NO NO NO NO NO, fixed the Mobile App for readability & am learning what things mean in codeland…

So…

Late last night I go to check our new Mobile App I’m so proud of…

Realize…Can’t read a thing…

Icons are pretty but words are microscopic…

ARGH!

Confirm with Joseph…He’s like:”Can’t read it”…

“I know”…

So late last night I’m creating all new Icon assets in high contrast black text on white snowy backdrops with some ice for texture…

Thank God my Mum took that awesome iPhone pic of me with the two swans last week!

I needed some blue light, Northern, sunny, & the look she took was perfect…

Used this for every icon backdrop…! Yay MOMs!

Loaded it all up, republished the APP, went to sleep…

Woke up 6:30 am…OH NO…Have to re-record the contest submission video…Redo whole thing…Resubmit all…

Waaah…

But did it…(I actually stuck it in the APP after…It’s a good video I did…You can see the video within the APP if you do the first QUIZ, click SUBMIT, the page then whisks you to the entry submission video with an awesome SONG(by Ryan Huston, called Do what you love, from the album THIS LIFE)…

The APP is at bwell.mobi/grove

Now if you go to the APP on a desktop you get this page on the internet…

It has a Flash Gordon Icon, it has a description of the APP, it has a screenshot which is buggy & is not showing right now, & it has some weird choices which I am trying to figure out…

Ok first choice is DOWNLOAD the APP…

I got something called an APK file…Couldn’t open it…It was labelled grove.apk

Found out if I just change the apk to ZIP I can open it…

I’m on a Mac snow leopard desktop…10.6.8

So just change the name of the ending of the file from APK to ZIP…

Double click now it opens & you get all the ASSETS of the APP…

Neat…All my custom icons, their custom icons(their is Infinite Monkeys the App creator service I use…)

next choice is…

email link…

That one opens up my email server on my computer & puts a whole message in it…

You can see in the picture what it will say…2nd picture from the top…

The third choice is send link by SMS which means short message service, or something like that…

I don’t use SMS so I am not sure what to put in the box…Their phone number? Their email address? I’m guessing a phone number maybe that this is a text message thingy…

I will update this post when I doublecheck that…(ok, yes…From a desktop computer, just type in the cell phone number of the person you want to send the SMS to…That will send them a text message with a link to this awesome App…)

Last choice is View HTML APP…

That gives you the whole app but you can see it right away, from your Safari or Firefox or whatever browser you are on & it is totally interactive & totally works just like the app will on your iphone or other mobile device like Ipad or tablet or Android like your Samsung Galaxy phone…

So that is neat…

grovebodypartchart app

bwell.mobi/grove

sari grove

joseph grove

What venues have I shown in & how did that all go?

So I’m an artist…I say “Vase”…Visual Artist Self-Employed…

I have shown my work in a whole lot of different places…

Mostly on purpose…

On purpose means that I on purpose chose to show in all these different locations because I wanted to ‘feel’ all those different experiences…

I have always felt that that was important…

In school I liked to make friends with all the different groups of people, to be able to move from one group to another without getting trapped…I saw myself as an ombudsman or a bridge…

Plus it was more interesting…

To get up close to the girl who wears black lipstick, then later, hang out with the squeaky clean football player…

Something like that…

I like to observe people & situations & you just gotta be able to move through them…

So far in my art career I have shown with or in:

My own studio, vanity shows…

An art gallery in the corner of a giant carpet & furniture store…

An artist co-operative gallery, group show but really retail gallery…

A tony Yorkville fine frame shop…

A “pay to play” vanity gallery that only showed works on paper…(Yes, I did pay to play…I wanted to feel how that felt & how that went…I didn’t want to be the person who said the Last Temptation of Christ was awful but I didn’t see it…)

A Cafe & Gallery also with some work studio space I used in their basement…

A real artist co-operative…

A dentist’s office…

A UPS store…

A Persian carpet store in the fanciest mall in town…(Yes the abstract nature of Persian carpets combined with their on purpose asymmetry & geometric mathematics does captivate me)…

The Grand Opening of a New gallery on an excellent art street in town…(perhaps what one imagines when one imagines being with an art gallery)…

An art gallery off the beaten track run by an art teacher…

An arts organization-in their gallery, in a library they show with(solo), in a big juried show they run in a fabulous restored heritage museum…

I’ve also shown online in a plethora of locations…Soon I will be featured on the WAMSOC website (Women’s Art Museum Society of Canada)…The Wamsoc site differs from most online sites in that their goal or mission is to one day build a real museum for women artists in Canada…For me, the conversion of online to real is important…That possibility…

I also have a book now that can be bought on Amazon…Again, the possibility of converting that online experience to a real paper & ink book in your hands makes it feel real…

So…After all these years & all this different type of showing, & all these new people & places, what did I bring home about all of this?

