Art Matters! http://blogs.soartists.com/ArtMatters Journal of the Southern Oregon Artists Resource Sat, 28 Feb 2015 16:05:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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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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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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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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Pale Yellow Flowers by Susan Frank http://fineartamerica.com/featured/pale-yellow-flowers-susan-frank.html http://fineartamerica.com/featured/pale-yellow-flowers-susan-frank.html#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:48:46 +0000 http://blogs.soartists.com/ArtMatters/?guid=513ff4a6040f46c5660b6c09f42606ce These flowers appeared in my back yard this month. Spring arrives early in Southern Oregon and it was wonderful to find them after a rainy winter.  

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These flowers appeared in my back yard this month. Spring arrives early in Southern Oregon and it was wonderful to find them after a rainy winter.  

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The mystery of painting http://thedorseypost.com/?p=5496 http://thedorseypost.com/?p=5496#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:53:10 +0000 http://thedorseypost.com/?p=5496 If someone were to ask me right now what my painting is about, I might offer something that would probably occur to me if I were someone else appraising the work I’ve done over the past couple years. I might say Dorsey is continuing to work in several different modes: adding to the series of large jars […]

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Still Life with Pocket Door

Still Life with Pocket Door

If someone were to ask me right now what my painting is about, I might offer something that would probably occur to me if I were someone else appraising the work I’ve done over the past couple years. I might say Dorsey is continuing to work in several different modes: adding to the series of large jars he has exhibited in the past, doing a few suburban landscapes, and exploring smaller alla prima paintings executed very quickly, almost like Japanese sumi-e. In all of this work, he’s drawn to the ordinary and everyday. Mostly, though, he has continued his central pursuit of fairly traditional still life. His love for this genre seems to come from a variety of influences. Yet the effect of these paintings when seen together, aside from whatever virtues still life has always had, is to make one feel as if the artist is wistful, even desperate, for a world that’s fast disappearing. There’s something about these paintings that reminds one of the rag waved in the air by the uppermost member of that pile of survivors in Gericault’s Raft of the Medusa, the one trying to catch the eye of a savior on the tall ship just emerging over the horizon before time runs out on the life raft. In a time when the middle class seems to be rapidly disappearing, taking with it the promise of opportunity for most people in our society, Dorsey seems to be drawn again and again to the subject of domestic serenity as embodied in a little heirloom sugar bowl or a couple flowers from a backyard garden. Intentionally small potatoes—though, strictly speaking, he hasn’t painted any potatoes yet. Domestic happiness was the daemon of both Chardin and Vermeer, two painters who have had a powerful sway over his work so far. It isn’t a small thing, though, to have reminders of what it meant in America to have a flourishing middle class, a thriving bourgeoisie so despised by intellectuals, the economic topsoil of a robust free society, something fast disappearing in the world right now.

This might be what someone would say about the paintings in this show, though it’s merely hindsight and speculation on my part. None of this even crossed my mind as I’ve done this work, though much of it sounds sensible enough now. Subconsciously, I’m drawn to simple and commonplace subjects, and now that we live in a time of extremes, a novel way to go against the grain these days might be to offer little glimpses of a lost American dream. But this commentary is all ex post facto on my part. None of this has much to do with what consciously drives me as I paint, which is mostly concerned with tackling formal challenges. If I have a philosophy of painting, it’s essentially that most of what a great painting conveys to a viewer is invested in the painting subconsciously and non-conceptually—at the level where a painting is a sort of visual music. It can’t be translated into words, and what matters most remains as elusive for the painter as it is for the viewer. A good painting’s effect has far more to do with the physical act of painting than an artist’s intentions. You start off wanting to create an image that captures certain qualities of light and color and form, and yet what often has the biggest impact on a viewer isn’t, strictly speaking, visible at all. It’s the silent resonance of the slow time invested in making the picture. Painting is an act of intense mindfulness, a way of training the mind for the patience required to see and show what’s actually see-able as clearly as possible, in the hope of triggering a sense of an entire world behind and around it. Slow time, as Keats put it, is how I lure my heart out into the open so that I can get to know it a little better.

 

 

 

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Studio Snapshot – Accordion Books http://www.mypaperarts.com/2015/02/23/studio-snapshot-accordion-books/ http://www.mypaperarts.com/2015/02/23/studio-snapshot-accordion-books/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 01:19:48 +0000 http://www.mypaperarts.com/?p=2351 This past week I realized I had sold completely out of my little hard covered accordion books with watercolor messages inside. I make these little books out of 80# Strathmore Aquarius watercolor paper. It’s a great weight paper for books, … Continue reading

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This past week I realized I had sold completely out of my little hard covered accordion books with watercolor messages inside. I make these little books out of 80# Strathmore Aquarius watercolor paper. It’s a great weight paper for books, takes watercolor without buckling and folds beautifully.

One accordion book finished and four in the process of being made.

One accordion book finished and four in the process of being made.

These little books are about 3″ tall and 22″ in length. I make them with various messages inside. The covers are some of my paste papers which I paste over book board which is just a little denser than mat board.

This is a detail of the above photo so you can see what the watercolor looks like before I start my embellishment.

This is a detail of the above photo so you can see what the watercolor looks like before I start my embellishment.

Here are the accordion books finished.

Here are the accordion books finished.

Happy Birthday accordion book.

Happy Birthday accordion book.

Thank You accordion book.

Thank You accordion book.

Happy Birthday accordion book.

Happy Birthday accordion book.

I Love You accordion book.

I Love You accordion book.

Happy Birthday accordion book.

Happy Birthday accordion book.

These little books are a joy to make. Making them makes me feel happy.

Enjoy, Candy

 

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