Art Matters! http://blogs.soartists.com/ArtMatters Journal of the Southern Oregon Artists Resource Sat, 28 Feb 2015 18:02:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Impressions http://blogs.soartists.com/ArtPresence/impressions/ http://blogs.soartists.com/ArtPresence/impressions/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 18:02:04 +0000 http://blogs.soartists.com/ArtPresence/?p=1795 From March 6th through April 26, the theme for the Art […]

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From March 6th through April 26, the theme for the Art Presence Art Center exhibit is “Impressions”. Members will be using all media to express their impressions of a variety of subjects. Come and meet the artists at a reception on March 7th from 12 to 3.Ships in the mist, Patrick Beste. Exhibited with be “Ships in the Mist” by Patrick Beste,Golden Horse“Golden Horse” by Ron Moore and apologies to Gaugin“Apologies to Gaugin” by Anne Brooke. The gallery is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, located in Jacksonville next to the Courthouse.
We begin an exciting new venture on March 6th as well, featuring local writers, novels, travel guides, cook books, movie histories, memoirs, join us to meet these authors, listen to readings. Most of the books are for sale and will be signed by the authors. The readings will occur at the reception on March 7th from 1 to 3, with Steve Carlson, Diana Coogle and Anna Elkins. Don’t miss this.

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ACTIPEDIA REVISITED: WOMEN ON WAVES http://artisticactivism.org/2015/02/actipedia-revisited-women-on-waves/ http://artisticactivism.org/2015/02/actipedia-revisited-women-on-waves/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 16:05:24 +0000 http://artisticactivism.org/?p=5543 So this week we’re doffing our caps to the work of Women on Waves, who worked with our good friends at Yes Lab to create the www.diesalforwomen.com website ‘Misopolis’, a fabricated fashion brand which claimed to provide free abortion pills to its female workers in order to set them free and to create a fun […]

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So this week we’re doffing our caps to the work of Women on Waves, who worked with our good friends at Yes Lab to create the www.diesalforwomen.com website ‘Misopolis’, a fabricated fashion brand which claimed to provide free abortion pills to its female workers in order to set them free and to create a fun factory.

The website is designed as ‘a parody on the PR campaigns and the reluctance to address human rights by the fashion industry in general and Diesel in particular. It intends to show that violations of human rights never happen in isolation and that the right to a safe abortion is connected with the broader framework of social rights, workers rights and the right to autonomy.’

A great tongue-planted-firmly-in-cheek example of subversive use of capitalism and its symbols to fuel women’s rights!

 

You can read more about the action on Actipedia, here: http://actipedia.org/project/women-waves-creates-hoax-website-under-diesel-brand-stand-workers-rights

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Metamorphosis, 6”x6”, oil and ink on woodFor… http://michelleanderst.tumblr.com/post/112268512442 http://michelleanderst.tumblr.com/post/112268512442#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:53:14 +0000 http://michelleanderst.tumblr.com/post/112268512442

Metamorphosis, 6”x6”, oil and ink on wood

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Metamorphosis, 6”x6”, oil and ink on wood

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Scheduling http://thedorseypost.com/?p=5517 http://thedorseypost.com/?p=5517#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:02:28 +0000 http://thedorseypost.com/?p=5517 This is how I plan my year in terms of exhibitions. A pencil. A straightedge. Some lines to see how shows do or don’t overlap, so I won’t have to send the same painting to two places at once. Almost everything I would want to get into is listed. The ones at the top with […]

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scheduleThis is how I plan my year in terms of exhibitions. A pencil. A straightedge. Some lines to see how shows do or don’t overlap, so I won’t have to send the same painting to two places at once. Almost everything I would want to get into is listed. The ones at the top with the pink dot I’ve already entered. There are so few juried exhibitions anywhere that seem worth entering–surprising because it seems like an easy way to draw in revenue, with the accumulated fees. Maybe eight possibilities this year, in addition to my two-artist show at Oxford Gallery.  Manifest might have something down the road that’s worth a try. I skipped several I got into last year, just because I thought it was unlikely that I could get into them again. I chart out the dates between delivery of the work and end of the show, so that I can see at a glance which ones leave enough wiggle room for me to get a painting back in order to resend to another show. Most of them overlap.  The “season” is mostly in the warmer months, even though a lot of shows are in the South.  Two of these are other member-run galleries like Viridian Artists (which I don’t have the money to join again), which is fine because they have good jurors, though I’m not looking to be a gallery member. Slim pickings, but a whole morning’s work to chart this out. I’d already researched and found these shows using directories of juried exhibitions on line, weeks ago, for the most part, though I found the last one only a couple days ago. Simple, humble stuff. Yet the CV I build from it matters. If I start approaching commercial galleries in New York, the long list of shows I’ve been in, and the places that have let me exhibit, will demonstrate that the work is worth considering. The lack of solo shows is a minus, but I haven’t had the body of work to do one really. I’ve sold a lot of what could expand a portfolio. I might start later this year proposing a solo show at Manifest with whatever I’ve got on hand plus the work I do between now and the fall. Then start looking for other places; but I want to knock on some doors in New York City later in the year, maybe late summer/early fall. Given the way the market works, few galleries are probably scouting for new painters, but I won’t know unless I try. I’d like to produce six smaller still lifes, like the onion I recently finished, as the core of the portfolio and then add half a dozen more from what I’ve done so far. A few very quick paintings too–I want that to become a habit.

