Art Matters! http://blogs.soartists.com/ArtMatters Journal of the Southern Oregon Artists Resource Wed, 19 Aug 2015 00:43:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Art Life http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/UrbanFolktales/~3/S8aoywSwUEA/art-life.html http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/UrbanFolktales/~3/S8aoywSwUEA/art-life.html#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 00:43:00 +0000 http://blogs.soartists.com/ArtMatters/?guid=161ab5c964fb581b9e5f243879a3d130 I gave a class at my studio to some wonderful folks last week, including my grandaughter, who is 16 years old and another visiting teen. The class was an abbreviated version of my upcoming class at Art-Is-You Stamford, CT, October 7-9. Sort of a trial ...

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I gave a class at my studio to some wonderful folks last week, including my grandaughter, who is 16 years old and another visiting teen. The class was an abbreviated version of my upcoming class at Art-Is-You Stamford, CT, October 7-9. Sort of a trial run to make sure my instructions were good and I had the right supplies.

One of my class samples for Paint Primer on Primitive

It is alway fun to see what students create from your original concept for a new class and this was no exception. Only a few in the class had made a doll before, and this is a grouping of what was produced. Some are not quite finished, but they are stunning and unique! One person even made a mermaid….

My grandaughter gave me permission to share her work….

Definitely a modern twist on Primitive. 

Finished paintings layed out on the table…

I decided to demonstrate a more modern version of a primitive doll and painting, 
to show how early American primitive style can be done with a twist.
I hope you will consider joining me in Stamford, CT for 
October 7-9, 2015!

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Bandon, OR– Vote for your favorites in the Port of Bandon Boardwalk Art Show, on display now on the Coquille River boardwalk, First Street SE, in Old Town Bandon.

The 2015 show, Coastal Creatures–Real or Imagined, features 270 works by more than 400 students and adults. The show represents Oregon Coast artists from Seaside to Brookings, and inland to Roseburg. Find paintings, multimedia and sculptural pieces displayed on the boardwalk railing and inside the picnic shelter.

The unique open-air gallery presents creative work against one of Bandon’s most scenic backdrops: find realist paintings of sea life framed by the ebb and flow of the Coquille River, and see illustrations of fabled sea creatures with the lighthouse in the background. The display area spans the boardwalk from the boat basin overlook to the boat launch.

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Early morning on the Coquille River. Photo by Robert Miller.

Early morning on the Coquille River. Photo by Robert Miller.

Bandon, OR– Vote for your favorites in the Port of Bandon Boardwalk Art Show, on display now on the Coquille River boardwalk, First Street SE, in Old Town Bandon.

The 2015 show, Coastal Creatures–Real or Imagined, features 270 works by more than 400 students and adults. The show represents Oregon Coast artists from Seaside to Brookings, and inland to Roseburg. Find paintings, multimedia and sculptural pieces displayed on the boardwalk railing and inside the picnic shelter.

The unique open-air gallery presents creative work against one of Bandon’s most scenic backdrops: find realist paintings of sea life framed by the ebb and flow of the Coquille River, and see illustrations of fabled sea creatures with the lighthouse in the background. The display area spans the boardwalk from the boat basin overlook to the boat launch.

All works are created on weatherproof plywood. Paint is the most common medium. But, this year’s entries delivered some surprises, including photography and sculpted wood.

The boardwalk show will continue through Bandon’s annual Cranberry Festival, the second week of September. Choose up to three favorites, and cast your People’s Choice vote at Bandon Bait & Tackle, 110 First St. SE, through September 11. Attend the art show awards at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 12, at the Port of Bandon Amphitheater, on the boardwalk.

The show is managed by the Port of Bandon and curated by Bandon artists Ava Richey and Shawn Tempesta.

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The Many Media of Wendy Daniel http://blogs.soartists.com/ArtMatters/many-media-of-wendy-daniel/ http://blogs.soartists.com/ArtMatters/many-media-of-wendy-daniel/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 17:07:39 +0000 http://blogs.soartists.com/ArtMatters/?p=100881 The Many Media of Wendy Daniel, new exhibit in Rogue Gallery's Community Gallery with whimsical folk art. Aug 21–Sept 18, 2015, Reception Fri, Aug21, 5–8pm

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Cat, papier mache by Wendy Daniels

Cat, papier mache by Wendy Daniels

The Many Media of Wendy Daniel

August 21 – September 18, 2015

Reception Friday, August 21, 5:00 – 8:00 pm

 

The Many Media of Wendy Daniel presents whimsical folk art by local artist, Wendy Daniel. Her playful approach includes various media including drawing, collage, fiber art, wood sculpture, papier-mâché, and mixed media.

