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Ashland New Plays Festival opens its 2018 season March 25th

 Production photo from The Luckiest People world premiere at Curious Theatre Company, photo by Michael Ensminger

Production photo from The Luckiest People world premiere at Curious Theatre Company, photo by Michael Ensminger

Ashland New Plays Festival will open its 2018 season

by staging a dramatic reading of a family drama, Your Best One, on Sunday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m. at Southern Oregon University’s Music Recital Hall. Tickets are available now at

The play by Meridith Friedman will feature actors Rex Young, James Edmondson, Paul Michael Garcia and Kate Berry. The four are well-known to Ashland audiences and previously appeared in Friedman’s play The Luckiest People at ANPF’s 2015 Fall Festival. They will reprise their original roles and Paul Mason Barnes will direct.
Meridith Friedman at ANPF 2015, archival photo
“I love, love, love Ashland,” said Friedman, who lives in Los Angeles and writes for television.  “ANPF has terrific, smart, insightful patrons, and I’m looking forward to finding out their feedback on the play.”

Your Best One and Friedman’s 2015 play are part of a trilogy commissioned by Denver’s Curious Theatre Company, where The Luckiest People received its world premiere performance last year. The third part, as yet untitled, will be presented by ANPF on May 13 at SOU’s Main Theatre.

The story of Your Best One centers around the Hoffman family, including widower Oscar and his grown children Richard and Laura and their families. When one of their own faces a serious health crisis, they rally together–and against each other–with their trademark wit and inherited neurosis, contending with health insurance, child custody, inheritance, and superfoods.

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Sacred Art in Contemporary America- Calls for Entry

Sacrosanct Gallery: Sacred Art in Contemporary America announces its 2018 group art exhibition dates and program lineup.

Prospectus and Call for Entry:  Standard deadlines for artist submissions of original works in any 2D medium are the 1st of every month for the show beginning on the 16th.  Show duration is one month with strike on the 15th of the following month (see monthly schedule below). Special Jurors or prizes are announced under the show name. Sacrosanct Gallery actively pursues mutually-rewarding, long-term relationships with new and established artists (18 years plus and US citizens) working in traditional and visionary applications on the meaning of “sacred”.  There is never a fee to submit.

Upon acceptance, notification of artist/gallery agreements outlining commissions are executed.  We reserve the right to decline entry for any reason, or to remove entry for any reason.  Submissions received absent a current website or artist contact information are automatically disqualified.  Sacrosanct Gallery reserves the right to utilize entry images for the purposes of publicity, documentation, education, and promotion.

A maximum of three submissions for Calls for Entries and any questions go to [email protected] or 941.875.5190.  Artists are highly encouraged to use email or text as we are working around the clock on collector development and public relations.

Grand Opening March 15, 2018 – April 15, 2018 “Votive”

Votives are interfaith tools of utility and intent, providing light and warmth upon illumination.  A votive offering may be offered or consecrated in fulfillment of a vow. For what purposes are we burning our candles? What are our secret prayers of intent? How does our faith and spirituality pay reverence to idols, statutes, gods, and the sacred? Can a votive be more than a candle, can it be a state of being?


April 15, 2018 – May 15, 2018     Micromosaic

May 16, 2018 – Jun 15, 2018     Grotto

Jun 16, 2018 – Jul 15, 2018     Reliquaries

Jul 16, 2018 – Aug 15, 2018     Submerged

Aug 16, 2018 – Sep 15, 2018     Orthodoxy

Sept 16, 2018 – Oct 15, 2018     Spiritualistic

Oct 16, 2018 – Nov 15, 2018     Mausoleum

Nov 16, 2018 – Dec 15, 2018    Incense

Sacrosanct Gallery: Sacred Art in Contemporary America warmly invites you to follow us @BeSacrosanct on Twitter where we regularly post about new trends in art and the sacred in addition to what’s happening in our local Connecticut (New England and Tri-State) area.  We also want to host your accomplished artworks on our Instagram @ctartevents.  You can learn more about my qualifications as an art advisor, dealer, rep, and promoter here. Much love to you as you continue to explore what is authentic, what is whole, and what is “sacred” in your own lives.  As always, you may (without fee) join our global network of art professionals and influential literati atCreative Art Consultants International or email us at [email protected]gmail.comor call 941.875.5190.

