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The Many Faces of Pookie, Zeus and Zena are Finished – Inspired Pet Portraits & Animal Paintings by Dana Feagin

The completed paintings of Pookie, Zeus and Zena are soon to be headed down to California! They are part of the “Limitless Love” project, which is now a 501(C)(3) – for a traveling museum show featuring artwork of Pookie, Zeus and Zena. Admission fees to the show will be donated to an animal charity. These sweet dogs are being memorialized in a wide variety of art forms and styles by over 100 artists in the US and Europe – paintings, drawings, Legos, animation, etc. My commission was to capture Pookie, Zeus, and Zena’s expressions, in a collection of whimsical 10 x 10 inch portraits. Some of the photos I was working with were quite blurry, and the coloring in each dog changed quite a bit as the dogs aged. That made this a much bigger challenge than I anticipated,  as I needed to get the same level of detail across all of the paintings and the colors/age of the dogs looking consistent across the paintings for each dog – something to keep in mind for future projects!

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Curious Bear

Curious Bear ~ Sketchbooks are Valuable

Original Oil Painting by Stefan Baumann

12x 16 Oil on Oil Primed Linen Canvas Stretched on Wood Bars

Framing

3 1/4″ Omega dark Wood with gold inlay,

Signed

Lower Left – Baumann GV

Artist’s Comments

At our camp near Coulter Bay, on the boundary of the Teton National Park, there was a curious bear whose name is Number 399. When I captured my first glimpse of Number 399, I grabbed my sketchbook to make a quick sketch on paper knowing that I could later transfer it to canvas. The bear stood for a few moments among several fallen tree trunks before lofting away to another campsite. While he stood there, a burst of wind made his fur ripple like waves on water, back-blowing his thick winter coat.

The National Park Service gives bears numbers to identify each bear, keep track of their activity, and to monitor if any bears are interacting with park tourists in an unpleasant manner. Every bear has its own personality and interacts differently with members of the human race. Number 399 is a popular bear at the campground.

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Provenance

Stefan Baumann’s One Man Show,  Reverence~An Artist’s Tribute to Nature, Orland Art Center, September 2014
Currently held by the Artist

 

 

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Sketchbooks, Valuable Artist’s Tool

                                                                                “Curious Bear” by Stefan Baumann

 

At our camp near Coulter Bay, on the boundary of the Teton National Park, there was a curious bear whose name is Number 399. When I captured my first glimpse of Number 399, I grabbed my sketchbook to make a quick sketch on paper knowing that I could later transfer it to canvas. The bear stood for a few moments among several fallen tree trunks before lofting away to another campsite. While he stood there, a burst of wind made his fur ripple like waves on water, back-blowing his thick winter coat.

The National Park Service gives bears numbers to identify each bear, keep track of their activity, and to monitor if any bears are interacting with park tourists in an unpleasant manner. Every bear has its own personality and interacts differently with members of the human race. Number 399 is a popular bear at the campground. Rangers and park visitors liked him because of his natural curiosity about people, and as a result, many park tourists enjoy seeing this beautiful four year old, honey-colored grizzly. He likes the attention and poses for pictures, and he has never been cited for unruly bear behavior, although his natural curiosity makes a few campers a little uncomfortable as he wanders from campsite to campsite.

The following day after I sketched  Number 399, I learned that a hunter, who had just killed an elk, shot the curious bear three times and killed him. The hunter apparently was worried that he might have to share his kill with the bear. This was a poignant reminder of the value of sketching in the moment as the opportunity presents itself.

Artists have not always carried their paints and canvas with them on their travels. The practice of painting on location is a relatively new concept in the history of painting. Many artists prefer the traditional method of sketching their experiences in a sketchbook. Artists can draw models or objects of interest, jot down notes and observations about a subject’s shapes, colors and unique features, or work on ideas for upcoming paintings in their sketchbooks. In this painting, “Curious Bear,” I worked from a sketch that I drew of the bear that visited our campsite. Having only seconds to jot down ideas, I worked on an idea for a painting from my sketchbook and notes the following day after I learned that the bear had been shot and killed. This is an example of why it is valuable that artists always have a sketchbook and a pencil or pen ready to sketch and write notes and observations.

