Contemporary Art Gallery Online Announces a Call for Artists to Participate in the “ALL Animals” Art Competition & Exhibition

Giraffe Bonding
“Giraffe Bonding” by Terry Meyer

Contemporary Art Gallery Online announces their 2nd Annual International “ALL Animals” Online Art Competition for the month of August 2015. Contemporary Art Gallery Online encourages entries from all 2D and 3D artists regardless of their experience or education in the art field. A group exhibition of all entrants will be held online at Contemporary Art Gallery Online during the month of September 2015. Awards will be given for the top 5 chosen winners. In addition to the winning images, depending on the amount and the quality of the entries received, Honorable Recognition awards will also be presented. This competition closes August 31, 2015. Winners will be announced on September 14, 2015.

Prizes include Lifetime Memberships to Contemporary Art Gallery Online, Radio Interviews, Inclusion in the Year End Anthology Publication, Extensive Marketing and much more. Our Radio Shows have had more than 100,000 listens and the Gallery receives over 201,000 unique visitors a year with over 2.4 Million hits in a year. This is exposure you cannot garner on your own!

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Accidently Creativity Web and graphic de

Accidently Creativity
Web and graphic designer Seth Hardie recently posted the accidental creative process behind an image he created. Hardie used his iPhone, the Grid Lens app and the Image Blender app to layer several images together. Visit his blog here to read about the process behind this image:

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-Jayme Catalano
Canary Public Relations

Canary Public Relations is a boutique firm specializing in marketing, branding and public relations for small businesses. They specialize in working with fine artists, designers, and creative professionals of all types.

Contemporary Life. Doesn’t that sound fu

Contemporary Life.
Doesn’t that sound funny? Nobody says “I’m living a contemporary life” (at least I haven’t heard that phrase). Synonyms for the word ‘contemporary’ are ‘current’, ‘up to date’, ‘present-day’, all words that mean right now, just like life is occurring right now. Now why do I mention contemporary life, or life? Because I want to point out how puzzling the phrase ‘contemporary art’ may sound to those not well versed in the art world. Contemporary art to them sounds like ‘contemporary life’ sounds to me—strange, funny, and possibly a bit confusing. Contemporary art is simply art that is produced at the present point in time, just like ‘contemporary life’ is life that is lived at the present point in time. Directly stated, contemporary art is art and ‘contemporary life’ is life. During my years of appreciating, loving, and creating art (Yes, I’m only 22, but bear with me) I’ve come across many people who scoff at, dislike the idea of, or who don’t understand contemporary art. I believe the term is seen as limiting, possibly a bit intimidating, and it sounds or appears to be exclusive. I know I feel daunted when I’m creating art because I worry whether or not my work will be viewed as old news or belonging in the contemporary bracket. But then I remember that ‘contemporary’ is just a word in front of that which I, and all of us here, love—art. I believe many people have a misconception of what contemporary art is, which therefore can cause potential and future art lovers to turn away from the category all together. I bring up this topic because I think we as supporters, lovers, and artists need to explain away the false impression that some may have about contemporary art. Simply put, as people and artists we aren’t merely creating contemporary art, we’re creating art, plain and simple. Now I understand the term ‘Contemporary Art’ and its purpose trust me. I minored in Art History. But I feel the term belongs in the books, museums, and galleries rather than in everyday conversation or creation of art. We all want the appreciation and support of art to grow, and in order to expand we need more people supporting art. Here at CAGO, contemporary art is our business and that’s not going to change. But I think we should all encourage people to view contemporary art as just art, opening their minds to all art can be without their connotations that are connected to the word ‘contemporary’. I know there are some people who won’t agree with my thoughts on this topic, but in saying all of this – my goal is to open up the art and contemporary art world to everyone, those that are curious, uncertain, who question its validity, or who have a misunderstanding regarding contemporary art. The artists on CAGO create contemporary art, I can create contemporary art, and even a middle-schooler can create contemporary art—the ability is within all of us. Just as we all live life, we can all create art and appreciate art, art that belongs to today, the contemporary.

