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Inspired by Nature

This post is devoted to my 

student's artwork from this year.

It is just a small sample but I wanted to show you 

some finished products of

what we do in my

workshops! 

  

Dayna's artist book

Dayna's Art Bundle

 

It is just a small sample but I wanted to show you

some finished products

of what we do in my workshops!

I have a

Mixed Media Nature Journaling Workshop

coming up at the end of August

and these projects are a sampling 

of what we will be creating.

This workshop is in beautiful

Northern California

at the Mendocino Art Center

that sits on the cliffside

over the Pacific Ocean.

You can read all about the workshop here!

They even have lovely cabins

on site where you can stay

and fall asleep to the sounds of the ocean waves…

 

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 Tracy's Artwork

Student stitched leaves 

Student Stitched Leaves

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Tina's Pages

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 Karrie's Stitched Flowers 

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Mary Jo's Artwork 

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 Sydney's Nature Journal Page

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Michelle's Bundle

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 Sydney' Pocket 

Ronnie's assemblage

 Ronnie's Assemblage

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Camille's Pocket

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 Michelle's Owl 

Michele's feather story

 Michelle's Nature Journal Page

Tracy's bundle

 Tracy's Book Bundle

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Judith's Artworks

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 Heather's Windows to the Sea Book

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 Kip's Artworks

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 Susan's Windows to the Sea Book

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 Jeannie's Artwork

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 Tina's Pages 

Wouldn't you love to created pages like these?

I would Love to be your guide!

…..

Some very exciting things have been happening

in my world… 

Did you know that you can actually pre-order my book

Storytelling with Collage:

Techniques for Layering Color and Texture 

on Amazon here now?!

Today marks the beginning of my journey to the art & music…

Today marks the beginning of my journey to the art & music festival Cascadia NW, where I’ll be showing lots of new work! I’m excited to share my creative vision with the beautiful people of the Pacific Northwest and absorb what they have to share. 

Aeon: In the gnostic belief system, an aeon is an emanation of god. Sophia, or wisdom, is one example of an emanation which permeates all life. Marcus, a philosopher from the 4th century, believed sound to be an aeon. This newest owl painting depicts my interpretation of Sight being yet another emanation of god.

Seattle Friends: join me tomorrow evening, Wednesday July 22nd,…

Seattle Friends: join me tomorrow evening, Wednesday July 22nd, for a night of nautical exploration through art. I’ll be showing my newest body of work, which explores the theme of lightwave interaction with oceanic creatures, at the Piranha Shop from 6-10pm. The show includes work by Solace, Levi Hastings, Megon Shoreclay, Joe Vollan and Ego. Costumes are encouraged and there’s an after party at the Octopus bar, 11-2am. 

Drawing: Still Life with Coffee Cup & Vase

Drawing:  Still Life with Coffee Cup & Vase

Graphite on paper
6.5×9
2015

I continue to work on my drawing skills.  I’m taking a classical drawing class with a local artist, Sarah F. Burns.  I’m enjoying the learning environment.

With this particular still life drawing, I used a coffee cup and clay vase I collected while living in Germany.   My focus is on learning how to draw the forms.

Please enjoy!

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Art Show Presentation, RVM

 

About the Video

This is a video of an art show presentation I gave on 1 July, 2015 to the residents of the Rogue Valley Manor (RVM).  Location was the Deschutes Gallery, Skyline Plaza Building.

In this video, I give the audience a brief outline of my background, including such classical influences as Picasso and Pogo.  Then, I talk about my watercolor studies and work. I focus my discussion on composing with color, light and shape.  The art show collection includes my “Toy Pony”, “MsKitty” and “Just Sayin’…” series of paintings.

Art Show Thank You’s

Thank you to Mr. Dick Warren (Art Committee, Deschutes Gallery, Rogue Valley Manor) for inviting me to show my work at the Rogue Valley Manor, Deschutes Gallery (Skyline Plaza).

Thank you to Mr. Bill Coleman and Mr. Warren for hanging the art show.

Thanks to my aunt Mary Thornton for her enthusiasm, inspiration and for introducing me to the Deschutes Gallery.

Thanks to my husband Robert for helping me prepare and photographing the presentation.

Where to View The Art Show

The art show is open to the public during business hours, July 1st through July 31st.  The Rogue Valley Manor – Skyline Plaza is located at 1200 Mira Mar Ave, Medford OR.

PS

I’d like to show a few photos from “hanging day”.  Mr. Warren, Mr. Coleman, Robert, Aunt Mary, and I made quick work of hanging 27 paintings.  My job was attaching title cards to the correct paintings.

