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The President Presents the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal

When presenting the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities in July, President Obama remarked: “The arts and humanities aren’t there to be consumed when we have a free moment. We need them like medicine. They help us live.” We couldn’t agree more!

Christmas Morning in Yosemite 2002

Yosemite National Park: Christmas Morning in Yosemite, 2002 Oil Painting by Stefan Baumann

10×14 Oil Canvas Mounted on Board

Framing

4″ 24k Handcrafted Frame

Signed

Lower Right – Baumann GV 02

On Verso

Opus 23, Stefan Baumann 85 Cerritos SFCA 94127 415-333-7070

Artist’s Comments

Journal, December 25, 2002

It’s Christmas morning and the morning sky is illuminated by the rays of the early morning sun, and my tent and campsite are in the cold shadow of El Capitan, one of the prominent granite landmarks that towers 7,569′ over the valley floor. The shadow shrouds my tent. It is true that it is always colder before the dawn, even on Christmas morning. My tent protected me from the night frost and my sleeping bag kept me cozy, but now I must venture from the warm comfort of my cocoon and start my day painting.
The valley floor seems eerily quiet. Even the cry of the ravens goes unanswered this morning. I love to paint in the parks on this day of the year. It reminds me how it must have felt it to be an artist who journeyed to these wild places a hundred years before artists like Bierstadt, Hill and Moran reported to the world about the splendors that remained hidden from tourist’s eyes.
The sun travels quickly so I must hurry to capture the early light that I love to paint on canvas. Before I leave camp, I give thanks to the powers that be for giving me the insight and ability as an artist to see the beauty in nature.

Provenance

Currently held by the artist

Price

$1,800




If you wish to acquire this fine original oil painting or if you have questions about this painting, please contact the artist at 415-606-9074 or email him at stefanbaumannatgmaildotcom.

Shipping

The price of this original oil painting includes shipping.

This painting will be displayed in Stefan Baumann’s One Man Show titled: “Reverence: An Artist’s Tribute to Nature” at The Orland Art Gallery in Orland, CA from September 1 through 27, 2014.

 

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Drawing Memorials: Talent’s Old Town & Skate Park

Drawing Talent, OR

I find that there are always “things” to do around the house.  Sometimes, I just have to put things aside and get down to the business drawing or painting.

Recently, the urge to draw was calling my name.  I “needed” to do another “Drawing Talent” piece so I went out in the southern Oregon heat to find a shady place to draw.  It was in the 90s in the sun; not quite so bad in the shade.  I walked by a place I’ve drawn before, the sculpture outside of the Talent Skate Park.  I was attracted by the shapes of the water fountain and the sculpture.  I decided to draw it again, this time from a different view.

To explain, Talent has a skate park that is part of the Old Town Park. The sculpture, though its outside of the skate park, is right next to it in the Old Town Park.  Its a park with a sub park.

Memorials in Talent Old Town Park & Skate Par

Skate Park Sculpture

The sculpture in the park is titled “Heaven Is A Half – Pipe” and is sculpted by local artist Kevin Christman.  It is a memorial dedicated to the memory of two local young men.  The young men were skate boarders, friends and mentors to many in our community; they are remembered.

Water Fountain and Memorial

Right next to the skate sculpture is a water fountain.  I have passed in several times a week for two years.  Yet, I had not noticed that it had a memorial plaque attached to it.  It reads “Her message to children:  Drink pure water for your health.  Lois V. Edwards”.  Ms. Edwards was another member of our community.  I think she knew what she was talking about!

Regarding Memorials

As I was quietly working, it struck me that the memorials speak volumes in a quiet way too.  They stand quietly for us to see, contemplate and remember.  I do like the fact that this is a place of quiet, even as the young people enjoy the curves and rolls of the skate park.

Skate Park Memorial Sculpture Talent OR

 

Previous Drawing

For those of you who have followed my various blogs over the years, you might have recognized the sculpture.  I drew it about a year ago.   I thought I’d include the drawing as one of my first “Drawing Talent” type drawing.  Plus, you can see a different view of the sculpture.  I was sitting on a bench near the water fountain as I drew this version.

I enjoy this park and  I imagine I will be back again someday, working on yet another version.  Thank you.

