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Summer Shows

Grizzly Peak and Culumus Clouds

Grizzly Peak with Cumulus Clouds by Sarah F Burns

So much work is out and about this summer! Yay!

Public House Ashland — Treat yourself to some amazing cocktails and small plates and view my New Landscapes.  July 14 – September sometime.

Southern Oregon University Stevenson Union Gallery  Ashland
Studio Sessions: Figures and Still Life
July – September

Smithfield Pub and Pies  Ashland — A favorite place to go.  They have really great pies, salads, pub trivia, music. English Football etc….
New Still Life and Landscapes

The Great Southern Oregon Paint Out Show at Paschal Winery — Talent, OR
I have a little landscape from the printout along with a number of other local artists.
Enjoy a relaxing glass of wine and a great view.

National Telephone Museum – New Hampshire
The Art of Conversation — a group of paintings that feature telephones, phone poles etc.
I’m showing landscapes with telephone poles.
June – October 2016

And by coincidence, I am getting ready to go to New Hampshire for the Hudson River Fellowship.   As one of the fellows, I will be spending three weeks drawing, painting landscape in the historic Mount Washington State Park.  So while in New Hampshire, I will check out the Telephone Museum.

So, have a great July and I’ll be posting images from the Fellowship when I get home.





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Experimentations in Landscape


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.:)Ditch Trail Panorama

Wagner and Blackberries

Wagner Butte and Blackberries

Ditch Trail

Ditch Trail

Chicken Shack and Cascades

Chicken Shack with Cascades


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Fall Landscape Class

Ditch Trail

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.

We will:

  • 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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White City, Oregon

White City Street

Oil Painting by Sarah F Burns

20″ x 24″  Oil on Panel

White City, Oregon

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Jeri Jennings and Unconditional Love

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.

Jeri Jennings and Unconditional Love

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

Still Life with SquashStill Life with Squash, Oil on Linen, 28″ x 30″

winter geraniumWinter Geraniums, Oil on Panel, 20″ x 24″

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Wedding Flowers


Wedding Flowers Marissa and Josue web.jpg


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Pear Still Life

I’m moving inside, thinking about still life and figurative work now that the weather is too cold for landscape painting.

Pear Still LIfe

Pear Still Life, 9″ x 12″ oil on linen mounted on aluminum panel


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Barrel 42, Medford, Oregon

Barrel 42 Medford, Oregon 12″ x 16″

Brian Gruber Winery

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.

claude lorrain pastoral landscape

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

claude lorrain pastoral landscape spiral

The composition spirals to for you to enter the picture on either side, the bottom is always darker value.

claude lorrain pastoral landscape zig zag

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.


Oil Painting by Sarah F Burns

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.

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

New Classes

right ear left ear

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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