Ruth A B Clegg: Blog en-us (C) Ruth A B Clegg (Ruth A B Clegg) Fri, 13 Apr 2018 19:08:00 GMT Fri, 13 Apr 2018 19:08:00 GMT Ruth A B Clegg: Blog 86 120 Every Family Has a Story to Tell  

Every family has a story to tell.... Warwick Neck Family PortraitWarwick Neck Family PortraitRelaxed evening portrait on the family beach with their beloved dogs.

Day's at the beach...evening's on the deck




Amadeus Family PortraitAmadeus Family PortraitFun aboard the sailboat Amadeus in the Greenwich Bay Rhode Island photographed by Ruth A B Clegg.

Afternoon sail...let the youngest steer the boat.....



Red Car Family PortraitRed Car Family PortraitFamily fun in a Red Chevrolet Convertible. Family portrait by Ruth A B Clegg

Car ride with the grand kids with stories on the way....up the hill,

to that spot ,that Grandma and I would steal away....



Baseball Family PortraitBaseball Family PortraitFamily Portrait with Baseball gear by Ruth A B Clegg.

Make sure to hit that game on Saturday afternoon, and Dad  will bring

his glove to catch that fly ball.....


Balloon Family PortraitBalloon Family PortraitOutdoor relaxed family portrait by Ruth A B Clegg


Mom will bring the food, making a  fun picnic  with balloons for all........


Narragansett BeachNarragansett BeachFamily portrait taken at Narragansett Beach by the Towers. Rhode Island. Rhode Island Photographer Ruth A B Clegg Children will not remember you for the material things you provided, but for the feeling that  you cherished them. ~Richard L. Evans


Gift Certificates and Family Portrait Sessions to help Celebrate Mother's and Father's Day. Contact Ruth now:  401-263-4065






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One of my cameras is a Smart Phone My smart phone travels with me pretty much every where. It is my mini computer, note taker, connector, and camera. It records how many steps I take, contains professional information, helps me with research and helps me illustrate my thoughts. As a camera it works pretty darn well, although I know the limitations and times to use it. I especially enjoy taking photographs when I travel for pleasure, work in my gardens, take long "thinking walks" or see things that dazzle me. 



When I am composing an image I think about the same things that I do when I am using my professional cameras, facing a blank piece of paper for water color or am about to put pencil to paper for a drawing. Where are the points of interest? Are there leading lines into the image? Does the image have impact?



Should it be color or should I venture into black and white? I make these decisions on the spot and use the camera software to edit the images. I don't go back to my computer and work on them in Adobe Lightroom or  Photoshop. I am in the moment so I work in that moment.



I learned  the importance of story telling thru the eyes of  water colorist and illustrator, Al Albrektson, I watched him work his magic with color and composition, Al makes things "sing" with his brush. I try to do the same with my camera!


IMG_0795-2IMG_0795-2 And lastly, I try to put a bit of magic in my images. The magic that I am seeing and hope to share with you!




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Best of Show! Restful ReachA Dye Sublimation Print on Aluminum. Printed by Blazing Graphics

So excited! This image/print won Best of Show at the Art League of Rhode Island's International  Open Juried Exhibition, "Thru the Lens".


This image is part of my quest to view life from a different perspective. I have been working under water in both fresh and salt water for many years. I find that the ponds of the Adirondack Park are clean and clear and offer me a wonderful world to explore. This image is taken in Clear Pond on the property of The Hollywood Club in South Colton, NY.


The image is available for sale, please contact me for details.

My Dye Sublimation images are printed by Blazing Editions  of East Greenwich, RI  I feel very lucky that they are a short drive away and that I can work personally and  directly with them.


I will be giving a presentation on Dye Sublimation printing and thoughts on my work February 21st @ 6PM at Blazing Editions. More information to follow.


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Another View, a art showing of hand colored etchings This past year has been one of experimentation with the polymer plates for etching. Changes in chemistry, metal, manufacturers and processing have created much upheaval in the world of printmaking with polymer plates. After many disappointing failures I settled in to making the correct exposures, ink choice and subject matter. I enjoyed every minute of printing and hand coloring these final images. They feel mystical and magical. I spend much time in my gardens and last season was intrigued with the thought of a view from under the leaves looking up to the sky. These images are of my squash plants and sunflowers in the Rocky Hill School's Jamie Gardener Garden Classroom.