The tricky part in all this entry scheduling is the possibility of a sale early on, which I’d have to make contingent on being able to show the work in a later show. I could always show in the earlier exhibitions without putting a price on the work.

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On Being A Drawing Student http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MargaretStermer-cox/~3/NAJ31k5q0j0/ http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MargaretStermer-cox/~3/NAJ31k5q0j0/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:05:34 +0000 http://stermer-cox.com/?p=1232 Opinionated Student I once read that children of artists sometimes have trouble being an art student; they can be the hardest to teach drawing and painting. I can relate. I grew up in the household of an artist, my Dad, John H. Stermer. I have strong opinions about drawing, painting, art in general and my own […]

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Opinionated Student

I once read that children of artists sometimes have trouble being an art student; they can be the hardest to teach drawing and painting. I can relate. I grew up in the household of an artist, my Dad, John H. Stermer. I have strong opinions about drawing, painting, art in general and my own abilities.

Study, Eggs, Shells, Egg Cup and Spoon

I'll say that again and hope you don't laugh too hard!  Yes, in spite of all the self doubt, I do have strong opinions about drawing and painting.  Many of the opinions were formed in my youth.  Things that my parents said, and Dad in particular, stuck with me.  Oddly enough, how to hold a pencil is one thing Dad taught me, for example*

Dad Learned Classical Drawing

My Dad received an education in classical drawing at The Arts Student's League in New York.  I recall him saying that the classical approach was the backbone to his work.  This was true even as he experimented and developed his own personal style. So, if Dad learned classical drawing, I figure I need to study it!  And, here I am in a classical drawing class.  

Be the Student

As I continue to participate in a local Classical Drawing Workshop (Ashland Art Center), I remind myself to open my mind to ideas. Instructors and classmates do have things to teach me.  Odd, isn't it, to have to remind oneself to learn?  The instructor, Sarah F. Burns is good and has studied many years.  I am learning from her and getting a good drawing workout.  I even come home tired!  And, yes, its OK/fine to learn something new.  

Funny how it can be hard to be the student.  But, if one isn't a good student, can one be a good teacher?

Study of Light & Dark

I'm including two of my more recent practice drawings, or studies that I am doing at home as my own homework.  I have to practice to learn!

As the class is progressing, we are studying how light falls on forms by doing value (light/dark) drawings.  Having to discipline myself to take the study to a more finished state is good for me.  The work will apply to my watercolor painting.

As we like to say these days, "its all good!"

How to Hold a Pencil While Drawing

*PS.  My father taught me to hold a pencil near the eraser end when drawing.  In that way, you have the best leverage for drawing.  He encouraged me not to hold the pencil as I do when writing.  The grip is too tight.  Considering Dad's drawings were sublime, I think he had a point.  :)

Egg and Boxes (On being student)

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Rail Accoutrements http://winstonunleashed.blogspot.com/2015/02/rail-accoutrements.html http://winstonunleashed.blogspot.com/2015/02/rail-accoutrements.html#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:54:00 +0000 http://blogs.soartists.com/ArtMatters/?guid=5c0d375548e603be8b069c49ed9b3a56 I was attracted to the design of this minuscule section of railroad track in Talent, OR.

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I was attracted to the design of this minuscule section of railroad track in Talent, OR.

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At Sunset http://thewinstonweekly.blogspot.com/2015/02/at-sunset.html http://thewinstonweekly.blogspot.com/2015/02/at-sunset.html#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:52:00 +0000 http://blogs.soartists.com/ArtMatters/?guid=fe754890f474bef406798dba8a9a44ce A problem with my car's starter turned out to be a good thing as it forced me to arrive late at The Medford Coop. When I got out of the car and looked up, I grabbed my camera instead of the shopping bags.