I recommend using a book that has about 50 sheets of plain paper with a spiral spine, and urge artists to carry it with them everywhere and make a point to draw at least three drawings a day. It is not necessary to invest in expensive journals with upgraded paper and leather binding displaying the artist’s name in gold leaf. Although these can be impressive, the fancy journals are intimidating and rarely, if ever, used. Don’t think of your sketchbook as a holy relic. It is just a book with pieces of paper. The real value is not the book itself; it is using its pages to practice your sketching and to journal what you are thinking and feeling daily about the world around you, with the possibility of capturing a precious moment that later can become your next great painting.

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Plein air and alla prima artist Stefan Baumann, host of the PBS painting series “The Grand View, America’s National Park through the eyes of an artist” and author of “Observations Of Art and Nature,” travels in his vintage travel trailer painting America’s western landscape. Baumann paints outdoors with oils and canvas capturing stunning vistas, wildlife, western landscapes, National Parks and still life, thrilling art collectors throughout the world. He has many international collectors acquiring his paintings as investments. His painting style is called Romantic Realism with Luminism, and the extraordinary way he captures the effect of light is a truly American style used to paint the Western landscape. He can be seen plein air painting in Yellowstone, Yosemite and in the Grand Canyon. Baumann’s “how to paint” DVDs filmed on location in the National Parks are the very best on the market.

 

 

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Dana Feagin’s Open Studio – Saturday and Sunday, October 11 & 12th, 11AM – 5PM

Visit me in my home studio during the first annual Ashland Gallery Association Open Studio Tour this weekend! This free event on October 11th and 12th from 11am to 5pm, offers a glimpse into the private creative spaces of 28 artists in Ashland, Talent and Phoenix, OR, working in different media.  Maps for the tour are available at all Ashland galleries. For more information about the event, visit www.ashlandost.com.

Visitors are eligible to enter a drawing to win either two (2) tickets to the 2015 A Taste of Ashland art, food & wine event or $100 towards the purchase of local art at participating galleries. 

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“To Market, To Market” Art’Clectic Local Artisans Victorian Christmas Market

Christmas is perhaps the most widely embraced, lovingly anticipated and celebrated annual event for many families in Oregon. In the grand tradition of holiday merriment, the Art’Clectic Local Artisans Group has created a “Pop-Up” event with 12 local artisans, offering an “Authentically Oregon” mix of fine artisan made items including Fine Art, Hand woven Textiles, Quilts, Furniture, and more. There will be a special table with low cost items where children can shop for presents for Mom & Dad (and stay within a small budget). The group will also offer stylish gift wrapping to personalize presents with simple, beautiful papers and ribbon.

The Art’Clectic Artisans Market will be held during the Victorian Christmas Weekends:

Where:  175 S. Oregon Street (IOOF #10)
When:  December 5-7th, December 12-14th, December 19-21st.
Time:  Fridays from 4-8pm, Saturday & Sundays from 10-6pm.

The Art’Clectic Artisans Group started as a social gathering, meeting once a month at the home of one of the artists.  The ongoing meetings are an opportunity to freely discuss changes in the artist community and art market place, upcoming art events, and personal news about family and friends. Artisans include:

  • Patrick Beste – Watercolorist
  • Roberta Coakley-Vargas– Mixed Media Artist
  • Sheri Croy – Mixed Media Decoupage Artist
  • Susan Frank – Pastel Artist
  • Carol Laenen – Textile Artist
  • Tony Laenen – Watercolor/Acrylic Artist
  • Vivian McAleavey – Photographer
  • Tom Ommen – Photographer
  • Lisa St. Arnold – Local Furniture Artisan
  • Zoe West – Encaustic Artist
  • Char Wirfs – Textile Artist
  • Walt Wirfs – Oil Painter & Graphite Artist

For more information:
Susan Frank
(541) 245-2608
susanfrankstudio@gmail.com
For more information on Art’Clectic Local Artisans Market:
http://eventsARTclectic.blogspot.com

“To Market, To Market” Art’Clectic Local Artisans Victorian Christmas Market

Christmas is perhaps the most widely embraced, lovingly anticipated and celebrated annual event for many families in Oregon. In the grand tradition of holiday merriment, the Art’Clectic Local Artisans Group has created a “Pop-Up” event with 12 local artisans, offering an “Authentically Oregon” mix of fine artisan made items including Fine Art, Hand woven Textiles, Quilts, Furniture, and more. There will be a special table with low cost items where children can shop for presents for Mom & Dad (and stay within a small budget). The group will also offer stylish gift wrapping to personalize presents with simple, beautiful papers and ribbon.