 

Wendy Daniel explores folk art with upbeat joy and humor. The tradition of folk art is creative work that is usually of a naïve and decorative style rather than high aesthetic. Frequently local culture and icons are the inspiration for the artist. Celebrated for its uninhibited purity, folk art can portray its subjects with spirited exuberance. Wendy’s caricatures of cats, dogs, fish, butterflies, and birds maintain this tradition. The “Cat” made of papier-mâché or her brightly colored fish are fun and lively. Wendy explains her art “I do not create folk art to be serious. I create the work to delight the viewer. I hope it makes them smile or laugh.”

Dog, mixed media by Wendy Daniels

Dog, mixed media by Wendy Daniels

 

Wendy Daniel is an accomplished realist painter. Her paintings reflect precision and balance. “I have respected the expertise of Wendy’s beautiful, realistic paintings. I was surprised to see her inspired and charming folk art,” states Executive Director Kim Hearon.

 

The artist will be present for a reception held on Friday, August 21 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. Wine, Rogue Creamery cheese, and Harry and David snacks will be served.

 

 

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 media 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 pm Call (541)772-8118 for more info or visit www.roguegallery.org.

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New Exhibit in Rogue Gallery’s Main Gallery! http://blogs.soartists.com/ArtMatters/new-exhibit-in-rogue-gallery-main-gallery/ http://blogs.soartists.com/ArtMatters/new-exhibit-in-rogue-gallery-main-gallery/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 16:54:56 +0000 http://blogs.soartists.com/ArtMatters/?p=100876 The Rogue Gallery exhibits abstract sculptures by nationally recognized Portland artist Carole Murphy Aug 14 – Sept 18, 2015. Reception Fri, Aug 21, 5–8 pm

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Holding Preciously, by Carole Murphy

Holding Preciously, by Carole Murphy

Embedded Meaning: Carole Murphy

August 14 – September 18, 2015

   Reception: Friday, August 21, 5:00-8:00 pm

 

The Rogue Gallery exhibits abstract sculptures by nationally recognized Portland artist Carole Murphy. Carole chisels, shapes, and molds wood, stone, and concrete into organic abstract works, creating sculptures that are elegantly evocative of primitive cultures and natural forms.

 

Her work includes sculptures and three-dimensional wall hangings. Many of her pieces have beautiful fluid shapes while others have strong, rough textures of primal inspirations. Respect for nature is an essential part of Carole’s artwork. She uses “green media” which includes recycled steel, aerated cement, fiber clay made from recycled paper, and found objects. Working intuitively, she views her creative process as a journey and her art as her guide. Carole states, “Creating abstractly offers me a distinct freedom, full enclosure and unadulterated expression. Acting as a conduit sculpting enables me to move into uncharted territory. Many times I am not aware of the totality of the sculpture, nor where I am traveling, until I arrive.”

 

Carole Murphy has exhibited throughout the United States. She resides in Portland, where she is the president of the Pacific Northwest Sculptors.

In the Beginning, by Carole Murphy

In the Beginning, by Carole Murphy

 

The reception will be Friday, August 21, 5:00 – 8:00 pm. Wine, Rogue Creamery cheese, and Harry and David snacks will be served.

 

 

This new exhibit in Rogue Gallery’s Main Gallery is sponsored by People’s Bank of Commerce

 

 

In the Flow, by Carole Murphy

In the Flow, by Carole Murphy

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 media 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 www.roguegallery.org.

 

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Weekly Autumn Writing Group http://writersroomworkshops.com/2015/08/17/weekly-autumn-writing-group/ http://writersroomworkshops.com/2015/08/17/weekly-autumn-writing-group/#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 20:32:57 +0000 http://writersroomworkshops.com/?p=26639 Weekly Autumn Writing Group Forming Now! It’s the season of new notebooks, sharpened pencils and fresh starts. What better time to begin a writing group? A six-week workshop is forming for Thursdays, October 8 – November 12 at the Medford Library. (One week … Continue reading

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Weekly Autumn Writing Group Forming Now!

It’s the season of new notebooks, sharpened pencils and fresh starts. What better time to begin a writing group? A six-week workshop is forming for Thursdays, October 8 – November 12 at the Medford Library. (One week we will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 21).  Come join us for inspiring prompts, new exercises and a supportive, encouraging environment for every writer.  All writers and all genres welcome.

The cost is $125. If cost is a barrier, student rates and scholarships are available. Please contact me at writersroomworkshops@gmail.com to apply.

