Happy Thanksgiving, Seize the Day

As you might have gathered I’ve been working on lots of projects.  I have been finalizing the printing of my large limited edition archival print of Invincible and managing just a quick clean up before starting several more pieces.  Then of course there are the basic 101s of life, like having your car in the shop for two weeks, and trying to resign up for healthcare ugh (there are two days of my life I’ll never get back)  But back to the easel after Thanksgiving Holiday and this holiday I’m particularly thankful.

Every year I have shared my Thanksgiving with a friend and her family for I can’t remember how long, 20 years?  We’ve know each other since 1970s when I first moved into the area.  We were roommates for a year in college and then afterwards I got married and then she did so we were out of touch for a while then sometime around 1990s we reconnected.  She modeled for my portrait practice and on and on.  At any rate she’s retiring and moving out of the area so this is the last Thanksgiving, the end of an era.   Another good friend is also moving out of the region so… So upon reflection “seize the day” is particularly appropriate.  You just never know where life will take you.  Look for the new adventures but appreciate the treasures you have while you do and enjoy the moment you are in right Now!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone.



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MAKING A MARK: A Guide to Art Dealers, Art Galleries – and Vanity Galleries

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Which social media to use to expose your artwork

Well if you are like me you and you have been deciding which social media you to get word out on your shows and new works this might prove to be interesting http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/01/09/survey-methodology/ .   If you know where your collectors are then you know where to promote.  I suspect that Instagram has progressed since this article’s stats in relationship to the arts.

I have found that the WordPress blog is the best way to rank for SEO if you are trying to do that and it is also an excellent way to distribute your first round of promotions.  Ideally it should be in conjunction with your promotions on your website and the new work should be linked, hash tagged with key phrased. It can also bridge your private email mailing lists from collectors (who don’t want to use modern social media and still would prefer that you mail them a card in the mail)  with the other distribution of social media news using their share api.  Undoubtedly it is wonderful if you can have an article written up on someone’s else’s blog or news site but those aren’t always easy to come by and the important thing is to do consistent distribution of news every week without spending your studio time on social media.   This is why I try to write-up something with my coffee before I go to work in the studio at 8am and distribute later in the day. Some weeks you have a lot of news so then you can pick up the pace but you should be mindful of the adage of crying wolf.   If you harass your collectors with a constant barrage of emails and social media it had better be for a good reason for it is easy as pie to stop viewing your feed or subscribing to your news.

While I’m on that topic. Spamming your news feed in Facebook or Instagram with tons of individual photos from an event is one of my pet peeves.  It is inconsiderate because while you hog the news feed with 30-40 individual photos others are doing so as well and so it makes it virtually impossible for someone else to have any time on the newsfeed.  Let’s just call that a road hog of the news highway. Google and other search engines do not give you credit for such spamming for a reason.  A better and more considerate practice is to save up you photos to put into an album and then all at once so that you album appears in the newsfeed.  Also. No one is really that interested in seeing all your clubbing photos.  That is just an exercise of narcissism and I seriously doubt that it makes you more professional or interesting to either collectors or galleries.  I’m so glad that I haven’t posted my personal party pics online because once they are online they are never gone…

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How a juror’s monitor is calibrated makes a difference in how your work is juried!


As a follow-up on the previous post of white balancing your monitor taking a photo in the shade of a piece of white paper and then eyeballing it to match up your monitor to it is primitive but it works.   This has proved to work very well in taking photos of art. The images created with the HD monitor device shows well on all screens that are HD as I think that technology is all systematized between various manufactures.   Now for the toughy.  When you take a photo for print with a DSLR camera it is calibrated by a different mechanize which is an ICC profile.  If you are doing this then you should coordinate your monitor with an ICC profile that your printer is using and calibrate your computer monitor to match both your printer and the camera. Therefore web is web and print is print and nary the twain shall meet.

However,  I think it is legitimate to ask any organization that is jurying your work what type of monitor they are using to judge your work and if it is calibrated for print or HD because believe me there is a load of difference how your image will be judged based on their monitors.    Not all are equal depending on what ICC profile it using or if it is an HD monitor.  The same would hold true with collectors.   Some are using HD and some are looking on business computers during their lunch hour.   Think about it, a computer not designed for image viewing could be a very unappetizing image.