Art Show at Deschutes Gallery, Rogue Valley Manor

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Studio Paintings from Plein Air Sketches

 

Studio Paintings from Plein Air Sketches

Painting, including landscape painting, has historically been an indoor art, and it wasn’t until the heyday of Impressionism did painting outdoors become the norm. Just recently, painting plein air has become a very popular style of painting that in itself stands alone as a practice. I have been taking students out to paint on location since 1980 before the word Plein Air was used. We called it Painting from Nature or location painting. Prior to the Impressionists, any outdoor painting practice was distinctly subordinate to studio work. Remember, in a time before cameras, all paintings that were created in the studio were painted directly from models or from drawings made outside along with sketches in watercolor, pastel and paint. Few paintings done on location were ever offered for sale because they belonged to the artist as references for larger studio works or as a diary for recording their experiences outdoors.

I believe in the principle that every pictorial invention must be rooted in observation, and I use En Plein Air painting as a practice of visual note taking, recording and drawing the slightest details of a leaf or limb to the most detailed record of a full autumn tree. Spending time studying the subtitles of nature is the true reward of painting from nature.

Sketching has been fundamental to an artist’s practice since the Renaissance. My Etudes or studies are my records of nature, directly observed. Many are completed studies while others are just sketches for something even more fabulous that’s created in the studio. In the painting “Silence Broken,” I used my location sketches as well as sketches of Elk from my journeys in the wild, along with my knowledge of the anatomy of Elk to create the studio painting of a subject I feel very passionate about ~ wildlife as it appears in nature.

October 1, 2014

I was exploring the northern flank of Mt. Shasta as I sketched the hillsides. It has been rumored that a small Elk herd had wandered up the northern slope of the Mt. Shasta foothills. Larry, a seasoned hunter and animal lover was my guide. We ventured from Old Military Road towards Mt. Shasta following endless trails of Elk and Deer tracks that meandered through the Manzanita, and all the trails led to dead ends. Along the way, my artistic senses were on overload as beautiful redwood and white fir trees made their grand stance along beautiful canyons and waterfalls. The smell of wildflowers filled the air and I was inspired to sketch everything. Except for the quiet buzz of Cicadas that were everywhere, the forest was quiet. All of a sudden the silence was broken by a bugling Elk telling us that this was his terrain and our presence was not welcome. His eyes were fixated on ours. His massive chest thrust outward with every sound that he made. His every movement was poised and determined like a great matador in a bull fight but this time I was the bull and he was the matador. With great respect, we retreated, but not until I sketched this magnificent animal to recreate in my studio.

Painting on location is a wonderful discipline and a fascinating painting practice. I find it incredibly stimulating and enjoyable to experience the feeling of being absorbed in careful observation. And when I sketch on location, I love forming the foundation for a great painting like “Silence Broken” that I finish later in my studio.

In the upcoming workshops in Mt. Shasta, I will talk more about the history of Plein Air painting and how it can be an interesting and creative practice where a painting can be completed either on location or can be the beginning of a great studio painting.

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What Makes a Great Plein Air Painting?

 

“Illumination of Mt. Shasta from Tule Lake”

National Wildlife Refuge

What Makes a Great Plein Air Painting?

Mount Shasta is a beautiful and diverse area that offers some of America’s most dramatic, stunning vistas in a location that is sparsely inhabited. Located in Northern California, Mt Shasta is where I chose to create a special place for Plein Air artists to learn and practice the art of painting from nature. Mount Shasta offers plein air artists unlimited sources of beautiful locations waiting to be captured with paint and canvas and I will be offering several Plein Air Workshops in this area during the next few months.

What makes a great painting? Better yet, how can you paint a great painting on location in a period of two hours? How do you take the guess work out of creating a powerful work of art that will leave a lasting impression with the viewer, and do it without guessing or hoping that you’ll get it right or wasting time repainting it over and over? How can you leave a location with powerful painting every time? It begins with have a basic knowledge of Composition, Chunking, Checkering, Eye magnets, Color harmony, Color mixing, knowing how the brain sees, CFP, Mediums, Structure, Aerial Perspective, and Temperature. This may seem daunting and yet, if you paint without understanding all of the basics, you’re probably going to feel disappointed. Painting requires a developed skill and an understanding of the basic concepts that have been handed down from artist to artist for generations.

The one most powerful piece of advice that I can give an artist is “Remember why you chose this place to paint. Remember the moment that you said “here!” and began to set up your easel. That’s the moment you want to capture.” In the painting “Illumination of Mt. Shasta from Tule Lake,” I was traveling to Klamath Falls from Mt. Shasta early in the morning, taking a road that went by Tule lake. The sun had just crested the earth and Mt. Shasta was illuminated on the horizon with a stunning light that invited me to stop, set up my easel and paint. The morning sun changes quickly in the summer so I had to constantly remember the moment that caused me to stop and set up my easel. When we paint in the morning, the scene looks great at first, and then the light changes. We often chase the light and our painting gets flat, just like the light does as it approaches mid-day.