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Reflections–The Mirror of Being http://casachiara.blogspot.com/2015/08/reflections-mirror-of-being.html http://casachiara.blogspot.com/2015/08/reflections-mirror-of-being.html#comments Sun, 16 Aug 2015 18:23:00 +0000 http://blogs.soartists.com/ArtMatters/?guid=23c18107c5bac0b1d8ca5d24bdac0b8b At sunset on the feast of Clare of Assisi (August 11) I sat in my chair in the living room and watched as this image appeared on the wall in front of me. The picture I painted years ago of the swirl of energy in the universe and in the human body-soul ...

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At sunset on the feast of Clare of Assisi (August 11) I sat in my chair in the living room and watched as this image appeared on the wall in front of me. The picture I painted years ago of the swirl of energy in the universe and in the human body-soul has lately come to resemble a Madonna and Child. It’s what I see that for years I didn’t see. In the reflection of sunset over her is the shadow of the ancient oak that graces our back yard, which to the Celtic people is the world tree, the core, the center of the universe and of Being-Itself. It holds us grounded. Around it we dance the dance of life.

I think, then, of a woman I saw on a street bench in Port Townsend last week. Her eyes stared into nothingness. Her face resembled browned parchment. She caressed that face over and over, her gnarled hand passing tenderly down from her hairline, curling around her chin, back up over her ear, through her hair to the top of her head and down again to her face in a kind of gentle infinity motion. Her presence stopped me in my tracks. What did I see in her?

We see what is in us to see. Clare wrote of gazing into the Mirror of Christ and discovering there her true self. I tried this and all I saw was the face of Christ. I felt disappointed; I expected to find my true self. Then one day that experience turned around completely topsy-turvy, completely inside-out. Had I ever seen myself except in a mirror? No. There’s the physical mirror in the bathroom, of course, and it reflects my physical face, but there is also the mirror of another person’s eyes. More than that, there is the mirror of the other person as an individual. More than that there is the mirror of the world, of the oak tree, of the bird and the river and the mountain and all the multitudinous things that fill the universe. I can see my Self only by reflection.

Several spiritual traditions have the saying: “I Am That.” Back in the 1990’s I was giving a talk to a large group of women and found myself saying, “I Am You,” after which one woman stood right up from her chair and called out with an absolute kind of certainty, “You are NOT me!” (And now I admit to thinking, Thank God!) But now I also think that both of us were right.

We are the One and we are each the Many. It’s a both/and. In the mirror of the Universe, of the tree, rock and cloud, and of a near infinity of others each of us can see that she is the Many, and in the mirror of Christ the Divine each disappears into the One.

This is earth. There’s no escaping incarnation. There’s no escaping time and space. But time is only time for a moment (as the poet, Eliot, says). We go in and out of time. Space, also, is ever and only space. Sometimes, looking into the mirror of anything–that photograph, for example–a single individual passes through into a wonderland of Oneness, an Infinite Wholeness that might be Christ as it was to Clare, or might be Krishna, or even (and I’m not being facetious) it might be a bag lady tracing infinity on her face as she sits at a street corner in my former hometown. And in that moment in and out of time I see! As another poet (Hopkins) cries out:

In a flash, at a trumpet crash 

I am all at once what Christ is,  ‘since he was what I am, and
This Jack, joke, poor potsherd, ‘patch, matchwood, immortal diamond,

Is immortal diamond” 

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Art and life http://thedorseypost.com/?p=6146 http://thedorseypost.com/?p=6146#comments Sun, 16 Aug 2015 15:23:43 +0000 http://thedorseypost.com/?p=6146 I think I might become absorbed with my tomatoes in tough times as well. The divide between the work and the life is something a lot of critics can’t get past. The personal life is inconsequential compared to the achievement. From The Paris Review: INTERVIEWER What happened to your biography of Picasso? McCULLOUGH I quit. […]

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I think I might become absorbed with my tomatoes in tough times as well. The divide between the work and the life is something a lot of critics can’t get past. The personal life is inconsequential compared to the achievement. From The Paris Review:

INTERVIEWER

What happened to your biography of Picasso?

McCULLOUGH

I quit. I didn’t like him. I thought I would do him as an event, the Krakatoa of art. He changed the way we see; he changed the imagery of our time. But then I realized that strictly in terms of what would work for me, his wasn’t an interesting life.

There’s an old writer’s adage: keep your hero in trouble. With Truman, for instance, that’s never a problem, because he’s always in trouble. Picasso, on the other hand, was immediately successful.

