Looking Back On July

Work by Agate Rubene

Art in the Park and Creative Jam What a fantastic month we’ve had.  Both Auckland’s “Art in the Park” and Print Art’s “Creative Jam” were huge successes.  Both events, one big and one small, were first time events and are sure to continue well into the future.

Well done to all the artists at Art in the Park.  So much was sold and you must still be smiling. Art in the Park review Art in the Park was held last weekend.  It’s a uniquely curated Art Show developed by Sofija Matich and Cary Cochrane to offer a new platform for New Zealand Artists annually at Eden Park. Cary, as the owner of the Flagstaff Gallery, has a passion for art and people and has organised multiple large-scale charity events throughout the world.  Sofija has orchestrated hundreds of events for some of the world’s largest arts institutions, including the National Gallery and the Wallace Collection in London.

With this combination, it was bound to be a success.

The weekend art exhibition was very well attended…. in fact tickets were sold out for both days.  It was held in the hospitality section of the main grandstand at Eden Park, converted into an art exhibition.  There were red dots everywhere… the public were on a buying spree for art! Print Art’s Clients at Art in the Park Work by Matt Griffin Print Art is proud to have printed for our clients who took part in Art in the Park. It was a magnificent exhibition and these are our clients who exhibited there. Have a look at their websites to see their work:  

Alison Gilmour – captures the endless beauty of her environment with delicate brushwork – creating images which have a photo-realistic quality and hues which reflect the clarity, light and richness of the South Pacific.

Anna Leyland – is a contemporary New Zealand artist. Utilising pattern making and symbolism, her works invoke conversations relating to the celebration of diversity and multiculturalism within Aotearoa.

Anna Victoria – Emerging artist Anna Victoria has a love for heritage architecture and closely studies each building before rebuilding them in her own way; simplifying lines, enhancing symmetry and choosing soft, complementary tones.

Joshua Davison – Joshua is a 24 year old self-taught contemporary painter and sculptor with a diverse body of work themed around portraiture and botanics.

Matt Griffin – A self-taught realism artist pursues a full-time career as an Artist. He has specialist drawing skills with charcoal and has recently converted his time into oil painting, painting realism portraiture of all things living.

Pete Cernis  My pieces are simply the crystallisation of moments travelled – reflecting learning and my sense of nature’s beauty and human sensitivity.

Agate Rubene – With a background in fashion Agate first started with exploration of fashion illustration which has had a huge influence on her style. Agate’s work focuses on people and their actions capturing emotions and drawing life’s pleasures with a light-hearted nature.

Sarah Barton-Hills – Sarah paints to capture the essence of her subject with work full of joy, texture, colour & light, whether it be a still life, portrait or a landscape.

Sean Beldon – My style is mostly painterly with a modernist feel. I have been photographing and painting landscapes from the far north to the deep south. I only paint scenes of places I have been to and take time in shooting photos that tell a story of the land. 

Tanya Blong – Blong is a painter exploring colour and narrative, her work investigates belonging to a time and place, and ideas around inclusion and exclusion.

July’s Creative Jam

If you followed our posts on IG and FB you would have seen the final creative piece by sixteen of Print Art’s supporting artists, as well as the time-lapse showing how it was created (click the link below to watch the time-lapse).

It was a quiet start to the evening getting to know each other, but ended as a fun night with many connections made and swapping of contact details between artists. Hopefully we will see a few collaborative works appearing? The painting fun started where everybody had 1 minute to paint on our blank canvas.

This is what it looked like from beginning to the end of the first round:

By the time the 2nd round was completed, we had an amazing piece of art that looked nothing like the starting piece. Well done to all those who took part…
We just loved having you around to share the fun.

  Watch the time-lapse John took a whole lot of photos from the Creative Jam session.  Have a look at the link below to see the photos and a quick slideshow.
  Creative Jam photos Lissy & Rudi’s


Lissy and Rudy are an amazing couple who create these super colourful masks.  Rudy carves the mask shapes and he and Lissy then add the crochet designs over the top.  They brought the masks in to Print Art to digitise in order to maximise the selling of their art work by including prints.  Quite something for us to digitise 3D artwork, as well as to get these amazing colours in print.  

