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Kay Myer Announces Spring Workshop

Kay Myer fkyer for June 2019 painting workshop

Kay Myer Watercolor Workshop

Kay Myer is so excited to announce her new watercolor workshop for painters, to take place at Long Hollow Ranch in Sisters, Oregon on June 18 and 19, 2019.  She is honored that they asked her to share her skills and says the location is just awesome. Join her! Pre-register by calling Shirley Bloomfeldt at 541-604-0327 or by email at [email protected]

Painting in Watercolor Society of Oregon Spring Exhibition

An invitation to see painting “Three Minute Egg #12” as one of 80 water-media paintings in the WSO Spring 2019 Experimental Exhibition!

About the Exhibition.

Greetings!  I am happy to say that my painting “Three Minute Egg #12” is showing in the Watercolor Society of Oregon’s Spring 2019 Experimental Exhibition.   My painting is one of 80 stunning water-media works accepted by Juror Jean Pederson.

What makes this show particularly special is that the rules accept works from a variety of watermedia and supports.  That is to say, artists can include acrylic paint or use clayboard panels, for example.  There might be a bit of pastel or colored pencil worked in too, as long as the painting is primarily watercolor.

WSO Spring Water-media Exhibition: Three Minute Egg #12

Location and Hours.

The WSO Exhibition will held at the Oregon Society of Artists (OSA), 2185 SW Park Ave, Portland OR from April 8th to 30th. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 1 – 4 pm.

The opening reception is Saturday, April 6th from 4 to 5 pm.

About the Painting.

Some of my favorite things: egg cups, espresso cups, a timer and a spoon.  I am reminded of special family breakfasts we had when I was young.  It just seemed exotic to have an egg served in an egg cup.  I loved dunking my toast in the egg yolk.  The design of the painting perhaps emphasizes the idea of remembering the past.  The items are simplified and expressive rather than realistic.  It is about experimenting with shape and color to create something joyful.

The colors of the painting refer to an early morning, perhaps.  In other words, dawn; the time of day when the sun is just starting to peak into the breakfast room.  The darks of night have yet to disappear for the day.

This is one of 13 paintings created to date in my “Three Minute Egg” series of paintings.

If you would like, I wrote an article about creating the design for this painting and published almost a year ago.  You might enjoy the extra insight about the painting.

Invitation.

If you are in the area, I invite you to stop by and enjoy the show!

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Busy But Still Drawing My Favorite Things

It has been a busy year so far!  I have been doing some volunteer work with the Watercolor Society of Oregon, for example.  Plus, I took artist Sarah F. Burns‘ “Anatomy for Artists” drawing class.  The class was intense, challenge and wonderful; a good learning experience.

Busy But Still Drawing: Coffee Cup With Broken Seashells

But, no matter how busy I get, I keep drawing.  You see, it’s absolutely essential for me to continue to do so.  In part, drawing keeps my skills honed and improving. Also, I draw for the fun of it.  And, I get grumpy if I don’t draw.

So, out come my favorite items, like these broken seashells, coffee cups, brandy snifters.  It is interesting that I never tire of them and I continue to learn.

Busy but still drawing: Brandy Snifter

So, I may be busy, but I can still find time to draw.  Thank you and please enjoy!

 

 

 

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Watercolor Artists, Third Friday News, Live Music at Art du Jour

Art du Jour April 2019:

Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main Street in Medford will be devoted to watercolor in April with Marianne Nielsen and Marilyn Zupan. Third Friday will be on April 19, 5-8 pm with musical entertainment by classical guitarist Rod Petrone. Go to our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ArtduJourGallery) for updates.

Guest Artist Marianne Nielsen

Marianne Nielsen's watercolor paintings

With a passion for watercolor, Marianne Nielsen say it is her favorite media because of its versatility regarding techniques and textures. While enjoying all styles and subjects, her inspiration comes from all things in nature, especially animals and flowers.

After 5 years learning from the late Marshal McDaniels, he literally changed the way she looks at everyday things like clouds, trees, water and life.   Soon after she became a watercolor instructor herself with 6 to 8 students, which has since grown to 4 weekly classes with more than 50 students.  Since 2007, many of her students have also gone on to become teachers themselves as well as having their work in local galleries.

Marianne is a former Art du Jour member and active participant with the Watercolor Society of Oregon.  She also gives workshops in Grants Pass, as well as recent workshop in Tucson, Arizona. She has shown and sold artwork at 7 Feathers Hotel and Casino Resort, and is currently a member of the Grants Pass Museum of Art. She has also been showing work at Gallery One in Grants Pass and will be their featured in July.

Marianne’s website is: www.nielsenwatercolors.com.

