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Auditory Spiral, 12”x12”, oil and ink on…

Auditory Spiral, 12”x12”, oil and ink on wood.

Cochlea and Vigna flowers in the golden spiral. For purchase inquiries email [email protected]

Music is Math, 12”x12”, oil and ink on wood

Music is Math, 12”x12”, oil and ink on wood

Phases of Reproduction, 12”x12”, oil and ink on…

Phases of Reproduction, 12”x12”, oil and ink on wood.

This piece, conceptualized during my recent artist residency in Maine, marks a transition into the Sacred Illustration Phase. This new body of work originates with sacred geometry and is then infused with organic form.

Richard McKinley at Art Du Jour Gallery

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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.
The afternoon begins at 1:30 PM in the Medford Library ( Adams Room ) with a Power point presentation and a lively question and answer session.

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.
For more information call Linda Evans at 541 324-1437 or visit Art du Jour Gallery in Medford.

Upstream Color, oil on wood, 11”x24” For purchase…

Upstream Color, oil on wood, 11”x24”

For purchase inquiries email [email protected]

Happy New Year from Dana Feagin – Inspired Pet Portraits & Animal Paintings

As we welcome in the new year, I want to express thanks to my supporters, collectors, family and friends for a wonderful 2014! Over $2,000 was donated to Equamore Horse Sanctuary, Friends of the Animal Shelter, and Sanctuary One, based on art sales. An additional $3,300 in artwork was donated to non-profit groups across the country to assist with fundraising efforts. A complete list of those organizations will be added to my website in the coming weeks.

In 2015, my work will continue to be available at Art & Soul Gallery in Ashland, and through my online store: In August, I am the featured artist at Art & Soul Gallery with a new show, “The Funny Farm”, which opens on First Friday, August 7th, and in October, I am once again participating in the Ashland Open Studio Tour. If you didn’t get a chance to visit my home studio last year, and you are in the area October 10th &11th, I’d love to see you!

Wishing you a happy and fun-filled 2015!

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Choosing Your Own Color Palette

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Choosing Your Own Color Palette

In the next few posts I will be answering frequently asked questions from
students and professional artists about painting on location with oil paints and
discussing how to use colors, values and how to create a personal palette by using
4 colors plus white. I will explore how easy choosing your own color palette
can be as you develop your style of painting. This is aspect of painting included
as an essay in my book that I am writing titled, “Everything You Need to Know
about Plein Air Painting.” For more information, please go my Artist’s posts at

If you want to be Plein Air artist you must be practical about the supplies that
you bring with you on location. Everything that you bring must be evaluated as to
the weight, accessibility and convenience of your supplies. The heaviest items in
your box of supplies are your tubes of paint. It is important to use as few colors as
possible to produce the effects you want and minimize the weight. I have watched
artists on location squeeze out 32 colors of paint on their palettes before painting
their first brush strokes on canvas. Using numerous tubes of paint is a waste of time
and paint, and they weigh a ton! And what is worse is that students wonder why
they are having so much trouble matching colors and why their paintings look so
muddy. If you want to be a plein air artist, you must travel light so that you have the
freedom to go where ever you want to paint, and this means you can’t bring your
“studio” with you everywhere you go.

I have noticed that students frequently don’t understand how to use color or how
to choose a color palette that is their own. Many teachers just assume that their
students have already taken a color class. I invite you to consider painting with a
limited palette that includes 4 tubes of paint plus white. In theory, everything can
be painted with the three primary colors of Red, Blue and Yellow. This sounds crazy
but it is true. Look into your computer printer and you will find three colors of ink
that are used together to create the amazing photos that your printer can print.
What three primary colors should I use? This is part of the wonderful journey of
becoming an artist. The colors YOU choose will ultimately be part of the uniqueness
of your own artwork. I ask many participants in my workshops, “What colors do
you use in your color palette?” Many of them answer that they use various palettes
recommended by art gurus like Richard Schmid or David Levell. When I ask them
why they haven’t created their own palette, many of them look at me with a puzzled
expression. The truth is that many artists haven’t had training in color basics and
they use colors that they have acquired in the past, adding colors that they find in
art stores that are pretty or on sale. Many artists think it is easier to supplement
their palette with a variety of colors or buy premixed colors to save time. But if you
look back in history, there were fewer colors available to the Impressionists in the
1800’s and despite that limitation, they were very successful.
To learn color theory, it’s important to begin with three primary colors, Alizarin
Crimson, Thalo Blue and Cadmium Yellow Light. (Because Thalo Blue is so saturated
and messy, I recommend that you substitute Cobalt Blue.) Then, with time and
patience, you can mix these three colors together and create a beautiful black.
The initial goal of a Plein Air painter is to use only these three colors, black, and
Titanium white and complete a painting from start to finish. After doing this a