Well…Sigh…

It turns out that the very very first thing I did when I started my career as an artist, the renting of a studio & having my own shows there, that was my all time favorite way to play…

You get the most control…

Gallery owners like to come to your studio to see work…They are nicer when they come to you…They spend more time & energy with you when they come to you…

All your money stays in your own hands…The entire show is your decision from beginning to end…You have a nice big space to work in…You feel like a real artist…People think you are a real artist when you have a studio they can come to…

You don’t really need galleries…But they will want you…But you don’t need them…You can sell yourself…

You don’t need a contract…No one disappoints you…

The only thing is is you have got to pay the rent on a studio…It is a luxury…

I found my art really grew well when I had my own rented studio…I was banging away at huge alabaster stones…Making giant pointillist oil paintings wearing gloves & painting with my fingertips…

I felt gorgeous & alive…

I wore what I wanted to wear (which at the time were all in one catsuit jumpsuits from Malabar the dance supply warehouse)…

The bakery downstairs supplied the fresh baked cookies for my shows…

Though I probably needed to go down the path, to try all the other places, in order to know what was best, I would still stick with having my own studio shows as being the most fun of everything…

I’m not going to go into the negatives about all the other venues…

Because I just want to tell you that if you are wondering about what it’s like to show in fancy galleries, or juried shows, or co-operatives or cafes, that personally I liked having my own studio shows totally the best of everything after all is said & done…

Oh I did a whole bunch of charity shows for all sorts of different kinds of charities…(But I don’t like to talk too much about charity shows because then you lose your bonus points in heaven if you talk about all the great things you did…-My understanding is you get Christian bonus points for not telling if you did a good thing…Obviously I am still working at that!)

swan sari

 

Full Dynamic Range App & our book!

book covers

http://fdrtools.com/fdrtools_basic_e.php

Ok, so what does Full Dynamic Range mean?

Sometimes they are called High Dynamic Range Images, or HDRI…The word “FULL” is just another variant of “High”…

So what is an HDRI? Or a FDRI?

Ok, so what it basically means is that, for example, you put your camera on a tripod & took a picture of your kitchen…

Then you changed the exposure setting, to much brighter & took the same picture…

Then you lowered the exposure to darker & took another picture…

All the pictures are in the exact same position, just different exposures…

Ok, so then you download FDR app, which is free for the Basic one…

Then open the program & click “Images”, “Open” & choose your three pictures of your kitchen at 3 different settings…

The app loads them in, then choose “Align”…This makes sure they are lined up as well as possible…

From there you can tweak all sorts of settings if you want…But if you just want your Full Dynamic Range image, choose “Save” & you are good to go…

Now in the picture above, I messed around a bit…I did use 3 pictures of the front cover of the book, but I also had a 4th picture, of the back of the book…

So you get sort of a ghostly image of the back cover seeping through the front cover…This was an accident actually, but I thought it was neat so I posted it…

Generally speaking you might use the FDR image app to show a scene or object in a more intense way-having all the range of exposures really shows the image better & in more depth…

Or you can have fun with it & put layers over layers, using a slightly different image…Interesting effect eh?

Tip: If you Google Free HDRI images you can get some to download & take a look at how cool they are…

http://www.aversis.be/hdri/hdri-free-monthly-hdr-map.htm 042-lussan-street-shade

Tip2: Try taking 3 different exposures of your work of art & making an FDR image with those…Can make your works of art look more intense & also show the full range of colours that may be hidden with the single exposure photos…

Oh, the book, is free to read now, at http://www.grovecanada.ca …(I did a french translation version which can be downloaded-I used Google translate, so it ain’t perfect, but better than I could do myself I think…)

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Recent Comment by Sari on our Facebook Page…

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This Comment is about pricing works of art:

“Ok for me every piece is different, so I don’t like to use a formula across the board…It is very useful to track things, a pen & paper & a clock…You need to write down all your material costs…

Track the time it took to make the work…This gives you a starting place…A bare minimum cost price…You spent 200 dollars on materials & worked for 8 hours…If your minimum wage is say 10 dollars per hour, then your bare minimum to get costs back is like 280 bucks…

Now you start adding things to that number…Overhead is a weird one…But throw in a number…Now are you selling directly or are you paying someone (gallery) to sell for you?

Depending on how many levels a collector has to go through to buy your work, artists will multiply their base number by 1(selling directly no change), 2 (starting out with a gallery), 3(already been to the party & sells well) or more…Now, write those numbers down, each one for each case…Look at them…Which number are you? At that point, there is a “feel” to the numbers…

Ok now if you are with a venue or gallery, go see how other artists are pricing there…

If your numbers are way off theirs then either you are in the wrong place or your numbers need to be modified…

Now you end up with some number you like that sounds fair & reasonable but you still make a profit…

Ok, so you have your low minimum & your high I want to get that number…

Know those two numbers…If you are selling directly, & a collector wants one particular piece, then you have a range…

If your low is 280 & your high is 840, & the collector has exactly 600 dollars to spend, then you then know that you can do that…

I have found that everyone has their own numbers (the collector), & that it pays to be aware of that & your own so you can bargain if need be…I use a range…

If I stick on one high number, I will have people walking away…Now if you work with a gallery, they do this for you…

They bargain…They will ask your permission to do so…I always say yes…Now I don’t bargain if I have pre-set the number to something low…

The longer you work, the more likely they are to just pay your high number without asking…

Remember: Each work of art is unique & different…Pricing by formula makes it seem that they are all the same…

But each one took longer or shorter, took more materials or less, or you used gold foil on one, or you had to learn a new technique for one-so just because a collector got one price for one work doesn’t mean that they get the same price for a different work…

It also depends on how much you want to make the sale, where is the work going (a museum?), & so on…(take all this with a grain of salt please!)”…