CMYK Embrodery Evelin Kasikov is a woman

CMYK Embrodery
Evelin Kasikov is a woman moving backward in time, combining cutting edge digital design with the old-fashioned and historically feminine pursuit of embroidery. Trained as a graphic designer, Kasikov’s work challenges preconceived notions of embroidery and handicraft. Deeply analytical, her approach to needlework uses typography, design techniques, and grid systems to create her embroidered illustrations. Her stitching commission have included The Guardian, WIRED, and the New York Times.
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-Jayme Catalano
Canary Public Relations
Canary Public Relations is a boutique firm specializing in marketing, branding and public relations for small businesses. They specialize in working with fine artists, designers, and creative professionals of all types.
Image shown is entitled CMYK Colour Chart

Art In a Box The Compound Gallery in San

Art In a Box
The Compound Gallery in San Francisco has an answer to the ubiquitous wine and produce subscription services: art subscription! Just like a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), subscribers answer a few questions about their likes/dislikes and how often they’d like to receive their $50 deliveries. Instead of organic produce, however, they receive artwork in a variety of mediums by Bay Area artists. Featured artists have included ceramicists, print makers, painters, etc.
Image is of A recent subscriber box containing work by Jeanne Lorenz.
Visit Art in a Box to sign up. Click here for more work by Jeanne Lorenz.
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-Jayme Catalano
Canary Public Relations
Canary Public Relations is a boutique firm specializing in marketing, branding and public relations for small businesses. They specialize in working with fine artists, designers, and creative professionals of all types.

A Common Name by Jayme Catalano Graphic

A Common Name by Jayme Catalano

Graphic designer Paige Smith has created a street art project in the nooks and crannies of urban Los Angeles. Working under the pseudonym A Common Name, her three dimensional paper objects represent crystal, quartz, and geodes, mineral formations normally found in nature. The results are whimsical, mystical, and more than a little magical. As she says, “A parallel aspect of these ‘geodes’ in nature and in the city is they are always unexpected treasures. You might go hunting for treasures but you generally happen upon them during your adventures or casual interaction with the environment.” Visit her website for information on the specific…

Image One:
Geode #2, Arts District LA by A Common Name
Image Two:
Geode #9, Downtown LA, A Common Name
Image Three:
Geode #10, Arts District, A Common Name
Image Four:
Geode #7, Daily Dose DTLA, A Common Name

A Photo Hunt This assignment can be done

A Photo Hunt
This assignment can be done one of two ways. The 1st being that you look at the below list and go out with your digital camera and photograph as many of the items listed below in one image. I do not want to give you a brief definition of what all of the items in the list mean; I rather leave it up to your own definitions. What I am hoping that this will do is give you some direction. You might even go out and shoot if not hundreds thousands of images, Just to find one or two that really work. That is ok; photography sometimes is a number game. What I find out with this assignment is that the more of the items check off on the list the stronger the composition.
The other way this assignment can be done is by going online to websites that display well known photographers. Try to stick with people that have extensive list of exhibition or that are in field as a professional photographer. You can even go to the library and look at a lot of different photographic books. I would suggest the library 1st only because so many people publish online but so few are “Real Photographers”. If you can get a publishing company to publish your work, you must be doing something right. See what images you’re attracted to. See what photographers you like. Then go through the list pulling the images that you are attracted to and see how many of the items on the list you can check off.
Either way you are exercising your sight, which is really important to becoming a good photographer. I find that so many photographers start out photographing with their new camera, but have no direction. They tend to not be sure of what they want to photograph. I even had students that tell me that they live in a boring place with nothing to really photograph. I laugh because these students live in Miami FL, and they don’t see it. Please post your best findings here so that I can see them too. Make sure to tell us which items on the list you were able to check off with that image. Most of all just have

Article Submitted by: Robert Davia, Professor of Photography
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Circular Motion: Steven Womack creates b

Circular Motion:
Steven Womack creates bold graphic prints that evoke the vibrancy of nature in motion. He has partnered with Society6 to offer his work as skins and covers for iPhones, iPads, and laptops. The images are also available in more traditional printed formats.

