Susan Oakes’ Photography: From Traditional Media to Bitmaps and Vectors

Susan Oakes recently took an award at the Photography exhibit at A Unique Art Gallery in Jupiter and is one of the artists at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre’s 18th Annual Member’s Juried Exhibition.  The Opening Reception is on June 11th.  In addition, Susan’s work will be displayed and selling at Palm Beach Home Interiors in Lake Worth.  The Rickie Report urges you to stop by and see her artistry. Susan also explains bitmap images, digital painting and vector graphics as we believe an educated art lover becomes an informed art patron.

 

 

 Susan Oakes’

 

Digital Artistry

 

 

 

Palm Beach Home Interiors

716 Lake Avenue  Lake Worth, FL

561-249-7002

Begins June 2nd

 And

 

Palm Beach Photographic Centre 

415 Clematis Street  W.Palm Beach, FL

June 12 – August 2, 2014

Opening Reception:

Wednesday, June 11 – 6 to 8 pm

 

 

 

Susan Oakes’ photography recently took an award and cash prize at the Artists Association of Jupiter at A Unique Art Gallery.  Her wonder filled work can be seen at Palm Beach Home Interiors, Lake Avenue in Lake Worth beginning June 2nd as well as  at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre for their 18th Annual Member’s Show.  The Opening Reception takes place on Wednesday, June 11th from 6- 8 pm.  The Centre is located at 415 Clematis Street in West Palm Beach.  The exhibit is free and open to the public.

 

 

Blush Sea Grape

“Blush Sea Grape” by Susan Oakes

 

 

This year’s MEMBERS’ SHOW is being judged by internationally renowned photographer Vincent Versace, a pioneer in the art and science of digital photography. Hailed by Nikon as “one of the top photography artists and visual storytellers in the world,” Versace is a recipient of the Computerworld Smithsonian Award in Media Arts & Entertainment and the Shellenberg fine art award, and his work is part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum of American History.

 

 

"Twisted Hibiscus" by Susan Oakes

“Twisted Hibiscus” by Susan Oakes

Also on exhibition at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre will be PICTURE MY WORLD, which has served disadvantaged children throughout the Palm Beaches since 1997. Program funding is provided through a Lost Tree Foundation grant and the generosity of private donors.  Admission is FREE for both exhibitions.   The Photo Centre is located at the downtown City Center municipal complex at 415 Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, please call 561.253.2600 or visit www.workshop.org or www.fotofusion.org.

 

 

Susan Oakes

Susan Oakes

 

 

Bitmap Images vs. Vector Graphics

 

 

Susan explains, “Bitmap Images- also known as raster or pixel based images, are based on a grid of colors known as pixels. You edit groups of pixels rather than objects or shapes. They represent subtle gradations of shade and color, they are appropriate for continuous tone images such as photographs or artwork created in painting programs”.

 

"Bird of Paradise"  by Susan Oakes

“Bird of Paradise” by Susan Oakes

“The disadvantage, Susan shares, is they contain a fixed number of pixels and can lose detail and quality when scaled up. If you’ve ever downloaded an image from the internet (low resolution) and then tried to print it (high resolution) only to discover that it looks awful, you demonstrated this fact”.

 

 

"Hibiscus" by Susan Oakes

“Hibiscus” by Susan Oakes

 

“Vector graphics are made of lines and curves defined by mathematical objects called vectors.They retain their crispness if they are moved or resized. They are appropriate for illustrations, type, and graphics such as logos which must be scaled to different sizes. So a logo designed for a business card can be enlarged to display on a store front or billboard without any loss of quality whatsoever. If this is tried with raster or bitmapped images they become blurry or pixelated and fall apart”, Susan shares.

