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To Find Your Art

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Summer days,

mornings filled with wonder.

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Sleepy afternoons,

daydreams with wings

and stars that smile.

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I awake each day to find my art,

to hold on to it 

and then let it go.

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To find myself,

and then relax into being who I am.

To find your art
 

This is what I am learning.

 

 

Prepping for Watercolor and Ink Demo

Art Demonstration on the Horizon!

Greetings!  I’m so excited!   I’m preparing myself to do a demonstration (demo) of my watercolor and ink techniques.  I have been invited by the Southern Oregon Society of Artists, a large local organization.  I was thrilled to receive the invitation.  But, I also had a sobering moment;  I needed to “up my game” so to speak.

Put another way, I want to do a good demo.

Demonstration: working with watercolor and ink

 

What I Have Been Doing

I have been spending the last six months working on painting from life using ink and watercolor.  I have been running the demo through my head to visualize how I’d like this to happen.

Now it’s “crunch time”.  I need to get it all down on paper.  🙂

Organic Grind Espresso Kiosk; Watercolor & Ink Demonstration

Where I Am Now

I have selected my subject – the Organic Grind Espresso Kiosk in Talent, OR, (see the image above).   I like this subject; it seems simple – a building on a lot.

But, as I keep working on it, I find interesting shapes, lines and tones.  There is a lot to “simple”!

Yes, I have been working on it.  I have gone to the location and done watercolor and ink sketches.  I may go again.

Back in the studio, I’ve been doing drawings and value studies.  These drawings and studies help me discover things about my subject.  Its a way of “painting what I know” by studying it!  Fun!

Here’s an earlier version of “Organic Grind”, drawn and painted from a different angle.

Organic Grind, Watercolor & Ink

What I Will Be Doing

Here’s an list of tasks for the next phase of this demonstration operation.

These tasks, while numbered, will be worked on concurrently.  That is to say these are tasks that do not need to be done sequentially.

Task One:  Explore the issue of why I paint this way in the first place.

Task Two:  Describe in detail the “what is it that I do”.  And, to get used to talking about it.  While drawing.  And staying focused!

Task Three:  Design the physical layout of my workspace.

Task Four:  Practice and adjust!

Might as well start with task one right here!

Demonstration, Watercolor & Ink

Why I Paint with Watercolor and Ink

My husband and I like to travel and camp.  We go to interesting places such as Blue Mountain (also known as “Cliff Ridge) in Utah near Dinosaur National Monument, for example (see above).  It seems natural for me to want to paint on location.

How to Draw and Paint Nature

The question of how seemed particularly pertinent because my normal modus operandi tends to be stylized in manner.  I tend to look more at the paper than at a physical subject and use my imagination.

This is not the best plan if one wants to draw and paint what one sees.  When drawing from nature, one needs to look at the subject in front of them!  For me, this is oddly challenging!  I have a tendency to look at the paper.  I’m improving, but I still have to remind myself to look-at-the-subject!

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It Starts With Drawing Skills

In any case, it all starts with drawing, doesn’t it?  For me the answer is “yes”.

So, I started drawing when we went on trips.  Not satisfied; I wanted to do more.  Inspired by the Urban Sketcher movement and all the wonderful watercolor journals I see on the web, I started experimenting with watercolor studies.

Naturally, as I started I felt kind of clumsy.  Thats what happens when you do something new.  I took out a “Faber Castell” artist ink pen I had hanging around and restated the forms of my subject.  It seemed to help.

Thus my exploration into ink and watercolor was born of necessity.

So, back to work and Task Two, describing in detail how I work.  More soon!

Thank you for stopping by!  I’ll leave you with a final watercolor and ink study done from a recent trip to Hyatt Reservoir in Southern Oregon.

HyattReservoirJuly2016©MStermerCox

 

 

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Painting Beyond What You See

IN this video Plein Air PBS artist Stefan Baumann discusses in his class “Painting Beyond What You See”. What artist need to know to take the next step in there paintings using light, composition and effects.

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Painting Beyond What You See

IN this video Plein Air PBS artist Stefan Baumann discusses in his class “Painting Beyond What You See”. What artist need to know to take the next step in there paintings using light, composition and effects.

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More Advice on Plein Air Painting

In this video you get more Tips on Plein Air Painting by
PBS artist and host of The Grand View, Stefan Baumann as he talks to his class about painting on location and some insights on what can happen on location along with some advice on canvas and being ready to paint on location. get a free book on painting by going to www.StefanBaumann.com there get information on upcoming plein air workshops in Mt. Shasta.