Click here to have a look at their facebook link…
and website link below: Lissy Cole Designs

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Get involved in art collaborations!

We have heard from many artists that they spend most of their days alone in their studios creating art.  We have also heard that many artists are introverts and gain energy from their solitude.  However, humans are social animals and we need each other.  Sometimes we may be a little creatively stuck and find ourselves procrastinating and struggling to make art.  Sometimes we just need to bounce ideas off somebody else.  It’s during these times that getting involved in an art collaboration is a great way to get you going again.Benefits of Collaborations“Shanti in Flight” – photographic collaboration by Gail Stent and Judy StokesCollaborations lead to exceptional art projects. While art is usually an extremely personal process, some amazing works are created when two or more creative talents came together to contribute their skills and create something unprecedented.

Here are some benefits of collaborating:Motivation:There is nothing quite so motivating as a deadline… except perhaps other people depending on you. If you do an art collaboration you have both of these. A great incentive to get you going again.

Sharing Responsibility:When collaborating in art, the responsibility for the whole project is shared. That means that your task is already reduced from a whole art piece to just part of an art piece.  And if you are exhibiting, the organising and admin is shared.Community:Art making can be a bit of a lonely endeavour even if that’s what you love about it and that’s what drives you. Even as part of a collaboration this is still true for most of the activity.But there is also something rather wonderful about contributing to something a bit bigger, being part of a little community, even if that is just one other artist.  To be able to share ideas, create new ideas, brainstorm, and get honest feedback.

Inspiration:Sometimes we get a bit stuck with ideas. In a collaboration you can share this and brainstorm new ideas. Make those exhausting decisions with somebody else, it makes it easier and more fun.

For example:  What subject should you draw/ paint/ photograph…..  Which medium is best…..  What size should the piece be?In a collaborative art project you can share these choices. Working with fellow collaborators offers additional prompts and inspiration. It gives you the challenge of making your art fit with what is already there. Little suggestions are offered by what has already been added by others, making ideas seem to flow a bit easier.To sum up – art collaborations are a huge amount fun and bring many benefits.It is scary to work with others, but once you get started the benefits far outweigh this fear.An easy way to start is at Print Art’s Creative Jam where you can meet up with other artists, make contacts and even have some fun collaborating on the night.Register here for our next Creative JamCreative JamThis week’s Creative Jam is going to be a bit different!  We have a lump of clay and some tools and will be creating a 3D piece of artwork.  If you haven’t worked with clay before, come along and have some fun.  Remember, we will be auctioning the work off for charity!

If you’re not too keen on the clay bit, come along anyway.  It’s all about socialising, creating contacts and meeting like minded people.
Join us for a fun social evening.
 Thursday 12 August
Print Art
1 Parkhead Place
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Level 4 and Print Art is empty!

We are missing all those busy times and smiling artists and photographers popping in with their work. Working from home is not such fun!  And John has admitted that he is going crazy with all the screen time – he’s been working on the website and catching up on admin… aagh!
 Online Ordering
Just a reminder that we now have an online ordering system via our website. It’s in full swing and working smoothly, so jump online and place your orders.

We are still not able to operate under Level 4, but we are taking orders that will be fulfilled with a level change. 

Click on the link below and on the centre menu you will see “Start Your Order”. On the drop down list below this you can choose what you need:  prints, art reproduction, gift vouchers, etc.

Any queries, contact us via email:  admin@printart.co.nzStart Your OrderWhen it happens… Level 3 at Print ArtHopefully we will be down to Level 3 soon. This will mean we can get back into the Print Art Studio and fulfil the orders, working on a contactless pickup and drop off system. Courier services will then be operating which means we can deliver across New Zealand.  

