and if you have a digital camera you have more hi-tech equipment than when I started my career shooting 'professional' looking photos and slides. There are several key points in photographing small or actually most all artworks. 1) Using a tripod is tantamount to success! I bought an old cheapy and hung a one gallon jug of water under it to make it stable and it worked perfectly for my needs for 15 years. 2) Never use a 'FLASH'! Optimum lighting is using two lights placed at 45? angles to the camera. One can buy cheap light housings and then attain regular size bulbs at a camera store that are rated about 3200?Kelvin, They put out a white light, not yellow as regular bulbs or blue/green as florescent tubes do. If you can not afford this much, as there was times I couldn't, use Mother Nature as your photography assistant. Contrary to what most people think though, don't do this on a bright sunny day. Set up a place outside where you get good light but only on a day that is lightly overcast. A sunny day casts too many strong shadows and will add a light blue cast to your finished photos.
3) Set up a solid colored background (white to a pale color if you desire) that offers a wide area in which to place your jewlry or art item. The best lens would be one that has a longer focal length near 135mm (do not use a 'Macro' for small items (unless they are absolute micro miniatures) or a setting on your digital camera that offers something similar (portraits perhaps).
4) Place the camera at a perfect 90? angle to the item being photographed at a distance that allows the item to be bracketed in the viewfinder, allowing just a little space on all edges. Don't make the mistake of making the item very small in the center of your shot! If it has a chain, it is not important that the whole chain be seen in the photo, most jurists have the understanding that a chain is continuous, so focus on the detail of the item itself, ie, pendant, brooch, earing etc. Above all avoid any shadow that the camera or photographer may cast in the picture field.
5) Once set up take numerous photos at different settings if you are unfamiliar with 'F'-stops and 'speeds'. The advantage of a digital camera is automatic feedback on your images so keep shooting and making your adjustments until you have a great shot. Erase all the others shots. Or take a photo class, as I did to actually learn what those 'F' stops and shutter speeds really mean and how to control them to your advantage.
This Barbara, is the bare 'nuts & bolts' to the shooting biz, and if it is somewhat sketchy, please forgive me. What has taken a number of people hundreds of pages in books to explain (making money for their efforts), I have laid down here in a short rambling post. I hope this is good enough for you to get going with... if not and there is something you would like me to further clarify, let me know! Good luck or as they say here in Sweden... 'lycka till!'
Robert Doucette
2006-09-26 08:49:40
By the way...thanks for "having my back". The photography suggestion was good though and I'll try do do so in the future.
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