Note to Galleries and Museums.  Part of your information including in competitions prospectus should include how you are viewing the work digitally and whether your monitors are HD or have ICC profiles and which ones.

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Calibrating Your Tablet Monitor, A Women Painting Women Portrait in HD vs DSLR

I finally updated my mobile device from my Motorola “free” phone to an HD tablet.   The first thing I noticed was the monitor came in maxed out on all its display settifngs  making my model’s hair look orange and the detail glaring.  How people see your work and how you present your work is all important in art.  I thought I would share my journey in how I calibrated an HD monitor since it might account for why so many artists’ works looks so dark and over-saturated on a standard monitor.  I calibrate all my monitors per the instructions given by professional photographers and then I print out a copy on my Canon to be sure that my digital image is in the ball park of the original.  However, if someone else comes in with a monitor that is skewed to warm or to cold, too light or dark it can make the work look pretty garish.   So this is written in the hopes the collectors will look at their settings for Display as well and do a little adjusting based on a plain piece white paper or sheet (something white) before looking at artwork on the web.   At least it is hoped that they will understand that monitors aren’t all alike.

So back to the tablet calibration.  I bought a HD monitor tablet,  Android.  HD intensifies everything so I think as an artist it is important to account for that.

The first thing I did was go into the settings for Display.  I have MiraVision calibrating my monitor you may have something else however every calibration method is basically the same…. there are adjustments for brightness (set to middle) contrast (set to middle) saturation (set to lower third)  then you may have a sharpness setting and color temperature setting middle of the road for everything to start.  I took dynamic contrast off because art is about the subtle at least mine is and I like my work online to look as close to the reality of my piece… this is a starting point for settings.

Next I went outside with a white piece of paper…. I tacked it up on the post and took a photo of the white piece of paper, in the shade of a building which is neutral gray….   I looked at it vs what my eyes saw up on the post…. It looked like the monitor was much warmer than the color of the white piece of paper on the post.    To take this photo I had  used the white balance setting of the camera on my device,  shade exposure, and took another photo.

I noticed that the white piece of paper in reality was still cooler than the one in  my  device which had a cream cast.  I went back into my Display settings on MiraVision (this is for the device not the camera on the device)… and chose the cooler side for the color temperature setting.  I moved the bar over to the cooler settings since that would adjust the photos to be more in tune with the reality of the white piece of paper.

I repeated the process of photoing the white piece of paper photoing and voila, the paper and the photo on my device were relatively in sync.  I’m not looking for perfection, I’ve given up on that long ago I just want to achieve the aesthetic of the piece and remain true to the color and intensity.   It takes a little time, but the results are worth it, now the photo of the piece looks much closer to the reality of the painting in the HD monitor.

So then I sent the photo to myself via email and looked at in my Computer Monitor and I noticed right away looking at the image in my computer that the piece was much less intense and grayer.

What I discovered is that the HD monitor and a regular monitor on a computer have very different results no matter what because of the difference in technology.    So if you are doing web display of painting vs creating photos to print the type of monitor that you calibrate the photos on makes a lot of difference.  SO… the solution for the artist is to do two different types of display photos.  One for the HD displays and one for the regular monitors still in use.   I don’t think it is all that hard to do since we are only selling one painting at a time…. also WP sites/themes come with HD display options so something else to learn ( I should never have Alzheimer) ….more later….

So here is the HD version of my painting Ephemeral 36×24 oil on linen

HD version taken with the Android

HD version of the Ephemeral Painting 36x24 oil on linen canvas by Deborah Chapin....

HD version of the Ephemeral Painting 36×24 oil on linen canvas by Deborah Chapin….

And Here is the original DSLR version of the Painting Ephemeral 36×24 oil on linen canvas taken with Tungsten lighting by Deborah Chapin

Ephemeral 36x24 oil on linen by DeborahChapinDSLR

Ephemeral 36×24 oil on linen by DeborahChapinDSLR

And the DSLR Version Taken under the same conditions as the Android HD version

DSLR Ephemeral 36x24 oil on linen by DeborahChapinDSLR

DSLR2  Ephemeral 36×24 oil on linen by Deborah Chapin DSLR

So now that I’ve done that check see more information about this piece Ephemeral 36×24 oil on linen canvas.  on my website... Decisions Decisions  Which monitor are you using to view artwork?

