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Printmaking Unleashed Inspired by Traci Bautista

 

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When I received Traci Baustista's new book, Printmaking Unleashed I was excited and amazed to see so many printmaking ideas! Beautiful projects seemed to spill out of every single page. First I looked at all the photographs, and then I began reading, first skipping around and then from back to front. Tracy's joy and playfulness in her creating process became a joy to me as well!

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Tracy also sent me a packet of very fun and unusual tools for me to experiment with and I have to say, my very favorite was the adhesive craft foam! I have wanted to cut more of my own stamps for some time, and have been looking for this wonderful product!!

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I looked up symbols on Pinterest, and other ideas on my Hand Carved Stamp Ideas page here. Then I began to draw and cut up my stamp ideas on the foam.

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I cut out my new stamp designs, pulled off the protective backside and pressed the sticky side on to cardboard.

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I was happily surprised at how securely my designs stuck to the card board pieces!

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Next came the very fun part of making images with my stamps and trying different inks!  I printed on tissue papers and rice papers, silk and gauze and linen, even notebook and graph paper. Then I tore or cut out each individual image and started playing with collages!

After I found a collage design I liked, I used Traci's adhesive and adhered my images on to pieces of watercolor paper that I had already covered with a light weight piece of rice paper, fabric and white gesso.

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Finally when my projects were all finished I added a bit of stitching. 

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Thank you Traci, for sharing your amazing and inspiring book with me and the world!!

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Printmaking Unleashed Inspired by Traci Bautista

 

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When I received Traci Baustista's new book, Printmaking Unleashed I was excited and amazed to see so many printmaking ideas! Beautiful projects seemed to spill out of every single page. First I looked at all the photographs, and then I began reading, first skipping around and then from back to front. Tracy's joy and playfulness in her creating process became a joy to me as well!

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Tracy also sent me a packet of very fun and unusual tools for me to experiment with and I have to say, my very favorite was the adhesive craft foam! I have wanted to cut more of my own stamps for some time, and have been looking for this wonderful product!!

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I looked up symbols on Pinterest, and other ideas on my Hand Carved Stamp Ideas page here. Then I began to draw and cut up my stamp ideas on the foam.

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I cut out my new stamp designs, pulled off the protective backside and pressed the sticky side on to cardboard.

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I was happily surprised at how securely my designs stuck to the card board pieces!

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Next came the very fun part of making images with my stamps and trying different inks!  I printed on tissue papers and rice papers, silk and gauze and linen, even notebook and graph paper. Then I tore or cut out each individual image and started playing with collages!

After I found a collage design I liked, I used Traci's adhesive and adhered my images on to pieces of watercolor paper that I had already covered with a light weight piece of rice paper, fabric and white gesso.

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Finally when my projects were all finished I added a bit of stitching. 

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Thank you Traci, for sharing your amazing and inspiring book with me and the world!!

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Swedish Candlestick – Lost Edges

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Just for fun, next time you look at a painting try to find something that the artist did purposely to grab your attention.  Look for lost edges.

In keeping with my “Value Study November”, I thought I’d post one of my daily drawings that illustrates a simple artist’s composition device: losing edges.

About the Candlestick

This is a Swedish candlestick that was given to me by my younger sister. She was an exchange student to Sweden around 1980.

I imagine that at one time I had a candle that fit this candlestick, but it is long gone. I still like to draw it though. I think its the round shapes. Something wonderfully simple and elegant about Scandinavian design. Plus, sentimental value.

Composition Device:  Tie Figure To Ground By Losing Edges

I thought of this drawing as a nice follow on to the previous post about figure and ground relationships. I purposely merged the right portion of the subject to a dark shape in the ground.  I forced myself to lose edges.

Purposely is the right word choice because I have a tendency to want to outline everything and add detail.

But its not necessary to draw every edge and add lots of detail.  The viewers mind naturally fills the blank.

As I was drawing, I started adding the dark shape to the background.  I still wanted to create a boundary. I’d find myself cross hatching over the boundary to obliterate it.

I did achieve some areas where there are no outlines.  See if you can find them.  In doing so, your eye flows easily around the drawing; from figure to ground and back again.

Tip Re-Stated

So, now you know.  Just for fun, next time you look at a painting, try to find something that the artist did purposely to grab your attention.  Look for edges or outlines that are lost.  Notice that your eye fills in the blank.  Aren’t the visual arts exciting?

As I did here, artists compose to make the image more compelling.

In my case here, by losing edges and fading the candlestick to dark, I gave the subject a little mystery.

PS.

To my painter friends, what kind of edges do you like to use?

Thanks!  Happy Friday!

The post Swedish Candlestick – Lost Edges appeared first on Margaret Stermer-Cox – Watercolor Artist.

