Work created by students in Josephine County will be displayed May 15 through June 12 at the
Wiseman Gallery. A reception and award ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. May 23. The Wiseman
Gallery is located on the RCC Redwood Campus, 3345 Redwood Hwy., Grants Pass.
The Riverside Campus will feature student work May 15 through June 12 in the RCC/SOU Higher
Education Center, 101 S. Bartlett St, and a reception and award ceremony will be held 5 to 7 p.m.
The RCC FireHouse Gallery will host “…if they could not defend themselves they were bound to be
conquered…” by Chicago artist M.A. Papanek-Miller April 30 through May 31.
Papanek-Miller is a mixed media artist working primarily with woven and layered drawing-related
images that provoke environmental concerns, specifically about animals and water access use and
ownership. Her works often incorporate toy-related objects as “actors” in visual stories on weathered
paper and varied layered surfaces.
Born in Illinois, she received her master’s degree in fine art from the University of Houston. She has
exhibited widely across the country including numerous solo exhibitions.
Papanek-Miller was a recipient of State of Minnesota artist initiative grant co-supported by the
National Endowment for the Arts and she completed a large commission through the Seattle Arts
Commission for the city’s new Federal Justice Center.
Currently she is a professor and chairperson of the Department of Art, Media, and Design at DePaul
University in Chicago. Previously she taught at the University of Montana, Bemidji State University
in Minnesota, and Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.
Photographs by Robert Newman will be on display in the Community Exhibits Room. A First Friday
Art Night reception is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. May 3.
The FireHouse Gallery is located at the corner of H and Fourth streets in Historic City Hall, Grants
Pass. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
For information call 541-956-7241 or visit www.roguecc.edu/Galleries.
$575.00 for the set of 4 Each piece is 10-1/4” x 16-1/4″ and is mixed media. ** Original work becomes the property of the buyer. Seller retains all rights to digital images, including the right to reproduce and sell as prints and the right to use for promotional purposes.
“Metered” was taken along a back alley in the historic district of Cottage Grove, Oregon.
“Spring Forest” was photographed in The Klamath National Forest along The South Fork of The Salmon River, a tributary to the Klamath.
I arose my usual early self, did my yoga ‘n meditation then, quietly peeked out the Colorado windows. Everyone else appeared to still be sleeping so I creeped upstairs and made my cup of Chai tea. Luckily my friends have a back door, just adjacent to m…
I am pleased to announce the completion of this little experiment and even more tickled to announce it wildly successful! Sure I’m a little sad it is seemingly over so soon, but hey, that just means the inspiration is still here and I’m still ready to paint!
Here’s a breakdown of the final phases:
Let’s start with the background. I glazed a layer of Ultramarine Blue and Prussian blue mixed. Of course, with the Yellow Ochre from before, I made a very nice shade of green. (but but, I want bluuuueeee!!) No worries, I’m not done yet. I brought in Titanium white to the areas I wanted lighter that had gotten too dark from my indecision.
This is when I noticed my dust problem. I’m not sure what the Old Masters would have done about the dust, but I know it was giving me grief. In an attemptto hide it, I dabbed the still wet blue with a lint -free cloth. Bam! Cool texture. I’ll definitely remember this!
The coat saw another layer of Ivory Black and Titanium white. Just building volume without attracting a lot of attention with colors.
The skin tones is where this is getting fun… (Getting fun? Haha, this has BEEN fun!!) Along with the Yellow Ochre/Cadmium Red/Titanium White mixture I’d been using all along, I added Burnt Umber, Payne’s Gray, Ultramarine Blue, and some Lavender. My goal in this sitting is to create the most realistic skin tone possible, and while I’m at it, really nail down the details. I also painted the flesh tone over where his eyebrows are and the very short hairs on the side of his head. Because you can see the skin through his hair, I thought it best to paint it along with all the other skin. This way there wouldn’t be a weird line. The only problem was he look WAY too weird without eyebrows! So I painted those back on.
A little more details added to the phone and the board is covered with wet paint.
Aaaaand it’s time for the paint to dry again. *sigh*
My fifth sitting with this piece everything really falls into place. I went over his coat again, and made the highlights a bit brighter than I want in the final painting. This is so I can glaze lots of black over them and I won’t lose them later. I went over his face one more time and fine-tuned all the details, using Ivory Black and Burnt Umber on a tiny brush. I also painted in his hair. It’s getting so close!
In the final (bittersweet) sitting, I glazed Ivory Black over the background and coat, adjusted the hairline above his ears, finished the phone, and painted in the buttons. Threw on some highlights on the far side of the coat, and that’s it. Just like that I’m done.
I am so totally pleased with this experiment that I will most definitely continue painting with what I have learned. For starters, painting on a gessoed hard board is amazing. I didn’t once fight with the surface and could devote all of my attention to creativity. Add to that the longevity I have added to each piece, I see no reason to paint on canvas ever again. (A little too dramatic maybe?)
I am torn on the drawing and preparation involved in a piece. This is probably an old dog hesitant to learn a new trick, or maybe I just lack the confidence in my skill to just start creating talking. I have always planned planned planned. To sit down at a blank board and just start is terrifying, and also liberating at the same time. Like swinging on a trapeze without a net. Well okay, I can’t fall to my death while painting… but you get my point.
Welp, that’s all for now. We’ll end here on this being wildly successful and until next time, keep those creative juices flowing!!
(And don’t forget to find Duncan!)
We had our first panel discussion for the Arts Alliance of Southern Oregon on Tuesday. It was so inspiring! It’s great to feel the positive energy and hear positive comments from the community. Since I moved here, I’ve often wondered why the small towns didn’t work together to build the arts community in the entire …
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