Mother’s Day was a paint out day for me in Downtown Medford. I spent all morning doing this pastel
while meeting and greeting people on Main Street in front of Art Du Jour Gallery. I really was not able to complete this on location and had to work on it in my studio the following week. My chosen subject was of the vendor canopies that we set up in Vogel Park on the corner of Main and Central which is the very center of Medford’s downtown district.
“Spring Meadow” Pastel by Janis Ellison, 11 x 14
This painting won an Honorable Mention in the Landscape category of Pastel Journal 100 competition. It will be published in the April 2014 edition of the magazine. Only 100 paintings selected from over 1500 entries. This image is still available, please contact me to purchase.
Editor’s note: you can find Janis Ellison’s contact information, social networks and website links in her listing at www.soartists.com
While teaching a Plein Air workshop one summer I invented this tool for participants to put on their easel to remind them to simplify the landscape and focus more on Composition and Design elements in their paintings. To free yourself from trying to render “objects” like trees, bushes, water, and clouds and to think in terms of balance, asymmetrical design, and movement in your painting, try posting this handy tool on your easel. Happy Painting!
S Q U I N T
S= Shapes: Simplify, see and sketch basic shapes
Q= Question: What inspired me to paint the scene? What is my focal point?
U= Understand: Understand your composition, decide what to include, what to leave out.
I = Interpret: Interpret the whole, do not get stuck in detail
N= Negative space: Is it interesting? Are there pleasing shapes in the negative space? Is there Variety?
T=Tones: Identify lights and dark values in the painting. Where is the lightest Light? Darkest Dark?
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Duck Pond Morning Reflections
October already and the Fall weather in Southern Oregon is spectacular!
About eight plein air painters met up after a “MeetUp” call from Norm Rossingnol who is the leader of our Plein Air Society of Southern Oregon group (PASSO). We agreed to meet at the Upper Duck Pond in Ashland’s Lithia Park once again. The park is aglow with amazing color at this time of year and there is always an attractive subject for the painter’s eye to capture. We began chasing the light at around 10:00 am. The day progressed, the sun shifted, light changed but most of us stayed until about 2:00 when we were satisfied ( or in my case totally frustrated). I did one thumbnail pastel painting but was not satisfied so it won’t become any more than a study for a future painting. Lately I have concentrated on doing pastel landscapes and letting my watercolor painting take a bake seat.
After this experience I’m thinking I need to do both disciplines (key word here!) .
“Hanley’s Vines And Roses” plein air pastel painting by Pat Blair
Watercolor and Pastel artist Pat Blair is exhibiting a collection of her paintings in the Eagle Point Branch Library beginning September 27th and through November 29th.
Pat primarily paints landscapes and has traveled extensively throughout Southern Oregon to find subjects to paint en plein air.
Pat teaches basic & intermediate watercolor classes and also drawing and sketching classes in her home studio in Medford. She is an exhibiting member artist of Art Du Jour Gallery in Medford and a member of Rogue Valley Art Association, Southern Oregon Society of Artists, Plein Air Painters of Oregon, and Plein Air Painters of Southern Oregon.
Watercolor and Pastel artist Pat Blair is exhibiting a collection of paintings in the Eagle Point Branch Library beginning September 27th and through November 29th.
Pat primarily paints landscapes and has travelled extensively throughout Southern Oregon to find subjects to paint in plein air.
Pat teaches basic & intermediate watercolor classes and also drawing and sketching classes in her home studio in Medford.
She is an exhibiting member artist of Art Du Jour Gallery in Medford. She is also a member of Rogue Valley Art Association, Southern Oregon Society of Artists, Plein Air Painters of Oregon, and Plein Air Painters of Southern Oregon.
Butte Creek Mills Celebration and PASSO Paintout,
Saturday’s Paintout at Butte Creek Mills was a great event. Music, crafts, food, gun fights (I could have done without guns while I was painting), perfect weather and lots of great artists showed for the event. It was still going strong when I left at 3:30pm. Here are a few pictures from the event.
Butte Creek 3
I think Mom made both the little girls and Mom’s outfits. Beautiful work.
Sorry about the blurry picture. I’ll try to get a cleaner picture with a regular camera tomorrow.
Pastel on sanded paper 10 x 10
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Having taken a one day PAPO workshop with plein air painter Richard Mckinley about three years ago in Bend, Oregon, I knew that I must have a longer painting experience under this master painter! I registered for his workshop as soon as it was promoted. His workshops fill quickly and there is always a waiting list. Only 20 painters made it into this Medford workshop.
Richard writes a blog, an article in Pastel Journal which is published six times a year and is the author of PASTEL POINTERS. He has also produced three instructional CDs.
I did this pastel on Heuner Hill near Jacksonville on May 17th which would have been my Mother’s 110th birthday.