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Day Two of 30 Paintings in 30 Days: Wavy Hair

Day Two:  Lady With Wavy Hair

Hair; aren’t our attitudes about it interesting?  This lady’s hair reminds me of 1950 styles.  Plus, for those of us who lived through it, the 60s saw quite the experimentation in hair for men.  What are your thoughts?

Lady with Wavy Hair

We link thoughts about who we are to our hair.  For example:

  • Hair gives an indication of our overall health, fitness and age
  • We hint at our personality through our hair style
  • We have cultural stereotypes based on hair, for example intelligence and blonde hair
  • We cut, curl and color it, though I keep mine long, natural and braided

I have wavy hair, maybe this is a self portrait?  In this portrait, I think the curves of the hair emphasize her femininity and soften the angles of the portrait.

Personal Story Time

When I was in the military, I remember having a discussion with my Sergeant Major.  The sergeant major had been in the Army many years and I had only been in two or three.  He mentioned women’s hair length and said that one day I would understand why military women wear their hair short.

Sergeant Major was usually right about things, but on this he failed.  I never quite figured out what he was talking about.  Military women wear their hair various lengths, but in a traditional, conservative manner.

On to day three of thirty paintings in thirty days!

 

 

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Antique German book pages ephemera packs/bundles available.

I’ve put up some antique paper bundles on Etsy – great for art/craft projects. These are in old German font. From booklets printed late 1800s, early 1900s in the USA. Some have advertising which is interesting and unique. Great inspiration.

Ideas for using antique ephemera book pages for paper arts/crafts – ACEO, greeting cards, tags, art journals, scrapbooks and more. http://tinyurl.com/

Art Presence September Exhibits

Bountiful Harvest, August 29–Sept 28

"Bountiful Harvest" watercolor painting by Anne Brooke

“Bountiful Harvest” watercolor painting by Anne Brooke

Art Presence exhibits member artworks depicting the promise of an abundant fall harvest…and more!
Meet the artists at a reception on Friday, September 12 from 5-7pm!

More September Exhibits Curated by Art Presence:

Sandy Shoals, oil painting by Bill Stanton

Sandy Shoals, oil painting by Bill Stanton

Pioneer Village

Sept 10–Dec 10:
Oil paintings by Bill Stanton

Jacksonville Library Naversen Room

Autumn Aspen, oil painting by Sue Bennett

Autumn Aspen, oil painting by Sue Bennett

Sept 17–Dec 17:
Oil Paintings by Sue Bennett

Jacksonville Library Front Entrance Display

Salvage Sideshow

Salvage Sideshow, exhibit of sculptural assemblage works by Leone Keene Sewitsky

Salvage Sideshow, exhibit of sculptural assemblage works by Leone Keene Sewitsky

Now–Sept 18:

 Cast-off objects find their Sandy Shoals way into the spotlight of a Bill Stanton whimsical carnival of second chances in the sculptures Leona Keene Sewitsky assembles with screws, wire, and paper clay.

Art Presence Art Center is a nonprofit organization located at 206 North Fifth Street on the grounds of Jacksonville, Oregon’s historic courthouse. We are open every Friday–Sunday from 11am–5pm.

Art Presence September Exhibits

Bountiful Harvest, August 29–Sept 28

"Bountiful Harvest" watercolor painting by Anne Brooke

“Bountiful Harvest” watercolor painting by Anne Brooke

Art Presence exhibits member artworks depicting the promise of an abundant fall harvest…and more!
Meet the artists at a reception on Friday, September 12 from 5-7pm!

More September Exhibits Curated by Art Presence:

Sandy Shoals, oil painting by Bill Stanton

Sandy Shoals, oil painting by Bill Stanton

Pioneer Village

Sept 10–Dec 10:
Oil paintings by Bill Stanton

Jacksonville Library Naversen Room

Autumn Aspen, oil painting by Sue Bennett

Autumn Aspen, oil painting by Sue Bennett

Sept 17–Dec 17:
Oil Paintings by Sue Bennett

Jacksonville Library Front Entrance Display

Salvage Sideshow

Salvage Sideshow, exhibit of sculptural assemblage works by Leone Keene Sewitsky

Salvage Sideshow, exhibit of sculptural assemblage works by Leone Keene Sewitsky

Now–Sept 18:

 Cast-off objects find their Sandy Shoals way into the spotlight of a Bill Stanton whimsical carnival of second chances in the sculptures Leona Keene Sewitsky assembles with screws, wire, and paper clay.