Featured Artist Marilyn Zupan

Featured Artist Marilyn Zupan

Church Lane by Marylin Zupan. Digital image provided by the artist 3/2019

Marilyn Zupan has always had a deep love for England’s gentle country landscapes and rustic stone homes and bridges. Her father was English and she spent three years in England falling in love with her ancestral land.  “Being able to recreate those memories in watercolor is pure joy.”, she writes.

Having taught calligraphy in the Rogue Valley for more than 20 years, Marilyn began taking watercolor classes in 2009 and has been painting ever since. In 2011 Marilyn was juried into the Watercolor Society of Oregon.

As an added attraction to our featured wall, Marilyn will be teaming up with potter Susan Paul Williams for the entire month of April.

Pottery by Susan Paul-Williams. Photo provided by the artist 3/2019

Pottery by Susan Paul-Williams. Photo provided by the artist 3/2019

Calling All Rogue Valley Artists!!!

As one of downtown Medford’s premiere art galleries, we are pleased to introduce our newest member Winnifred Liang. We are still actively seeking new artists living in the Rogue Valley region who would like to join our cooperative and display their work to the Medford community. Membership includes an active role in the Art in Bloom festival in May, as well as our monthly Third Friday event.  Media to be juried for membership includes pottery, sculpture, photography and jewelry.  Contact the gallery by email at [email protected], or log into our website: www.artdujourgallery.com for full membership information.

May will be our 3rd annual “People’s Choice” photography contest with the theme being “My Favorite Photo”.  As in the past the popular photography contest will be on display and voted on during Art in Bloom on Mother’s Day weekend. In August the People’s Choice theme will be “Summer Fun” to include all mediums, and October the theme will be “Changing Seasons” also to include all mediums. In the event of a large turnout for the “all medium” contests, we may divide the judging into two separate categories between photography and painting.  See our website for entry rules and entry form, or stop by the gallery during our regular open hours. As in the past these exhibits are dependent on the number of participants and the gallery reserves to right to cancel the contest with full refund if turnout is minimal.

Art du Jour Gallery
213 E. Main Street
Medford, OR 97501
(541) 770-3190
OPEN Tues – Sat., 10AM – 4PM

Kindred Spirits Art Events and Class Information April 2019

           April Classes and Workshops

Happy Spring!

I have met the most wonderful people in my classes this year.  My heart overflows with love, inspiration and thankfulness for the connection that happens when we all walk together in the passion of our creativity.

Here are two more workshops for April, including the Sumi-e class every Tuesday morning (which if you haven’t tried it yet, you’re missing out)- and with more exciting classes on the way!

Don’t forget Thursday evenings at Kindred are $10 art nights!

Spring Birds
A wonderfully fun and colorful assemblage!
Saturday, April 6th
11:00 – 4:00
All  materials provided.
$50
A Show of Hands
Cast and collaged in your own personal style of bohemian or old school tattoos. Addicting?? Ohhh my, yes!
All materials provided!
Saturday, April 20th, 11:00 – 4:00
$55
Sumi-e
(Asian Ink Painting)

A lesson in Focus.  Learn to not merely look but really see and connect with the nature around you. Don’t have time to meditate? Do this!
Every Tuesday Morning at 10:00
$25
Register: https://www.kindredspiritsartalewine.com/class-registration/

Cathy Dorris Studios · 106 Talent Ave. #2 · Talent, OR 97540 · USA

Celtic Art Show 2019 and Irish Breakfast Tea #2

Celtic: Referring to Northwest Europe where Celtic culture and language survive.

Annual Celtic Celebration.

Greetings!

It is that time again.  That is, it is almost time for the Rogue Gallery and Art Center’s Celtic Celebration’s Art Show in Medford, OR.  Not surprisingly, the Celtic Celebration coincides with St. Patrick’s Day.  The Celtic Celebration is also a fund raising event for the gallery.

Celtic Celebration Art Show: Irish Breakfast Tea 2, Watercolor

I have participated before in the celebration’s art show and thought I would do a painting once again.  You see, it is fun trying to figure out how to fit a theme.  Plus, I thoroughly enjoy seeing what other artists create.

Previous Entries.

Back to the previous entries, one was the first “Irish Breakfast Tea” and the other was “Irish Maiden”.  Since I have continued to work with coffee and tea themed compositions, I figured I would try another tea cup version.  This time, I added a milk pitcher because it is my understanding that “Irish Breakfast Tea” is often served with milk.  Plus, the milk pitcher is a fun shape.  One more thing, you might notice a little bit of symbolism too.  Look for the shamrock and triskele.  And, so we have “Irish Breakfast Tea 2”.

Irish Breakfast Tea

The Details.

