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Ashland Open Studio Tour

Come visit my studio! I’m participating in the Ashland Gallery Association’s first annual studio tour.  I will be participating on October 12 only.  If you would like to come, pick up a map at any Ashland Gallery of fill out the contact form below and I’ll send you private directions.

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Ephemera Building 2014

Ephemera Building Phoenix, OR

For those of you who have wondered what goes on in that nifty blue building on the Phoenix, OR main drag —- > click.

I kind of like the preliminary drawing too -

Ephemera Building Drawing

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Making an Effort

I’m making a real effort to get most of my available work up onto my Etsy site – I’ve been so resistant to the dull work of it all, but for whatever reason, I’m on a roll now.  You know, just in case you have $60 – $3000 burning a hole in your pocket.  (lol, I know!)

Etsy Site Screen Grab

click the picture to go straight to the shop.

Filed under: For Sale, Paintings Tagged: 2014, art, drawing, etsy, figurative, fine art, floral, flowers, nude female, oil painting, plein air, Sarah burns, sarah f burns

Highlights From Barcelona

I have been busy this summer, and I’m doing a little fall cleaning – on my desk are images and ideas I’ve been wanting to compile into a post since the beginning of June.

I went to Barcelona in June – if you know of any artist residencies there, let me know! I’d love to go back and work.

Anyway, Picasso grew up in Catalunya and Barcelona has a wonderful museum that focuses on his earlier years. Many things were striking about this visit, for one, he was prolific – I think we all know or sense that by the frequency, size and variety of his shows in the last years.  Picasso can be quite controversial – I know plenty of artists who hate him; naturally I don’t love everything I see of his, by you can’t deny a power and presence in his work that is captivating.

Sketch After Picasso

Sketch After Picasso by me

Portrait de Madame Bendetta Canals  Pablo Picasso

Portrait de Madame Bendetta Canals
Pablo Picasso

This portrait is wonderful and makes me want to paint portraits! So alive!

Much is made of Picasso’s fascination with African Art – and it is true and well documented -

Self Portrait Picasso

Self Portrait


But take a look at this -


Apse From Sant Climent in Taull ca. 1123 MNAC, Barcleona

MNAC Museum of National Art of Catalunya, has the most amazing collection of Medieval Romanesque art, taken from local churches.  I have a couple of thoughts here.

“Primitive” Art from many different cultures has a similar tie that binds – graphic, strong shapes – don’t you see a resemblance in the stern, symmetrical shapes of the Romanesque faces that remind you of the treatment of faces in “primitive” African art?  We can assume Picasso would have seen work like this from the church. MNAC had tons, it was all brought to together in the early 20’s, but had been in village churches in Catalunya for centuries.  How could a local boy not have been into a few of these churches and the MNAC museum in his life?  My point: I bet these early Catalunya images influenced him, maybe even caused the African pieces to have a stronger effect for him because they echoed something he must have seen as a young boy – and I think we know that our childhood impressions are indelible. There is an undeniable power and intensity in the Early Christian work, African work and Picasso’s work.

Anyway, that’s my thoughts, I am DEFINITELY NOT any kind of art historian or scholar. I should go to the trouble of reading a book on the guy, but eh, you know, time.  I enjoyed the city and its art though.  Lots of inspiration here… Now I want to make some intense portraits!

*”primitive” in quotes because it’s probably not the best word, but I’m too lazy to find out a better one.

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Life Drawing Class – In Session October 1!

It’s that time again – Life Drawing Class Wednesday night, 6-8:30 pm.

Drawing Life Drawing Flyer finished

Registration form found here .

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.  Male or female nude models are present during each session. This is appropriate for beginners or intermediate art students. Sarah will start students with gestures and work up to long poses that can prepare you for painting. Advanced students may paint with instructor approval.

Wednesdays, 6:00 – 8:30 pm for 10 weeks, from October 1 – December 10 (skip 11/26) 
Registration is due by Wednesday, September 24
Class size is limited to 8 so book your spot soon!
(Please note: students do not need vine charcoal or white erasers)
Questions? Email

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Thank You!

Big thanks to everyone who came out to my show opening last Friday, or sent notes etc! It’s a high like no other, I have to admit.

Anyway, party is over, back to work!


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Lyda Rose

I’ve written about Rogue Valley Roses before – and I’m still such a big fan.  Mrs. Janet Inada graciously hosted myself and two other artists for an afternoon of painting on her A M A Z I N G rose farm in late May of this year.  She grows and sells roses on their own root stock – heirloom and new varieties, and trust me, growing these roses is addictive.  I have 5 and am planning for at least 5 more.  Any patch of sun in my yard gets a rose!

This is Lyda.

Lyda Rose

Lyda Rose

And this painting is in my show that opens tonight!

