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This past week I have been busy covering pencils with paper. I started making these last year as stocking stuffers. They were a great hit, especially the ones I wrapped in the New York Times Crossword Puzzle from our local news paper.

I guess there are a lot of people who do crossword puzzles because these have been my most sought after of my paper wrapped pencils.

These are eco-friendly as I use up paper scraps from other paper projects and I use the most eco-friendly pencils I can find. The pencils claim to be an “environmentally friendly pencil” whose wood is from well managed forests. In addition, the pencils are not painted.

These pencils were wrapped in Japanese paper.

I love making my own gifts. I made a bunch of these last year and I have been asked it I would be making them again this year (please!). So, I’m back at my drafting table making more. I love it when I hit on a handmade gift my family and friends really enjoy.

Paper wrapped pencils with music scores have also been very popular.

I have instructions for making these on my blog post: Stocking Stuffers: Paper Wrapped Pencils

And I have more photos on my blog post: More Paper Wrapped Pencils

Enjoy, Candy

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A few blocks from my house, painted this summer.

C St. Phoenix, OR
Oil on Panel
13″ x 21″

I’ve painted this building and square block from almost all sides now…  Endlessly interesting.

Filed under: Landscape, Paintings Tagged: 2014, art, Ashland Art Center, fine art, landscape, oil, oil painting, plein air, rogue valley, Sarah burns, sarah f burns, southern oregon

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A few blocks from my house, painted this summer.

C St. Phoenix, OR
Oil on Panel
13″ x 21″

I’ve painted this building and square block from almost all sides now…  Endlessly interesting.

Filed under: Landscape, Paintings Tagged: 2014, art, Ashland Art Center, fine art, landscape, oil, oil painting, plein air, rogue valley, Sarah burns, sarah f burns, southern oregon

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Stefan Baumann and the Grand View Artists at Art du Jour Gallery http://blogs.soartists.com/ArtMatters/stefan-baumann-and-the-grand-view-artists-at-art-du-jour-gallery/ http://blogs.soartists.com/ArtMatters/stefan-baumann-and-the-grand-view-artists-at-art-du-jour-gallery/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 01:49:59 +0000 http://blogs.soartists.com/ArtMatters/?p=91824 Continue reading Stefan Baumann and the Grand View Artists at Art du Jour Gallery

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Art du Jour Gallery will host nationally known artist Stefan Baumann and Medford’s talented group, The Grand View Artists, in a holiday art show from Tuesday, December 2, through Friday, January 30.  The gallery will hold Third Friday Artists’ Receptions on Dec. 19th and January 17th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Everyone is invited to attend these events.  Art du Jour Gallery, at 213 E. Main in Medford, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (excluding holidays).
 
A selection of oil paintings from Baumann’s 35 years as an artist will feature beautiful vistas, dramatic paintings of wildlife in their natural habitats, spectacular views of National Parks, and rustic architecture painted on location and in Baumann’s studio near Mount Shasta, CA.  Baumann reveals the true spirit of nature on his canvases by transporting the viewer to lands that have gone unseen and undisturbed.  As he says, “I let the paintings speak for themselves—they are elegant and mysterious, exciting and bold.  I try to capture a feeling, a sense of place, and the magic of light in all of my paintings.”
 
Baumann is a gifted award-winning artist and art instructor who offers oil painting classes in Medford.  He also has a PBS painting show called “The Grand View” that can be seen locally on public television.  
 
The work of sixteen members of The Grand View Artists will be displayed in the Salon.  Their works will encompass subject matter for every discerning collector, including local landscapes, still life, portraiture and animal art.
 
Art du Jour Gallery will also display the artwork of its twenty members.   A holiday gift selection will include pottery, jewelry, scarves, cards, and small paintings.
 
For additional information call (541) 770-3190.  
 
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Baumann contact:  Lori Garfield 541.773.3258
 
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New Website for Lori Garfield! http://www.hannahwestdesign.com/2014/11/new-website-lori-garfield/ http://www.hannahwestdesign.com/2014/11/new-website-lori-garfield/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:56:19 +0000 http://www.hannahwestdesign.com/?p=4307 Great news! I just got a call from artist Lori Garfield with her approval of the new website I created for her. A couple of small adjustments and she’s ready to fly! Lori was fantastic to work with, organized and on top of any requests for additional material or other input I sent her way. […]

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Eagle Fisher, Original oil painting by Lori Garfield

Great news! I just got a call from artist Lori Garfield with her approval of the new website I created for her. A couple of small adjustments and she’s ready to fly!

