Winter is upon us and a new weekly writing group is forming. Warm yourselves with story in front of the fire at the Voorhies Mansion at EdenVale Winery. We will gather with inspiring prompts, delicious snacks, wine available for purchase, and a supportive, encouraging environment for every writer.
Winter Evening Writing Group
February 19 – March 19
6:30 – 9 pm
An Afternoon with Richard McKinley
Art du Jour Gallery presents “An Afternoon with Richard McKinley,” nationally and internationally renowned artist/educator, on Saturday, February 28. Born and raised in the Rogue Valley, McKinley is known for his beautiful paintings in oil and pastel, and for the vast amount of artistic knowledge he shares with his students worldwide.
Richard will offer a presentation on his career in contemporary art, including highlights from his forthcoming book on oil painting, as well as from his best selling PASTEL POINTERS.
A reception and opportunity to meet the artist follows at 3:30 PM in Art du Jour
Gallery, located at 213 E. Main Street in Medford (2 blocks north of the library).
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students (14-21 yrs.) and can be purchased at the gallery, Tue-Sat 10:00 AM–4:00 PM and Third Fridays 5:00-8:00 PM. Only 40 tickets available.
Cats are one of my favorite subjects. I think it most appropriate that I start of my "FB Art Challenge" with some kitties.
I was tagged to do the challenge by artist and friend Myrna Wacknov. The challenge is to post three paintings per day for five days. I get to tag other artists each day.
I think it will be fun curating a micro show every day, going through my various collections.
Today's watercolor paintings are from my "kittykitty" series which features a cat. The cat was my Aunt Mary's cat. She was a quiet, elegant being who liked to lie around with an air of deep knowledge. Or, perhaps she was just a cat staring out into space.
"Kitty Kit…" my new painting is unusual in that I added text. I wanted to imply that the cat is being called by someone off painting. The cat is sitting on a pillow, comfortable and will move if and when she desires.
The "KittyKitty" painting series has done well for me. Both "Groovy Kitty" and "Seriously KittyKitty" have been accepted into juried exhibitions. Just as important, the series became a good vehicle to study design and style.
I have done at least 30 paintings or watercolor studies. They're fun!
Another in my ‘garden’ series ACEOs
I loved pansies as a child, and still always see laughing, happy faces in the ‘face’ of each one of them.Available on eBay. All my
I have received numerous compliments over the years on the quality of the photos on my blog. I now have purchased a professional light tent, but I started out by making an inexpensive light box out of a cardboard box and tracing paper. I used it for about 3 years, and loved it. The only reason I bought my light tent was for space reasons. The light tent could be folded up and put in a drawer. My light box took up more space, but my old light box took just as good photos as my new light tent.
Last week I had an apprentice, Inka, from Telemark University College in Norway. She is studying Folk Art and wanted to apprentice with me for a week as part of her degree program. The first thing I did was to show her how to make an inexpensive light box.
• cardboard box big enough to fit the object(s) you wish to photograph (plus a few extra inches)
How to make a light box:
1. If you are using a used box, reinforce any weak points with tape before you begin.
2. Leaving 1″ to 1.5″ margins, cut out a “window” in the top and on two sides of the cardboard box with the box cutter. See photo below.
3. Paste white paper on the inside of the box where you didn’t cut out. This includes the inside of the four flaps. A paintbrush can make the job go faster. The white on the inside of the box will help to reflect light within the box, and create better photographs for your art.
4. Cut out the tracing paper or vellum and glue it on the inside of the “window holes”. This will allow light to enter the box from outside lamps, but will diffuse the light.
5. Voila! Your light box is finished. You are now ready to set up your light box for use.
How to use the light box:
1. Place a piece of white paper paper that is larger than the item being photographed. Place it in the box with a bend upwards to the top of the box, creating a nice backdrop. Avoid folding the paper. See photo set up above.
2. Place your art object in to the light box on the piece of paper.
3. Set up 3 lights, one from above, and one from each of the two sides. These lights should shine in through the “windows”. Play around with positioning them and your art, moving the light forward or backward to create different shadows and light effects.
In last Thursday’s blog post I wrote about my apprentice for the week, Inka. The art showcased in this blog post was made by Inka last week. The photos were taken in the light box that Inka made.
All the photos in this blog post were taken with an iPod touch.
Upstream Color, oil on wood, 11”x24”
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