Sacrosanct Gallery: Sacred Art in Contemporary America was formerly a liturgical art advisory known as The Art Evangelist.  We’ve been growing and changing in ways that are just phenomenal, including a recent relocation from Southwest Florida to Central Connecticut.  So it stands too, that our interests and direction are naturally morphing as we cultivate our passion and draw nearer to what is true, especially now that we are in the Northeast Corridor with much greater access to pivotal metropolitan art centers.

Love of Art!  from Art Deadlines List

Love of Art!
from Art Deadlines List

Art Deadlines List

February 2018 Art Deadlines List

March 01, 2018 – ACRYLICWORKS
Creative energy is the driving force of what it means to be an artist, and how an artist chooses to use that energy is what sets one apart from the others. Some may choose energetic brush strokes creating movement that seems to dance across the canvas. Others may select colors that represent a feeling behind their emotional energy for a particular work. Entry Fee. Details:
Ongoing – A Free Online webinar that will teach you methods to find Patrons and Sponsors for your art. You will learn how one artist got Apple Computers and Bose Sound to sponsor art work and art projects and also how individual donors and Patrons can be solicited. There is also an option to extend your education in other areas. All those who register for the free webinar get a free booklet right away on how one artist got invited to the Whitney Biennial. No Entry Fee. Details:
ART BIOLOGIC is a thematic exhibition based on art inspired by the biological and natural world. The exhibition will be held at the Limner Gallery, May 10 – June 2, 2018. Entry is open for entry to all artists working in any media with biologic and nature based subject matter. Entry Fee. Details:
Contemporary Art Gallery Online 4th Annual International 2018 “ALL Women” Art Competition. Competition opens January 29, 2018 and closes February 25, 2018. We encourage entries from all Women 2D and 3D artists regardless of their experience or education in the art field. A group exhibition will be held. Awards will be given. Winners will be announced on March 13th, 2018. Entry Fee/USD Entry Fee. Details: 844-210-7722 OR OR [email protected]
Fax for peace, fax for tolerance is an international competition open to students of all grades and types of schools and to professional artists from all over the world. They are required to submit one or more works developing the themes of peace, tolerance, fight against any form of racism and of defense of human rights. No Entry Fee. Details:
February 28, 2018 – BLACK CAUCUS ALA AWARDS
The Black Caucus of ALA (BCALA) honors the best self-published ebooks by an African American author in the U.S. in the following genres: Fiction and Poetry. 2 $500 awards; Formal recognition at the Black Caucus of ALA Literary Awards; BCALA Literary Award Seal to use in marketing. Entries must have been written by an African American author born in the U.S. No Entry Fee. Details:
Submit one piece of fiction up to 5,000 words using the impact of climate change. The winning story will receive a $1000 prize, and nine finalists will receive $50 prizes. Selected work will be published in an anthology by the Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative at Arizona State University. No Entry Fee. Details:
Online painting competition awards $1,000.00 CASH to MONTHLY BEST IN SHOW. Different professional artist judges critique 12 monthly finalists. Artists world wide over 18 eligible. Paintings created with traditional media. One-time membership registration fee $25; each entry additional $10. Competition mission to support and help fund artists in countries lacking art supplies and art education. Entry Fee. Details: 928-282-4326 OR OR [email protected]
February 28, 2018 – STUDIO MONTCLAIR VIEWPOINTS 2018
New location in the heart of Montclair’s Arts District and longer exhibition from June 1 to August 16, 2018. All mediums accepted including videos and installations. Juror: Gary Garrido Schneider, Executive Director, Grounds for Sculpture, artist and educator. CASH AWARDS. Online entry. Entry Fee. Details:862-500-1447 OR OR [email protected]
February 28, 2018 – ALEX ROSE FOUNDATION
The Alexa Rose Foundation furthers the creative work of individual artists through grants and fellowships, strengthening the cultural environment of the Boise valley and benefiting the community at large. All visual, performing, and literary arts are supported. Applicants may request up to $5,000, and must reside in Ada or Canyon County in Idaho. No Entry Fee. Details:
Over 125 artists and artisans from around the country display and sell their fine art and fine crafts in this premier mid-Atlantic exhibition that takes place amidst the Rehoboth Art League’s 3.5-acre historic wooded campus in Henlopen Acres. Entry Fee. Details: 302-227-8408 OR
Dacia Gallery invites artists to submit artwork for an opportunity to have a Two-Week Solo Exhibition in April 2018, at Dacia Gallery. The selected artist for the Solo Exhibition will receive a $1,000 Cash Award. All visual artists may apply. We are looking for new talented artists to exhibit and represent. Entry Fee. Details:
March 01, 2018 – NJEAA “ART OF THE HORSE”
Stockton, NJ. Show dates: May 20 – June 17. Equine themes in: oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, graphite and mixed media, sculpture and photography. Crafts not eligible. Open to artists 18 and over. Must be original work. Up to 3 entries for $30 Entry Fee. Details: (908) 284-9751 OR OR [email protected]
The Fritz Pölking Prize and the Fritz Pölking Junior Prize (open to photographers up to the age of 23) is organized by the Society of German Nature Photographers. This is an annual wildlife photography competition. You may submit a minimum of 8 images and a maximum of 12 images. This may be either a unique wildlife photography project or a portfolio of individual photographs. Entry Fee. Details:
The $3,000 prize from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University honors the best documentary writing and photography in alternating years. The focus is on current or recently completed work (within the last two years). This year’s prize is for photography. Entry Fee. Details: OR [email protected]
The aim of this contest is to show the reality of people with some kind of disability. The photographer should show everyday situations, which are not so different from the rest of the people, and capture the lights and shadows of the people with disabilities, regardless of the part of the world they live in. Each photographer is intended to express his/her own point of view about disability. No Entry Fee. Details:
Categories poetry, fiction, nonfiction and YA fiction. Pays $250 for winner in each category as well as publication in The Bookwoman. Limit 3,000 words for fiction and YA fiction,. Limit 2,500 words for nonfiction. Limit three to five pages of poetry. Entry Fee. Details:
No straight reproductions or giclee’s. EXHIBITION DATES: April 12 to May 21, 2018. PRIZES: First Prize $500, Second Prize $300, Third Prize $200, Honorable Mention. Entry Fee. Visit website for details. Entry Fee. Details: 781-383-2787 OR
Seeking 8 artists to create large format wall murals in downtown Napa. A $1500 stipend will be given to selected artists. Art unveiled at the official Napa City public event for Napa Valley’s Arts in April on April 21. No Entry Fee. Details:
March 05, 2018 – CAMERA USA® 2018
A national competition created to inspire and encourage photographers of all skill levels. Brick and mortar exhibition from Jun 4 – Aug 3. $5,500 in cash awards. Open to photographers in the USA. One photographer will be honored with the 2018 Camera USA® National Photography Award of $5,000 and receive travel and hotel accommodations to receive the award in person in Naples, Florida on June 1st. Entry Fee. Details: 239-262-6517 OR OR [email protected]
Fellowships in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Non-matching grants are for $25,000. No Entry Fee. Details:
Contemporary Art Room Gallery is proud to announce their 1st “Nature” Online Art Competition for the month of March 2018. The Nature theme may include everything that is nature related, (landscapes, seascapes, skies, world of flora and fauna, etc). Fee is $15. Entry Fee. Details: OR [email protected]
Celebrate creative relationship between music & art. May 12-October 28, 2018. Work must be for sale. Jurors: Sal Cataldi, NYC musician; Wendi Gueorguiev, BWAC Performance Series Coordinator. DIGITAL ART only; we print & hang. $15/one image, $5/each, up to two addt’l. *READ ENTIRE PROSPECTUS CAREFULLY; specific formatting & submission instructions. Entries not print-ready NOT accepted.* Entry Fee. Details: 718-596-2506 OR OR [email protected]
Break out and elevate your artist career! Gain exposure on the international stage! Once again, it’s time for the prestigious Chelsea International Fine Art Competition. The selected artists of this prominent contest will be awarded prizes designed to boost their careers and significantly increase their audience. Enter February 6- March 12, 2018. Entry Fee. Details: OR [email protected]