Rebirth, 14”x24”, oil on wood, SOLD “Rebirth” is…

Rebirth, 14”x24”, oil on wood, SOLD

“Rebirth” is imbued with an atmosphere of growth in the spirit of the sixth bardo (or in between state) of becoming or transmigration. After death, this bardo endures until the inner-breath commences in the new life form determined by the “karmic seeds”, represented in paint by cacti seeds, within the storehouse consciousness. The imagery in this piece contains symbols pertinent to myself. Succulents are organisms which have long provided extreme fascination biologically in the way they grow and reproduce, Peyote cacti being particularly poignant in representing the states of rebirth which can occur during hallucinatory experiences. The rings circling the growth form symbolize an intense period of rebirth experienced during a personal Return of Saturn.

Rebirth, 14”x24”, oil on wood, SOLD “Rebirth” is…

Rebirth, 14”x24”, oil on wood, SOLD

“Rebirth” is imbued with an atmosphere of growth in the spirit of the sixth bardo (or in between state) of becoming or transmigration. After death, this bardo endures until the inner-breath commences in the new life form determined by the “karmic seeds”, represented in paint by cacti seeds, within the storehouse consciousness. The imagery in this piece contains symbols pertinent to myself. Succulents are organisms which have long provided extreme fascination biologically in the way they grow and reproduce, Peyote cacti being particularly poignant in representing the states of rebirth which can occur during hallucinatory experiences. The rings circling the growth form symbolize an intense period of rebirth experienced during a personal Return of Saturn.

Kim’s Last Weekend

Medford Kim’s – a place glamorous and practical, exotic and so familiar, a place so many people carry special memories of, a place that has gotten more beautiful with age –  is being torn down, beginning Monday, Nov 10, 2014.  I’ve painted this spot twice before, and went out today to get make one last effort at documenting this place.

  

The demolition of this Southern Oregon landmark is a big deal here, so I even got a nice news piece – see it here.

Filed under: Landscape, Nostalgia, painting, Paintings Tagged: 2014, art, Inspiration, Kim’s Medford, kim’s restaurant, landscape, medford Oregon, oil, oil painting, oregon, painting, plein air, rogue valley, Sarah burns, sarah f burns, southern oregon, urban, work of sarah f burns

Work spaces, garden light

 

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As November begins my heart is full of love and gratitude.  For my family, my home, my friends and my art. This year has been one of my most creative years ever and such a great year for teaching workshops.  I have learned so much, and grown as well. I think I am finding my flow.

I have many wonderful plans for next year, not only with new workshops and retreats, but with my family. My son is graduating from Oregon State University this winter and my daughter is getting married in the spring. New beginnings for them and I am so proud.  

The photographs I want to share with you are work and garden spaces from our Red Oak Book Arts workshop at Laura's house last week… nestled deep in the Hill Country of Texas.

Laura is also known as HastyPearl and you won't want to miss her blog, this post or her Etsy Shop, or if you are in Boerne, her antique space, where I have done quite a bit of shopping myself! I taught this workshop with the amazing Leslie Marsh, and we came together from opposite sides of the United States to teach. We have known eachother since I started blogging and were kindred spirits from the beginning.

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I love these photographs, the golden light you see on each workspace comes from huge windows that are imprinted in my mind and overlook Laura's gardens,an oasis  of ponds,trees,flowers and butterflies, even in October. The love and creativity that Laura has poured into her home inside and out is apparent in every detail.

 

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Although these works of art are works in progress, I wanted to show our processes. How beautiful unfinished work can be. How given the same materials everyone creates something completely unique. And how we thrived as artists, learning and growing together. We all were glowing from start to finish.

 

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A special thanks to Laura and Leslie, Kip, Elissa, Carol and Melody for making this magical workshop happen.

 

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You can see more photographs of the garden mandalas that we made here.

And photos of our finished books and projects here.

And here are photos of some inside pages.

Thanks so much for visiting and I would love it if you have time to comment.

There are also new art pieces available in my

River Garden Studio Shop if you would like to see! 

 

Photography Scholarship to the Peruvian Amazon!

Photography Scholarship to the Peruvian Amazon!

Budding photographers, this one’s for you!

Capture the rich history of Cusco then explore one of the planet’s top biodiversity hotspots – the Peruvian Amazon!

Applications are now open for our 2014 Travel Photography Scholarship, don’t miss the opportunity to be mentored by National Geographic photographer, Jason Edwards, and gain real-life experience in the field.

What’s the deal?

  • A 12-day trip to the Amazon with WWF Peru, Rainforest Expeditions and Explorandes
  • Round-trip airfare from your country of residence to Cusco, Peru where you will meet your mentor and a small film crew and then head off to Madre de Dios to begin your assignment
  • Professional daily mentorship from Jason Edwards
  • Travel insurance for the duration of the trip with us!

What are you waiting for? Start shooting now!

Art Inspires Ashland 2014

You’re Invited! 