If you have any questions feel free to ask, the most important thing is to keep experimenting and tweaking until you are satisfied.

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Hampton Art Hub Article on the RJD Gallery exhibition – Women Painting Women


Don’t Miss this show at the RJD Gallery Show closes November 8th, 2015… So many beautiful paintings

Originally posted on Chapin's Fine Art:

Whoo hoo! more more more… Another Article About the‪ #‎womenpaintingwomen‬ show RJD Gallery guys. Select pieces include Candice ChovanecRae Whalen, Nancy BorenDeborah ChapinIsabel Olivares Rebecca Tait

I was also featured on the Hampton Art Hub blog.  Thanks so much for including me in the article and feature.  Check out the link images below.  They’ll take you directly to the articles

Document - Hampton Art Hub Feature - Created Oct 7 (page 1 of 3) Featured in Hampton Art Hub – Women Painting Women 2015 at RJD Gallery

Hampton Art Hub Article on the Women Painting Women Exhibition 2015 at RJD Gallery Hampton Art Hub Article on the Women Painting Women Exhibition 2015 at RJD Gallery

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New Works in Progress…. Underwater Portrait in Red

The Portfolio is growing, currently I am working on 4 very different paintings and I’m super psyched by the new ideas. At another level altogether. In this new age of show all I’m of the mind to gradually let my ideas flourish and be nurtured, like a tiny seedling until it is hardy enough to be put out into the garden where rain, wind and snow will subject it to all sorts of weathering. This past week I also re-tweaked “Its a New Dawn”…. and re-photoed the piece because for some reason I’ve yet to have a good photo of the work. Probably because of the reds in the piece. Red seems to be a difficult color for the digital camera.

At any rate, here is the latest photo of “It’s a New Dawn”. Taken with the tungsten lamp setup. I’ll give a new peek into the studio when my seedlings are ready. See the new photos up close at http://gallery.deborahchapin.com/portfolio/portrait-art-its-a-new-dawn-oil-painting-by-deborah-chapin/

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New Video on the RJD Gallery Opening

Received a video from the RJD Gallery on the Women Painting Women Exhibition which was great! Giving a video share a try. — with Stephanie Deshpande, Nancy Boren, Beth Sistrunk, Rae Whalen, Laura Atkins, Cindy Rizza, Rebekah Bynum, Candice Chovanec, Deborah Chapin, Isabel Olivares, Shana Levenson, Sylvia Nitti, Mary Chiaramonte, Teresa Elliott, Daryl Zang and Pamela Wilson in Sag Harbor, New York.

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Portraits of Women – Newest Underwater Painting by Deborah Chapin


Well the RJD Gallery opened last weekend and while we wait to hear reports on how it is going I have been continuing to work on my portfolio.  I’m gearing up for more shows so I’m still trying to meet the four/month creation level…   the problem is that doesn’t account for pieces which are exceptionally difficult so I think it will be 3 this past month and continue to work on the difficult one over this month.  In the meantime, One of the pieces which I finished last week was “It’s a New Dawn” is up in the of water portraits.   You can read about the piece on my site at:

“It’s A New Dawn”, 20×30 oil on linen by Deborah Chapin

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Hampton Art Hub Article on the RJD Gallery exhibition – Women Painting Women

Whoo hoo! more more more… Another Article About the‪ #‎womenpaintingwomen‬ show RJD Gallery guys. Select pieces include Candice Chovanec Rae Whalen, Nancy Boren Deborah Chapin Isabel Olivares Rebecca Tait

I was also featured on the Hampton Art Hub blog.  Thanks so much for including me in the article and feature.  Check out the link images below.  They’ll take you directly to the articles

Document - Hampton Art Hub Feature - Created Oct 7 (page 1 of 3)

Featured in Hampton Art Hub – Women Painting Women 2015 at RJD Gallery

Hampton Art Hub Article on the Women Painting Women Exhibition 2015 at RJD Gallery

Hampton Art Hub Article on the Women Painting Women Exhibition 2015 at RJD Gallery

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