September 2019 Paint Rag

Volume 77, Issue 5

Photographing Your Art
Demonstration by Ken Ronney

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Most art exhibits now require entry by digital photos of your artwork. In these exhibits, the decision of which pieces are accepted into the exhibit is by the juror examining the digital photos; likewise, most exhibits also award prizes based on the digital photos. When art is sold through the internet, the visual image is paramount.

The quality of your photos is crucial. It therefore behooves you to take and submit high quality digital photos that truly represent the fine nuances and beauty of each piece of your art.

Taking high quality photos of artwork with your digital camera or smartphone is not difficult, but there are many details that must not be omitted or overlooked.  These include, but are not limited to:  position and support of the artwork, support of the camera (or smartphone), framing, lighting, setting for type of lighting, selecting the “best” photo, cropping, color balancing, and saving (correct file size).  You will learn how to take good photos behind glass or Plexiglas.

Major improvements in the quality of the digital photos can be made with a small investment in a tripod for your camera and two clamp-on light fixtures with daylight LED bulbs for lighting.   Examples will be exhibited.  Photos of several pieces brought in for the monthly mini-show will be taken.  A variety of pieces brought in by the artists will be discussed, and photographed, as time allows.


Ken took up sculpting after taking an early retirement from his engineering career. Prior to retirement, he had spent over twenty-five years pursuing hobbies of rock hounding, lapidary, and silversmithing, and always enjoyed working in stone and metal.

Starting a new phase in his life, he took a hands-on sculpture class in Marble, Colorado where he was formally introduced to working on moderately large pieces of stone. It was magic.

He continued working on a few more “ordinary” free-form stone sculptures until he decided to experiment combining mechanical engineering skills with stone and metal to create unique moving stone sculptures.

He took off in this direction in 2009 with a complex multi-piece, motorized stone kinetic work. It includes a rotating ellipse, a four-bar moving link, a differential chain drive idler system and counterbalances with controlled dwell. This type of work has become his passion. He has entered sculptures in a several VIVA and Valley Artists Guild exhibits, winning “First Place” for one kinetic stone sculpture and “Best In Show” for a different one. He has also participated several times in the California Sculptors Exhibit in conjunction with the annual California Sculptors Symposium held in Cambria and has received awards for his kinetic work. Ken is also president of the California Art League, and Vice-President of the San Fernando Valley Arts and Cultural Center gallery.

Ken learned the fine nuances of photographing artwork by personal experience…of his sculptures and very many 2-D pieces of a highly prolific artist friend who needed someone to take pictures of their work.

Some of Ken’s work, including video clips of the kinetic sculptures can be seen on his web site,

MEETING LOCATION: The San Fernando Valley Arts and Cultural Center, 18312 Oxnard Street, Tarzana, CA 91356. There is free parking in the rear of the building. The cost to members is $5, Visitors’ cost is $8. Phone: 818-697-5525

Refreshments and an opportunity to participate in a raffle for prizes will be provided.

President’s Message

Welcome Back Everyone,

I hope you had a wonderful summer relaxing, traveling, painting and gathering ideas for your art. The Fall is approaching and we have some great Demonstrations scheduled for the San Fernando Valley Art Club.

The first two club meetings, September and October, are part of one theme: “Contemporary On-line Art Exposure and Promotion.” They will cover three important aspects of contemporary methods for successful internet art promotion. The goal is to help our members feel more confident with putting their work on-line, and to help them make the best internet presentation of their work as possible. Here are the three parts that we have scheduled: 

* Part I – How to Digitally Photograph Your Artwork (as required for on-line entry to art exhibits and for internet exposure and sales) and taking quality digital photos for success. The speaker/demonstrator will be Kenneth Ronney at our regular SFVAC meeting on September 3, 2019.

* Part 2 – A presentation by Cheryl Scheer, a Graphic Designer and teacher. She will give an overview of how artists today show, promote, and sell their art on the internet. She will cover broad areas of the internet: web sites, art stores, SEO, etc. at our regular meeting on October 1, 2019.

* Part 3 – A “hands on” workshop led by Cheryl Scheer for effective digital editing of your own art photos on your own laptops, smart phones or tablets. She will work with a free software program that does photo editing, and she will also help those who have Photoshop.  Sunday, October 13, 2019 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  Sign-up details will be available at the September meeting.

We hope to see you at our meetings.

Trisha Bennett
[email protected]

Do You Need Frames?

Here is a tip from our member Ben Levin:

There are framed art pieces available at good prices. You can buy them and remove the art. He says that some may have a little damage, but can be easily repaired. You may sometimes even reuse the canvases!

 Check it out!