Art Presence Art Center is a nonprofit organization located at 206 North Fifth Street on the grounds of Jacksonville, Oregon’s historic courthouse. We are open every Friday–Sunday from 11am–5pm.

Day One – Thirty Watercolor Paintings in 30 Days

Its About Production

I’m embarking on a watercolor painting adventure for the month of September.  Who knows, maybe it will become a habit? I’ve signed up to participate in Leslie Saeta’s “Thirty Paintings in 30 Days” and today is day one.  Why accept the challenge?

  • Production – its a numbers game; the more you produce, the better you get.  Certainly, this is the case with watercolor paintings
  • Overcoming “fear”, or at least learning to deal with it.  What kind of fear?  The fear of getting started, the fear of not being good enough.  You get the point!  I can excel at fear if I let myself
  • Because I like watercolor painting challenges
  • My artist friend Karen Knutson participated last January and it seemed like fun

Lady in Red

Three Series.

I’m toying with some ideas about themes for my month of watercolor paintings.  Can’t seem to settle on just one yet.

  • Drawing Talent.  I have already started this idea.  Several times a week I go out and do watercolor sketches of my town of Talent, OR
  • Portrait of a Lady Series.  These are variations on a theme of a portrait of a lady done in a modern, somewhat Cubist style
  • Still Life.  I like to paint still life set ups to practice and learn.

Today’s Watercolor Painting – Lady in Red

My Lady in Red was an improvisation.  I had a great time and was able to keep things simple.  I think this one shows the value of “less is more” sometimes.  The portrait hints but doesn’t tell you everything.

Goal

Produce more; get into a rhythm of doing!  More watercolor paintings!

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Steve & Sue Bennett Show at South Stage Cellars

The Vines, watercolor by Sue_Bennett

The Vines, watercolor by Sue_Bennett

Please join us at South Stage Cellars as we celebrate the creativity of artists

Steve Bennett & Sue Bennett

with works in

Oil * Pastel * Watercolor

Reception: Saturday, September 20 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM

Enjoy an evening of ART * WINE * MUSIC

Sue Bennett is a classically trained artist who paints to express beauty. “My intent is to capture the heart of the subject and I get completely caught up in it.” Sue taught art for many years in classes and workshops in several states and Canada. Her paintings have been included in over 45 exhibits around the nation. She works most frequently in transparent watercolor, however she also enjoys opaque watermedia and pastel and has recently returned to oils.

Hueners Hill Vineyard, Pastel by Steve Bennett

Hueners Hill Vineyard, Pastel by Steve Bennett

 

 

Steve Bennett started painting and drawing when he was in kindergarten. He quit art that same year. He did enjoy art via the view finder of his camera.After many years of photography, Sue encouraged him to join her in painting. He took the chance. Steve enjoys drawing and painting outdoors subject matter the best. He mostly paints with pastels and watercolor. “It is fun to have a new area of life unfold for me each day.” When Steve is not painting, Sue and Steve have an art seminar business that takes them and other artists to many beautiful places in the world to paint, and photograph.

Rogue Valley Vineyard, Oil painting by Sue Bennett

Rogue Valley Vineyard, Oil painting by Sue Bennett

“Art has kept me enthralled for 40 years. I studied for 10 years in college classes and national workshops. Drawing led to basic design, which led to oil painting, which led to printmaking, which led to watercolor, and back to oil. Along the way I taught classes and organized workshops across the U.S. and Europe for 25 years; art opened up the world for me. My paintings are portrayed with simplicity of shape and rich color. I get very involved with the medium, and paint to express beauty, mood and heart—to take the viewer to a place of refreshment. I am emotionally caught up from start to finish and like it best when I am slightly surprised by the end result.” ~ Sue Bennett

See more of this talented couple’s work at their website, Oregon Street Gallery, and find all their links and contact information in Sue’s listing at soartists.com.

