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“Decay is a wonderful smith, who transfers one element to the other: it makes such changes without…”

“Decay is a wonderful smith, who transfers one element to the other: it makes such changes without respite, until heaven and earth melt together into a glassy clump”

A. Kirchweger

MICHELLE ANDERST: “Lunar Serpent”, oil and ink on wood,…

MICHELLE ANDERST: “Lunar Serpent”, oil and ink on wood, 18″x36″

The Serpent bathed in the light of Ganymede’s moon.

Dana’s April Newsletter – Setting Art Goals

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“The world is only the visible aspect of God. And what alchemy...

“The world is only the visible aspect of God. And what alchemy does is to bring spiritual perfection into contact with the material plane.”
~The Alchemist

Tomorrow night I’ll be showing brand new paintings with some amazing artists at Artifact Gallery in the group show Human Nature. There will also be tea service by Omar Riverstone. Come on down to Seattle’s Pioneer Square for first Thursday art walk, 6-9pm. 313 1st Ave S 98104

Object and Observer, oil and ink on wood, 36″x36″, $2,200.

For purchase inquiries contact Artifact Gallery: [email protected]

GoodBean Shows Paintings by Sarah Cummins for April

The GoodBean is delighted to welcome artist Sarah Cummins, who shows her paintings in the café during the month of April 2016! Many of her paintings are Native American-inspired, with a spectacular piece depicting the Valdez oil spill, painted to vent her anger over the disaster. Though she painted in oil for most of her 76-year career and we are exhibiting some of her oil paintings, she has recently found the challenge of watercolors more exciting than an already mastered medium, and we have several of her watercolors on display as well.

Sarah Jo Cummins with her painting "Grandmother's Gift of Life"

Sarah Jo Cummins with her painting “Grandmother’s Gift of Life”

About Sarah Jo Cummins

  •   Sarah has been living in Jacksonville, Oregon for the past ten years and loves it here. Sarah has had a lifetime of experience with the arts. She was born in Oklahoma and is a descendent of the Cherokee tribe as well as having European ancestors.
  •   As a young woman, Sarah went to art school in Phoenix, Arizona. Later, she studied Pottery at Chabot Community College in Hayward, California. She also taught art at the University level.
  •   Sarah has been a painter most of her life; her portfolio consists of 76 years of work. She has showed her art mostly in Arizona and has been influenced by the Native American cultures.
  •   Cummins has used many mediums and especially likes watercolor and pottery. She is also a quilter and loves to read, especially about anthropology.

If you have any questions about Sarah’s work or would like to inquire about purchasing your favorite painting, please contact the Art Coordinator at the GoodBean, Hannah West, by email at [email protected]


Abstract Foundations in Your Painting Composition

This video is about Abstract Foundations in Your Painting Composition with Plein Air artist and PBS host of The Grand View, Stefan Baumann talks to a workshop on how to create and abstract foundation as a base to build a realistic oil painting.

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Dana Feagin Art News – March 2016


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Creating The Light in Your Paintings

This video is about Turning On The Light in Your Paintings to produce a composition that is more powerful. Stefan Baumann hose of the Plein Air painting show on Public Television The Grand View talk to his students, if you want a free book on painting go to

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SOAR Welcomes Artist Carla Griffin!

Carla J Griffin with "Emerald Lake," winner of the 2015 Pastel Society of Oregon Award of Distinction

Carla with “Emerald Lake,” winner of the 2015 Pastel Society of Oregon Award of Distinction

As she continues to make her name known as an important part of the southern Oregon arts community, SOAR welcomes artist Carla J Griffin to the Visual Artist Directory.

An award-winning artist from Grants Pass, Oregon, Griffin works primarily in pastel and oils, skillfully rendering a variety of subjects from still life and portraits of people to landscapes in styles from realism to impressionism. Fearless, she also offers a fine collection of pure abstract paintings. Carla might be considered an emerging artist, yet her work has turned the heads of judges, jurors and critics since she began exhibiting and gains more attention with each new show.