Circular Motion by Steven Womack
Article Contributed by Jayme Catalano

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ArtPrize: Lights in the Night by Alexand

ArtPrize: Lights in the Night by Alexandra Dailey
So, who’s tired of me going on and on about ArtPrize? If you are, I apologize, but you’ll be happy to know that this is my last post about the Grand Rapids, Michigan event. I merely want to acknowledge one of the top ten winners that I found to be particularly moving due to the message and visual beauty. Even though it is neither Scott Covert nor Eckhard Kremers, my favorites from the contest, the work and artists are definitely worthy of their awarded accolades. The piece that took 5th place this year is called “Lights in the Night” by Mark Carpenter and Dan Johnson. In my opinion this piece, at first glance, has an eerie, yet dreamlike quality to it that is befitting of the spooky time of year we are in, but there is much more to this work of art. “Lights in the Night”, a performance piece, was captured at a pivotal point through photography when thousands of lanterns were released into the dark sky on September 28th. The performance was symbolic, representing the liberation of wishes and dreams. The photograph of the event possesses the feeling of putting your hopes out there; releasing them into the world, and praying that eventually they come to fruition. This year is drawing to close, and even though we still have many days left in 2012, it isn’t too early to start professing our desires for the coming year. Together with the help of thousands of Grand Rapids residents, Carpenter and Johnson were able to capture the idea of sending off a wish within a physical act, creating the beautiful experience of sharing our hopes with the world and each other. Congratulations to both Mark Carpenter and Dan Johnson on their ArtPrize Top Ten honor.

Article Submitted By: Alexandra Dailey
Lights in the Night – where hope takes flight.
Artists: Mark Carpenter and Dan Johnson
Photo courtesy of Justin Hill

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Five Tips to Becoming a Better Photographer

Five Tips to Becoming a Better Photographer
By: Robert Davila
Professor of Photography

I think one of the most important tools that any artist could have is their camera. It is a great way to have references to work from and now with Illustrator CS6 live trace can replicate and image to vector drawing, better than ever before. Which than can be modified to fit your artistic style. However not being able to fully understand your camera setting can leave you upset and frustrated to the point that you just don’t use it. The myth that you need an expensive camera to take good picture is not true. However having an expensive camera gives you more choices which in hand give you more control. But the camera does not make the photographer.
I have created five tips that can help you become a better photographer. Each week for the next five weeks, I will discuss a tip. It does not really matter if you are using a Digital SLR or just a point in shoot. As an instructor of photography I found these five tips to be the foundation in which most of my students build and refine their skills.

Tip Number One: Understanding Exposure

I don’t care which camera or model you have, even if you are using your I Phone camera. All cameras have two settings. These two setting are the basis for photographing. Aperture works similar to the pupil in your eyes. In darker lighting situation it needs to be open more and in lighter situation it needs to be closed down. This Setting controls not only exposure but depth of field. How much of the image is going to be in focus. A limited depth of field (small amount of the image in focus) is created when the aperture is open up (F 2). An increase depth of field is created when the aperture is closed down (f 22). The other setting that is important to a camera is the shutter speed. This is done for the most part in a fraction of a second. When your camera reads out 500 for a shutter speed it means that that shutter open and closed 500th of a second. That is pretty fast. A Guide line to follow is that if shooting anything less than 1/60, you are going to need a tripod. The shutter speed is going to control motion in your image. If you are going to take picture and want the motion to be blurry, you are going to photograph with a slower shutter speed. Want your moving subject to be sharp, use a faster shutter speed.
Determining your right exposure will be base in how you meter the light. You must read your manual to understand how to get the “right” exposure. But keep in mind once you have figure out your correct setting you can adjust them as needed. For example you might want to us a slower shutter speed than suggested. By increase the time that light will enter the camera you can use you aperture to cut down the amount of light coming in. So if you allow more time on one end you close down on the other end. You will than see your meter reading that is “right “again. Think of it as a faucet filling a bucket. If you open the facet all the way you will fill that bucket quicker than if you slow it down. At the end you could have both buckets filled, just one will take longer.
Next week, I will discuss Tip Number Two. Have a great weekend and take some photographs.

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