Hotel Surplus
16625 Saticoy Street
Van Nuys, CA 91406


Photos from Fealing Lin’s Watercolor
Portrait Painting Workshop

Call for Entries – Cats & Dogs!

When:  September 14, 2019

Where:  Cartersexton, 5808 Laurel Canyon Blvd., North Hollywood

Submit your work to [email protected]  Last day to submit is September 4, 2019.  Any medium accepted – 30″ X 40″ or smaller with a limit of three pieces.  $15 entry fee for all accepted pieces.  20% commission on those sold.

June Mini Art Show Winners

Thank you, Fealing Lin!

Fealing Lin with Raffle Winner Nadine Cano

We want to thank Fealing Lin for her Watercolor Portrait Demonstration at our June 4th Meeting. She drew one of the largest audiences we have had in a long time. Fealing demonstrated her techniques for creating beautiful portraits. She also donated one of her Giclee prints to our raffle for our charity – the “Miriam Thorin Scholarship Fund.” 

On Sunday June 9th, Fealing led a successful one day Watercolor Portrait Workshop for quite a few artists. They came prepared to paint with portrait drawings on watercolor paper. Fealing explained her color techniques and demonstrated her portrait development several times throughout the day. She gave each participant some art supplies from Cheap Joe’s, and she took time to visit all of the artists to answer their questions and to help them in the creation of their own successful watercolor portraits. 


The San Fernando Valley Art Club has been in existence since the 1940’s. It has been a support for artists in the valley all of the subsequent years. Over the years we have seen hundreds of fantastic demonstrators, wonderful art exhibits, Plein Air paint outs, good food and friendly people. Volunteers have given it life. They are essential to make it a success.

We need you now.

1.    We need someone to set up the AV equipment and take it down. That person will not have to store it. 

2.    We decided that a committee of three artists will be an effective way to get a variety of good demonstrators who will meet our artistic needs. Our members mostly use Acrylic, Oil and Watercolor. So we would like one acrylic artist, one oil painter, and one watercolor artist to pick the Demonstrators.With three people working on the committee, it splits up the time needed.

3.    We need three people to work together on a committee for our exhibits. They will  arrange for locations, and make up the programs, arrange for the hanging, and co-ordinate the Receptions.

4.    We need one or two people to set up the Refreshments at the meetings. Generous people continue to bring in “goodies”, Diana brings in the coffee, but we need someone to put the tablecloths, utensils, cups and dishes out before the meetings.

Please consider volunteering some of your time to one of these jobs. Contact me for more information.

Trisha Bennett

2019 San Fernando Valley Art Club Scholarship

The SFVAC is committed to continuing its scholarship program. It will present another scholarship award in 2019 to a deserving art student. If you are able to help in this worthwhile program, make your check out to SFVAC and note “Miriam Thorin Scholarship Program” on the memo line. Forward your check to San Fernando Valley Art Club, P.O. Box 16404, Encino, CA 91416. Your donation will make a difference in fostering the arts in our communities.


For more information:

Main site:

REMINDER:  Don’t forget to send in your San Fernando Valley Art Club Membership Renewal for 2019. We look forward to lots of interesting art meetings and nice exhibits. Fill out the Membership Form on the web site and be sure to mark it as a Renewal. Then send it, and your check, to our Post Office Box:   SFVAC, P.O. Box 16404, Encino CA 91416

Display Your Work at Local Venues

Artist Alley
Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center, 23400 Park Sorrento, Calabasas
Call Kathy Milbrand at (818) 222-2782

Daphne’s Desserts
13646 Burbank Blvd., Sherman Oaks, (818) 906-4991
Email:  [email protected]   Commission:  30%

Moby’s Coffee & Tea
5668 Cahuenga Blvd., North Hollywood
(818) 579-4761, Email samples to [email protected]
Commission:  20%.  If credit card is used, credit card fee added.

M Street Coffee
13251 Moorpark St., Sherman Oaks, (818) 907-1400
Email samples to [email protected]   Commission:  25%.

Upcoming Art Events

DatesEvent Title and LinkLocation
November 23 - December 22, 2019Winter Fantasy at the Sawdust Art FestivalLaguna Beach
November 29 - December 1, 2019
December 14 & 15, 2019
Desert Arts FestivalPalm Springs
December 2019 (dates not set yet)Chili Bowl Fest and Art & Craft FaireTujunga
May 23 -25, 2020
July 3-5, 2020
September 5-7, 2020
Morro Bay Art in the ParkMorro Bay
Every SaturdayArtist & FleasVenice
Artist CallsOpportunities for Artists to Exhibit in the WestVaries
Artist CallsCalifornia Arts Council