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A problem with my car’s starter turned out to be a good thing as it forced me to arrive late at The Medford Coop. When I got out of the car and looked up, I grabbed my camera instead of the shopping bags.

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DIY Saint Patrick’s Day Paper Garland http://www.mypaperarts.com/2015/02/26/diy-saint-patricks-day-paper-garland/ http://www.mypaperarts.com/2015/02/26/diy-saint-patricks-day-paper-garland/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:43:22 +0000 http://www.mypaperarts.com/?p=2414 I just received an order of paper, paper that claims it won’t fade. I ordered every color available. And when I saw these two greens, I knew they would be perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day paper garland. I love … Continue reading

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I just received an order of paper, paper that claims it won’t fade. I ordered every color available. And when I saw these two greens, I knew they would be perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day paper garland.

While you probably don't think of hearts as being green, I love these colors for my St. Patrick's Day paper heart garland.

While you probably don’t think of hearts as being green, think these colors work well for my St. Patrick’s Day paper heart garland.

I love this elongated heart shape, so I decided, why not make my garland out of green hearts. I think the green hearts worked perfectly. I chose a dark green embroidery thread and put on a few green beads to give my garland a little weight at the bottom (see photo above).

Two hearts are folded together and strung with embroidery thread.

Two hearts are folded together and sewn together with embroidery thread.

I punched my hearts out of the two green papers. I think a combination of green and white papers would work nicely too. Then I folded the hearts and placed two of each color together. Next I punched 3 holes with a needle and sewed the two hearts together. To make the hearts less likely to slip on the thread, I used bees wax on the thread. Waxed linen thread would work well too.

Keep adding hearts to your garland.

Keep adding hearts to your garland.

Keep adding hearts until you reach the length you want or run out of thread. Then tie a loop on the top so you can hang your garland.

My finished garland is about 8 feet long.

My finished garland is about 8 feet long.

Please note that in keeping with trying to keep my paper collection (or stash) under control, I dutifully gave away an equal amount of paper. The paper I gave away was paper that fades rather quickly. I am so excited to have found colored paper that claims it won’t fade.

Enjoy, Candy

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Sign the National Petition to Keep the Arts Alive in Education Reform http://blogs.soartists.com/ArtMatters/sign-the-national-petition-to-keep-the-arts-alive-in-education-reform/ http://blogs.soartists.com/ArtMatters/sign-the-national-petition-to-keep-the-arts-alive-in-education-reform/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:21:28 +0000 http://www.artsactionfund.org/news/entry/sign-the-national-petition-to-keep-the-arts-alive-in-education-reform/ The House will begin today on a series of education reform amendments to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization.

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The House will begin today on a series of education reform amendments to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization.

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Fulfilling That Vision, Black Serendipity ~ September 14, 2013 http://elainefrenett.blogspot.com/2015/02/fulfilling-that-vision-black.html http://elainefrenett.blogspot.com/2015/02/fulfilling-that-vision-black.html#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:05:00 +0000 http://blogs.soartists.com/ArtMatters/?guid=300516d264f660ef978dbe3c47b2c176 Arriving two days preceding the start of our "Women's Journaling Retreat" allows this sweet cushion of time, in which we can do exactly what we want. Which is exactly what I proceed to do.You know from the previous blog post that I'm in the midst of th...

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Arriving two days preceding the start of our “Women’s Journaling Retreat” allows this sweet cushion of time, in which we can do exactly what we want. Which is exactly what I proceed to do.

You know from the previous blog post that I’m in the midst of this new journal format and now am upon a black page. So when I flip the page to see the back side of the black seed pod paper, I’m no longer perturbed at not wanting to sketch upon it. Instead I’m charmed by the journal serendipity that pops up in ways that can ONLY happen in a journal. These blonde seed pods, flattened and preserved in the black handmade paper echo the shape and color of the hole I’d cut to accommodate my earlier paper clay insert! Love these magical happenings.

On the adjacent page ~ I’m going to do want I was aching to do when we were up at Mosquito Lake ~ I’m going to watercolor the water lilies in the water surface. But this page is mere writing paper … so I’m trying this possibility of glueing in a small piece of watercolor paper and painting what I’d wanted. I’m pleased with my watercolor painting and find it kind of fun to try and trickle off the watercolor paper onto the journal’s regular paper. It does ripple some … but integrates the square watercolor paper into the whole page. AND – I got to paint what I really envisioned.

As I look a the full spread open, I’m again wiggling in joy at the balance that occurred unplanned. Look how the strong dark values in the lily painting even’s out that strong black seed pod page. I just thrill in how journals seem to design themselves … way better than I could have even imagined!! Now … on to the start of the retreat!

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