So don’t become lazy with all this lockdown!  Keep on creating so you are ready for Level 3’s production time.Auckland Art ShowSame Time, Same Place, but New Date!!  
Due to the ongoing Covid situation The Auckland Art show has changed the dates and will now have art for everyone in November 2021!Auckland Art Show

Autumn & Winter… favourite seasons!

It’s that time of the year again when photographers and artists get out to capture the colours of autumn and face the cold weather to capture the starkness of winter.  Here are a few ideas of what to photograph during these favourite seasons…
  Colours of Autumn Many photographers have headed to South Island to capture the glory of autumn colours, but no matter where you are it’s not too late to capture autumn and have a bit of fun with the following: Focus on falling leaves – for something a little different set your aperture to f/1.8. Focus on the leaves rather than your model/subject as they throw leaves in the air. Take photos in the morning for the golden light effect – use direct light to take classic portraits, backlight to create a golden haze, and side light for atmospheric portraits. Shooting from a low angle will let you capture both your subjects and their surroundings.  Photograph in fog and overcast days – lakes, forests, rivers and streams are good subjects for photography during overcast or foggy days. Don’t forget the cities too. Use a circular polariser to enhance contrast and colours, blue sky, and removes unwanted glare from rain and wet days.  On top of this it slows the shutter speed slightly – great for moving water. Look for contrasting colours – golden leaves on a blue sky – a red leaf on a lush green grass… Slightly underexpose your shots – you’ll find that it gives your colours a slightly deeper saturation. Apply a warm white balance when editing to bring out more of that warm autumn colour. Starkness of Winter The leaves have gone and you are left with skeletons as stark silhouettes.  You can get quite creative with winter photography, with or without snow: If you’re near snow, capture macro snowflakes – add an extension tube to your macro lens to get even closer. Photograph some dramatic wet and wild storms with crashing waves. Sunrise is soooo much later it’s like a sleep-in!  So go out and capture the start of the day.  Clouds make it more exciting. Capture city lights in the rain – great reflections on the roads and pavements. Pay attention to bright colours –  a colourful subject will instantly make your winter photo more striking, as the colour will stand out against the dull and grey background.   Take advantage of the long winter nights – winter night skies can be stunning, the best time of the year for astro photography.   But even if you can’t see the night sky due to light pollution, there are a lot of other beautiful subjects to photograph at night, as well as light painting. Experiment with minimalism – the mist, snow, barren landscapes, and lack of colour are ideal for composing simple photos, stripped of everything but the essentials. Take advantage of the outdoor winter sports and photograph the mud, sweat and tears. Apply a cold White Balance when editing as it will help enhance the winter atmosphere where winter shadows are cool. Remember, there’s no bad weather for a photographer – some favorite winter images have been captured in “bad” weather when it was more tempting to stay at home and keep warm. Hibernate Indoors Ok, so you’re not into going out in the rain and cold. So stay home and set up an indoor studio in the house – in the kitchen, in the garage, in the spare room…. Lots to photograph: Learn some new lighting techniques Create a composite photo by cloning yourself multiple times in the image. Play with lights to create bokeh backgrounds – have a big distance between a model and the lights and use the barrel compression with a longer focal length. Get into smoke photography – your house will smell wonderful with all the incense you burn! What about some indoor splash photography – make sure you do this in an area that can cope with the water splashes. Indoor light painting with still life is a great way to add a wow to your still life photos. Water drop photography needs lots of time and is quite addictive.  Macro food photography – use objects from your kitchen (for example, chopping boards, silverware, fruit or vegetables) to make your food picture look more interesting. Improve on your editing skills and learn more photoshop techniques. Indoor Photography ideas North Shore Salon of Photography Vivienne Rowell’s image “White Faced Heron”, the winner of the Salon Trophy 2020 Entries Open:  1 June
Entries Close:  19 June

  Each year, the NSPS has run a competition for New Zealand photographers, with the 2020 Salon attracting 1996 entries from entrants including members of 46 photographic clubs and societies from Whangarei to Southland and overseas. The Salon convenes independent panels of selectors to judge entries in various categories, with accepted prints and digital images being publicly exhibited at Mairangi Bay Arts Centre. Entrants to the Salon’s competitions are typically amateur photographers from photographic clubs and societies, although the Salon is open to professionals and club membership is not a requirement. In fact, in recent years we have had a good number of first-time entrants that are not affiliated to these organisations.