Lori was fantastic to work with, organized and on top of any requests for additional material or other input I sent her way. For that reason her site came together very quickly, completed in two weeks from the day we set her up with a new hosting service (she had free hosting at WordPress.com before, but we wanted to expand the possibilities beyond what they permit on their site) until the final tweaks that marked its completion today.

We built her new site on the WordPress platform using a very nice responsive theme I just discovered, called Fifteen, with a few customizations and using Jetpack mosaic-style galleries to display her art. I love that masonry look, it’s a great way to display a portfolio of artwork that varies in shape and size. Implementing the SEO by Yoast plugin, security plugins, and sharing capabilities put the final touches on her website that make it search engine and human visitor friendly.

Lori is a wonderful animal artist, creating her pet portraits, wildlife paintings and more in oil on canvas. She is a giver, and a portion of all her art sales goes to various animal non profits, so any purchase you make from her, whether an original oil painting, an archival quality giclee print, or a commission for a portrait of your pet, you will also benefit the nonprofit animal organizations she supports.

Lori is not limited to animals as an artist, and you will find some gorgeous landscapes and human portraits in the galleries of her paintings. Please visit Lori’s new website to view her lovely artwork, and consider leaving a comment with feedback on her paintings and her new website, sharing her site on your favorite social network, and giving a gift of art to someone special who loves animals this holiday season for a double blessing! www.lorigarfield.com

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Swedish Candlestick – Lost Edges http://stermer-cox.com/2014/11/swedish-candlestick-edges/ http://stermer-cox.com/2014/11/swedish-candlestick-edges/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:59:29 +0000 http://stermer-cox.com/?p=974 Looking at Painting Tip Just for fun, next time you look at a painting try to find something that the artist did purposely to grab your attention.  Look for lost edges. In keeping with my “Value Study November”, I thought I’d post one of my daily drawings that illustrates a simple artist’s composition device: losing […]

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Looking at Painting Tip

Just for fun, next time you look at a painting try to find something that the artist did purposely to grab your attention.  Look for lost edges.

In keeping with my “Value Study November”, I thought I’d post one of my daily drawings that illustrates a simple artist’s composition device: losing edges.

About the Candlestick

This is a Swedish candlestick that was given to me by my younger sister. She was an exchange student to Sweden around 1980.

I imagine that at one time I had a candle that fit this candlestick, but it is long gone. I still like to draw it though. I think its the round shapes. Something wonderfully simple and elegant about Scandinavian design. Plus, sentimental value.

Composition Device:  Tie Figure To Ground By Losing Edges

I thought of this drawing as a nice follow on to the previous post about figure and ground relationships. I purposely merged the right portion of the subject to a dark shape in the ground.  I forced myself to lose edges.

Purposely is the right word choice because I have a tendency to want to outline everything and add detail.

But its not necessary to draw every edge and add lots of detail.  The viewers mind naturally fills the blank.

As I was drawing, I started adding the dark shape to the background.  I still wanted to create a boundary. I’d find myself cross hatching over the boundary to obliterate it.

I did achieve some areas where there are no outlines.  See if you can find them.  In doing so, your eye flows easily around the drawing; from figure to ground and back again.

Tip Re-Stated

So, now you know.  Just for fun, next time you look at a painting, try to find something that the artist did purposely to grab your attention.  Look for edges or outlines that are lost.  Notice that your eye fills in the blank.  Aren’t the visual arts exciting?

As I did here, artists compose to make the image more compelling.

In my case here, by losing edges and fading the candlestick to dark, I gave the subject a little mystery.

PS.

To my painter friends, what kind of edges do you like to use?

Thanks!  Happy Friday!

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I enjoy walking the railroad tracks into the center of Talent, OR. One of the things that fascinates me is that no two ties look the same and with close observation they often reveal stunning designs, especially after a rainfall as the ties are drying.

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These dunes off The John Dellenback Trail north of Coos Bay, Oregon never fail to exhibit a timeless elegance.

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Figure And Ground Relationships: How to Weave A Painting http://stermer-cox.com/2014/11/figure-and-ground/ http://stermer-cox.com/2014/11/figure-and-ground/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 20:52:24 +0000 http://stermer-cox.com/?p=928 Conversations About Figure and Ground I remember conversations I had with my Dad* about composition.  I remember the first time he talked to me about weaving the painting together as if it were a tapestry.  He said all the parts of the painting must fit together to create a whole.  And, yet, each part must […]

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Conversations About Figure and Ground

I remember conversations I had with my Dad* about composition.  I remember the first time he talked to me about weaving the painting together as if it were a tapestry.  He said all the parts of the painting must fit together to create a whole.  And, yet, each part must be interesting and meaningful on its own.

