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Plein Air Painting Video

I participated in a fun paint out event in Roseburg, Oregon about a week ago and while there, Michael Sullivan, photojournalist at the News Review created this cool little video profile.

I love it! Thanks Mike and check out his work at

Filed under: Landscape, painting, Paintings, Uncategorized Tagged: 2015, art, Inspiration, landscape, oregon, plein air, Sarah burns, sarah f burns, southern oregon, travel

Hike and Learn

The Friends of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument hold a monthly event called a Hike and Learn, where the invite someone to enhance participants’ experience of the monument with their expertise. They have invited me to lead a Hike and Learn on the subject of Landscape Sketching!  The monument is pretty neat because it has some of the greatest bio-diversity in a concentrated area in the United States.  I’m a big fan of using my art as a tool for documentation, so I’m looking forward to documenting this significant location this week and weekend.

The Hike and Learn is open to all, and is free to attend.  On Friday evening I will give a slide talk that goes over the basics of sketching the landscape.  Then Saturday morning, we will all meet up and head to Hobart Bluff to hike a little and sketch out in the wild.  We’ll meet back around lunch time and share our successes and struggles.

And the local paper – Ashland Daily Tidings has done an article on the event — check it out here.

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Photo by Bob Pennell for the Ashland Daily Tidings  – That’s me with the crazy grin, pretending to be on my way to do some landscape painting.

Details and Further Info:

Hike and Learn — FREE
Limited space, please sign up as space is limited by sending email to: [email protected].  Email title: Hike & Learn SKETCH  Email body: Your name, email, address, phone

Friday, August 21, 6:00-7:00 pm
Slide Talk at the Ashland Public Library

Saturday, August 22
Hike – Meet at the Shop-N-Kart Ashland Parking Lot at 9:00 am to caravan up to Hobart Bluff
Hike and Sketch from 9:30 – Noon

Filed under: Classes, Drawing, Landscape, Uncategorized Tagged: 2015, Ashland Daily Tidings, drawing, Hike and Learn, Inspiration, landscape, life, oregon, plein air, rogue valley, Sarah burns, sarah f burns, southern oregon

Hanley Farm

I came to Hanley Farm to paint and had a hard time choosing a view, because I liked so many views, so I painted one

Oil Painting by Sarah F Burns

Experimental Lavender Patch at Hanley Farm

and then painted another

Oil Painting by Sarah F Burns

Hanley Farm

and that one was painted in the same scale and basic location as the first, so they both fit together, which made me motivated to make the third view

plein air oil painting

Roxy Ann

so they all fit together like a puzzle.

Hanley Farm Panorama

I often listen to audiobooks when I paint.  Whenever I look at a painting I made, I think of the book I was hearing while I worked. The middle and the left painting make me think of Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane. The painting on the right makes me think of The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler. And maybe the beginning of The Maltese Falcon by Dashiel Hammett. The Big Sleep and The Maltese Falcon feel so similar that they kind of mentally flow together.  I recommend all three books.

Filed under: Landscape, painting, Paintings Tagged: 2015, art, hanley farm, landscape, medford, oil, oil painting, oregon, painting, plein air, rogue valley, roxy ann, southern oregon

Still Life

Quiet study, I could have worked on it for longer but had to move things for other studio activities, so another painting ends without being a masterpiece. Such is life. :) I like it anyway, but, you know, I’d like it more if it were better.

Oil Painting by Sarah F Burns

Coffee Cup and Egg

I did work on it long enough to tilt all the grays so the painting seems colorful.

Filed under: painting, Paintings, Still Life Tagged: 2015, oil, oil painting, still life

Roxy Ann From Talent

Well this summer has been pretty brutal here in Southern Oregon. As I write this the average high temperatures have been hovering at 100 and wildfires surround us filling the valley with thick smoke. But a month and a half ago in mid June it was pretty nice out.

Roxy Ann From Talent 21" x 25"

Roxy Ann From Talent 21″ x 25″

Filed under: Landscape, painting, Paintings Tagged: 2015, art, landscape, oil painting, oregon, plein air, rogue valley, southern oregon

Plein Air Trip to the Oregon Coast

Oil Painting by Sarah F Burns

McVay Beach, Brookings, Oregon

Oil Painting by Sarah F Burns

Samuel H. Boardman State Park, Oregon


Oil Painting by Sarah F Burns

Whaleshead Beach


Oil Painting by Sarah F Burns

Whaleshead Beach

Clifford Beach Grassland, Northern California

Clifford Beach Grassland, Northern California


Clifford Dunes, Northern California

Clifford Dunes, Northern California

Filed under: Landscape, painting, Paintings, Uncategorized Tagged: 2015, art, landscape, oil, oregon, painting, plein air, Sarah burns, sarah f burns, southern oregon

Late Spring, Southern Oregon

Oil Painting

Oil Painting

Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: 2015, art, landscape, oregon, painting, plein air, Sarah burns, sarah f burns, southern oregon

Painting Flowers From Life at Rogue Gallery

Pink Carnations and Red Gerberas
Lyda Rose
Carnations and Green Acorns
Fantin Latour Roses, Oil Painting by Sarah F Burns
Fall and Winter Flowers Oil on Panel 18" x 20" $750 Sarah F Burns
Myra's Pink Roses, Oil painting by Sarah F Burns 12" x 16" sold

This summer! Join me for a weekend workshop focused on painting flowers from life. Each student will have their own fresh floral bouquet to paint.  We’ll focus on the capturing the character of the plant, value, color, composition.  Each morning I will demonstrate a stage of the process.  After a relaxing lunch, students will work on their paintings with one-to-one instruction.  We will have a fun a productive time.