The Art’Clectic Artisans Market will be held during the Victorian Christmas Weekends:

Where:  175 S. Oregon Street (IOOF #10)
When:  December 5-7th, December 12-14th, December 19-21st.
Time:  Fridays from 4-8pm, Saturday & Sundays from 10-6pm.

The Art’Clectic Artisans Group started as a social gathering, meeting once a month at the home of one of the artists.  The ongoing meetings are an opportunity to freely discuss changes in the artist community and art market place, upcoming art events, and personal news about family and friends. Artisans include:

  • Patrick Beste – Watercolorist
  • Roberta Coakley-Vargas– Mixed Media Artist
  • Sheri Croy – Mixed Media Decoupage Artist
  • Susan Frank – Pastel Artist
  • Carol Laenen – Textile Artist
  • Tony Laenen – Watercolor/Acrylic Artist
  • Vivian McAleavey – Photographer
  • Tom Ommen – Photographer
  • Lisa St. Arnold – Local Furniture Artisan
  • Zoe West – Encaustic Artist
  • Char Wirfs – Textile Artist
  • Walt Wirfs – Oil Painter & Graphite Artist

For more information:
Susan Frank
(541) 245-2608
susanfrankstudio@gmail.com
For more information on Art’Clectic Local Artisans Market:
http://eventsARTclectic.blogspot.com

“Biochemical Dream” is up at Confluence Gallery in Twisp WA…

“Biochemical Dream” is up at Confluence Gallery in Twisp WA through Nov 7th as part of the show The Big Sleep where several artists were asked to create artwork interpreting their view on death.

My paintings are based on Bardo states (or the place in between) from the Tibetan Book of the Dead with this first painting depicting that of the lucid dream state. The practice of lucid dreaming is meant to train an individual to recognize the after death bardo. In “Biochemical Dream” the conjuring of surreal organic forms (which have not been invented but actually exist in nature) take shape in a technicolor world which vividly creates that in-between lucid place where dreams and death hover.

For purchase inquires contact jmarracci@methow.com

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Greek Mythology
noun: ichor
the fluid that flows like blood in the veins of the gods.

Ashland Paint Out: A Celebration of Arts and Parks

It’s wonderful to be back in Ashland among our thriving artistic community! On Saturday, I participated in Ashland Paint Out, a plein-air-painting competition (though it was all very convivial) that sent local artists out into North Mountain and Lithia parks. Our mission was to capture the landscape, colors and visions of these world-class parks and bring them back to be judged.

Ashland Paint Out Plein Air Works by local artists

These were some of my favorite paintings that came out of the event.

Sixty artists participated; 20 works were selected to appear in Howard Hanson Gallery that same evening (we had to do some quick framing!) Here’s the first painting I did, in North Mountain Park:

Ashland Paint Out Plein Air Work © Copyright 2014 Silvia Trujillo Art

“From the Bridge”, oil on canvas, $700
© Copyright 2014 Silvia Trujillo Art

After that, I took a break to check on my dog and take a little walk. Then I thought, well, I still have 45 minutes (the event ran from 8 to noon). So I painted another one! To really appreciate both of these works, I think you should head to Howard Hansen gallery at 89 Oak St. in Ashland and see them in person (but for those of you two far away I’ll get good photos on the blog soon).

That’s right, both of my paintings were chosen for the final show, in one of Ashland’s best galleries. I was honored and thrilled – but still not satisfied, apparently.

Silvia "corrects" the paint

My painting “Rush”, was still wet, and I couldn’t resist fixing “just one thing”.

That’s what I love about oils – they’re very forgiving, and they take a long time to dry. If you’d like to indulge your inner perfectionist by learning how to paint with oils, I’d be happy to teach you! Now that I’m settled back here in the Rogue Valley, I’ll be starting up my painting lessons again soon in a lovely new studio space I just found.

Thanks to Barbara Massey for organizing the Ashland Paint Out, and Howard Hansen Gallery for hosting all of these lovely plain air paintings until September 30th. I believe they capture the best of Ashland. All of the artists who participated should be very proud!

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