The Celtic Celebration Art Show is on display currently on display through March 22nd at the Rogue Gallery and Art Center, 40 South Bartlett in downtown Medford OR.  The public art reception is this Friday, March 15th from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

The Celtic Celebration Event is held on Sunday, March 17, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, also at the Rogue Gallery and Art Center.  It includes music, food, a singing competition and the art show.  For more information about the event and tickets, please see their website, www.roguegallery.org.

In the meantime, I hope that you enjoy “Irish Breakfast Tea 2”.  One more thing, yes, I do enjoy the flavor of Irish breakfast tea.

Celtic Celebration Irish Maiden

 

 

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The Word-Painting Project

Many moons ago, in a land far, far away, my life completely changed. I had been working for two years in Germany, living an art-filled but spirit-empty life. On a whim, I took the train to Switzerland to a theological commune my parents had told me about. 
You could say I had my mountain-top experience on a literal mountain top. There in the Alps, my life did a complete reset, and I started on a what would become my journey of art + word + spirit.
At the time, I didn’t know how much I needed to be encouraged that there was something beyond my current circumstances—something more. (In fact, I wrote & illustrated a children’s book inspired by that journey.) 
In early June, I’ll be back in Switzerland to teach poetry. Afterward, I’m returning to that alpine village and taking a 10-day creativity retreat—my own personal pilgrimage. But this time around, I’d like to invite you to share the journey. Specifically, I’d like to share a little project of encouragement….
The Word-Painting Project
Do you ever wish a bit of encouragement would just arrive on your doorstep? Consider this an invitation to receive some!
During 10 days in June, I’ll create 10 word-paintings in watercolor & ink. Though I don’t yet know exactly what they’ll be, I know that they’ll be inspired by taking heart. (You can see a similar idea by checking out the watercolor/micropoetry pieces I created while at a writing residency last fall.) 
Once I’m back home, I’ll make archival, matte, 5” x 5” postcard prints of the originals. 
Sign up for the project, and I’ll sign, hand-address, & mail the postcards to you—one per week, for 10 weeks. You’ll get a tangible word of encouragement in your mailbox—your actual snail-mailbox!
Cost: $25 to addresses within the US ($30 outside the US)
You can also order the project as a gift for someone else—just send me their mailing address. 
And as a fun finale: the project will conclude with a poetry reading & art reception to display the originals in San Francisco mid-August (more details on that event to come). 
Sign up online: 
~Go to annaelkins.com
~Click the $ sign at the top of the page. 
~In the “description” field, write the option(s) you’d like & your mailing address and/or the recipient’s address.
~In the “amount” field, enter the total for your desired batch of word-painting projects.
Or sign up with snail mail:
~Send a check—along with your choice(s) & address—to: 
Anna Elkins | PO Box 509 | Jacksonville, OR 97530
It’s encouraging to know that something good is on its way to us. Here’s to anticipating summer goodness! 


Free Drawing Demo at Central Art March 28th

Enjoy a 2-hour Demo Presented by Lupe Galvan, MFA This March!

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Lupe Galvan Free Drawing Demonstration

Thursday, March 28, 2019

 

Time: 1:30pm-3:30pm

Where: Classroom at Central Art

Fee: FREE (Pre-registration required)

 

In this free demo, Lupe will cover how to draw a head/face and then demonstrate the use of a limited color palette on toned paper. Techniques shown will include using a measuring system and landmarks to draw a face, and how using a limited color palette can actually be beneficial in understanding color and creating color harmony.

Call 541-773-1444 to pre-register, as space is limited. Learn more about Lupe’s art and career by visiting https://www.lupegalvan.com

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Getting Your Art Out to the Public, Part 1

So, you want to be an artist…Don’t just sit there…

Do something!

Journal entry February 16, 2019

This week we were hammered by storm fronts one after another with very cold temperatures and lots of moisture creating very deep snow. The snow was so deep that we were snowed in for two days making it impossible for anyone to make it up to The Grand View Ranch for a campfire or even an evening around our cozy fireplace at the ranch house. I love to rest on my Craftsman couch in front of the fire and sip a cup of homemade cinnamon cocoa with whip cream and marshmallows. I often find myself in quiet thought reflecting on the conversations that I had with my students during the week and think about what I would like to write about to share with you.

The Fragmented Art World

Of all the ideas that came to me, it seemed like it would be most helpful to write about some of the steps that artists should know about before venturing out into the confusing and fragmented art world. Most artists have very little knowledge about how to approach galleries or produce social media, art shows, and art competitions. They may not know how to establish a collector base that they can count on to support them as they launch their art into the art marketplace. In the next few blogs, I will offer my own personal insights from my experiences being in the art world for 40 years and successfully launching my own PBS show. These conversations or Blogs that I’ll be sending have insights that I have shared with students who I coach weekly.