couple of times, you will begin making your own choices about what to add to your
palette. For example, you may need a bright red for a truck in your painting, After
you have exhausted all attempts at mixing Alizarin Crimson and Cadmium Yellow to
make this red and have come to the conclusion that this combination will not make
the red you want, then, and only then, you can search through the box of colors you
have been collecting and choose a red that will punch up the color. If you believe
that red trucks are going to be a part of what you paint frequently, then include
this color as part of your own palette. If not, toss it back into the box. You will start
seeing that only few colors will need to be added to create the subjects you select
and style that you enjoy painting. You may eventually substitute the first three
primary colors in your quest to find the perfect three colors for your paintings; so
experiment and find out what works for you. Save some backup colors to keep in the
trunk of your car but go on site with as little as you can carry in one trip.
Remember that White is not a color and is only used to create values of a color.
The quality of white paint does matter. I recommended that you use a good to best
quality of white like Old Holland Titanium White that contains both Titanium and
Zinc. The Zinc makes it cooler and balances the warmness of Titanium white making
it a true white. Stay away from Permalba White because it contains less pigment and
produces a muddy color quickly. If you want your white to have a soft appearance,
mix some linseed oil into the paint on the palette.
As for the cost of the paint you choose, except for the white, it does not make any
difference if you use a cheap name brand paint that you find at Michael’s or the
high-end paint like Vasari or Old Holland. They all produce the same effects when
mixed. So save your money to spend on something that really makes a difference,
like buying oil primed linen canvases to paint on.
Oh, yes. The fourth color that I use is an earth color. I could name the one that I
use, but why not chose one for your self. Any transparent brown will work. Now
play, experiment, and always be curious about the outcome. You’re on your way to
developing your own palette and style, and with a limited number of tubes of paint,
you are free to paint where ever and when ever you want.

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“Four thousand million years on, what was to be the fate of the ancient replicators? They did not die…”

“Four thousand million years on, what was to be the fate of the ancient replicators? They did not die out, for they are past masters of the survival arts. But do not look for them floating loose in the sea; they gave up that cavalier freedom long ago. 
Now they swarm in huge colonies, safe inside gigantic lumbering robots, sealed off from the outside world, communicating with it by tortuous indirect routes, manipulating it by remote control.
They are in you and in me; they created us, body and mind; and their preservation is the ultimate rationale for our existence. They have come a long way, those replicators. 
Now they go by the name of genes, and we are their survival machines.”

Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene

Second Annual Angels Show at GoodBean Jacksonville Opens Monday!

Angel, original painting by Karen O'Brien

Angel, by Karen O’Brien

The GoodBean is proud to announce its second annual Angels show, opening Monday, December 1, at our Jacksonville cafe. Last year’s Angels show made the shop’s owners so happy that we decided to make it an annual event!

This year’s show has all new angels in a variety of media, including oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, mixed media, and photography. This year’s angels were created by new artists along with several returning artists from last year’s inaugural show. We called out to artists for angels that were not necessarily traditional Christmas or religious archetypes, but the artist’s interpretation of an angel. This has resulted in a wonderfully diverse collection of beautiful and uniquely inspired angelic art that everyone can enjoy.

Come to our Angel reception on Friday, December 12 from 4–7pm to see this beautiful collection of angels and meet the artists who created them! And remember to shop local and shop ART to help support our region’s immense treasure house of artistic talent, many of whom have been struggling since the onset of the economic crisis in 2008.

World Peace Angel, dye on silk by Judy Elliott of Dragonfly Designs West, Grants Pass, Oregon

World Peace Angel,  by Judy Elliott

Participating artists in this year’s exhibition include one or more pieces by these esteemed artists, all members of the southern Oregon art community. There may be more by the time the show is hung up and ready for viewing as well:

  • Wendy Gell
  • Katharine Gracey
  • Lewis Anderson
  • Debby Fischer
  • Judy Elliott
  • Karen O’Brien
  • Sue Bennett
  • Judy Marshall
  • Anna Elkins
  • Eve Margo Withrow
  • Marie Neder

GoodBean Coffee Co. Christmas logoGoodBean Coffee presents a new exhibit of art by local and regional artists each month for the enjoyment of our customers and exposure for outsider, emerging and established artists from Jacksonville, Oregon and surrounding areas. Please be sure to take a moment to appreciate the art on exhibit while enjoying a custom beverage or hot cup of fair-trade, locally roasted organic coffee served by our wonderful barristas. Investing in the work of our local artists supports our local economy, helps young artists get established and rewards the generosity with which these artists donate their work to many charitable causes. Visitors from out of town have the opportunity to take home a unique souvenir created by local talent. Please consider purchasing a piece of fine art or photography while you’re here.

If you are interested in purchasing a work of art you see at the GoodBean or are an artist interested in showing your work with us, please contact Hannah West at 541.899.2012 or [email protected] for more information.

Stefan Baumann and the Grand View Artists at Art du Jour Gallery

Crater Lake, original oil painting by Stefan Baumann

Crater Lake, original oil painting by Stefan Baumann

Art du Jour Gallery will host nationally known artist Stefan Baumann and Medford’s talented group, The Grand View Artists, in a holiday art show from Tuesday, December 2, through Friday, January 30.  The gallery will hold Third Friday Artists’ Receptions on Dec. 19th and January 17th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Everyone is invited to attend these events.  Art du Jour Gallery, at 213 E. Main in Medford, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (excluding holidays).

A selection of oil paintings from Baumann’s 35 years as an artist will feature beautiful vistas, dramatic paintings of wildlife in their natural habitats, spectacular views of National Parks, and rustic architecture painted on location and in Baumann’s studio near Mount Shasta, CA.  Baumann reveals the true spirit of nature on his canvases by transporting the viewer to lands that have gone unseen and undisturbed.  As he says, “I let the paintings speak for themselves—they are elegant and mysterious, exciting and bold.  I try to capture a feeling, a sense of place, and the magic of light in all of my paintings.”

Baumann is a gifted award-winning artist and art instructor who offers oil painting classes in Medford.  He also has a PBS painting show called “The Grand View” that can be seen locally on public television.

The work of sixteen members of The Grand View Artists will be displayed in the Salon.  Their works will encompass subject matter for every discerning collector, including local landscapes, still life, portraiture and animal art.

Art du Jour Gallery will also display the artwork of its twenty members.   A holiday gift selection will include pottery, jewelry, scarves, cards, and small paintings.

For additional information call (541) 770-3190.