Monet said that “the light changes every 7 minutes” so you must not be tempted by the mistress of the moment. Stay on task! Paint the moment when you were inspired! Keep the memory in your mind, and take a moment to jot down some notes and ask your self “WHY? Why am I inspired?” Make some quick footnotes on your canvas of the scene, the brightest lights, and shadows that made you stop and paint this inspiration. Get clear before you start, then stay focused on the end result. Turn your back to the scene and rely on your memory by watching your painting and not your model. The brain is an amazing computer. It can recall facts that a person is not even aware of. The practice of using this muscle in our heads requires some time, but it can be developed. After spending time coaching hundreds of artists on location at plein air events, it became apparent to me that although many artists had a good grasp of the skills to paint, many lack the understanding of why things work and how we see. Participants in the basic workshop will understand from start to finish the underlying structure of composing and executing a powerful painting. I invite you to attend the Basic Plein Air Workshop on August 7-8-9th, 2015.

 

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Plein air and alla prima artist Stefan Baumann, host of the PBS painting series “The Grand View, America’s National Park through the eyes of an artist” and author of “Observations Of Art and Nature,” travels in his vintage travel trailer painting America’s western landscape. Baumann paints outdoors with oils and canvas capturing stunning vistas, wildlife, western landscapes, National Parks and still life, thrilling art collectors throughout the world. He has many international collectors acquiring his paintings as investments. His painting style is called Romantic Realism with Luminism, and the extraordinary way he captures the effect of light is a truly American style used to paint the Western landscape. He can be seen plein air painting in Yellowstone, Yosemite and in the Grand Canyon. Baumann’s “how to paint” DVDs filmed on location in the National Parks are the very best on the market.

 

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A Case of Curiosities

 

A Case of Curiosities

Mixed Media Retreat

In The Land of Enchantment

 

 

March 13th – March 19th 2016

Five days and six nights

 

book bundle, roxanne evans stout
 

Join Seth Apter and Roxanne Evans Stout

For a magical retreat in Taos, New Mexico

At the

Mabel Dodge Lodge Luhan House

 

The Mabel Dodge Luhan House

 

Imagine… each day awakening to a gourmet breakfast with creative souls and art lovers like yourself, and then immersing yourself into creating, playing, exploring and art making to your heart's content.

 

 

Our projects begin with a simple wooden case, a box measuring 12" by 15". This case will have many compartments, or niches, of all different sizes that will house unique art pieces including hand made books, paintings, collages, assemblages, scrolls, shrines and tapestries.

 

Seth Apter

Artwork by Seth Apter 

We will stitch and weave, connect and construct, assemble and build, all the while creating our own Case of Curiosities!

 

Photo

 

 Won't you join Roxanne and Seth for this once in a lifetime experience of discovery, exploration and inspiration and most of all

nourishment for your artistic spirit.

 

Celebrating the artist book and art journaling! roxanne evans stout
 
 

Please email either one of us for details

and registration information:

Roxanne… [email protected]

Seth… [email protected]

There is a special deal if you register soon!

 

Artwork by Seth Apter

A Case of Curiosities

 

A Case of Curiosities

Mixed Media Retreat

In The Land of Enchantment

 

 

March 13th – March 19th 2016

Five days and six nights

 

book bundle, roxanne evans stout
 

Join Seth Apter and Roxanne Evans Stout

For a magical retreat in Taos, New Mexico

At the

Mabel Dodge Lodge Luhan House

 

The Mabel Dodge Luhan House

 

Imagine… each day awakening to a gourmet breakfast with creative souls and art lovers like yourself, and then immersing yourself into creating, playing, exploring and art making to your heart's content.

 

 

Our projects begin with a simple wooden case, a box measuring 12" by 15". This case will have many compartments, or niches, of all different sizes that will house unique art pieces including hand made books, paintings, collages, assemblages, scrolls, shrines and tapestries.

 

Seth Apter

 

We will stitch and weave, connect and construct, assemble and build, all the while creating our own Case of Curiosities!

 

Photo

 

 Won't you join Roxanne and Seth for this once in a lifetime experience of discovery, exploration and inspiration and most of all

nourishment for your artistic spirit.

 

Celebrating the artist book and art journaling! roxanne evans stout
 
 

Please email either one of us for details

and registration information:

Roxanne… [email protected]

Seth… [email protected]

There is a special deal if you register soon!