In the studio:

I've been working on two very different series - in one I've been exploring the use of color on imagery inspired by my personal Los Angeles icons, while the second starts from my Chance Chronicles method and integrates people for a more narrative journey.

To get an overview of my work, please visit my home page which has links to all my portfolios.

Links: Current Exhibitions and Recent Activity

Maximize your "Calls for Entry"

Whether you’re looking to gain exposure for your work, or funding for a project, “Calls for Entry” and project submissions are a fact of life for most artists. On the plus side, you could get a project funded, exposure for your work and another line in your CV. You’ll get to post on social media and grow your community. However, the submission process takes time, effort and often there’s a fee involved. So, how do you make sure it’s a good investment of that time and $$? Here are some suggestions:

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5 Books to Expand Your Thinking in 2024

You know the books that stay on your shelves no matter how many times you move or clear things out? The kind you’re continually telling your best friends about? The following books are in that category for me and, since they’re about how we think, I see these all as creativity books.

The usual creativity-related suspects that you might already know are: The War of Art by Steven Pressfield, Art and Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland... 

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Photographers and That Which is Absent Showcase

The photographers in this showcase have faced absence with grace. Some have explored memory by creating spaces that allow us to reflect and reframe our own past. Others echo the heartache of those who are no longer with us, or use humor to celebrate those that are. Several have created spaces that have never existed - dreamlike landscapes that speak to a collective unconscious. We also have book reviews, from PhotoBook Journal, covering an excellent group of artists exploring this subject matter.

To learn more about the showcase and my curation process use this link. 

To go directly to the showcase use this link.

Call for Entry: A Smith Gallery "Interiors"

Very honored to be the Juror for "interiors" at A Smith Gallery.

interiors:  inside, lining, midst, details, furnishings, details, space, indoors, lining, within, internals, contents ….

Entrees due: December 28th, 2024

Shake Up Your Status Quo - latest creativity journal post

My most recent Creativity Newsletter's post on my experiences this past month - which shook up my status quo - in a very good way.

Los Angeles Center of Photography Print Auction

"In Either Case" is one of my favorite images and I am so proud to donate it in support of the Los Angeles Center of Photography’s Online Print auction on @artsy . The auction closes Nov 28th - so don't miss out! Community art organizations like LACP are essential to all of us - help celebrate their mission to provide a dynamic hub for creative practice.

Monthly Creativity Journal

I've started a new venture - a monthly post on creativity and my experiences as an artist. I wanted something that was an email - but also a bit more designed and would exist outside of your inbox afterwards. It will be interesting to see how this works. Love to have you check it out!

Photographers and Water

Water is a broad theme and the photographers here are good examples of  looking at our relationship to water and how it transforms both our external and internal landscapes. They also explore the fight for control over access to water, how we interact with the substance, and what it means to us politically and metaphorically. Once again, many thanks to the editors at PhotoBook Journal for curating a set of very interesting books on the subject.

Photo-Compositing Workshop at Viewpoint Photographic Art Center

Saturday, October 21st, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Viewpoint Gallery: 2015 J. Street, Suite 101,
Sacramento, CA, 95811-3124

Join me in Sacramento for my first hands-on, in-person compositing workshop! Viewpoint Photographic Art Center is a great mid-state photo organization and resource and I'm so pleased to be giving this one day workshop. In addition to the meeting, I'll be creating exclusive video content for the participants to use afterwards...because it's hard to remember what you learned once you get home and try it on your own!

Enrollment is limited so sign up early!

Photography and Community

The seven artists in this showcase have expanded the dialogue in photography by creating space for others to develop their own voice. Whether through education, curation, publishing or organizing, they’ve helped change our photographic landscape. I wanted to shine a light on their own work, because all of that community building can take time away from one’s artistic practice, no matter how satisfying it is. Join me in celebrating the magic of their voices.

Photography and Collage

In this showcase we look at six photographers who are exploring imagery through the use of collage. Juxtaposition, layering, fragmentation and the use of paint, or other media, are all collage and assemblage techniques and are a way to think outside the box and create new metaphors. These can convey emotion and other dimensions, adding depth and meaning that reach the viewer's mind at a subconscious level,  allowing  them to create their own narrative.

This showcase was a collaboration with Amandine Nabarra, whose work was featured in my last showcase on Artist’s Books. It was very interesting to work hands-on with another artist. You often are unaware of your own process until you need to walk someone else through it and I found it very invigorating.

Chance Chronicles at Viewpoint Photographic Art Center

Ann Mitchell: Chance Chronicles
Exhibition on View: February 8th through March 4th, 2023
Artist’s Reception: Sunday, February 19th, 2023, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, 2015 J Street, Suite 101, Sacramento CA, 95811

In this series of photo-montaged platinum palladium prints, I am creating a world that feels somewhere between a dream and a cinematic still. Where we have a sense that the space and narrative continues beyond the frame, with echos from a past existence. The title, Chance Chronicles, comes from the process I used to create the images, which starts with a randomly selected written meditation prompt. I then start writing and the writing process leads to me images…which are the basis for the work you see here. I’ve chosen to print these in hand-coated Platinum / Palladium, a 19th Century process which I love for its luminous mark of the hand.

VoyageLA interview

Check out my interview on VoyageLA - Local Stories.

New, Again a Group Exhibition at Another Year in LA

September 1st - October 31st, 2022

Check out "NEW, Again" a group show of select artists who have had solo shows at Another Year in LA gallery. My selection is "The Five Elements" a cyanotype, accordion handmade book. In creating this book I drew inspiration from the Buddhist concept of the Five Sovereign Elements that make up our existence: Form, Feelings, Perceptions, Mental Formations and Consciousness. This piece can be found on my Experimental and Cyanotype portfolio gallery.

Composite Imaging: Part II Themes and Practices

Webinar: Composite Imaging: Part II Themes and Practices
Saturday, August 20th, 10:00am Pacific Time, online

I'm excited to be teaching at LACP again next month - Join me in this second webinar where we will take a deeper dive into the themes and practices of artists working with composite, collage and photomontage - looking at how they have successfully created a unique visual “voice.” The webinar will include a walk through of multiple composite image files, of varying complexity, to gain a better understanding of the practical application. Suitable for all skill levels 

I've been having a great time researching such a wonderful range of contemporary artists and look forward to sharing them with you - as well as walking you through several of my own files/composites.

12th Anniversary Exhibition of A Smith Gallery

Currated by | Amanda Smith and Kevin Tully
Exhibition dates | June 17 to July 10, 2022
Receptions | June 25, 2022 4pmCDT in the gallery and FB Live

Honored to be included in the 12th Anniversary Exhibition of A. Smith Gallery which features Juror Award winners from past exhibitions. I love what they have brought to the photography community.

The Five Elements is a handmade, cyanotype accordion book and I drew inspiration from the Buddhist concept of the Five Sovereign Elements that make up our existence: Form, Feeling, Perception, Mental Formation and Consciousness. A video featuring the entire book can be found in my Experimental and Cyanotypes gallery.