Saturday, March 2, 2013

still life photography

©2013 JoAnn Spradlin Deck
Turquoise Pods W/Glass Seeds
Digitally enhanced 
8 X 10 professional lab printed

Friday, June 29, 2012

why I think it's cool to be an artist

My inner artist has a keen interest in finding ways to share my personal view of my world, and viewpoints. 

Trying different methods, some more successful (at the time) then others, keeps me moving forward, embracing my inquisitive nature. When I get bored, frustrated, tired, cranky, it’s time to refresh my creative spirit with what ever it takes at that moment. Yes, even sprawled on the grass with the camera to get upclose and personal with a dying mushroom.

When it stops being fun, MOVE ON. I’ve learned that after awhile I may come back and revisit what went before and see how it helped me get to wherever I am RIGHT NOW!!  I love the learning, it’s what feeds my artist soul and gives me keener insight. Playing is IMPORTANT!!! I try to remember it’s more about the process than the product. I must not accept niche’ identification of myself by my medium!!  I am a professional artist, that sets me apart from 100 other people who express their wish to do what I do. They all think it’s so COOL to be an artist, they only see the ecstasy, none of the agony. I must embrace it, run with it, LOVE IT !!!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Pearls of Wisdom
©2012 JoAnn Deck
10 H x 8 W
2D Assemblage

Just finished this one in time for it to be exhibited at the Beverly Arts Center in Chicago, IL. with the Midwest Collage Society.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

What is Collage anyway?


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
collage is a work of formal art, primarily in the visual arts, made from an assemblage of different elements. Collge may sometimes include newspaper clippingsribbons, bits of colored or hand-made papers, portions of other artwork or texts, photographs and other found objects, glued to a piece of paper or canvas. The origins of collage can be traced back hundreds of years, but this technique made a dramatic reappearance in the early 20th century as an art form of novelty.
The term collage derives from the French "coller" meaning "glue". This term was coined by both Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the beginning of the 20th century when collage became a distinctive part of modern art.


Early precedents

Techniques of collage were first used at the time of the invention of paper in China, around 200 BC. The use of collage, however, remained very limited until the 10th century in Japan, when calligraphers began to apply glued paper, using texts on surfaces, when writing their poems.


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Saturday, April 14, 2012

AFA Best of the Best

April 17-May 24
AFA Presents: 2012 Best-of-the-Best Art Exhibit
Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook, IL
Viewing Hours:
Monday-Friday 9am-3pm
Saturday 9am-1pm
Free Admission
Closing Reception on Thursday, May 24, 6pm-8pm
The Alliance of Fine Arts is a group of art organizations who partner to advance art education in the community. Come and view the artwork of local artists.
Assemblage #218
○ JoAnn Spradlin Deck

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

making do with what you have photo set-up

Well, the weather suddenly turned unseasonably mild and I needed photos of some paintings to submit for a medical centers unexpected call for artwork submissions with a very short deadline. Last week it was cold, windy and damp, but I diligently laid the work out on my patio and shot the photos, one by one. When the weather forecast promised us a better opportunity, I had to find a way to create a set-up with what I had on hand. What did I use? The support is a photographer backdrop apparatus I had bought used, (several years ago) for quilt shows to exhibit larger pieces with sleeves on the back. The canvas is from a roll I purchased years ago for stretching large background supports for mixed-media work. I taped a large sheet of mat board (dark side in) I still had on hand from when I used to mat my own work. Yes, I have a large mat cutter still on hand, I keep it just in case, (who knows when I might need it, right?) I used smallish folded over heavy duty tape on the back of the art to attach it to the matboard. Setting up the tripod & the camera with my laptop on top of my freezer  saved time for downloading and minor editing  as I went. Like are they centered with enough room for cropping? Easy to reshoot if necessary. Keeping the laptop nearby came as a suggestion from a video I just got about photographing jewelry. The only thing I have left to do now is resize the files and email them to the committee. I'm parking my car in the driveway for a few days, I have some other paintings that need documenting with better light. But the setup will easily come apart and  store while waiting for another opportunity.  So go ahead and see what you have in your garage/basement/studio to save $$$ and get your work posted to your FB page or your BLOG. It's not that hard, just think creatively.