The 2021 North Shore Salon of Photography has eight categories: Print Categories: Open Open Monochrome ‘Scapes Nautical Digital Categories: Open Song Title Yellow Altered Reality North Shore Salon of Photography Auckland Festival of Photography 3rd – 20th June 2021

The Auckland Festival of Photography is a city-wide contemporary art and cultural event which takes place within Auckland’s major galleries, project spaces, non-gallery venues and public sites during June each year. The programme includes a mix of emerging and established artists and comprises existing works and creation of new work. The annual Festival is produced by the Auckland Festival of Photography Trust.

There is a lot happening and a lot to see at this year’s Auckland Festival of Photography, so start planning what you would like to see now.  The exhibitions cover the Annual Commission, the Core Exhibitions and the Satellite Exhibitions.  You also may be interested in viewing the Digital Screens or take part in Talking Culture. 2021 Festival Programme A great idea is to keep an eye on the Festival Calendar.  If you click on the exhibition that you want to see, the dates, venue and details of the exhibition pop up on a new tab, as well as showing a map of where to find the exhibition. 2021 Festival Calendar If you’re a person who uses their phone for everything….  Fantastic, there’s even a Festival APP.  Download it and you can get to everything you need to see as much as you can.

View the APP through the browser on your phone, desktop or download from the App Store.
 *pleae note – please scroll down from landing page to see full Guide.  2021 Festival APP NZ Art Show Image: ‘Secret Stairs’ by Nik Brinkman Gala Evening:  Thurs 3 June
Show Days:  Fri 4 June – Sun 6 June

The NZ Art Show Online runs through to the end of December, so make sure you check out the latest works by over 160 talented NZ artists.  It’s a visual feast of stunning art, with something to suit every taste!  NZ Art Show Art Week Auckland 9th-17th October 2021
  Artweek Auckland is an annual, week-long festival celebrating the visual arts of Auckland. Throughout the week activations will be taking place all over Auckland, newcomers and experts alike can immerse themselves in Auckland’s diverse and vibrant contemporary art scene. Venues include galleries, public, private spaces, pop ups and street art. If you are an artist looking for a site or an opportunity to show your work during Artweek, please fill out your details below before 1st June, 2021 and we will be in touch about your proposal. Expressions of Interest 1 Parkhead Place
09 415 6659
021 132 1691

Photo Papers

Choosing a photo paper rather than fine art paper, will give you bolder and more vibrant colours in your image. Which paper you use will give you different results and how you want your image to look will depend on the type of printer, type of ink and of course the type of photo paper. 

Nostalgia – Return To Black & White Days

In the last decade, or even longer, film photography has been making a come back. More and more people are acquiring or digging out their old capture machines to use in our modern, advanced world and although film stocks continue to be discontinued, others are being re-released,  so it certainly isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Pricing Your Art

There is no rule on how to price your artwork.  But here are a few different tips to help you make those decisions.

Print Editions

Many years ago, printmaking developed so that artists could make more money from their work by selling multiple copies. It reduced costs and lowered market price compared to a single or unique image. Original art prints were limited as the plate or block got destroyed in the process of printing them and that is why lower numbers are often more valuable. In printmaking, an edition is a number of prints struck from one plate, usually at the same time.

Artweek Auckland

Artweek Auckland is an annual, week-long festival celebrating the visual arts of Auckland.  Throughout the week activations will be taking place all over Auckland, newcomers and experts alike can immerse themselves in Auckland’s diverse and vibrant contemporary art scene. Venues include galleries, public, private spaces, pop ups and street art.