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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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Reminder: Steve & Sue Bennett Exhibit & Reception Coming Soon!

South Stage Cellars Art Show announcement illustration with paintings by Sue and STeve Bennett of Jacksonville OregonSouth Stage Cellars announcement: Art exhibit of paintings by Sue and Steve Bennett of Jacksonville Oregon

Steve & Sue Bennett Show at South Stage Cellars

The Vines, watercolor by Sue_Bennett

The Vines, watercolor by Sue_Bennett

Please join us at South Stage Cellars as we celebrate the creativity of artists

Steve Bennett & Sue Bennett

with works in

Oil * Pastel * Watercolor

Reception: Saturday, September 20 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM

Enjoy an evening of ART * WINE * MUSIC

Sue Bennett is a classically trained artist who paints to express beauty. “My intent is to capture the heart of the subject and I get completely caught up in it.” Sue taught art for many years in classes and workshops in several states and Canada. Her paintings have been included in over 45 exhibits around the nation. She works most frequently in transparent watercolor, however she also enjoys opaque watermedia and pastel and has recently returned to oils.

Hueners Hill Vineyard, Pastel by Steve Bennett

Hueners Hill Vineyard, Pastel by Steve Bennett



Steve Bennett started painting and drawing when he was in kindergarten. He quit art that same year. He did enjoy art via the view finder of his camera.After many years of photography, Sue encouraged him to join her in painting. He took the chance. Steve enjoys drawing and painting outdoors subject matter the best. He mostly paints with pastels and watercolor. “It is fun to have a new area of life unfold for me each day.” When Steve is not painting, Sue and Steve have an art seminar business that takes them and other artists to many beautiful places in the world to paint, and photograph.

Rogue Valley Vineyard, Oil painting by Sue Bennett

Rogue Valley Vineyard, Oil painting by Sue Bennett

“Art has kept me enthralled for 40 years. I studied for 10 years in college classes and national workshops. Drawing led to basic design, which led to oil painting, which led to printmaking, which led to watercolor, and back to oil. Along the way I taught classes and organized workshops across the U.S. and Europe for 25 years; art opened up the world for me. My paintings are portrayed with simplicity of shape and rich color. I get very involved with the medium, and paint to express beauty, mood and heart—to take the viewer to a place of refreshment. I am emotionally caught up from start to finish and like it best when I am slightly surprised by the end result.” ~ Sue Bennett

See more of this talented couple’s work at their website, Oregon Street Gallery, and find all their links and contact information in Sue’s listing at

Show runs from September 20 to October 29


125 S 3rd Street, Jacksonville
Artists: 541-899-1179 
While you are in Jacksonville, see more of Sue Bennett’s paintings in the Naverson Room of the Jacksonville Library! This show begins September 17 and runs through December 17.

Susan Frank at the GoodBean in September

GoodBean Coffee Company is proud to present artworks by Susan Frank, artist & illustrator, for our featured exhibit in September 2014. For this show, Susan will offer a diverse collection of pastel paintings & drawings, casein paintings, and photo collage drawings. Her originals and prints on display range from large 22″x30″ originals priced at $400, prints starting at $250, and smaller originals from $175 to 5″x7″ miniatures for $75.
Susan is a member of the Southern Oregon Society of Artists and teaches Fashion Illustration for the Beginner at Central Art Supply in Medford, Oregon. Her formal training began at the University of Houston, and the Glassell School of Art in Texas, and she also studied at the Art Students League of Denver with Master Pastelist, Doug Dawson, and Plein Air Painter Jay Moore.
Her works are represented by:
Susan now resides in Southern Oregon with her dog and two cats, creating paintings for galleries and illustrations for Advocate Art in the United Kingdom.  Recently her work was licensed through agent in UK for use by New York Graphic Society in New York, and a greeting card image published in Australia. Contact info for UK Agent if you wish to license my art is listed on my website.
I practice every day to improve my skills.  Words I try to live by …’try to see the humor, as well as the beauty, in all things.’
~Susan Frank


Car Talk, watercolor by Susan Frank

Car Talk, pastel by Susan Frank

Fall Day, Fashion illustration by Susan Frank

Fall Day, Fashion illustration by Susan Frank

Multnomah Falls, Fashion illustration by Susan Frank

Multnomah Falls, Fashion illustration by Susan Frank

Spring Garden, by Susan Frank

Spring Garden, pastel by Susan Frank

Pat Blair ARTIST OF THE MONTH at Art Du Jour Gallery for August

Up On the Green Springs, pastel by Pat Blair

Up On the Green Springs, pastel by Pat Blair

Art Du Jour Gallery is featuring Pat Blair as ARTIST OF THE MONTH for the month of August

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 until 4:00 pm.
Pat will be present to talk about her work with visitors attending the gallery’s Third Friday Reception on August 15th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

About Pat Blair

” I have become forever drawn to pastels and it is exciting to me to be painting in open air.  I love the lure of the landscape and have traveled near and far to view open spaces with expansive sky and dramatic landscapes.

Painting in plein air is like taking a snapshot.  The painter identifies the focal point of the painting and quickly sketches in the scene including the light and shadows before the light changes.  Much like a photographer catches a shot, so does the plein air painter.  The painter can, however,  change the colors and move around a pesky bush or two in order to make the painting more friendly to the viewer.

Southern Oregon abounds in friendly places for a plein air painter.  I can barely drive down a road without feeling the urge to stop and paint!  I do take loads of photographs to bring back to my studio for reference and also to remind me to return to a certain spot.   I am attracted to water and the reflections that may bring color to the picture.  I also love the drama of shadows and light.  Painting is like dancing.  Sometimes the light takes the lead role but at other times the dark shadows demand the viewers attention and leads the painting.”

Contact me about my Fall Class Schedule, which begins on September 16, 2014 at [email protected].

Pat Blair
24 North Keeneway Drive
Medford, OR  97504
Telephone: 541-779-2432