News – Spark Box Studio

By: Spark Box Studio  09-12-2011
Keywords: artists, emerging artists

Documenting your work is THE most important part of promoting yourself as an artist. Images of your work are what get people interested in what you are doing. Because of this, documenting your work properly is an important investment as an artist and entrepreneur. Personally, I like to hire a photographer to take images of my art work. I struggle with taking great photos and I am even worse with editing them. My paintings often have different textures, vibrant colours and high shine areas which make them very difficult to take images of.  I would rather ensure that I get the best photo possible by hiring a professional. You can see in the example below why working with a professional can give you that added advantage. In the image I took there is glare, the image is dark, the colours are off, but with the professionally taken image the colours are true, you can see the details in the work and there is no glare.

If you choose to take this route here are some tips I have learned over the years when working with photographers:

1. Find a brightly lit area of your home or studio where you can set-up the shots. It would be best if this space has a blank wall you can hang your work on easily (or a place where you can set-up a table for three dimensional work).

2. Have everything prepared before the photographer arrives. I like to make sure I have all the work I want photographed set out in the order I want them taken. I also have a nail in the wall where I can hang each of my paintings. This way the photographer just has to set-up his camera in one spot and I can change the work for him or her. This makes the process much faster which is good for both the photographer and yourself (especially if you are being charged by the hour).

3. Remember to get details. This is something I often forget when working with photographers. If you have the time consider getting some close-up images of your work (especially if there are interesting textures in your pieces). It is also nice to have a “in situ” shot so that a potential buyer can see what your work looks like in a space, this also gives them an idea of size.

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It was such a joy to have her at the studio, her positive energy filled the house. Her work perfectly reflected her personality – bright, cheerful, vintage and fun. The work produced at the studio expressed her interest in the world of craft and her passion for the world of art. Her embroidery work filled the desire to work with traditional women’s needle craft and her watercolour paintings of quilt patterns addressed her pursuit of the fine arts.

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Beginning your career as an emerging artist can be tough, which is why Spark Box Studio is offering FREE RESIDENCIES to fine art students and emerging artists. This residency opportunity is a unique way for young and emerging artists to cultivate new ideas, access a rich library of arts resources, learn about career-building opportunities, and develop an understanding of the art world from a business perspective.


Six emerging artists will receive a one-week (7 days) residency at our Open Studio in Prince Edward County. The selected applicants will be given a private studio space and given access to the Spark Box Studio equipment and resources, as well, winners will be provided with living accommodations for their weeklong stay. They will also have access to career guidance from owners Chrissy Poitras and Kyle Topping, along with, local community members.

The winter residency award runs from January 9, 2012 to March 31, 2011. Please be advised that the award is for 7 consecutive days.

Applying for the Residency Award gives artists the opportunity to practice an essential business skill in the art world: the application process.


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We just posted our for October, November and December. There will be one workshop a month and our October workshop is relief printing. This introductory workshop will provide students of all experience levels with the knowledge to cut and print their own relief print. This three day workshop will take students step-by-step through the process of transferring an image, carving a blank linoleum block and printing a three colour reduction print.

3 day workshop
October 27, 28 and 29th
11:00 – 1:00 PM OR 6:00 – 8:00 PM
$150.00 non-member or $140.00 member

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The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011

Keywords: artists, emerging artists