Ever try to photograph something only to find that either the bright areas are overexposed, or the dark areas don’t have any detail? Well, High Dynamic Range software to the rescue. HDR software can select the dark and bright areas of multiple images and combine them into one photograph covering a wider exposure range than our most expensive cameras can capture.
This is a photograph of the Coupeville Wharf. Notice that the wharf is well exposed. But the mountains are over exposed to the point that they can’t be seen.
~ Tom Hanify, Photographer
But will it sell? Artists, me included, have to make a living. We have bills to pay and need to eat; we are ordinary people in that sense. Years ago I did catalog design and layout for the likes of LL Bean, it was wonderful, it paid the bills. But, it wasn't my work, my authentic work, work from the small place inside that guides me. It was my artwork and that small sacred voice that pushed me out of my first marriage, kicking and screaming and scared shitless with no money, a little college, a 3 year old daughter and the small sacred place inside me that threatened to leave and never return. One morning I awoke and opened my eyes to see a large woven wall hanging. It was like a cold-water awakening. The art was beautiful and I had made it. This might sound silly to most people but it was as though I had been in a trance and a spell had been broken. THAT piece was MY ART. And the place that made it was dying. All of this may sound hyperbolic but, I assure you, it is not. I was terrified. I left my marriage with my daughter in tow.
There is an African coming of age story, a right of passage. The tribe sends their young men into the wilderness with one edict, do not return until you have looked into the mouth of a tiger. They either die or return. I was looking into the mouth of a tiger- flee or die.
What does this have to do with an artist statement? It has to do with being true to oneself, following ones own path being authentic, hoping that someone will be moved to want to have work that will grace their life. "Do what you love, the money will follow." That's it. I just keep making things then send them into the world.
So what I make is made with heart, my skill, years of studying and my vision. Enjoy the work.
Tina Goodrich, Artist
Welcome to the Whidbey Art Gallery blog. We hope you’ll visit often and share your questions and comments. The Whidbey Art Gallery, located in Langley Washington is celebrating its 25th anniversary year in 2017. Let us introduce ourselves, the collective “we”. We are a group of between 35 and 40 artists who own and run the Whidbey Art Gallery.
Our mix of art changes from time to time but includes most mediums. As partners we make all the decisions about the gallery and how to run it. We want to share some of our thoughts, inspirations, processes and love of art with you. We bring a long and varied history to this gallery. Some of us have years of training, some of us are self-taught. We all love art and share that love freely.
I am the groupie for this collection of artists. I don’t make art but I like to hang out with these artists and follow them around just so I can be in their company. As the “manager” of the group (take that word with a grain of salt), it’s my job to pay attention to the day to day stuff.
I have lots of help as each artist does their share to keep the gallery going beyond simply providing art. We run the store, do all the behind the scenes stuff that any business needs like ordering supplies, hanging the art, marketing, web page building, running the On-Line store, sweeping the floor, washing the windows, hosting Art Walk, taking care of our finances, meeting and greeting visitors to the Whidbey Art Gallery and much more. You get the picture.
Because we are artist owned, we have an opportunity to do things a little differently. Each artist decides what art they will share during a given time and how that art will be arranged. We are there in the store to talk with you about our art and invite your questions and comments.
Each time you visit the Whidbey Art Gallery, located at 220 Second St in Langley, you will meet one of the artists. Stop by and get a personal tour of the Whidbey Art Gallery and our collection of art. Join us on the first Saturday of any month for Art Walk from 5PM to 7PM and meet the artists. We look forward to seeing you.
Mary Ellen Ward, Manager Whidbey Art Gallery
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