Show runs from September 20 to October 29

SOUTH STAGE CELLARS

125 S 3rd Street, Jacksonville
Artists: 541-899-1179 
While you are in Jacksonville, see more of Sue Bennett’s paintings in the Naverson Room of the Jacksonville Library! This show begins September 17 and runs through December 17.

Intuitive Painting

Joan Intuitive ptng2

Joan’s creative expression

Intuitive Painting

Are you ready to explore the edges of your creativity; Play with and follow he threads of visual expression; laugh with the joy available when you trust your intuition to guide you?

Experience and experiment with a variety of non-threatening painting processes. Artists who want to create with renewed enthusiasm as well as inexperienced artists will be delighted.

Classes held on the First Sunday of each Month in Eve’s studio from 1-4 pm. Classes are small and comfortable.  All materials included in the price.  Contact me through my website for more information. www.evemargowithrow.com

Drawing Talent: Joe Dunbar Designs & Talent Cafe

Dunbar Designs & Total Picture

Draw quick, before they go!

Yes, while researching this blog post, I found out that Joe Dunbar Designs & The Total Picture are leaving Talent to set up shop in nearby Medford, OR. Mr. Dunbar has a good following for his custom designed, one of a kind garments.

Total Picture & Joe Dunbar Designs, a Watercolor Sketch by Artist Margaret Stermer-Cox

Mr. Dunbar & Talent

Mr. Dunbar has donated much of his time to our community by serving on the Talent Public Arts Committee.  Both he and his mother are visual artists as well.  They run a framing business along side of the dress making and art creating businesses.

Come to think of it, the title “Total Picture” applies.  Fashion design, framing and painting all under one roof ; it works!

I’m happy that I drew this building while Mr. Dunbar’s business still resides in it.  You might see the suggestion of two dresses in the front right hand building.

The Building!

But, the building remains!  And, the building was there before Mr. Dunbar established his business.

The First Talent Cafe

Years ago, two women owned a cafe in the building, named the Talent Cafe*.  A third woman helped them run it. My husband remembers it well. As a boy living in this valley, he went with his parent to the cafe on occasion. One rule was that if you did not finish your dinner, you did not receive any desert. Funny; can you imagine a cafe having such a rule today?

Lila Parker & Marie Long

I am able to verify my husband’s memory on the Friends of Talent website. The ladies that owned the cafe were Lila Parker and Marie Long. My husband remembers their marble soda fountain.  He remembers the ladies and thought they were cool.  The dinners were homemade and good. He always cleaned his plate. One of the ladies used a crutch but still served.

Personal Connection

I have a recollection of going to the cafe with my husband and his parents in 1981. There was generally only one entrée on the menu.  For example, on Thursday night’s meatloaf was served with appropriate sides. I remember sitting at a table up front in a lovely, old fashioned cafe. It was a treat.

Note About Today’s Talent Cafe

* There is a “Talent Cafe” currently operating in Talent.  The building in which it resides is not the original building; its a couple of blocks away.  The owners and crew are different too.  I have had a cup of espresso there and found it tasted good.  Perhaps I will draw their place too one day.

Next Up:  30 Paintings in 30 Days

Starting tomorrow, September 1st, I plan to participate in the “30 Paintings in 30 Days” Challenge hosted by Leslie Saeta Fine Art.  More soon!

 

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Kite Girls

My artist residency at Willapa Bay AiR coincided with The Washington State Kite Festival so I spent a few days creating images. These girls were about to compete in a kite race.

Oceanside

Long Beach Peninsula in Washington is very narrow with no more than 2 miles separating the Pacific Ocean from Willapa Bay. Often one side would be sunny while the other foggy. I could almost depend on finding different moods as the tides came in and then ebbed and the constantly changing quality of light.