 

Meeting Susan

 

TRR:  Tell us about your background

SO:

 

I am a well fed ‘starving’ artist. I tend to inhabit a nether world between digital painting, photography and illustration. Although I have a background in traditional media (anything which uses hands, artist tools, and pigments, without the aid of computer hardware and software), I now work mostly in digital media, although I regularly get the yearning to get my hands back into charcoal, paint, clay, etc. There is an tactile immediacy about traditional media which is removed in the digital world, but on the other side of the coin, the digital world presents tools, methods and capabilities which are impossible in traditional media. There are, however, many commonalities, including basic composition, form, color theory, etc. which are fundamental to both. I prefer to dwell on these commonalities rather than the differences…..

 

 

"Spread My Wings", A Digital Doodle by Susan Oakes

“Spread My Wings”, A Digital Doodle by Susan Oakes

TRR:  How do you explain the complexities of your work?

SO:

 

I find that many people don’t really understand what they are looking at when viewing my work. Recently at one of my exhibits, one of the gallery owners looked at my piece and said to me, “It looks like you ran a few filters.” Nothing could be farther from the truth. There is nothing “automatic” or “mechanized” about my art. The kiss of death is usually when I admit to doing “computer art”, “digital imaging” or <gasp> “Photoshop”.

 

 

 

Now I know Photoshop has gotten a bad rap lately, what with women’s bodies “Photoshopped” into ideals of impossible-to-obtain “beauty” fueled by the beauty/fashion and Hollywood worlds. I am a Photoshop teacher, and although I demonstrate how to do these questionable things, I always implore my students to retouch responsibly. Just because you can do something does not necessarily mean you should do it. I teach not just the What and How, but the Why.

 

TRR:  So, many people assume that because your artwork has a computer component, it is less valued?

SO:

 

 

Just because I’ve used computer hardware and software to create or enhance an image doesn’t mean that I pushed a few buttons and I was done. On the contrary this is a double edged sword. When working in traditional media, say oils, and you change your mind too many times (depending upon the pigments used) you will make mud on the canvas. In watercolor, you may wear a hole in the paper. But working digitally, you can undo and redo countless times, even start over and ….. eventually ….. you grow old and die! I find that I must discipline myself to recognize when I’ve learned as much as I will learn from a piece and that it is time to finish and move on!

 

"Regeneration" by Susan Oakes

“Regeneration” by Susan Oakes

 Note: This was included in Art Ascent Magazine June, 2013: Link is here:    http://artascent.com/emergence-winners-june-2013/

 

 

My photography starts out with a digital image which is then enhanced with software. This may entail special effects, yes, but it is applied by hand with a graphics tablet, so I am simulating the action of drawing or painting with the stylus. When I say “digital painting” I mean it. I use one stroke at a time in many instances to build up the effect I want. A typical photo will include many layers upon layers with different effects which interact with each other to create different looks.

 

 

My vector illustrations many times will start with a base photo I’ve taken, but when I’m done the photo is not visible at all. Vector illustrations, by their nature, have a crispness, a clarity which is not typical of pixel-based images.

 

"Aqua Vista" by Susan Oakes

“Aqua Vista” by Susan Oakes

 

Another area I love to explore is photo collage, of which I have provided a few samples. The large one, “Aqua Vista” is a composite of thirteen different photos essentially melded into one composition. Here, I look for how the individual images relate to each other and then use the tools and methods in Photoshop to create the composite. Again, they contain a multitude of layers and effects, not unlike a multi media piece. Often times when I take photos it is not to use them as stand alone images, but as part of a composite.

 

"Palm Boot Leaf" by Susan Oakes

“Palm Boot Leaf” by Susan Oakes

 

Digital Photo Painting: My latest exploration is with vegetation which is past its prime. (Sounds better than dead leaves.) I am seeking to reveal the structure and intricate detail of these specimens when they have started to wane. I see a beauty in this phase which is the opposite of the start of the life cycle. Many times I am astonished at the detail which is captured in the file, but is not evident until I tease it out with the methods I use.

 

 

Susan’s website is filled with information as well as her many pieces of art work.  In addition, she offers classes and workshops. 