Except for his painting and his love affairs, he lived a prosaic life. He was a communist, which presumably would be somewhat interesting, but during the Nazi occupation of Paris he seems to have been mainly concerned with his tomato plants.

And then his son chains himself to the gate outside trying to get his father’s attention; Picasso calls the police to have him taken away. He was an awful man.

I don’t think you have to love your subject—initially you shouldn’t—but it’s like picking a roommate. After all you’re going to be with that person every day, maybe for years, and why subject yourself to someone you have no respect for or outright don’t like?

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Embracing Gray http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MargaretStermer-cox/~3/hp8GU2Bbzcw/ http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MargaretStermer-cox/~3/hp8GU2Bbzcw/#comments Sat, 15 Aug 2015 20:10:53 +0000 http://stermer-cox.com/?p=3619 I’m evolving.  I’m embracing gray. Once Upon A Time… About 12 years ago I was called a “colorist”; I took it as a compliment.  I still do. I had several paintings hanging in a gallery and it was Art Walk night.  A gentleman came by and we were chatting.  He observed that I was a “colorist”. […]

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I’m evolving.  I’m embracing gray.

Once Upon A Time…

About 12 years ago I was called a “colorist”; I took it as a compliment.  I still do.

I had several paintings hanging in a gallery and it was Art Walk night.  A gentleman came by and we were chatting.  He observed that I was a “colorist”.  And, indeed, my paintings were colorful.

A Little Art History

To explain, a “colorist” is an artist whose focus is color instead of something else like gray tone.  Painters like Matisse and Bonnard created colorist works.

A “tonalist”, on the other hand, is an artist whose focus is on the tones: lights, darks and various shades of gray.  Whistler is an example of a tonalist painter.

Colorful Beginnings

I have been studying color as long as I can remember.  I bet you have too.  Remember crayons?  Did you ever layer reds and greens to make black?  Or, consider color choices when getting dressed in the morning?  Or, decorating?

My father taught my siblings and I the primary, secondary and tertiary colors.  He told us about opposite colors and how to mix them to make grays and browns.  Still, it was colors like red, blue, yellow, pink, rather than gray that caught my attention.

Red Hen And Eggs, color as symbol ©M Stermer-Cox

When I started my development as a painter, my approach was as a colorist.  In a colorist manner, I tended to use color opposites next to each other to achieve color harmony.  This works as long as both colors are used at the same strength.

My watercolor painting “Red Hen and Eggs” is an example of a colorist approach.  I used green and red as my color scheme.

Over time, I have accumulated more knowledge about the properties of color.  Slowly, I’ve added mixed dark colors to my paintings.  Still, I would characterize my approach as a colorist; colors are the focus.

Gray Evolution

As I said, I’m evolving.  I’ve been studying the classical academic approach to drawing and painting under the instruction of artist Sarah Burns.  The process is drawing, gray scale painting, then color.

Naturally, when I come home from class, I have to practice and experiment!

Embracing Gray:  Coffee Cup w/ Swedish Candle

Acrylic over Watercolor
9×7
2015
d’Arches 300lb RP Watercolor Paper

I’ve been working on this small acrylic still life painting.    I decided to try to incorporate lessons I’ve learned from Sarah’s class.  I purposely used grays in my set up and my painting.  I liked the way the gray helps the red in the candlestick glow.

Bottomline.  I’m happy I’m embracing the gray side.  Its like having more tools in the tool box!

 

 

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Bruegel redux http://thedorseypost.com/?p=6123 http://thedorseypost.com/?p=6123#comments Fri, 14 Aug 2015 11:44:08 +0000 http://thedorseypost.com/?p=6123 Dan Witz, Agnostic Front Circle Pit, 48″ x 82″, detail, oil/digital media, Jonathan Levine Pieter Bruegel, Peasant Dance, detail

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Dan Witz, Agnostic Front Circle Pit, 48" x 82", oil and digital media, Jonathan Levine Gallery

Dan Witz, Agnostic Front Circle Pit, 48″ x 82″, detail, oil/digital media, Jonathan Levine

Pieter Bruegel, Peasant Dance, detail

Pieter Bruegel, Peasant Dance, detail

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Fencing Dummy http://winstonunleashed.blogspot.com/2015/08/fencing-dummy.html http://winstonunleashed.blogspot.com/2015/08/fencing-dummy.html#comments Fri, 14 Aug 2015 03:42:00 +0000 http://blogs.soartists.com/ArtMatters/?guid=b23205d99b86f6a1ce4a02d1450a0d81 Photographed at a fencing hall in The Colestin Valley near Ashland.

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