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Compositional Figure Painting Workshop with Sean Forester

Sarah F. Burns is working with Ashland Art Center to bring Sean Forester to Ashland in May to present an awesome intensive Compositional Figure Painting workshop.
TWO LIVE models – playing Ophelia and Hamlet – you can work in grisaille or use the Zorn palette
We’ll look to master paintings of the 19th century for guidance in creating great modern compositions.
Sean is both a very excellent painter and an art historian and humanities lecturer.  He and Andrew Ameral created and run the Golden Gate Atelier in San Francisco.
Sean has a lot of great stuff planned for this workshop, which includes a book he’s written about composition.
And even if you don’t work in a strict classical style (who does?) – the principles in this workshop will carry over for anyone who works with the figure.
May 15 – 18
10:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Ashland Art Center
Cost – $330 AAC member, $380 general

Finished Skull

Skull

 

Finished this piece in time for the PERISHABLE show at APU. I’m also making another project for that show, that I will take no pictures of, tell you nothing about and that is temporary so the only way to view it will be to come see it during April at APU.

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Grayscale Flowers

Grayscale Leaves in Vase

Grayscale Leaves in Vase
Oil on Panel
12 x 16

Grayscale Carnations

Grayscale Carnations
Oil on Panel
12 x 12 inches

New work – just varnished it today.  I used Van Dyck Brown and Cremnitz white for these paintings and may I just say what a delicious combo that is (not literally – cremnitz is lead and that is poison).

 

Filed under: Flowers, painting, Paintings, Still Life Tagged: 2014, art, fine art, floral, flowers, oil, oil painting, painting, Sarah burns, sarah f burns, still life, work of sarah f burns

Gross Anatomy for Artists Workshop

The workshop I just attended was amazing – we drew a model every morning and in the afternoons we studied cadavers at Standford Medical School.  What an experience.  These photos are from the first day – you can see me in the pink sweater with the face mask – looking frightened.  First day was freaky, mostly because of the formaldehyde smell.  The next day was interesting and then each subsequent day was more and more and more interesting and I’m so glad to have had the experience.  Getting a sense of the physical nature of the  insertions, origins, actions, structure, function of the muscles was so valuable, although really just an intro, I have much to memorize to thoroughly benefit.  I’d like to go back again – hopefully this summer.

FYI – Michael Grimaldi, instructor, pointed out on the first day that these bodies were given by their former inhabitants very consciously – these aren’t coerced or unclaimed bodies or anything.  Dan pointed out that studying them really shows you how that what makes us human is the animating force, and it’s true; it was surprisingly undisturbing – I kept finding myself saying, “it’s so beautiful”.

My drawings from the workshop aren’t much to write home about, so I’ll just show the cell phone photos.  The real value was in the new understanding, the curiosity sparked, the ideas I plan to pursue.

drawings from gross anatomy workshop

Check out BACAA, Michael Grimaldi and Dan Thompson. BACAA – workshop host and location, Michael  and Dan, instructors.

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Julian Bell and Sarah F Burns at APU

Our show opens Feb 7.  I will have to miss the opening cause I’m heading to San Francisco for a anatomy workshop (involving cadavers!) at BACAA.

Flyer for Ashland Painters Union show of works by Sarah F Burns and Julian Bell

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More Flowers for February Show

Albertons floral section here we come – I’m pumping out the floral paintings for my two person show at Ashland Painters Union.  I thought I was going to do a floral show last September and use natural garden and field flowers, but it’s hot house instead.  I do love carnations, so I’m going to pick some more up today for the next one.  Maybe it will be ALL carnations.  Anyway.  Here’s this one:

Pink Carnations and Red Gerberas(Disclaimer – I took this photo before varnishing this piece, yes it is sort of blotchy in the background and table, but not this bad.  I’ll reshoot after I can varnish it.)

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Vegetables

veggies webThis is not a new piece, it was painted in 2012, but never photographed.  Yet another Smithfields painting. Vegetables are important too and believe it or not, Smithfields does have vegetarian options.  Vegans can just forget it though.

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Water

Water by Sarah F B urnsMy latest piece for Smithfields.  My working title is Water.  Titles -eh.  They’re hard.  They either very robotic for me, or very silly and embarrassing.  I am not a writer.

I was playing with echoes in this piece – the male figure and the crab both have bent knees, orange color.  The woman has a mermaid tattoo (hard to make out), the baby and the fish have their mouths open.  The baby and the fish recently came out of the water.

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School Skull Study

I teach a class on Wednesdays and before/afterward I’ve been working on this skull as a demo for students.  Next step – transfer it to a panel and paint it.

Skull Drawing

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Life Drawing Class

Woman from Eugene  Beth

I will be teaching a ten-week life drawing class starting mid Feb 2014 on Wed evenings.  Hone your skills, learn what to do during long poses, learn to capture the weight, character, proportion, placement, structure, form, anatomy, volume, value, texture and expression of the human figure.  Ten weeks is enough time to sink your teeth in and make excellent progress.  Plus – it’s so much fun!  Male or female nude models are present during each session.  This is appropriate for beginners or intermediate art students.  We’ll start with gestures and work up to long poses that can prepare you for painting.  Advanced students may paint with instructor approval.  (I’m a tough bird, I believe drawing is vitally important – even to advanced painters-  but if you have experience and understand the principles well then you may paint in addition to drawing.)  Held at the Ashland Art Center – follow this link to a registration form.

  • Life Drawing with Sarah F Burns
  • Wednesdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Feb 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, (skip the two weeks of Andy’s workshop), April 9, 16, 23, 30
  • Fee:  $270 for Art Center members, $320 General
  • Held at Ashland Art Center, 357 E. Main Street, Ashland, OR 97520
  • Questions?  Contact me at sarahfburns {at} gmail {dot) com

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