Painting Flowers from Life 
taught by Sarah F. Burns 
Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, August 15, 16, 17, 10am-4:30pm

Location: Rogue Gallery and Art Center, Medford, Oregon
All Skill Levels

Capture the beauty of flowers using a fresh bouquet as your reference while you paint on canvas. With clear instruction you will learn how to manage light, color, and texture that can develop your work into an alluring piece using oil or acrylic.

$165 Members, $185 Non-Members.
Students will bring their own paints, brushes and canvas of choice, I will provide the flower arrangements, set up and lighting.

Register Now!


Filed under: Classes, Flowers, Paintings, Uncategorized Tagged: 2015, class, floral, flowers, oil painting, painting, rogue gallery and art center, rogue valley, Sarah burns, sarah f burns

My Trip to Paris — Part Two: The Paintings

I had an amazing time painting in Paris. Getting out and painting in this old city, known for centuries of great art, connected me to so many of my heroes and gave me a chance to meet lots of tourists and locals. I cannot wait to go back – there are paintings there I still really want to make!!

They are displayed in the order I made them.

Oil Painting

Hyacinths – on a Rainy Holiday in Paris

It was rainy and a national holiday, so all the museums were closed, so I bought some hyacinths from the nearby flower market and made a still life in the little apartment I was staying in with my aunt.

Oil Painting

The Louvre, as seen from the Tuileries

I love the Louvre so much, I must go back someday and paint the iconic entrance with the pyramid. When I first arrived, I shied away from making a painting that would be so direct, but after spending two weeks in Paris, where they really embrace beauty directly, I realized it’s just as affected to avoid beauty as it is to seek it exclusively.  Best bet is always just paint what moves you. Be real, even if it lands you in a cliche.

Oil Painting

From Pont Neuf, The Seine

Mid Morning looking sort of toward the east.

Oil Painting

Cincannatus in the Tuileries

With a view of the Musee D’Orsay in the background 9 to the left of the statue is  the tip of the museum, with it’s massive clock face peeking out a tiny bit behind the trees).  I finally had a day where Paris had those impressionist clouds you see in paintings.

Oil Painting

Sculpture in the Petit Palais Garden

My local friend showed me this wonderful little park.  Many paintings could be made here.

Oil Painting

Looking out of the Louvre Courtyard

Here I am, nearing the end of my trip, embracing the obvious beauty and being happy about it. Archway to a view with a grand building? The more the merrier.

Notre Dame, oil painting by Sarah F Burns

Notre Dame

My last day painting in Paris, I was under the influence of the Corots I’d seen in the Louvre. I was also recreating the point of view of some impressionist paintings I’d seen.

Filed under: Flowers, Inspiration, Landscape, painting, Paintings, Still Life, Uncategorized Tagged: 2015, flowers, france, Inspiration, landscape, louvre, oil painting, painting, paris, plein air, Sarah burns, sarah f burns, travel

My Trip to Paris — Part One: The Drawings

I went to Paris for the first two weeks of May this year and my trip was entirely focused on studying art.  I went to the Louvre six times – not nearly enough.  I also visited the Orsay, Musee Bourdelle, Montmartre, saw Velasquez show at the Grand Palais, popped into the Musee Carnavalet and I know I missed a PILE of other great stuff.

I documented my trip in paintings and drawings.  Most of these drawings were made in the Louvre – where I actually was moved to tears a few times; putting this album together brings back a bit of the emotional experience.

SLC - waiting for my plane
SLC airport - my plane
Menade Sculpture - Louvre
Boy with Goose - Louvre
Seine Sculpture, French - Louvre
French Sculpture - Louvre
French Sculpture - Louvre
Sculpture - - Louvre and Drawing after Georges LaTour
Sketch after Paris Statue - Louvre
Cleopatra Sculpture Louvre Drawing by Sarah F Burns
Venus De Milo with crowds - Louvre
Female Greek Sculpture - Louvre
After Dying Slave Sculpture - Michelangelo - Louvre
After Rubens - Louvre
Sketch after Rubens Education of Marie Di Medici - Louvre
Sketch After Rubens Marie di Medici arriving in Marseille - Louvre
Sketch after Velasquez - show at Grand Palais, Paris
Cincannatus in the Tuileries with the Orsay behind
Louvre Drawing from the Tuileries
Drawing After Ingres - Louvre
After Gericault, Raft of the Medusa - Louvre
Sketch After Egyptian Cats in the Louvre
Sketch after Fantin Latour - Louvre
Drawing of Phideas Sculpture - Louvre
Cupid and Psyche - Louvre
Filed under: Drawing Tagged: 2015, art, art history, drawing, drawings, figurative, figure, france, landscape, louvre, master copy, paris, Sarah burns, sarah f burns, sketch, study