This spring has been outstanding for painting outside. I’ve been experimenting with connecting my landscapes for a few years. Not perfect, as you can see, but would suffice to use as fodder for a larger studio piece, should I take that on. And they work individually.
This is my favorite place to paint right now. It’s a ditch trail by my house and I never see anyone there, plus it’s like 30 seconds away. Eventually I’ll probably make a 360 degree radius because it’s such a good place to paint.
I shouldn’t share my plans in case they don’t work out. But, whatever.
Wagner Butte and Blackberries
Chicken Shack with Cascades
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Landscape Painting by Sarah F Burns
I’m teaching a short series on landscape painting this fall. It will consist of three classroom sessions and two field demos.
- Cover principles of drawing and painting the landscape including: atmospheric and linear perspective, how color works outdoors, composition, value, light effect, form, proportion and much, much more
- View slides of contemporary and past masterworks that demonstrate all the principles we discuss
- See a Demo of materials and methods in class as well as out in the field
- Critique student work and answer questions
Principles apply to both studio and plein air works. Class time will consist of lecture, demo and critique; students will work independently and bring their work in for feedback.
There will be two field days where students can observe me painting and ask questions or can paint as well. Locations of the field days will be announced later.
Wednesdays, September 21, October 5 and 19 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm in the Ashland Art Center Main Classroom and Field Days 9:00 am on Friday, September 23 and October 7 – Location to be announced.
Cost is $125 per student
To sign up: click here or pay at the Ashland Art Center front desk.
Ashland Art Center
357 E. Main St
Ashland, OR 97520
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Spring has been utterly glorious here in Southern Oregon this year. Everything is lush and green and my roses are having a banner year. The yellow one is called Jeri Jennings and the red is Unconditional Love. Both are Paul Barden roses, both came from Rogue Valley Roses – a place I’ve mentioned before on this blog. Janet has collected a fantastic variety of roses that grow on their own rootstock, all meticulously categorized and documented and REALLY hard to choose which to plant, because there are so many good ones.
In my eagerness to share this image, I’ve had to photograph it before it’s been varnished, so there are some matte and shiny places. I’ll re document the image and replace it in a few months when it’s been properly varnished.
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Still Life with Squash, Oil on Linen, 28″ x 30″
Winter Geraniums, Oil on Panel, 20″ x 24″
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I’m moving inside, thinking about still life and figurative work now that the weather is too cold for landscape painting.
Pear Still Life, 9″ x 12″ oil on linen mounted on aluminum panel
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Barrel 42 Medford, Oregon 12″ x 16″
It started with this composition for a smaller panel, but decided to move to the larger panel with more background info, which gave me a chance to play with an idea I’d been kicking around for a while. I had been looking at the “Classical” landscape painting formulas and wanted to make a painting that used these principles.
Classical Landscape by Claude Lorrain – there are a million billion paintings made with this formula in the 18th and even into the 19th century. The Ecole de Beaux Arts clearly taught this was the way you had to do it. Nobody cares now, but it’s interesting how many paintings were made this way.
Google “Classical Landscape” here
The composition spirals to for you to enter the picture on either side, the bottom is always darker value.
They always zig zag with close distance object on one side, going nearly top to bottom, then swing over to the opposite side for middle distance subject and then swing back for the far away view.
The close middle far is obvious in my painting. I elected not to try to make spirals with clouds etc, because after all, my work is more about stark, aging American landscapes instead of fantastical ideal pastorals. I did look for stuff to point to the subject, which was the green building, though, as well as the secondary subject of the far power lines. I don’t always take time to carefully compose a plein air landscape, but it’s pretty satisfying when I do.
The location for this painting has a story too. The green building houses a business called Barrel 42. Brian Gruber and Herb Quady make Rogue Valley wines here, including the fabulous Quady North wines. This is of particular interest to me, a native Southern Oregonian with an agricultural family history, because wine is overturning pears as the dominant agricultural product in Southern Oregon. The big aqua building (so many of the old pear buildings are painted aqua –???) is called SOS – Southern Oregon Storage, or something like that. The walls are super thick and maintain cool temperatures year round, perfect for storing barrels of wine, pears etc. Of course these interesting places are always along railroad tracks because they used to use rails to ship things. Not much anymore, as you see the side track to get close to the building to load up the goods is overgrown with weeds. Time marches on, and it’s nice that the railroad tracks are seldom used, because they offer a quiet place to paint, and the tracks always have nice lines to play with.
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Brace yourselves, It’s winter and I’m posting on my blog like a fiend. But don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll get distracted soon and go back to barely ever posting.
So I have two new classes scheduled at the Ashland Art Center.
If you want to sign up, you can follow the links, or contact AAC and try to sign up over the phone or stop by Ashland Art Center. They are open Daily 10:00am to 6:00 pm at 357 E. Main St, Ashland, OR 97520. 541-482-2772
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I usually resist paint out competition weekends, because they are never really very productive; I wind up usually making paintings in places I don’t have an affinity for and there is not enough time and there is the added pressure of knowing your work will literally be judged. Umpqua Valley Arts Association hosts a paint out in Roseburg that lasts a few days and is in a generally good time of year for weather, so I signed up. We had two full days of painting and I was able to connect with some really excellent Oregon painters. So, it was worth going to.
This dying oak tree was the painting I liked the best out of all I made that weekend. 7.5″ x 10″
Two days in a row, different weather, slightly different composition.
Each measures 10″ x 16″.
12″ x 20″ Maybe I liked this one best. I don’t know.
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