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
Filed under: Classes Tagged: 2016, art, Ashland Art Center, class, oregon, rogue valley, Sarah burns
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.
Filed under: Landscape, painting, Paintings, Uncategorized Tagged: 2015, art, landscape, oil painting, oregon, painting, plein air, southern oregon, travel
Pilot Rock – As seen from the Pacific Crest Trail near Hobart Bluff, in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.
I painted this in September after the smoke cleared out of the valley. (We had a terrible, terrible smokey summer from all the wild fires this year. This is the only bummer about living surrounded by wilderness. Avoid the Rogue Valley in August.) Painting here involves a bit of a drive and a pretty short hike. Interstate 5 is tucked in between the more distant ridges.
This painting is for sale on my Etsy shop — 50% of the purchase price will go to the Friends of the Cascade- Siskiyou National Monument. They put on nature hikes with scientists (and artists), help maintain trails, do butterfly counts and all kinds of fun stuff. www.cascadesiskiyou.org
Filed under: Inspiration, Landscape, Paintings Tagged: 2015, art, cascade-siskiyou, fine art, landscape, national monument, oregon, pacific crest, painting, pct, pilot rock, plein air, rogue valley, Sarah burns, sarah f burns, southern oregon
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 http://www.michaelsullivanphoto.photoshelter.com
Filed under: Landscape, painting, Paintings, Uncategorized Tagged: 2015, art, Inspiration, landscape, oregon, plein air, Sarah burns, sarah f burns, southern oregon, travel
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.
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
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
Experimental Lavender Patch at Hanley Farm
and then painted another
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
so they all fit together like a puzzle.
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
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.
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
McVay Beach, Brookings, Oregon
Samuel H. Boardman State Park, Oregon
Clifford Beach Grassland, Northern California
Clifford Dunes, Northern California
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