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Rogue Women: Unique Perspectives in Art – Opening Reception, February 5th, 5-8PM

Rogue Women are the featured artists at Art & Soul Gallery in Ashland during the month of February. We are a group of professional artists from the Rogue Valley and Northern California, working in a wide variety of art mediums. Join us at the opening reception on Friday, February 5th from 5-8PM for a fun evening of art, wine by Eliana Winery, and music by a local favorite, Jennifer Joss! Can’t make it? The show remains up through February 29th.

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Adding Wildlife to Your Paintings

People who know me know that I love painting Wildlife en Plein Air. Sketching animals and birds in their natural habitat is a favorite painting activity of mine and I always look forward to the challenge. I find that painting on location enhances my perspective and understanding of the scene that I want to capture on canvas. Often I imagine what the composition would look like if a magnificent Ram passed through my line of sight and I had the opportunity to paint him into my composition. In this piece called “Bighorn Sheep On the Edge,” I was painting Mount Shasta after a snow storm, on a pass called Military Road.

At one time Bighorn Sheep inhabited Mount Shasta and the surrounding mountain slopes near Shasta Valley. Knowing this makes it effortless to imagine that a magnificent beast like this bighorn sheep could walk by. The best time to add wildlife into your plein air sketches is at the time you find them and are watching them. You can actually capture the proportions and movement by drawing a few shapes indicating a back, head and legs on your canvas or sketch pad. These shapes help the right side of the brain fill in the rest, much like looking at clouds passing by and noticing how the shapes become objects, animals and people, etc.

After studying the anatomy of animals for quite some time, I noticed that wild animals have anatomies similar to a common cat, dog or horse. Also, if you take photos of animals and wildlife, you get study them in the studio and use them to create some of jester lines, muscles and fur that make the animal look like the one you observed in the field. When you are painting a wild animal in on canvas, one does need to understand the environment where the animal lives. However, be sensible with your choices and don’t put an elephant in a Vermont pastoral scene when a moose would be more appropriate.

Next time when you are painting on location, try to imagine a moose, elk or a bighorn sheep passing by your easel, giving you an opportunity to paint it into your sketch. You will be amazed at how interesting the experience can be.

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Dana Feagin Art News – January 2016

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Dana Feagin Art News – December 2015 Newsletter

Here is the link to my December newsletter. Just click on the image below.

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“All events are aligned, united; time is not linear, the effects are sometimes produced before the…”

“All events are aligned, united; time is not linear, the effects are sometimes produced before the causes, there are mysteries. Reality is miraculous. It is magic”

Alejandro Jodorowsky 

After a whole month of contemplating Egyptian and alchemical…

After a whole month of contemplating Egyptian and alchemical symbolism, painting and stippling until my arm was on the edge of disjointing, I’m finally finished with “Solar Flight”, commissioned by the loveliest and most insightful of individuals. It’s an amazing process to co-create with another like mind to bring a new art piece into the world.

The concepts depicted center around the concept of metamorphosis. The Egyptians placed a strong emphasis on the scarab, a symbol derived from the dung beetle. They observed the beetle rolling it’s ball across the sand dunes and equated it with the sun, rolling across the sky. The sun, sinking into the sand and rising out of it again the next day, was at the center of Egyptian thought. Beetles would emerge from the dung ball, seemingly out of nowhere and the idea of abiogenesis, or spontaneous generation emerged.

The lotus flowers in this piece also contain strong symbolism. There is a Hindu belief comparing our consciousness to lotus flowers. The flowers, or our consciousness, are floating on a sea of waves. As we become more enlightened our flowers open. We look around and notice our surroundings, realize that we are riding on waves and see the patterns in our existence. My painting depicts blossoms in three different stages of opening.

Staying Motivated ~ Creatively

One of the differences between being an ordinary artist and an extraordinary one is that an extraordinary artist has the ability to stay motivated and passionate. In fact, the most important attribute that helps a person become a successful artist is not whether they have talent, but whether they can stay with it and sustain their motivation to paint.