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Plein Air artist Stefan Baumann Discusses how to Get your fine art noticed by Stimulation Thought. Get a free book on painting by Baumann by going to www.StefanBaumann.com. for Plein Air workshops or world wide coaching call 1-800-511-1337.

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I’m looking forward to exhibiting new work and prints at…

I’m looking forward to exhibiting new work and prints at Cascadia Art & Music Festival the third week in July! This event is filled to the brim with rad creative people, visionary art and magical happenings one could never predict- think live bee hives, exotic tea house, impromptu circus performances and live serpent tents. One hour north of Seattle and the highlight of summer. Purchase tickets at www.CascadiaNW.com

Day Four: The Neighbor’s Flag

Four on the Fourth

Happy July Fourth!  For day four of #WorldWatercolorMonth, I thought it would be fun to do something in keeping with our American Independence Day celebration.  I chose my neighbor’s flag hanging of the carport.

Day Four: The Neighbor's Flag copyright M. Stermer-Cox

Color Symbolism

I am a painter and color is an important part of my tool box.  Naturally, I was thinking about the symbolic meaning of the colors of our flag while I was working on this painting.  So, I did an internet search about the meaning of the colors and went to a site called “USFlag. org”.   To my surprise, our flag’s colors did not have meaning assigned to them when the flag was adopted in 1777.  But, the colors on the country’s Great Seal did:  white being for purity and innocence; red for hardiness and valor; and blue for vigilance, perseverance and justice.

I think its often a good idea to check multiple sites when looking up something on the internet.  Just to check the facts, I looked at a few other websites.   The other websites echo the same information that the flag’s colors did not have special meaning when the flag was adopted.  How about that?

I like learning something new.

Four Watercolor Associations

Since this is day four of #WorldWatercolorMont, I thought it would be fun to make a list of four items having to do with watercolor.  The four watercolor associations I belong to popped into my head!  Here’s the list in no particular order:

There are many wonderful, worthy watercolor societies around the country and internationally.  These four happen to be based in the Northwest and West Coast, near where I live.

Wheel Rim Grill

Because it is summer here and the Fourth of July, I thought I’d share another painting.  I did this one on June 30th this year while my husband and I were on a camping trip.  The subject is a charcoal grill made out of wheel rims.  In the RV park where we were staying, each of the tent sites had one of these charcoal grills.  I had never seen anything like it and found them enchanting.

Wheel Rim Grill; ©M. Stermer-Cox

Thank you and please enjoy your Fourth!

 

 

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Day 3 – Three Broken Seashells

Its About Three

In celebration of day 3, the Third of July, and #WorldWatercolorMonth, I’d like to share three broken seashells.  You might have guessed; yes the selection of a group of three was purposeful.  The arrangement was deliberate too.  I wanted the shell with three holes or windows to be facing a different direction than the two with two holes.  I like setting up “one of these things is not like the other ones” situations such as the one depicted here.

Plus, I used a triad – red, yellow and blue.  I like using primary colors.  Mixing them together create all sorts of other colors, but they are related.  It helps to unify the color scheme.

Three Broken Sea Shells; #WorldWatercolorMonth

Regarding the technical specifications, I did this study in my Aquabee sketchbook and used watercolor and ink, just like yesterday’s study.  The study is 2.5″x4″.

Frown Attack = “Not Pleases”

Yes, I had an attack of the frowns and stares.  I wasn’t pleased with this study.  It was too this, too that.  I started coming up with my list of “not pleases”.  For a fleeting moment, I even considered not publishing this study.

OOPS!  Thats The Point!

But wait!  This is a STUDY!  The point IS that the work might be “too this and too that” because I’m trying things!  WHOA! Isn’t it wonderful to experiment and to learn?

If nothing else, I learned what I don’t like.  And, I’m thinking I’ll keep my list of “not pleases…” to myself.  Thank you!

“Pleases” Please!

Rather, I’ll share a list of three “pleases”.  (Yes, because its July third).  Much better.

So, here’s what I like:

  1. Its a study of three of my favorite broken sea shells.
  2. I wanted to work with red, blue and yellow and that is what I did.
  3. I get to try it again!

Just thinking, isn’t this what #WorldWatercolorMonth is about?  Learning.  Playing.  Painting.  And, all in watercolor!

Why Watercolor

Once again, since its July Third and it is watercolor month, I’d like to share 3 reasons I took up watercolor painting:

  • There was a beginning watercolor class available.
  • I had the supplies.
  • The location was convenient.

Thus, a love and passion was born of such mundane beginnings!

I’d like to wish you a Happy July Third and #WorldWatercolorMonth!

 

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