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My process includes Carbon Black and Graphite Gamblin Etching Inks ,  BFK Rives Printmaking Paper  , Takach Polymer Plates and Printing Press, Water Based Oil Paints, Wax Based Colored Pencils, Aquacover and framing from Crestar Manufacturing.

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I hope that you enjoy the slideshow of my work! The current show is at Providence Art Club, Mary Castelnovo Gallery May 13-June 2, 2017


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Portraits make wonderful memories! April showers sure bring May flowers! and Mother's Day too!


Wandering my property and enjoying the beautiful blossoms puts me in that "Portrait Mood". May brings us the beauty and scents of our precious earth along with the day that honors our Mothers. I don't think that there is a better way to celebrate Family and Mothers than a Family Portrait. Give your mom a Gift Certificate for a family portrait and we can plan and gather at the best time for your family.


Certificates can be tailored to your need. Just let us know. or 401-263-4065.     It is never too late!



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Magical Ireland Enjoyed a trip to Ireland this past winter, it was transformational for me....Derek Smith of Beautiful Meath tours,, introduced me to the beauty, mystery and sacredness of the island. I would love to return and spend more time. Life is short, I look to enjoy every moment!


Dublin at Night



Kilmainham Gaol








Castle Trim






Enjoy this slide show....



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Welcome to the world Andrew!  





Welcome Andrew!

At just 3 weeks old Andrew and his family visited my portrait studio. We had a wonderful time capturing the joy that he has brought to his family, his big brother was so excited! Of course, Andrew snoozed away! 




I created beautiful images and designed a Keepsake Album for his family to enjoy. 



We are planning for Andrew's next visit, when he is making eye contact and cooing sounds. We might even include a pumpkin in the portraits, Halloween will be on the way!


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View Arts-RUTH CLEGG: UNDER & OVER—ADIRONDACK POND LIFE July 23 - October 16, 2016  

14x14_Lily Dance_40014x14_Lily Dance_400Dye Sublimation Photograph by Ruth A B Clegg, Printed by Blazing Editions, displayed at View Arts



I am very pleased to have a show at View Arts in Old Forge, NY. The work is beautifully presented and was hung by Cory Card of View Arts. The show is a mix of Dye Sublimation photographs printed by  Blazing Editions in East Greenwich, Rhode Island and etching, linocuts and watercolors. Framing was done by Crestar also of East Greenwich, Rhode Island. Images are descriptions of the pond life of Clear Pond located in South Colton, New York. You can visit the show at View Arts until October 16th. If you wish to purchase a piece, please contact Cory at View Arts. Prices are listed in the title of the work in the Gallery.

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Working with missing members of your Family Portrait What do you do when you organize a Family Portrait and part of the group can't show up? Don't stress or change the date, it is possible to add them to your image. 





IMG_6086 copyIMG_6086 copyInitial family portrait creating a base.

First establish your date, clothing and location. These decisions need to be duplicated for the missing family members. It is important to try to create the same lighting, although in this portrait the second session had sun in the background which created more retouching difficulties but it all worked out! 

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Next, make sure that they have the same experience. I try for "fun". The mood has to be the same if you are going to blend all of the images into one image.

IMG_8680Family PortraitFinal blended family portrait

This part is the most important, create trust with your client that it will be beautiful when completed. I usually invite the client to view my work at different stages so that they can feel involved. It does take longer than a traditional one time family portrait session. There also is an additional cost. The value of having everyone in the same portrait is worth it. A timeless remembrance, priceless!

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Portrait Planning for 2016 Family at home



Mother, daughter and puppy in their living room at home.





This slide show can be helpful when you are planning to have a portrait taken of your children and entire family together. Watch for location and clothing ideas including what season is best for your portrait. It might even be appropriate to use the studio instead of outdoors, weather will not effect the outcome! If you would like to discuss ideas, a date or have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me.

401-885-4065 studio




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Planet Tales Greeting Cards SunflowerSunflowerHand painted image of a sunflower from my garden by Ruth A B Clegg


Planet Tales Greeting Cards

Thirty one beautiful images on 5x5 greeting cards. Cards are printed on heavy stock and come with white envelopes. Send your greetings out on lovely cards and create Unforgettable Moments. You can find them in our Art Gallery section on the homepage


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Pond Life


Wonders of NatureWonders of NatureWonders of Nature Greeting Cards by Ruth A B Clegg

Wonders of Nature



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Adirondack Views


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Beach Views

So excited to introduce these fabulous greeting cards for your personal use. What a beautiful way to correspond with friends and family. You can order as little as 4 each and mix and match or up to 20 each. Four themed groups have also been designed: Adirondack Views, Beach Views, Pond life and Wonders of Nature. I am looking forward to helping you send your personal messages!