Creating art is not easy. It requires constant focus, a huge amount of discipline. and a strong ego to weather feelings of rejection, anger, frustration, discouragement, and occasional self-loathing. As an artist, your goal is to produce quality art consistently and at the same time deal with others opinions about your art and what you should do to get better. As a result, artists can become unfocused, stressed and worried that their art is not good enough, and if it is good enough, they feel inadequate about marketing it.

Learning how to motivate yourself is one of the most important skills you can learn to deal with the negative aspects of being an artist. It is also one of the greatest gifts that you can give yourself. If you really want to achieve success as an artist, you have to create it. Wishing and dreaming isn’t enough. You have to make it happen.

Since all motivation comes from within, it is important to be aware and understand the personal skills and practices you have developed to come creatively alive. Writing in a journal about the discoveries and successes that you have motivating yourself will become a resource for future times when you feel stuck. Remembering what you already know is a powerful tool to free your artistic spirit, and allows you to create great works.

Desire is the heart-beat that keeps us motivated. Desire is the fire that ignites passion, and passion is what helps us to overcome obstacles that can get in our way of staying motivated. It’s important to take time to think about all you desire – activities, feelings, goals and desired outcomes. Ask yourself “What do I desire?” and write it down. Then do what you desire. When you understand what you desire, you have an ally against elements that will stop you, and your motivation will stay alive.

Tenacity helps artists stick to their goals. Top artists find ways to show up. They work through the boredom, and embrace the daily practice that is required to achieve their goals regardless of what their emotions may be shouting out to disable their motivation.

Look inward and believe that your voice has purpose and meaning. Remember that it is worth your time and effort to express your point of view to share with others. This practice can be another strong source of affirmation that sustains motivation.

Fall in love with the daily practice of painting and marketing. Think of what the world would be like if other great artists did not motivate themselves. What pieces of art would not be created or available to be seen in galleries by generations of people. Think of your artwork being available for your great grandchildren or for others who love art. Acknowledge the things you find beautiful and paint for others to enjoy. Believe that your view of the world has purpose and meaning, and that it’s worth the time and effort to share what you see.

If you want to become a significantly better artist, you just have to fall in love with the process and activity of creating art. Build an identity of being an artist who does the work rather than merely dreaming about the results. Begin the process of becoming extraordinary and highly motivated. Think of the viewer, your audience, and how you will add to their lives as you inspire and transform how they see the world…through your eyes.

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Pisces: Water sign, mutable, ruled by Neptune. In the last...

Pisces: Water sign, mutable, ruled by Neptune.

In the last zodiac sign, the fish of Pisces are
portrayed swimming in opposite directions which represents the duality
within the Pisces nature. The fish are connected by a silver thread,
representing subconscious waters, which keeps them bound to each other
throughout the cycle of manifested life. Pisces, along with the other
water signs, is considered to serve a fertilizing function in nature and
are naturally adept to the astral and physic worlds.

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Libra: air sign, cardinal, ruled by Venus.

In many of my
astrology pieces, I have hidden symbols within textures of the piece.
Can you spot the symbol for Venus? I chose a moth as the representation
of Libra because of the balanced, symmetrical quality of its wings.

The symbol of Libra’s scales is based on the Scales of Justice held by
Themis, the Greek personification of divine law and custom. Libra was
known in Babylonian astronomy as the Claws of The Scorpion.  

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Air sign, fixed, ruled by Uranus. Aquarius is symbolized by the…

Air sign, fixed, ruled by Uranus.

Aquarius is symbolized by the
water bearer Ganymede. Because it is an air sign, I wanted to depict the
creature which best embodies air and water; the dragonfly. The
painting’s design is held together by the symbol of Uranus which
represents the circle of spirit in a dominant cross of matter- an
antennae that uses matter as way to insight.

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