Carla grew up in Eagle Point, Oregon. Her mother was a self-taught artist, and due to her influence Carla has had a lifelong fascination with the shapes, colors, lines, surfaces and reflections she noticed all around her. She wasn’t able to take the time to learn art while raising her family, but was always looking at things, wondering how she would capture their light and beauty. She lived and worked in Texas for 19 years, from where she and her late husband traveled much, visiting the great museums in Europe, New York, Washington DC, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston and Chicago. After she married Burton, they moved to Grants Pass, Oregon. After settling in, she started taking classes with Marshall McDaniel, followed by workshops with Kim Ragsdale, Sue Bennett, Roni Marsh and Jeff Gogue. Jeff introduced her to Ryan Moon at Southern Oregon Art Academy. Her appreciation of the traditional art of Europe made the school a perfect fit. In 2012 Griffin was the first graduate of a three-year program at SOAA.

Bob Maass, oil painting portrait of a man by Carla J Griffin, Grants Pass, Oregon, painted by commission. This painting won a blue ribbon for Best Painting of the Year in a Southern Oregon Society of Artists juried critique in 2015.

Bob Maass, portrait in oil by Carla J Griffin

Griffin’s classical training has provided the strong foundation from which her art continues to grow. She paints in oil and pastel, with abstract works in acrylic. The most recent evidence of her success are two very special awards, 2015 Painting of the Year in the Southern Oregon Society of Artists year-end juried critique for her portrait in oil of Bob Maass and the Pastel Society Award of Distinction in 2015 for her pastel “Emerald Lake,” which went on to win Best in Show at the 2015 Josephine County Artists Association member show. President of the Josephine County Artists Association, Carla’s art hangs at Gallery One in Grants Pass, OR and at Rogue Gallery & Art Center in Medford, OR.

With these awards and many more to her credit, Carla finally decided it was time to get a professionally created website, and was recently completed. She’s even thinking of starting a blog, though that may take some time due to her busy schedule. Please visit Carla J Griffin’s new listing at SOAR for more links and contact information.

The Southern Oregon Artists Resource is delighted to welcome Carla to the Visual Artists directory and looks forward to sharing many announcements of prestigious shows and awards to come in this very talented woman’s career!




Honing Your Skills Before Painting Plein Air

Honing Your Skills Before Painting Plein Air

Unlike most artists, plein air painters abandon their studios, pack up their paints, brushes, canvas boards and easels to paint in the countryside where they capture their subjects and compositions direct from nature. This year many artists are preparing to travel to Tucson, Arizona for the Fifth Annual Plein Air Convention where hundreds of plein air artists will congregate, share ideas and paint together. But not so fast………

Before painting outdoors, at home, or at the Convention, it is a good practice to hone your skills by painting still life in your studio. The saying “use it or lose it” can be applied to painting. Just like any athlete or musician who prepares for an event or concert, artists benefit from practicing before they paint outdoors at a major plein air event. Attending an event like the Plein Air Convention creates excitement, anxiety and frustration, especially for artists who are attending for the first time. Taking the time to prepare yourself in your studio by painting still life subjects before the event refreshes your skills, helps you see value and color, and sharpens your visual and drawing abilities.

Painting from life is the same whether you are painting a tea cup or a cactus. Painting a still life allows time to rethink how to see and how to apply paint to create effects. It also tunes up drawing skills to create correct perspective and proportion, and sharpens color mixing and painting application skills in an environment that is controlled and comfortable. Composition ideas can be designed before going out to paint at the event to insure a sense of readiness when the “Paint Out” hour arrives and it is time to apply all the new and interesting insights that you have practiced as well as what you learn from other artists throughout the week.

Sharpening your skills before the event is a good way to prepare for the Plein Air Convention. Everything that you might encounter visually at the Conventions sites can be practiced by painting still life in the studio. By using the correct application of paint, the right values, the correct temperatures of the subject, the best consistency of the paint, and the right colors, an artist can transform a three dimensional image that is viewed and painted by brush on a one dimensional canvas surface into a two dimensional painting that is believable to the viewer. It takes practice to acquire the skills needed to accomplish all of this in 2+ hours, but the rewards are significant and memorable.

I invite you to read more information about the Plein Air Convention as well as other techniques and insights about painting en plein air by going to my YouTube videos under Stefan Baumann Painter on I look forward to meeting you in Tucson at the Convention!

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