]]> (Ruth A B Clegg) Adirondack Park Adirondack Pond Life Adirondacks Beaches" Greeting Cards Island New England Ocean Ocean Scenes Photographic Imagery Providence Art Club Providence Rhode Island Rhode Island Rhode Island Artist Rhode Island Coastal Scenes Rhode Island Seashore Mon, 28 Dec 2015 22:22:46 GMT
Creating Holiday Cards with Ruth Clegg Enjoy the creative process of designing a Holiday Greeting Card with Ruth.

Plan your photography session ( make sure to see the prior Blog post- the Value of a Pre-Portrait Discussion).

Visualize and discuss with Ruth your family, children, pets, home, boat or that special family place and how to personalize your images.

Determine colors and design that are important to you. Or just let Ruth come up with some creative designs. Once finished, those designs will be posted on your special area on  Select your favorite designReview your card list  to determine the number that you need. Always add a few extra!  Select an envelope style: plain  white, or gold or silver lined. Determine if you would like your return address added to the front or back of the envelopes. And.... you are done!  We do the rest!

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Fall Fine Art Shows and Galleries The Joint Venture a collaboration between the Providence Art Club and The Torpedo Factory printmakers, of which I am happily a Providence Art Club printmaker, is having a final showing of the portfolio created by 31 artists and recent work from those same artists at The Bristol Art Museum on Friday, September 25th. Past showings of this portfolio have been at The Providence Art Club, The Torpedo Factory, Candita Clayton Gallery and Hoxie Gallery.  I hope to see you all there.


The Providence Art Club Galleries are hosting a Fall Member Show which has an opening reception September 13th, 2:00-4:00. The public is welcome. There will be some great work! Please come and enjoy the art and refreshments. My piece below is "Magic Tree" and is a collagraph.

I am proud to announce that I have been selected to be represented by Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona in the 2015-2016 Artist Catalogue. In addition I have work in A-Z Gallery in Wellesley, Mass. These pieces of art are all from my Underwater Botanical Series printed in Dye Sublimation. This process allows for custom sizing so that you can tailor your desired image to your home or office. Please ask for details

Rhode Island Collection of handcolored solar plate prints (Intaglio process) are available at The Fleur Delys Studio (by apointment only, please call Ruth at 401.263.4065), David-Max in East Greenwich, RI and  Gallery Z on Atwells Avenue in the Federal Hill section of Providence.


]]> (Ruth A B Clegg) Adirondack waterways Adirondacks Bristol Art Museum Candita Clayton Gallery David-Max Gallery A-Z Hoxie Gallery Photographs printed on metal Providence Art Club Rhode Island Collection Torpedo Factory Xanadu Gallery art artwork dye sublimation handcolored photography monoprints photography prints solarplate,printmaking underwater photography Tue, 08 Sep 2015 21:00:00 GMT
Creating a Business Portrait Creating a business portrait is a very exciting and interesting process. Each individual business person has a set of ingredients that defines them, their job and the direction that they wish to take. It is extremely important to discuss the current position that they have and what they would like to illustrate about it, who are their clients and how do they interact with their peers, co-workers and competitors.  It might also be prudent to discuss future plans and what they might entail. This is the story that needs to be illustrated with the choice of clothing, lighting, background and location.





I had the pleasure of photographing Ashley, a Landscape Architect. Our photographic goals were to have her look professional, approachable, and competent. Her business generally focuses on large developments, public streetscapes, low income and affordable housing, as well as residential landscapes. This covered quite a bit of territory and different types of relationships, thus we needed to think very hard about the backgrounds and lighting to create the looks that we wanted. 






Ashley decided on a white tailored top and a black relaxed scoop neck top. We looked for spaces with texture and foliage in the background. I decided to try lighting with hard back lighting, frontal full lighting and edge of shade lighting. The sun added some hard light for a main light, light bouncing off a building across the street added a kicker light to Ashley’s hair and the edge of shade created a softer more approachable situation. 




Ashley’s final selections are both very approachable and professional looking. Each image has texture and the sense of the outdoors. Both will serve Ashley well on her web site, LinkedIn profile and any other social media or professional need that she may have. It was a pleasure to work with Ashley!