 

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For more information about Susan’s artwork, please visit   Susan Oakes   SuOakes Graphic Design     http://www.suoakesdesign.com    http://www.suoakesart.com   or call 561-432-4633

 

 

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

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561-537-0291

TOO BIG, too tALL, too fat, tOO sMaLL?

Mona Groban

Mona says “…so you thought you lost your groove… Well, fret no more, girlfriend! At MONA’S ain’t no such thing as TOO BIG, TOO tALL, too fat, tOO sMaLL…and honey…AGE IS ONLY A NUMBER!  COME ON IN and get your fine self fAbULiZeD !!!”

How can anyone resist this attitude?  Get yourself to Gallery Five for the experience of a life-change!   Mona Groban’s wearable art makes you smile, feel better about whatever was getting you down, and her clothing fits everyone!

“MONA!”, is a one of a kind clothing brand, created from recycled textiles by Mona Groban. Specializing in comfortable, stylish tops, tunics shirts, sweaters in all womens sizes including plus sizing.  She also creates hand painted shoes and hand bags by MONA!

Mona tells us, ” No, I don’t paint lady bugs and Teddy bears, and if I did, honey, they would be wearing high heels and have Picasso faces.  Honey, you want art from me? You’ll get style!  Girl, I can make your jeans sing like Ella Fitzgerald!  You wanna know about my painted mannequins? My mannequins are so hot they have their own space in the personals! And when you hang one of my paintings, your wall will yell “WOW!”  

“Color and pattern is what my work is all about with a splash of humor!  You’ll get murals, and objects d’fun such as martini glasses, lamps, and pillows. I  do doors.  I do walls.  I do clothes.”  I used to clean teeth for a living… now I paint and sew!… either way… my customers always leave with a smile!”, says this creative soul.

The Rickie Report cannot wait to see you at Gallery Five when Mona will be there for a special Trunk Show February 14-18th!  Stop by and meet Mona  2/15-18 from Noon – 4:00 pm.  (Can you imagine meeting her and not smiling)?  Gallery Five is located at 140 Bridge Road, Tequesta, FL.  561-747-5555 or www.gallery5.com

For coverage of your events, listing of announcements in our events section, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

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561-537-0291

Artist Workshops, Demos

 

CACACE Fine Art announces upcoming dates for the 2012 Painting Workshops and Demonstrations with artists james P. Kerr and Vincent Cacace.

James P. Kerr

Born in Buffalo, NY, James Kerr has been exhibiting oils for over 25 years.  He has developed a broad, colorist approach to painting, working in a direct manner, utilizing properties of light and pigment to establish form, along with space and color variation.  Kerr records contemporary life with jazz scenes, boating scenes as well as landscapes from his home state of Florida and its islands.  Kerr studied with the late Lazlo Szabo and Carl Illig.  He considers himself and ” impressionist / abstractionist oil painter.”

February 20-21, 2012 and March 19-20, 2012

Jammin' by Kerr

Vincent J. Cacace

Mar. 5-6, 2012 and April 9-10, 2012

Vincent J. Cacace, raised near Boston, MA, spent much of his youth exploring a favorite pond in the woods and developing his great love of nature.  This love of nature took shape early in the form of academics.  Vincent studied General Agriculture at Alfred State College. He later transferred to Cornell University where, in his senior year, he enrolled in a class that would change his life forever. That class was not about agriculture, it was about painting.  And that art instructor figuratively taught the agricultural student “how to see”.  For the graduate it meant the culmination, the source of expression for his true loves; nature and art.

After graduation,  Vincent collected paintings and became a voracious painter. He traveled throughout New England to paint it’s magnificent landscape.  In 1989, Vincent moved to Boca Raton, FL.   He painted local scenes and participated in numerous art festivals and critically acclaimed exhibitions.  His work has appeared on four art festival posters and he has completed over 100 commissions including paintings for the Boca Raton Resort, the Breakers, the Biltmore Hotel, Loew’s Miami Beach Hotel, the St. Moritz in South Beach, the Sailfish Marina, PGA National, Turnberry Isle Resort and the Doral Golf Resort and Spa.

In March 1999, the Wally Findlay Gallery in Palm Beach gave Vincent a one-man show of 30 of his black and white paintings of historic Palm Beach and Coconut Grove.  These B&W paintings offer a unique visual perspective evoking a suspended sense of time.

The next year, Vincent and American Impressionist painter Sam Barber spent a month in Paris. They painted along the Seine, in the parks and Monet’s Garden. Vincent started 22 small paintings in Paris and has since completed over 40 large studio paintings.

In January 2002, Vincent moved his studio/gallery from Boca Raton to 135 East Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach. He has been painting the beach and the cottages of Delray in the winter months and Cape Cod, Marblehead and the rugged coast of Maine in the summer.

The artist is still drawn to the natural attraction of light on water. It is not surprising to see it in many of Vincent’s paintings. No doubt the discoveries of his youth and that pond are there too…

Landscape by Cacace

Workshop Hours

  •  Workshop schedule and hours are the same for all days with a demo each morning and painting session on location each afternoon (if it rains, we paint in the gallery)
  •  9 am to noon -Demonstration at the gallery
  • 1:30 – 5 pm – Meet back at the gallery, drive a short distance to painting location, paint until 5pm

 Workshop Options

  • Full 2 day workshop includes a demo each morning and painting each afternnoon $300
  • Full workshop with all materials and equipment included (paint, pallette, easel and canvas) $350
  • One day demo and afternoon painting session $175
  • One day demo and afternoon painting session with material and equipment supplied $200
  • Demonstration only (either day, space is limited)) $25

CACACE Fine Art  is located at  354 NE 4th Street, Artists Alley, Delray Beach, FL

Go to website, www.cacaceart.com  for sign-up sheet and map.   If less than seven days before the beginning of the workshop, please call or e-mail Vincent for your reservation.  Gallery:  561-276-1177     Cell:  561-523-5300 or cacacev@netscape.com

For coverage of your events, listing of announcements in our events section, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Discover London’s New Stars at Art Palm Beach

LONDON’S NEW STARS: CHRISTOPHER WALKER ART ANNOUNCES ARTISTS FOR FIRST US SHOW – ART PALM BEACH (Jan 19th-23rd).Christopher Walker Art’s dedication to “discovering tomorrow’s stars” across all media is demonstrated by this selection, with the choice of three young photographers, and four painters. They will be shown at the Palm Beach Convention Center from January 19th.

Selection of Painters

Leading the painters selected to exhibit is Isao Miura. Miura is a Japanese painter and sculptor based in London. He trained in Japan, then at the Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London. He paints with oil colors and inks, on canvas and tatami (Japanese reed mats). His sculptures are mainly in wood and stone and other natural materials. He also makes installations using a variety of found or crafted objects, such as moss, rocks and Japanese tea ceremony utensils. Mick Goggin, Arts Service, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea comments “…MIURA’s work reflects his Japanese background, with its emphasis on balance and harmony, and somehow recovers the Japanese influences that have suffused the work of European artists”

Lady By Ingrid Lucas

Ingrid Lucas’s work is highly intelligent, looking at hidden agendas and gender manipulation. Her paintings use color and size to seduce the viewer into another world of time gone by. Oil paint is applied thinly and evenly over a large canvas, with naively depicted figures mimicking magazines or children’s picture books. A prominent feature of her work is the choice of primary colors selected from her predilection for the 1950s magazines’ printing methods.

She deals with events and images that have had political impact in an attempt to remind us of lessons learnt and forgotten. Ingrid herself comments –“The ambiguity of time and space within my paintings creates confusion…….a juxtaposition of the visible becoming invisible, the seen becoming unseen and forgotten.”

