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Pastel Landscape Painting with Janis Ellison

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Pastel Landscape Painting with Janis Ellison

at Central Art Supply

Next Class Session; Sept 5 (Labor Day), 26, Oct. 3, 17, 2016


Four Monday sessions 9:30am–1:00pm

Fee: $125.00

Location: Central Art classroom


“Pastel Painting with a Focus on Landscape” with Janis Ellison



*Learn to Paint Elements of the Landscape: Trees, Fields, Distant Mountains in Pastel using simplified techniques.


Are you looking for an experienced instructor who provides plenty of information on technique, value, composition, color, and design in an atmosphere of learning where the student feels supported and valued for their own individual artistic journey? Join Pastel Painting with a Focus on Landscape with Janis Ellison for ongoing 4 week session classes that include demonstration and individual instruction time at your easel.


Class size limited. Register now 541-218-9788

 [email protected]

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!




Pastel Painting in a Series, Class with Janis Ellison

Janis Ellison February 2016 Class: Pastel Painting in a Series. Image shown: Winter Blush, pastel painting
Winter Blush, by Janis Ellison

Janis Ellison February 2016 Class: Pastel Painting in a Series

The focus of the next session will be finding what inspires you and creating a series

February 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2016

Mondays from 9am-1:00pm, $125.00
Central Art Supply, Medford, Oregon

Register Now!



Pastel Landscape Painting Class with Janis Ellison : Rivers and Rocks

Pastel Landscape Painting Class with Janis Ellison : "On the River" pastel painting by Janis Ellison. Join me for an exciting 4 week session chock full of painting tips and techniques to improve your paintings or help you get started in Pastel, starting January 4, 2016

Pastel Landscape Painting Class with Janis Ellison : Join me for an exciting 4 week session chock full of painting tips and techniques to improve your paintings or help you get started in Pastel, starting January 4, 2016Pastel Landscape Painting Class with Janis Ellison : Rivers and Rocks

Join me for an exciting 4 week session chock full of painting tips and techniques to improve your paintings or help you get started in Pastel! Learn techniques in this pastel landscape painting class with Janis Ellison to make your water paintings come alive with movement and color!

Take this opportunity to follow your passion!

From your original concept, you will be provided with step by step demonstrations and manuals to help you take away the tools you need to complete paintings. Individual Coaching at the easel and weekly demonstrations will set you up for success in a fun, inspiring, creative learning environment!

All Levels Welcome!

Ready to simplify your approach and focus on a direct approach to painting? During this session we will begin with a toned surface using a dry application method in Pastel. This class will provide you with that “bread and butter” technique in pastel that translates wonderfully to Plein Air work when time is of the essence. From your original concept you will be provided with step by step demonstrations and manuals to help you take away the tools you need to complete paintings. Individual Coaching at the easel and weekly demonstrations will set you up for success in a fun, inspiring, creative learning environment.

All levels welcome, a supply list will be provided

Deposit of 50.00 due at registration with the remainder due the first day of class. Feel free to call if you have questions.

Four Monday Sessions; 9:30-1:00 pm, March 2, 9, 16, and 23rd.

Ongoing Four week sessions after this session with a new focus each workshop.

Send Deposit to;

Janis Ellison

400 Rustic Canyon Drive

Grants Pass, OR 97526

Contact Information:
Janis Ellison

[email protected]

Pastel Landscape Painting Class with Janis Ellison : Rivers and Rocks

Workshop Dates: 1/4, 1/11, 1/18, and 1/25, 2016
Time: 9:30-1:00 pm
Location: Central Art Supply Classroom
101 North Central Avenue
Medford, OR 97501

Deposit of 50.00 due at registration. Send to Address below.

High Desert Falls

“High Desert Falls” was a demonstration painting for my weekly class on the subject of choosing a warm or cool palette for a painting using the Analogous Color Wheel. The subject was inspired by a hike in the Las Vegas hills to a waterfall (yes! there is nature in Las Vegas). I kept the subject loose and painterly to fit the subject of moving water. This painting is available through




First, I decided to create two small pastel sketches, 6×8 using cool color choices and secondly, warm color choices. The colors you see on the strips to the right of the sketches are the color choices for the under painting.


When choosing these colors I used the Analogous Color Wheel which is based on the Munsell Color Wheel. Munsell used five primary colors; Red, Yellow, Green, Blue and Purple, differing from the traditional triadic color wheel; using the three primary colors of Red, Yellow and Blue.

For example for the warm color palette, I chose Orange as my dominate Hue, then followed the color wheel to choose the complement and discord colors. It is important to remember to use the neutrals and not necessarily the full chroma or intensity of the colors chosen.


This system will automatically create a harmonious color palette and simplify your choices as you paint. Give this system a try today, I think you will find it will expand your color choices beyond attempting to copy the colors of your photographic reference.


If you want to challenge yourself further, create the painting from a black and white version of your reference, as I did in these sketches to free you up from local color and get your creative juices flowing!


6×8 Pastel Sketches with pastel spread with alcohol under painting in both cool and warm color choices

I chose the warm color palette using predominantly Terry Ludwig Shades of Nature Set for the under painting. I further varied my final version of the painting by choosing the composition from the cool sketch and the palette choices from the warm sketch. Does your brain hurt yet?


Cannon Beach Stormy Weather Festival

Stormy Weather Arts Festival November 6-8, 2015. This year I’ll be representing my gallery, Haystack Gallery throughout the weekend events. Friday night is the Art in Action event where the public gathers to watch artists create their works of art with an opportunity to purchase directly from the artist.

Saturday, I will be demonstrating “Anatomy of a Wave” in pastel at Haystack Gallery. Please come by and visit if you are in the area, or consider making a trip to Cannon Beach for this fun weekend filled with Art, performances and a special concert.


Family Farm

What could be better than spending a fall morning painting at a family farm, Pennington Farms in Applegate valley near where I live in Southern Oregon?

The renovated rustic barn on their large berry farm produces a wonderful variety of berry jams and home baked pies and cookies. The Pennington family welcomed our painting group, PASSO who worked diligently to represent an aging barn brought to life.

I painted this pastel directly on Wallis Belgium Mist surface using a variety of hard and soft pastels. I sketched the image first in my notebook with pencil, doing a rough value study. Then I drew the basic shapes and outline on the surface with a paynes grey Creatacolor pastel pencil.

I didn’t have an umbrella and the sun became very intense after about an hour in a half so I knew it was time for a cookie break and to start the next painting.


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12″ x 16″ Pastel on Paper

I stopped to enjoy this lovely view of the confluence of Little Butte Creek and the Rogue River on my way to join family for Thanksgiving dinner in Prospect, Oregon.

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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.

“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
[email protected]
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