 

Art Inspires Ashland

November 14 – 16, 2014

 
Early Bird special for Evening Presentations tickets ends on November 1!
Art Inspires Ashland 2014
Join us for Ashland Art Center‘s third annual Art Inspires Ashland
 
Three amazing visiting artists will give TED-style presentations on Friday night, November 14, at the Ashland Springs Hotel, and then they will lead hands-on workshops and demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday, November 15 and 16, at AAC.

This year’s visiting artists are: 
 
contemporary classical realist master painter, NYC
 
ground-breaking fiber artist and designer, Berkeley, CA
 
award-winning body painter, Bend, OR
 
Art Inspires Ashland 2014
 
Art Inspires Ashland 2014 FlyerYou can purchase your event tickets and 
register for the workshops & demonstrations either at 
Ashland Art Center, 357 E Main St. (across from Pasta Piatti)
 
and join the the event pages for Dan, Jean, and Natalie‘s events. 

Get the Details!

 

 

Evening Presentations

Prepare to be entertained, informed, and inspired! 

Our three visiting artists will share stories about who they are, 

what they do, and what inspires them in 18-minute, TED-style talks. 

 

Friday, November 14, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Doors open at 6 with live music, hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction

Presentations start at 7:30

@ Ashland Springs Hotel Ballroom, 212 E Main St, Ashland

$30 early bird sale price, $35 after Nov. 1 

Art Inspires Ashland 2014 Dan Thompson Workshop flyer

Workshops & Demonstrations, November 15 – 16

Click on the class titles below for more information and to register.
 
NOTE: Need-based scholarships are available for youth and students.
Email karaQlewis@gmail.com for more information.
 

The Portrait in Red Chalk with Dan Thompson 

Create a portrait in red chalk and red crayon on hand-toned paper. 
The workshop includes a demonstration and a hands-on class. 
Saturday, November 15, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
$85 Members, $105 General
Art Inspires Ashland 2014 Jean Cacicedo Workshop Flyer

Notan: The Dynamics of Design with Jean Cacicedo 

Learn the principles of Notan (the interaction between positive and negative space) step-by-step while we each work on creating several paper collages.
Saturday, November 15, 4:00 – 8:00 pm
$65 Members, $80 General

Body as Canvas: A Demonstration with Natalie Fletcher

Watch award-winning body painter Natalie Fletcher work her magic: painting a camouflage illusion onto a figure to blend them into a background.
Sunday, November 16, 11:00 am – 2:00 pmArt Inspires Ashland 2014 Natalie Fletcher Workshop Flyer
$25 Members, $30 General
Thank you to our past and current sponsors:
 
  • Adroit Construction
  • Anne Hathaway’s B&B
  • Ashland Chamber of Commerce
  • Ashland Gallery Association
  • AZ Catering
  • Bruce Richey, Architect
  • Golden-Fields Construction
  • Grape Street Design Group
  • Grizzly Peak Winery
  • Hearts & Vines
  • Jefferson Public Radio
  • Jennifer Miller
  • Kistler + Small + White
  • Lithia Springs Resort
  • Mercedes Benz of Medford
  • Ram Offset
  • Sam Vierson Family Foundation
  • Smithfields Restaurant
  • Sneak Preview
  • Southern Oregon Media Group
  • Southern Oregon Public Television
  • Spring Life Productions
  • TOT Restaurant
  • Wells Fargo
  • Wendy Seldon 
 
With Art Inspires Ashland, Ashland Art Center’s mission is to bring together some of the world’s most creative minds for a weekend of inspirational presentations, workshops and discussions. This community event is an important yearly fundraiser for the Art Center. All proceeds go to AAC’s children’s classes, education programs, and professional artist services. The Art Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to serving the visual arts community of Southern Oregon and supporting local artists. 
 

Arts & Alzheimer’s documentary to air on Oregon Public Broadcasting

The filmmakers contacted us yesterday to announce exciting news – “I Remember Better When I Paint” will  be airing on Oregon Public Broadcasting TV station on November 19, 2014 at 7 pm. Put it on your calendar so you don’t miss it, particularly if you have a friend or family member with Alzheimer’s! There is hope ~ all is not lost when there is art to step in and help with communication.

Remember Better When I Paint, narrated by Olivia de Havilland, is the first international documentary about the positive impact of art and other creative therapies on people with Alzheimer’s and how these approaches can change the way we look at the disease. Among those who are featured are noted doctors and Yasmin Aga Khan, president of Alzheimer’s Disease International and daughter of Rita Hayworth, who had Alzheimer’s.

The inspiration for the documentary was the painter Hilgos, who grew up in Portland, Oregon. In her later years while struggling with Alzheimer’s, she stated “I remember better when I paint.” With art students facilitating, Hilgos began painting again. Painting allowed Hilgos to maintain, and even regain, some of her core identity, and her extraordinary enthusiasm and energy, while living with profound memory loss.

This film, directed by Eric Ellena and Berna Huebner, is presented by French Connection Films and the Hilgos Foundation. To learn more, visit our previous post, the film’s website, and the Hilgos Foundation Wikipedia page.

Here’s a trailer: