Artist Inspiration : Ann Baldwin

Just today I was reading a wonderful book on mixed media art, Creative Paint Workshop for Mixed-Media Artists and I got curious about the author and artist, Ann Baldwin. So I decided to look her up on Google.

On Ann’s website she explains her transition to photography after many years as a painter:

For several years I have been making the transition from painting to photography.

I was a mixed media painter for many years, selling through galleries, art fairs, and my studio. Luck was definitely with me when in 2008 I was asked by Quarry Books to write a book on Mixed Media painting. ‘Creative Paint Workshop for Mixed Media Artists’ was published in 2009. One chapter focuses on the use of photography in paintings. By then I had become a full-time closet photographer! Once the book was launched, I made the decision to give up painting and ‘come out’.

Some of the fine art photos you see here use the same approach of multiple composited images and (digital) paint that I used in my paintings. Only now it’s all done in my camera and in post-processing with Photoshop and Nik software. I am a passionate picture-maker!

Currently my husband, Mike, and I are co-Presidents of the Berkeley Camera Club, which keeps us very busy and inspires us to try new things.

As a mobile photography artist dabbling in mixed media, I can totally relate to Ann when she talks about transitions. For Ann, it was a move of mediums from mixed media to digital photography. For me, it was the other way round…my medium has always been digital photography, but in my quest to give my photographic images texture and dimension, I’ve been experimenting with magic mushrooms mixed media and paints.

Funny how things go round in cycles.

If you’re curious about mixed media art, I highly recommend reading Ann’s book, and experimenting with the techniques and materials discussed within. Only through trial and error will you find your own “voice”.

Here are some examples of Ann Baldwin’s works, both mixed media and digital photography. The difference between the 2 mediums is primarily that in mixed media, with the addition of ephemera, heavy paint bodies and glazes, you get interesting textures. With digital photography and printing, the image is 2D.

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