 

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Golden Gate Park Arboretum

San Fransisco:  Golden Gate Park Arboretum Original Oil Painting by Stefan Baumann

6×8 Oil on Canvas Mounted on Wood

Signed

Lower Left – Baumann

Artist’s Comments

San Francisco was my home for 25 years,  and as a landscape painter, I liked the challenge of integrating my passion for nature and for urban landscapes.  Golden Gate Park is one of my favorite places to paint in San Francisco, and the Arboretum is a stunning example of Victorian architecture in this first class setting.  I must admit that I was intimidated by the complex, ornate details of this beautiful building.  But, I was also highly motivated to capture this historic structure on canvas because there were rumors of plans to demolish the building because of major damage from a storm.  Soon after I finished  this painting, the city rallied and requests for funds to “Save the Arboretum” brought in enough money to restore the old Victorian “green house”  almost to it’s original condition.

Provenance

Currently held by the artist

Price

$500




If you wish to acquire this fine original oil painting or if you have questions about this painting, please contact the artist at 415-606-9074 or email him at stefanbaumannatgmaildotcom.

Shipping

The price of this original oil painting includes shipping.

This painting will be displayed in Stefan Baumann’s One Man Show titled: “Reverence: An Artist’s Tribute to Nature” at The Orland Art Gallery in Orland, CA from September 1 through 27, 2014.

 

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Drawing Talent’s Train Depot

Drawing

Hi!  I’m still working on my “The Gallivanter’s Adventure 2014″ blog.  But, drawing doesn’t ever stop.

Recovery Task List

Part of returning from camping or a trip is “recovery”, that’s what we called it in my Army days. We had three days of tasks to recover equipment and materials.  We had a formal task list.  Me, now that I’m retired, I have informal task lists.  Never-the-less, I have my recovery task list.

As part of today’s recovery tasks, I went for a walk around my home town of Talent OR.  Armed with a small sketchbook and a ball point pen, I had a look around town after being gone for a couple of months.

Talent Train Depot M Stermer-Cox

The Railroad Depot

Aha!  The town railroad depot!  Its not used as a railroad depot today, but the building is in good shape.  I have wanted to do a drawing of this building, so that is what I did.  I think I may do more!

Adventure 2014 Lesson Learned

The lesson of our “The Gallivanter’s Adventure 2014″ is to seize the moment when it comes.  A project that I have wanted to do is draw variation locations around my home town of Talent, OR.  Perhaps the time to start working on the project is now.

Drawing Talent

This is not the first drawing I’ve done around Talent, but I’m getting close to forming a project.  Maybe I’ll call it “Drawing Talent”. And, why not?  I think this would be a great way to get to know my town.  Life seems to get in the way, but I have to ask myself, what are my priorities?  I think its time to get on with it!

As I ponder, but not too long, please enjoy my sketch!

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Glacier Park: A Dall Sheep’s First Lesson

Glacier National Park: A Dall Sheep’s First Lesson  Original Oil Painting by Stefan Baumann

40×30 Oil on Canvas Mounted on Wood Stretcher Bars

Framing

6″ Gold Fluted Custom Frame with Laurel leaves around top edge

Signed

Lower Left Baumann GV

On Verso

Stefan Baumann Dall Sheep in Glacier National Park

Artist’s Comments

I am fascinated by the amazing courage that the Dall sheep have. When I painted this painting from my imagination, I visualized the breathtaking scenery they inhabit and the steep cliffs that they call home. I remember once seeing an adult sheep scurry up the side of a cliff wall and a youngster followed in his footsteps without hesitation.  Then,  both the adult and the young sheep climbed up and over the vertical cliff to the high peaks beyond.

I understand that even though the instinct they have to survive in these cliffs is part of their DNA, but their survival  is also  helped by having an  adult who  leads by example. In my life, I have had many adults who have helped me and artists who have inspired me. I hope that my work will inspire young artists to climb the cliffs of life and reach their highest potential.

Provenance

Currently held by the artist

Price

$9,600




If you wish to acquire this fine original oil painting or if you have questions about this painting, please contact the artist at 415-606-9074 or email him at stefanbaumannatgmaildotcom.

Shipping

The price of this original oil painting includes shipping.

This painting will be displayed in Stefan Baumann’s One Man Show titled: “Reverence: An Artist’s Tribute to Nature” at The Orland Art Gallery in Orland, CA from September 1 through 27, 2014.

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Grand Canyon: North Rim at Noon

Grand Canyon: North Rim at Noon, Original Oil Painting by Stefan Baumann

6×8 Oil on Canvas Mounted on Wood

Signed

Lower Right – Baumann 03

On Verso

Grand Canyon North Rim

Artist’s Comments

The North Rim of The Grand Canyon is one of my favorite places to paint. The North Rim is less visited than the more popular South Rim, and since its location is remote, the visitors that come here often stay a week. After painting all morning, I returned to the lodge feeling disappointed that the light was flat. But, then it occurred to me that not every painting must have a grand lighting effect. I thought, “Why not just paint the noon light?” So, with my thumb box in hand, I went to this rocky point and captured what I saw.

