Monday, November 16, 2015

Tom Dimond - Etherredge Gallery - University of South Carolina Aiken

Undone - Tom Dimond

November 1 marked the opening of an exhibition of new work by Tom Dimond at the Etherredge Art Gallery on the campus of the University of South Carolina Aiken, Aiken SC.  The show features Tom's newest work.  The show runs through December 18th.  Click HERE for more information about directions and gallery schedule.

As an artist it is always interesting to see how other artists progress in their work.  Tom is my husband so I have immediate access to his work.  A few years ago he began to explore alternative techniques to develop and discover new images and new ways to "get into" his ideas.  The work here represents his continuing exploration.

Spinner - Tom Dimond

Artist Statement

    My approach to painting is based on a need to establish a communication between my inner consciousness and the primary elements of art. The geometric figures and interplay between positive and negative forms reflect this dialogue between the inner and outer consciousness.

    Oftentimes certain color relationships or textures observed in the natural environment while hiking in the forests and along the shorelines of the lakes of South Carolina or the marks of man in the environment may trigger or influence choices made during the creative process. I feel that my paintings represent a synthesis between certain aspects of the visual environment and the intellectual and emotional responses encountered in the creative process of painting itself.

Undone - Tom Dimond

About two years ago I began exploring various techniques and materials that I have been layering together and combining with a mixture of mediums. How this happens varies somewhat but I can tell you that I combine free flowing gestural marks with watercolor, acrylic monoprints on Japanese papers, inkjet transfers of drawings, found objects, comic pages, watercolor washes, various acrylic mediums such as gloss medium, crackle paste, block out medium and gum arabic. All of the work is done on watercolor paper.

A Good Spot - Tom Dimond

This show includes work from two different series. One is The Pictograph series and the second is concerned with more urban environments. The work in The Pictograph series are all titled after archeological sites around the world that contain cave paintings and prehistoric rock carvings. These pieces contain imagery that is sometimes buried under layers of acrylic mediums that make reference to the natural conditions in which the paintings and carvings exist. I have used monoprints and mandala imagery to suggest images found in these sites. These paintings range in size from 30 x 22 to 20 x 14.

The most recent work employs monoprint transfers, gestural marks with watercolor, large areas of block out, watercolor washes and various imagery from comic books. These works are meant to be suggestive of urban walls; sizes vary from 30 x 22 to 20 x 14.

To see more of Tom's work visit :

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Holiday Art Show at The Arts Center Clemson SC

Today is the opening reception for the Holiday Art Show at the Arts Center in Clemson SC.

Are you looking for a special unique gift for that special unique person or perhaps looking to reward yourself with a beautiful painting, jewelry or textile art?  Stop by The Arts Center in Clemson SC and you will find these and many more wonderful items in the Holiday Art Show.

These two works are framed and ready for purchase at the Holiday Art Sale.

Tom Dimond is pictured with a group of pieces, some of which will be in the Holiday Art Sale and others will be in his upcoming solo exhibition at the University of South Carolina in Aiken SC.

Monday, October 26, 2015

How to Size Digital Images

If you are an artists with an active practice you have to learn to prepare digital images of your work to be inline with the desires of each show you enter.  For younger artists this likely isn't any big deal but for anyone who did not group up with a digital camera in their hands it can be frustrating.  

Most exhibitions now require digital images for show entry.  With this in mind here are the steps you can take to size your digital files and get good results.  While these directions are written specifically for those of you who use Photoshop Elements, I believe this information can be translated and used with other photo imaging software. 

Sizing Digital Image Files In Photoshop Elements

1.  Set your camera to shoot at the highest resolution.  If someone else shoots your images you should stress shooting high definition.

2.  Open the file you wish to format.  My files come from the camera in CR format. CR stands for camera raw.  Photoshop Elements will open this format.

3.  Using SAVE AS - Save this image under a new name as a tiff.  I do not use any compression and I save the file in PC format even though I work on an Apple computer.

4. Using this new file, crop any excess background around image.

5.  Under IMAGE heading- open RESIZE - IMAGE SIZE

6.  A new window opens – Check the RESAMPLE box. Change the larger pixel dimension to the number requested in the show prospectus  - Click OK

7.  The image will remain open. REOPEN the Image Size-Resize window


9. CHECK CONSTRAIN BOX - Now you can change the Resolution to the desired number.  EX: 240, 300 etc.


11.  SAVE the file using the SAVE AS function.  At this point your file is still a tiff.  If you want to keep a copy of this image as a tiff then use the regular SAVE function.

12.  Most shows want a JPG file so you can then choose SAVE AS and select JPG.  The JPG OPTIONS window will open.  From here you can choose the size of file you want using the sliding size function that moves from small file to large file.  Many shows limit the size of file to say 3.M so using the sliding function move the slider until the correct number shows on the right side of the box.

13.  Now you can give your file its final name and SAVE AS a JPG.

12.  Most shows want a JPG file so you can then choose SAVE AS and select jpg .  The JPG OPTIONS window will open.  From here you can choose the size of file you want to save using the sliding function from small file to large file.  Many shows limit the size of file to say 3.M so using the sliding function you can see the exact size of your file.

13.  Now you can use the SAVE function to save your file under it's final name.

Hope this information is helpful.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Updates and Video from My Studio

Thank you to everyone who has written with concern about my well being due to the devastating flooding here in South Carolina.  My family and I are fine as we just didn't have the amount of wind and rain here in our area that the midlands and low-country received.

I am in an exhibition at The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia SC that was scheduled to open last week but the opening had to be rescheduled due to the flooding.  The building actually had some damage on the exterior but no damage to the interior or artwork.  The opening reception is now scheduled for Friday, October 16.  This show features women who live or have lived in SC and have been making art here.  I look forward to seeing this work and meeting new people and seeing old friends.

As part of the exhibition, the museum has made video's of several artists in the show.  I am pleased to be one of those and you can see a clip from the video on YouTube Here.

Find the hours and directions to the museum Here.

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Thoughts While Viewing Art at The Hammer Museum

I oftentimes write myself notes when I visit a museum or gallery.  These are some of the thoughts I jotted down while touring the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles this summer.

Mark Bradford

Mark Bradford - from Scorch Earth

  • The idea of "modern art" for work made in 2016 seems silly.
  • I need some sense of order or formality.
  • Some junk art is junk.
  • People love a story.
  • Noah Purifoy is new to me.
  • The work I see in the big museums is often no better and sometimes less resolved than what I see in regional museums.  Not a new thought but good to be reminded.
  • I enjoy objects embedded into or onto other objects.
  • Humor or irony is +++
  • Noah Purifroy - African American. He is a problem solver.
  • Build things outdoors so weather impacts much of his (Purifroy) work.
  • Wonder full assemblages - Now Dig this Art and Black Los Angeles - 1960-1980
  • Kiki Smith - dead birds - this is imagery she uses lots - google it
  • Well placed shapes in big space
  • Art can be made from anything and the "finish" can be whatever is appropriate for the piece.
  • One man forging through the galleries....must be on a schedule.
  • Truth or Dare
  • I was prepared to hate the new work of artist Mark Bradford based on the images I had seen but love them in person.  They are huge, rough, black white, gray.  Lots of texture.  Complex surfaces.  ( Mark Bradford - Scorched Earth )
  • This work is elegant, frenetic, clumpy,dirty, orderly, organized, random.  
  • Very personal process.
  • Work is huge.

To read more about The Hammer Museum click HERE.
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