Because what Dad said was important to me, I have spent some time learning composition.  I don’t think one ever finishes; its an ongoing process.  One composition consideration that I’d like to talk about is the figure and ground relationship.  I think this is a natural topic to follow my previous post on value studies.

Say What?

OOPS!  Press pause!  I was typing away and thought to myself:  “Why should you care?  What’s the point?”  Good question.  Especially if you’re not an “artist”; or if you are an artist and prefer to go by intuition.

Think of learning a bit about design as sort of a game.  By learning a little, the experience you have while viewing a painting can be enriched and exciting.   The visual clues will help you understand the artists intent.

Resume

Press play.  Back to the figure and ground relationship.  The “figure” is my subject; the “ground” the background or environment within which the subject resides.  The figure is also known as the “positive” shape; the ground the “negative shape.  You may notice that I use “figure” and “subject”; they’re the same.

There Are Always Options

If you look at the value studies I’ve included, you will notice that sometimes the background is light; sometimes its dark.  The same with the figure(s): sometimes light and sometimes dark. These are the simplest options.

There is a third option: alternating light and dark.   I imagine that there are almost as many variations to alternating light and dark as there are number of shapes.  When I do an alternating light and dark pattern, I start with one shape and decide what value (light or dark) I want it to be.  Every other shape’s value relates to the first shape.

Still Weaving

Wonderful.  Now we know that there are variations that artists compose with.  So, why?  Back to my tapestry analogy, the pattern of light and dark shapes as it relates to the figure and ground weaves the painting together.

Another important reason to think about the figure – ground relationship is mood of the composition.  The variations of light and dark influence mood.  A mostly dark composition might make you think of evening or winter, for example.  Like somber music, a somber background tells you something about the subject.  Maybe something serious is happening or about to happen.

On the other hand, a light, festive ground may tell a different story about the subject or figure.

Properties of Light and Dark

There is another important factor about light and dark as it relates to the figure and ground that artists consider.  Light advances and dark retreats.

What?  This is two dimensional art.  Yes, but there is an optical illusion.  Look at a white shape completely surrounded by darkness.  The white shape seems to come toward the viewer.  The reverse: a dark shape completely surrounded by a light shape recedes.  Dark shapes can look like holes.

Back to Figure and Ground

Confusing?  Yes?  I have mixed in lights and darks; figure and grounds.  You thought I said I was talking about figure and ground.  It is hard separating them, but you could.  I was just thinking, you could have an all white painting; or an all black painting.  Both the subject and ground are the same value.  OH WAIT!  It’s been done.

The variations in lights and dark help us define the subject.  And, the subject needs to be seen in context with the ground.

Suggestions:  Look At Images in Advertising

And, when words won’t do, just have a look at paintings or graphic designs and let it soak in.  Have a look at advertising.  Check out cartoons.  Do you suppose graphic artists and cartoonists are masters of figure and ground relationships?  You bet!  You have to be to create eye catching, compelling images.

See Figure And Ground

So, now that you know one of the secrets to composing, you can join in on the fun!

And, that is the point.  Look. See. Enjoy. Be the painting!  

Note:

*My Dad was artist John H. Stermer and his website is http://JohnStermer.com

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"Rebirth" is imbued with an atmosphere of growth in the spirit of the sixth bardo (or in between state) of becoming or transmigration. After death, this bardo endures until the inner-breath commences in the new life form determined by the "karmic seeds", represented in paint by cacti seeds, within the storehouse consciousness. The imagery in this piece contains symbols pertinent to myself. Succulents are organisms which have long provided extreme fascination biologically in the way they grow and reproduce, Peyote cacti being particularly poignant in representing the states of rebirth which can occur during hallucinatory experiences. The rings circling the growth form symbolize an intense period of rebirth experienced during a personal Return of Saturn.

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“Rebirth” is imbued with an atmosphere of growth in the spirit of the sixth bardo (or in between state) of becoming or transmigration. After death, this bardo endures until the inner-breath commences in the new life form determined by the “karmic seeds”, represented in paint by cacti seeds, within the storehouse consciousness. The imagery in this piece contains symbols pertinent to myself. Succulents are organisms which have long provided extreme fascination biologically in the way they grow and reproduce, Peyote cacti being particularly poignant in representing the states of rebirth which can occur during hallucinatory experiences. The rings circling the growth form symbolize an intense period of rebirth experienced during a personal Return of Saturn.

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