To be Successful Share With Others

I believe if you are serious about marketing your art, it is essential to have a coach who you can check in with every week. I hope that sharing my insights will inspire you experience the exciting journey into the professional art world. To be successful, artists should have the desire to share their art with others. It’s why people create art, after all. If a book is never read, does it even need to be written?  Painting is a visual expression of the desire to share with others what you find beautiful, interesting, or of interest to you. Art is communication and in order to communicate, you must have an audience. Building this audience is in itself a business and requires some time to do. So, relax. The fear you are feeling at this moment is actually the feeling of excitement. The two emotions feel similar. Use that “excitement” feeling as you go through your journey. It will make a huge difference in how you market your art. Before we go over the steps that will transform you into a self-promoter of your art, there are some things we need to talk about.

WILL MY ART EVER BE GOOD ENOUGH?

I’m amazed how much fear most artists have when they venture out from the safety of their immediate families and studios with images of their work. Many artists are paralyzed with the thought of posting their art on social networks for the world to see. They are waiting until they create something that is “good enough,” and are constantly reinventing themselves to fit some ideals or invisible goals that they think they need to complete before they can move forward and get their art out of the studio.
These artists are stuck. They are not even making an effort to show their work because the invisible “Not Good Enough” message that screams in their heads gets louder with every improvement they make. And, every improvement they make just opens new conversations that they have so much to learn to be a great artist. GET USED TO IT! YOU WILL NEVER BE GOOD ENOUGH! There will always be someone better, brighter, or more talented than you. THE TRUTH IS…
The truth is even your worst efforts will be admired because as an artist, you do something of value when others are caught in the trap of quiet desperation, fearing that they are living their lives with little personal value except working and paying the bills. They are afraid to try to do something that might expose that they are frauds to the world. Sound familiar?
To make things worse, the Internet makes it more challenging when
the public is given instant power to like or dislike something – with Thumbs up, Likes. Emojis, and Comments! all out-there in the World Wide Web for the public to see. These instant reactions hit the heart of the artist, confirming what everyone has been saying to you since you where 4, “You’re not good enough to be an artist”, “You’re going to starve… get a real job… do something of value.” After all, “Art is the class you take if you want an EZ “A”.” No wonder art instills fear in anyone wanting to succeed as an artist.

WHAT IF EVERYTHING YOU BELIEVE IS NOT TRUE?

It is the nature of being human that we all want to look good, and we fear looking incompetent or ignorant. From an early age we are constantly trying to do what is good and avoiding anything that might bring negative attention that makes you look bad. Posting your work for others to see or introducing your art to a gallery can be intimidating because of the old tapes in our heads that tell us that we may not be good enough. I am amazed that many of my students have no problem posting daily what they had for dinner or sharing photos of their cats. But, if they are asked to share their art pieces for others to see, they become paralyzed and afraid of what people might think or say. I have worked with students who almost pass out from fear before hitting the “share” button to post one of their paintings.

Lets Start NOW!!!

When students step out of their “fear of sharing” response about their work and start marketing their work to as many eyes as they can find, they are amazed that the response they experience is always positive. They may start first with family members and friends and then market to complete strangers who respond to their work positively. However, before an artist is ready to approach a gallery seriously, there are steps that must be in place before making the first contact, before showing your composition, before having your first show, or approaching a collector, a buyer, or the owner of a gallery. In the next blog I will discuss all the insights artists must have before you go into the public arena and present your art to galleries and collectors. Here are the first steps that you must take before we move on to the next blog. 
  1. Get a Web Domain or URL address
  2. Open a Facebook account
  3. Open a Twitter account
  4. Open an Instagram account
  5. Open an Linked in Account
  6. YouTube account

The Must Have

You must have all of these social media accounts and they must all be linked together
Step by Step instructions on linking up these accounts are on YouTube
Next week, you will start stepping out of your comfort zone and begin experiencing the feeling the excitement when sharing your art with the world. It is going to be exhilarating. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I will try to respond as best as I can. [email protected]
Information about coaching is located under the heading Coaching on my website www.StefanBaumann.com. If you are interested in coaching, give me a call at 415-606-9074 (my personal cell number) and we can talk more about how coaching will enhance your knowledge, capabilities, and growth as an artist.

American Pine Martin By Stefan Baumann

I have coached many students over the years . My goal as a coach is to help students discover their own style by instructing with a method that allows them to grow as they are. If you want increase your knowledge and skill to bring your art to the next level, I invite you to watch my YouTube videos, consider phone coaching with me, or attend a workshop in Mt. Shasta where we discuss art, passion and life with other artists around the campfire. All the information is on my website,   www.stefanbaumann.com .

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Art Presence March- April 2019 Newsletter

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Bill Stanton
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