Provenance

Currently held by the artist

Price

$500




If you wish to acquire this fine original oil painting locally or if you have questions about this painting, please contact the artist at 415-606-9074 or email him at stefanbaumannatgmaildotcom.

Shipping

The price of this original oil painting includes shipping.

This painting will be displayed in Stefan Baumann’s One Man Show titled: Reverence: “An Artist’s Tribute to Nature” at The Orland Art Gallery in Orland, CA from September 1 through 27, 2014.

 

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Yosemite Foot Bridge

Plein Air Etude: Yosemite Foot Bridge, Original Oil Painting by Stefan Baumann

6×8 Oil on Canvas Mounted on Wood

Framing

31/4″ Wood

Signed

Lower Left – Baumann 03 Yosemite

On Verso

Yosemite Foot Bridge Stefan Baumann 03

Artist’s Comments

When I travel, I will often scout out interesting places to paint like this foot bridge in Yosemite Park before I bring my paints and easel to the site. Other times, I bring my thumb box along with me just in case I find something that is irresistible to paint.  This little foot bridge was located near Bridal Falls,  and  it was fun to use my thumb box,  paint it quickly on the spot, and bring it home as a memory of the day.

Provenance

Currently held by the artist

Price

$500

 




If you wish to acquire this fine original oil painting locally or if you have questions about this painting, please contact the artist at 415-606-9074 or email him at stefanbaumannatgmaildotcom.

Shipping

The price of this original oil painting includes shipping.

This painting will be displayed in Stefan Baumann’s One Man Show titled: “Reverence: An Artist’s Tribute to Nature” at The Orland Art Gallery in Orland, CA from September 1 through 27, 2014.

 

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Yosemite: The Arches

Yosemite: The Arches, Original Oil Painting by Stefan Baumann

6×8 Oil on Canvas Mounted on Wood

Signed

Lower Left – Baumann

On Verso

Yosemite Bayumann 03

Artist’s Comments

This little sketch was painted on another visit to Yosemite. As a painter, I  always see beauty everywhere. Sometimes I have my easel, and other times, I travel with my thumb box. These little sketches offer me a way to capture just as much information and inspiration as I can get on a larger canvas but they take less time. I’m just as committed to the smaller sketches as I am to larger ones. The biggest up side of painting with a thumb box is that it takes less time to set up my supplies. The outcome, however, can be just as stunning as a full-sized painting.

Provenance

Currently held by the artist

Price

$500




If you wish to acquire this fine original oil painting locally or if you have questions about this painting, please contact the artist at 415-606-9074 or email him at stefanbaumannatgmaildotcom.

Shipping

The price of this original oil painting includes shipping.

This painting will be displayed in Stefan Baumann’s One Man Show titled: “Reverence: An Artist’s Tribute to Nature” at The Orland Art Gallery in Orland, CA from September 1 through 27, 2014.

 

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San Mateo Drive-In Movie

California: San Mateo Drive-In Movie Oil Painting by Stefan Baumann

8×12 Oil on Canvas Mounted on Board

Framing

3″ Pine wood frame with natural finish

Signed

Lower Left – Baumann

Verso

San Mateo Drive-In Movie

Artist’s Comments

As an artist I’m always fascinated when inspiration happens. My passion for the landscape of western America is strong, but I do love to paint urban subjects as well. This week, I was caught in a traffic jam in San Mateo, California and I looked over the guard rail and noticed this abandoned Drive-In Movie.  Although I had driven by it many times, today it captured my eye. I only went to one Drive-In movie in my life when I saw “My Side of the Mountain” in 1969. I sometimes wonder if that started my love of nature.
I noticed that there was a group of workman’s trucks and a big wrecking ball and it looked like they were going to take the building down immediately. I drove over to the exit and down to the theater. I had just enough time to paint this sketch in under an hour. The following day when I drove past the Drive-In Movie, there was only a parking lot.

Provenance

Currently held by the artist

Price

$750




If you wish to acquire this fine original oil painting locally or if you have questions about this painting, please contact the artist at 415-606-9074 or email him at stefanbaumannatgmaildotcom.

Shipping

The price of this original oil painting includes shipping.

This painting will be displayed in Stefan Baumann’s One Man Show titled: “Reverence: An Artist’s Tribute to Nature” at The Orland Art Gallery in Orland, CA from September 1 through 27, 2014.

 

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