Artful Links to Buoy Your Spirits

Buoy painting

Buoy, Shallow Water by Bobbi Pratte. Bobbi Pratte and Penny Barringer teach the two-day workshop, Plein Air Landscape Monotypes, later this month.

In our Artful Links feature, we share articles on the arts we think you’ll find interesting or useful. This time around, the reading includes information on 3-D printing for artists, art materials that last, and the road in Norway immortalized in The Scream. Click away!

  • How to photograph art: J.R. Compton at Dallas Arts Revue wrote up this exhaustive article on how to photograph artwork, with detailed instructions on general rules to follow, correcting color, and saving files for digital entry. The main takeaway: “Our brains adjust. Cameras don’t.”
  • Slow Art Day: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art was among the venues participating in Slow Art Day last month, which invited arts patrons to look at five works of art for ten minutes each and talk about them. SFMOMA’s Twitter feed chronicled four guests’ experiences taking the slow approach.
  • Website tips: If you read our primer on starting an artist website, follow it up with the more detailed instructions in “Creating an Artist Website, or The Art of Storytelling” by Toccarra Thomas at the New York Foundation for the Arts. Topics include: how to get your site looking its best, how to make and maintain an email newsletter, and search engine optimization (that is, making your website more visible to people searching the Web).
  • Lasting materials: Here’s a resource we missed in our conservation links roundup: Paul Dorrell at Professional Artist Magazine shares some basic tips on protecting your artwork by using the right kinds of materials, like UV glass and well-made stretchers (the stretchers at The Art League Store, for example, won’t warp).
  • Patchwork landscapes: Beautiful/Decay wrote up a blog post about photographer David Thomas Smith, who wove together images from Google Maps for his “Anthropocene” series.
  • The Scream: More from Google Maps: thanks to Street View, you can see the real-life setting of Munch’s The Scream. (h/t MoMA)
  • 3-D printing for artists: Washington Project for the Arts interviewed a couple of experts on the technology of 3-D printing, the “maker movement,” and examples of artists using the new technology. You can read the interview here. In the video below, you can see some of artist Markus Kayser’s “Solar Sinter” project, which used the sun and sand to create sculptures in the Sahara desert.

For more links, see our archive of Artful Resources posts.

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