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Proportional Divider The Best Keep Secret to Improve Your Drawing

Proportional Divider The Best Keep Secret to Improve Your Drawing. Stefan Baumann has been Inspiring Millions to paint outdoors for years his mission is to Touch Move and Inspire. Get a free Book at his website www.StefanBaumann.com. The paintings of Stefan Baumann reveal the true spirit of nature by transporting the viewer to distant lands that have gone unseen and undisturbed. With the huge success of Baumann’s weekly PBS television series “The Grand View: America’s National Parks through the Eyes of an Artist,” millions of people witness for themselves the magic Stefan portrays on canvas, his passion for nature and the American landscape. By distilling his love of nature into a luminous painting of brilliant, saturated color that transcends conventional landscape and wildlife art, Baumann has captured the hearts and imaginations of a generation. Each painting becomes an experience rather than merely a picture – a vivid manifestation of his special and personal union with nature and the outdoor world. Through his mastery of light, color and artful composition, Baumann invites you to experience nature in its purity. It is no wonder that for many years distinguished American collectors, including former presidents and financial icons, have sought out his work.

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“Crystal Island” is available as a limited edition…

“Crystal Island” is available as a limited edition print in my online store. 8″x8″, $25. www.animaanimus.org

Composition ~ The Foundation of a Painting

I woke this morning with the feeling that something had changed.  The air felt a little crisper, the sky looked a little darker and I could smell the earthy scent of leaves scattered on the ground in the woods. Yes, this is the feeling of fall, my favorite time of year! To celebrate the season, this year I am offering a September workshop that includes painting outdoors with a focus on Composition.

An important element in a painting is a good compostion which includes line, balance, movement, abstract form and many other details that are needed to create a great painting. Composition combined with other aspects of painting helps artists achieve their goals of creating pictorial unity.  To do this, one must understand what to include and exclude in a painting and how to focus the viewer’s attention on what the artist wants the viewer to experience.

A good painting requires the effective use of the concept, variety, rhythm, repetition, unity, balance and harmony in its composition. The first step to achieve this begins with an accurate drawing of the subject or scene that also includes the relative values and potential colors to be used in the painting.

When you begin a painting, the first thing to consider is if the subject is worth while. Is there something about what you are painting that will enhance or educate the viewer’s experience?  Does it wake up the viewer’s mind and go beyond the mere making of a picture?  Sometimes selecting subjects that are simple are better then overly complicated views.

Try to find a subject that has large masses or chunks. Then, by squinting your eyes, you will be able to identify the relative values of the masses in your painting, and ultimately see four or five value planes which form the foundation of your composition. Artists often start by painting these chunks of value instead of painting the landscape’s details or sky. Once the value chunks are painted in, the artist can open his eyes a bit more and draw the subtle details in each chunk.  At this time, color is not a concern as long as the rules of aerial prospective are observed, (things get lighter as they recede into the distance.)  The effectiveness of large, simple masses produce a direct and immediate structure in a painting, and the result creates appealing and striking arrangements of masses and designs that inspire the viewer.

Painting requires practice that is ongoing throughout the life of an artist. Every journey begins with the first step, and I invite you to come to Mt. Shasta for an experience of a life time.  Fall workshops at The Grand View Ranch are exceptional. Autumn is a special season when thousands of dogwoods and oak trees change their green summer foliage to orange and golden yellows, and the sun begins and ends lower on the horizon extending its shadows onto the landscape making it the most perfect time to paint on location.

During every workshop I challenge my students to stretch their comfort levels and learn new painting techniques and applications.  In this way, students have opportunities to enhance the way they see and paint more effectively on location.

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Dana’s Open Studio and Benefit – October 8 & 9, 2016

I am once again participating in the Ashland Gallery Association Open Studio Tour. This year, all sales during that weekend will benefit Sanctuary One, a non-profit animal sanctuary in the Applegate Valley. In addition to my animal paintings, prints, and cards, Kat von Cupcake’s animal art cookies, and raffle tickets for a stay in Sayulita, Mexico, will also be available for purchase to benefit the Sanctuary. Tour hours are 11am – 5pm on October 8 & 9. Maps are available at all Ashland galleries and at Sanctuary One. I hope to see you here!DanaKatOpenStudio_Final

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Dana’s Open Studio and Benefit – October 8 & 9, 2016

I am once again participating in the Ashland Gallery Association Open Studio Tour. This year, all sales during that weekend will benefit Sanctuary One, a non-profit animal sanctuary in the Applegate Valley. In addition to my animal paintings, prints, and cards, Kat von Cupcake’s animal art cookies, and raffle tickets for a stay in Sayulita, Mexico, will also be available for purchase to benefit the Sanctuary. Tour hours are 11am – 5pm on October 8 & 9. Maps are available at all Ashland galleries and at Sanctuary One. I hope to see you here!DanaKatOpenStudio_Final

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Stefan Baumann The Grand View Plein Air oil Painting and inspiration

In this video Stefan Baumann The Grand View Plein Air oil Painting and inspiration Discovers That Drawing From Nature Can Improve your paintings. He talk about Albert Bierstadt in the influence artist can have on other artist. Inspiring Millions to paint outdoors This video is about Touch Move and Inspire. Get a free Book at his website www.StefanBaumann.com. The paintings of Stefan Baumann reveal the true spirit of nature by transporting the viewer to distant lands that have gone unseen and undisturbed. With the huge success of Baumann’s weekly PBS television series “The Grand View: America’s National Parks through the Eyes of an Artist,” millions of people witness for themselves the magic Stefan portrays on canvas, his passion for nature and the American landscape. By distilling his love of nature into a luminous painting of brilliant, saturated color that transcends conventional landscape and wildlife art, Baumann has captured the hearts and imaginations of a generation. Each painting becomes an experience rather than merely a picture – a vivid manifestation of his special and personal union with nature and the outdoor world. Through his mastery of light, color and artful composition, Baumann invites you to experience nature in its purity. It is no wonder that for many years distinguished American collectors, including former presidents and financial icons, have sought out his work.

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“Everything that originated from the tree of knowledge carries…

“Everything that originated from the tree of knowledge carries in it duality”. ~Zohar

I’m thrilled to be showing my work this weekend at the 8th annual Esoteric Book Conference, held at the University of Washington in Seattle.
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I’ve created a painting especially for the conference; the caduceus (staff of Hermes) interwoven with chakra points and the body parts they correspond with. My recent studies of the Sephiroth, or tree of life, have unexpectedly shown up in this work. It is difficult to sum up in a few sentences but the tree of life is at it’s core about the process of manifesting that which does not yet exist. The manner in which colorless 2D pen and ink merge into color and dimension along with the chakra points evolving from the root to the crown echo this concept of manifestation.  Pictured above is a work in progress image of the 36″x48″ painting.

Animal Ruminations: A Collaboration of Paint and Poetry

The opening reception for Kat von Cupcake’s and my art show is tomorrow, September 2nd from 4-6PM at The Loft in Ashland. Join us to celebrate the first showing of this new venture – pairing my whimsical animal paintings to Kat’s fun poetry written from the animal’s perspective.

 

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July and August Newsletters – Dana Feagin Art

Click on the images below to access my July and August Newsletters.

 

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Painting Better Paintings Plein Air and in the Studio

Painting Better Paintings Plein Air and in the Studio presented by Master painter, teacher and host of The Grand View on PBS Stefan Baumann to a classes of his students. Baumann discusses lighting and effects that can be found in “The Night Watch” and Sargent’s “Madam X” and also what to look for in a great painting. you can get a free book by Baumann on Painting by going to www.StefanBaumann.com

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