Matt Webber’s abstract paintings are built up, layer by layer, over a period of many months. The artist begins each work by drawing an element from a landscape image. Although this aspect will be largely obscured, it forms the structure for the piece, and creates the opening ‘move’ in the painting’s development. The artist describes the process of making these works as being like a game or a conversation, with each layer subtly influencing the outcome of the next. Sometimes this happens on a purely aesthetic level, but at other times the effect is a chemical one, as almost-dry paint reacts to the application of a new layer of oil paint, creating unplanned textures and forms.” At a certain point in the painting’s development”, Matt notes “when I feel that all the parts are in place, I begin to strip the layers away, carving and scraping the finished painting from a dense slab of accumulated paint. Every layer that has been applied gradually re-emerges; every mark that has been made on the surface during the painting’s construction will have a part to play in the final image.”
Matt sees his paintings as landscapes in their own right. Rather than being overt representations of a specific place, they become a new, often alien environment; one that is created by a process of obscurement and destruction, a process that the artist sees as being analogous with our wider environment. He studied fine art in the North of England but now works out of a studio in London’s East End.

Jazmin Jane is the youngest of Christopher Walker’s painters, but also one of the most talented. She grew up in the East of England and studied fine art at Canterbury University. She concentrates on the physical and emotional aspects of a subject, using color and texture on the canvas’s surface to demonstrate character in portraiture. Jazmin says “I make vivid observations. The hard jaw lines which showcases a person’s strong will; a past story or memory that can be read from the lines in someone’s expression.” This will be the first exhibition of her work.

Photographers Selection

Nudibranch1 by Nicky Taylor

New star, Nicky Taylor, is fast establishing a reputation as one of the UK’s leading landscape photographers. Although he has lived most of his life overseas in South America, Canada, Europe, Australia and the Caribbean. His extensive landscape, seascape and underwater photography reflects this global perspective, and he has been well received in the fringe scenes of London and Sydney. He has been published in various national and international newspapers and magazines, including “El Pais” and “La Provincia” in Madrid, and “Tangent Fashion” in Sydney. He currently splits his time between the United States and London, where a major exhibition is planned at the Strand Gallery in 2012.

Nicky Taylor commented – “I see my work as part of the ‘return to beauty’ that has gripped the new wave of young photographers in London. My work seeks it’s inspiration in Nature’s destructive, and yet creative, forces – shaping the world as we see it, and dwarfing man’s mark.” Eleven of Nicky’s works will be shown, three of his underwater photographs, such as “Nudibranch 1” above, and eight landscape photographs including “Oddacity” below. Nicky will also be exhibiting in New York later in the year.

 

Grace Vane Percy’s series of female nudes in classical settings reflect a strong creative flair, and artistic sensibility. The glorious, stately, backdrops celebrate English Palladian architecture at its finest. Grace Vane Percy’s approach is resolutely artistic, reflecting her training at the Charles Cecil studios in Florence as a classical artist working mainly in charcoal. This has also influenced her comprehension of anatomy, and the strong sense of chiaroscuro which is visible in her current work. Grace herself grew up in an English country house in Cambridgeshire. Her love of photography started from an early age when she discovered her father’s collection of Victorian glass plate negatives. She studied history of Art at the Courtauld Institute and Fashion photography and darkroom techniques at Central St. Martins. She has been commissioned to photograph some of the most elite and successful women in London and New York. She recently photographed new mother, and wife of Orlando Bloom,Miranda Kerr, and has been invited to join the ‘Women in Photography’ Archive at Yale.

Tim Lord works from a garret studio in London’s Soho which overlooks the city’s roof tops.  Soho is the center of London’s creative community – including advertising, theatre and film.   It is also historically the center of its sex and entertainment industries, and acts as a refuge for its outsiders and misfits.  His street work reflects that quarter’s multiple roles, and the sometimes grim and gritty backdrop in which creativity flourishes.  His portraits range across the varied characters and mavericks of Soho, captured in traditional black and white medium format film photography.

561 568 8445   or  info@christoferwalkerart.com

         

     

For coverage of your events, listing of announcements in our events section, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

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