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ARTIST FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST

I was the featured artist for the month of August at Art Du Jour Gallery.

For this exhibit I selected 17 of my latest plein air pastel landscapes.

Pat Blair ARTIST OF THE MONTH at Art Du Jour Gallery for August

Up On the Green Springs, pastel by Pat Blair

Up On the Green Springs, pastel by Pat Blair

Art Du Jour Gallery is featuring Pat Blair as ARTIST OF THE MONTH for the month of August

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 until 4:00 pm.
Pat will be present to talk about her work with visitors attending the gallery’s Third Friday Reception on August 15th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

About Pat Blair

” I have become forever drawn to pastels and it is exciting to me to be painting in open air.  I love the lure of the landscape and have traveled near and far to view open spaces with expansive sky and dramatic landscapes.

Painting in plein air is like taking a snapshot.  The painter identifies the focal point of the painting and quickly sketches in the scene including the light and shadows before the light changes.  Much like a photographer catches a shot, so does the plein air painter.  The painter can, however,  change the colors and move around a pesky bush or two in order to make the painting more friendly to the viewer.

Southern Oregon abounds in friendly places for a plein air painter.  I can barely drive down a road without feeling the urge to stop and paint!  I do take loads of photographs to bring back to my studio for reference and also to remind me to return to a certain spot.   I am attracted to water and the reflections that may bring color to the picture.  I also love the drama of shadows and light.  Painting is like dancing.  Sometimes the light takes the lead role but at other times the dark shadows demand the viewers attention and leads the painting.”

Contact me about my Fall Class Schedule, which begins on September 16, 2014 at [email protected].

Pat Blair
24 North Keeneway Drive
Medford, OR  97504
Telephone: 541-779-2432
http://patlblair.fineartstudioonline.com/

ART IN BLOOM

                               
Mother’s Day was a paint out day for me in Downtown Medford.  I spent all morning doing this pastel

while meeting and greeting people on Main Street in front of Art Du Jour Gallery.  I really was not able to complete this on location and had to work on it in my studio the following week.  My chosen subject was of the vendor canopies that we set up in Vogel Park on the corner of Main and Central which is the very center of Medford’s downtown district.

ART IN BLOOM

                               
Mother’s Day was a paint out day for me in Downtown Medford.  I spent all morning doing this pastel

while meeting and greeting people on Main Street in front of Art Du Jour Gallery.  I really was not able to complete this on location and had to work on it in my studio the following week.  My chosen subject was of the vendor canopies that we set up in Vogel Park on the corner of Main and Central which is the very center of Medford’s downtown district.

PLEIN AIR ARTICLE MAKES THE NEWS


I believe it was in August when several of my Plein Air painter friends and I met at the Jacksonville Cemetery to stage a paint out for this newspaper article .  Finally the article was published in the annual magazine issue of Our Valley.  The photos are of Margaret Bradburn in the box and me (under the title).

The other painters were: Carolyn Roberts, Judy Richardson, and Janis Ellison.
The Mail Tribune reporter was Ryan Phiel.
Below is my pastel painting of :  VIEW OVER JACKSONVILLE

PLEIN AIR ARTICLE MAKES THE NEWS


I believe it was in August when several of my Plein Air painter friends and I met at the Jacksonville Cemetery to stage a paint out for this newspaper article .  Finally the article was published in the annual magazine issue of Our Valley.  The photos are of Margaret Bradburn in the box and me (under the title).

The other painters were: Carolyn Roberts, Judy Richardson, and Janis Ellison.
The Mail Tribune reporter was Ryan Phiel.
Below is my pastel painting of :  VIEW OVER JACKSONVILLE

NOW I KNOW IT’S SPRING!

Springtime in Southern Oregon is beautiful.  Being outdoors is so good for the soul. Sun warm on my back a slight breeze and a view to paint keeps me satisfied!  A week ago I spent a lovely time with two of my daughters and their daughters at DanCin Winery off South Stage Road near Jacksonville. We sat on their terrace overlooking a Koi pond and beyond that a perfect view of Roxy Ann and Mt Pitt.  I will return to do some preliminary sketching and take reference photos for yet another vineyard painting  

NOW I KNOW IT’S SPRING!

Springtime in Southern Oregon is beautiful.  Being outdoors is so good for the soul. Sun warm on my back a slight breeze and a view to paint keeps me satisfied!  A week ago I spent a lovely time with two of my daughters and their daughters at DanCin Winery off South Stage Road near Jacksonville. We sat on their terrace overlooking a Koi pond and beyond that a perfect view of Roxy Ann and Mt Pitt.  I will return to do some preliminary sketching and take reference photos for yet another vineyard painting  

More Time To Paint


It’s a “Faux Spring” … I know, I know!  But days like yesterday make it absolutely necessary for me to begin the process of inventorying and organizing my plein air supplies and gear.  Today I begin!  
I’ll be checking the weather forecasts daily and taking little drives to explore the possibly perfect spots to pull off the road and set up my easel for a painting adventure.  Problem is, at my time of life, there will be no more hiking into remote locations.  I must have these necessities:  parking, patience & potty close by.  I’m hoping that our MEETUP plein air group will all have the same thoughts. Anybody ready to go?

More Time To Paint


It’s a “Faux Spring” … I know, I know!  But days like yesterday make it absolutely necessary for me to begin the process of inventorying and organizing my plein air supplies and gear.  Today I begin!  
I’ll be checking the weather forecasts daily and taking little drives to explore the possibly perfect spots to pull off the road and set up my easel for a painting adventure.  Problem is, at my time of life, there will be no more hiking into remote locations.  I must have these necessities:  parking, patience & potty close by.  I’m hoping that our MEETUP plein air group will all have the same thoughts. Anybody ready to go?