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The Dye Sublimation Process  

In January 2015 I had a show at the Providence Art Club of Dye Sublimation photographs on metal printed by Blazing Editions and hand-colored polymer intaglio prints. The subject matter was underwater plant life found in an Adirondack pond. I would like to focus on the description of the Dye Sublimation  process which is a relatively new and very exciting process. 


In order to transfer the image from the paper to the substrate, it requires a heat press process that is a combination of time, temperate and pressure. The heat press applies this special combination, which can change depending on the substrate, to “transfer” the sublimation dyes at the molecular level into the substrate. The most common dyes used for sublimation activate at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. However, a range of 380 to 420 degrees Fahrenheit is normally recommended for optimal color.


The end result of the sublimation process is a nearly permanent, high resolution, full color print. Because the dyes are infused into the substrate at the molecular level, rather than applied at a topical level (such as with screen printing and direct to garment printing), the prints will not crack, fade or peel from the substrate under normal conditions.


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The Value of a Pre-Portrait Discussion Visioning, discussing and focusing on an idea can be very exciting and rewarding. Sharing thoughts, expanding concepts and deciding on the final outcome are so important to any art project or for that matter any project. Moving ahead to the actual capture phase in a photography project truly demands a bit of time spent on discussions as to what, where, how and when. Visioning the final destination and how the piece will fit into the surroundings is vital to a comfortable resting place. Look for some great help here!

In the case of a portrait, final destination can determine the style, color or lack of color, clothing, orientation and the framing. If a family portrait is the desired outcome, it is important to determine what the location is for photography and how it relates to the family’s life style. Also the quality of light will be an important ingredient and the quality of natural light can be affected by the time of day. Early or late light will have softer and more muted tones while the midst of the day will have contrast and strong white light. An additional thought is the family members might be more comfortable in the cool of the morning or evening rather than the heat of the day.

Clothing is also important as a descriptor of personalities, and how the coloration will fit in the portrait’s final destination. If the wall that the portrait hangs on is red and the group is dressed in a version of orange it might not be a good fit. If the clothing is casual and the room is formal, again it might not be a good fit. It is also very important to look at body types and select the clothing that enhances the beauty of the subjects. Additionally, it can be very distracting if one family member wears a strong pattern such as bold stripes and another wears polka dots. The viewer will be constantly looking at the clothing and not the subject's faces which are the most important. Clothing harmony is an important ingredient to create a pleasing portrait. Although, tensions of multi patterns may be indicative of the family’s lifestyle and could be a rich ingredient for a successful portrait and in that case would be important to include.

Finally, the substrate that the image is printed on and how it is presented or framed is imperative to the enjoyment of the image. There is such a variety today of papers, metals, glass, and wood to print upon that can enhance your image. Possible proofing on some surfaces might be a great way to proceed in order to be sure of the final outcome.


Framing is another decision that can make or break the piece and should be carefully selected. It is best to select your frame after the piece is printed and ideally the selection should be made in the location that the image will hang. I am happy to bring selections of moldings to your home or office. My favorite moldings are from Roma and Larson Juhl. I also prefer to use acid free mats and UV glass. Once you have made the final wall portrait selection there may be images that you absolutely must have. An album is a wonderful medium with which to enjoy those images and a design can be created to artfully tell the family’s story.
The mission and goal of the pre-discussion is to make the entire process a smooth and enjoyable event, thus creating an image that imparts beauty and satisfaction for years to come.


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Working with the new Canon Rebel SL1 My recent photography coverage for a wedding and two fund raising events was beyond thrilling! I have added the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 to my camera bag. My cameras are the Canon 50D and the Canon 5D Mark II. This little Rebel fits in the palm of my hand and my Shootsac so that I can wip it out and take spur of the moment images. The ISO is from 100-12800 and I used all of that range at my last wedding. The quality is fabulous and the ease of using the camera is great. I added a fixed Canon EFS 24mm and the fun begins there

Canon cameras used for wedding and event coverage.

Image below ISO 1600

ISO 6400

ISO 12800

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Celebrations Celebrations of Life are such fun. Whether it is the birth of a child, Baptism, Bar or Bat Mitzvah, First Communion, Sweet Sixteen, Quinceanera, Wedding or Anniversary there is a story to be told. I am passionate about caturing the energy, beauty and life of these gatherings. It would be my pleasure to work with you and your family to tell your story. Images below are from Sakonnet Vineyards, Rhodes on the Pawtuxet and The Mt. Washington Hotel.


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