Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Vermont Open Studio Tour guest photographer Chelsea Somerset
The photo on the right took a couple of hours to get right. I remember her setting up her tripod on the porch in February. If you have ever taken a picture of the moon, you know how difficult this is, especially when it is a clear night, and the moon is especially bright. There were many adjustments to be made, and I remember opening the door briefly a few times to make sure she wasn't too cold, and offer her a blanket (it was a frigid night-but crisp and clear).
I think the most exciting pieces for me were the pieces she experimented with different filter settings like the one above (our beloved cat, Kitty). Chelsea used Golden's fairly new Digital Acrylic Grounds to treat art paper and other surfaces that normally aren't great for printing on. This allowed the ink to "set" on surfaces like brown craft paper, clear acetate, mirror board and my personal favorite, tin foil. You can get some really cool effects. Kitty's picture was a glowing edges filter printed on graphite paper treated with clear digital grounds acrylic medium. The look you get is like a silver and black scratch board. Really cool, Chelsea! What fun!