Filed under: Flowers, Landscape, Paintings, Still Life Tagged: 2014, art, fine art, floral, flowers, Inspiration, landscape, life, oil, oil painting, oregon, painting, plein air, rogue valley, roses, Sarah burns, sarah f burns, work of sarah f burns

July Exhibits at Rogue Gallery - Third Friday ArtWalk Reception Tonight!

The Rogue Gallery & Art Center will have opening receptions for two exhibitions from 5:00 – 8:00 pm on this Third Friday’s Art Walk. Wine from Weissinger Winery, food from Harry and David, and cheese from Rogue Creamery will be served.

Main Gallery exhibit: Bodies for Billions: The Work of Miguel Aragón

July 11 – August 15, Opening Reception: July 18, 5-8pm

The Rogue Gallery presents works of artist Miguel Aragon. Miguel Aragon uses his own method of layered hand drilled prints to create a series of works that address the Mexican Drug Cartel Wars. The large scale works on partially destroyed paper depict violent imagery of death. The affect reflects the fragile nature of life and the deeply spiritual process of exploring perception and memory while coping with images of profound violence.

As a native of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, Texas artist Miguel Aragón grew up surrounded by the fallout of Mexico’s ongoing drug war. In his work, he seeks to deal with violent acts through violent processes. For this exhibit, Aragón enlarged newspaper portraits of victims of narcotics-related violence, mounted them on sheetrock panels, and used a power drill to create precise patterns of holes in the prints, partially destroying them. The resulting pointillist images are displayed in an unsettling juxtaposition that speaks to the nature of traumatic memories and seemingly random bloodshed. Oregon Humanities Magazine – spring issue

Retrato 16 Matriz, Miguel Aragon

Retrato 16 Matriz, Miguel Aragon

Retrato 13 Matriz, Miguel Aragon

Retrato 13 Matriz, Miguel Aragon

Retrato 10 Matriz, Miguel Aragon

Retrato 10 Matriz, Miguel Aragon

“I am drawing literal connections between the mediums I use and the idea by making connections such as the lack of ink or color to the absence of life, the absence of moral by the perpetrators and the coldness in which these events are carried on. The original source image gets abstracted due to both, the process and my manipulation of it; through this fragmentation and decomposition of the original, I am pursuing an ambiguity in the image to better demonstrate these ideas of perception and memory and how the mind changes its perception of reality in order to cope with stress…I feel this is the reflection of Mexican society at the moment; we cannot avoid seeing these events but try to continue living a purposeful life; therefore, blurring, breaking up, and trying to erase those unwanted memories.” ~Miguel Aragon

Miguel Aragon is a native of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. He holds a M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. He has exhibited throughout the United States, Mexico, South America, Japan, Romania, and Slovakia. He teaches printmaking at the University of Texas at Austin. He currently is a resident artist at the Till Richter Museum in Buggenhagen, Germany.

Sponsored by Rogue Gallery and Art Center Board of Directors

Community Gallery: Sarah F. Burns, Land That I Love: Southern Oregon en Plein Air

July 18 – August 29, 2014, Reception: July 18, 5-8pm

Sarah Burns uses the process of traditional oil painting to create works that are meditative and sublime. With an uncompromising eye, she depicts familiar landmarks and landscapes of Southern Oregon. The paintings reflect the beauty of the region while maintaining a naturalistic quality.

Kim's Medford, Oil Painting by Sarah F Burns“I have lived in the Rogue Valley for most of my life. I have a strong connection to this land and place which grows even deeper for me through the act of painting. It’s a beautiful area and I attempt to make paintings that are beautiful, that people will want to live with in their homes, but the beauty I seek is a truthful, not romanticized one. I do not edit out the power lines, the aging infrastructure, the history and marks we make on this place, for better or worse.” ~ Sarah Burns

The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is a non-profit community art center, founded in 1960 to promote and support the arts in the Rogue Valley. The center exhibits a wide range of artistic styles and mediums from local and national artists. Programming includes art educational opportunities for children and adults. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.Call (541)772-8118 for more info or visit

Sarah F. Burns PLein Air Landscape Show at Rogue Gallery

Kim's Medford, Oil Painting by Sarah F Burns

I’m having an art show – this time it’s plein air landscape at Rogue Gallery in Medford.
The show opens Friday, July 18 from 5 – 8 pm.
Mostly new work, all Rogue Valley, and it’s geographically arranged in the gallery.
Hope to see you at the party!

Land That I Love: Southern Oregon en Plein Air

Come to my show opening, Friday, July 18, 5 -8 pm at the Rogue Gallery, Medford, OR!

Rogue Valley Manor from Eden Vale

Rogue Valley Manor From Edenvale Vineyard

Plum Tree at Edenvale

Plum Tree at Edenvale

There are 20 plein air landscape paintings created in the Rogue Valley.  The pieces are arranged geographically and while some have been shown before, but many are new.  If I didn’t title my pieces so literally we could have a contest to see who could guess the most locations!

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