The Lit Fest Fellowship for Emerging Writers covers the full cost of tuition for a Master Workshop. Lighthouse will be awarding four fellowships for Lit Fest 2018 to advanced writers of fiction (1), poetry (1), dramatic writing (1), and creative nonfiction (1) who haven’t yet published a book-length work and who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford a weeklong or weekend Master Workshop. No Entry Fee. Details:
Photographers are invited to submit work for the exhibitions “The Photographic Performance 2018”. We are looking for compelling solo or cooperative exhibitions to fill our interior salon space. Three exhibition proposals will be selected as well as selecting seven proposals to be featured on the gallery blog. Jurors will be Amanda Smith and Kevin Tully, gallery directors. Entry Fee. Details: 512-422-4080 OR OR [email protected]
The Bristol Art Museum is issuing a call to RI and Southeast New England artists for “Arte Corajosa, Celebrating Azorean Creativity: Courageous Art”. Deadline Sunday, March 18th, 2018 The juror is Nancy Whipple Grinnell, Curator Emerita at the Newport Art Museum. All mediums except video and installation will be considered. Application Fee. Details: (401) 253-4400 OR
March 25, 2018 – ELIZA SO FELLOWSHIP
This month-long residency in Las Vegas will offer award recipients time and solitude to help them finish a book that is already in progress. The 2018 fellowships will include room and board at The Writer’s Block, along with a $500 food stipend and $400 toward travel. You must have a novel, collection of stories, memoir, or other prose work (fiction, nonfiction or hybrid) in progress. No Entry Fee. Details:
Join us as we explore the wonderful, wild world of birds! The jury seeks artwork that captures the vibrant spirit of aviary life, portraying beauty, diversity and detail of the birds that fill our skies. All media welcome; small to large-scale works sought; indoor and outdoor works; cash awards. Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, MD. Entry Fee. Details: 410-326-4640 OR OR [email protected]
NEW in 2018! We have a new booth fee structure; no commission fees! Join us for our 25th Anniversary! Artsfest is an annual juried arts festival held at beautiful Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, in Solomons, Maryland. Artsfest brings together 170 of the country’s most accomplished artists for a weekend of terrific shopping, great music, and delicious food and drink. Application Fee. Details: 410-326-4640 OR OR [email protected]
Juror: Sara Softness Assistant Curator at the Brooklyn Museum. Open to artists of any gender working in any media, residing in the U.S. Recent work only. Ceres, Chelsea NY, founded in 1984, is a non-profit alternative center dedicated to the promotion of contemporary artists. Entry Fee. Details: 212-947-6100 OR OR [email protected]
This exhibition is one of the oldest continuously running juried shows in the country. For the 61st year, approximately 25 works from contemporary painters, sculptors, photographers and ceramicists will be selected by guest juror Sharon Louden, who is an artist, educator, advocate for artists, and the “Living and Sustaining a Creative Life” series editor. $2,500 in awards. Application Fee. Details: 716-357-6217 OR
Pennsylvania Watercolor Society’s 39th International Juried Exhibition, September 15 – October 20, 2018, at the Crary Art Gallery, Warren, PA. Over $14,000 in cash and merchandise awards. Limit 2 entries; only one may be accepted. Entry fees Members 1/2 ($25); Non-Members 1/2 ($40). All work must be original, less than 3 years old, and never shown in any other juried show or PWS member show. Entry Fee. Details: OR [email protected]
LA POSTIZA Creative Centre is situated in a rural historic town surrounded by lemon trees. Only 10 mins driving to the city centre. A typical local house in a historical moorish location: La Cueva, a fertile area/farm. Only 20/30 mins riding to the centre, with local cultural activities and several residency programs. You will find all the information in our website. Thank you. Entry Fee. OR [email protected]

Kindred Spirits presents Argentine Tango

Grants, Winners, Poetry and Exhibit News from OAC February 2018

February 2018

News & Updates

A new Arts Commissioner, lots of grant news and a powerful new exhibition in the Governor’s Office — plus a preview of the 2018 Poetry Out Loud contest!

Matt Stringer appointed to Arts Commission

Matthew Stringer, the executive director of Four Rivers Cultural Center and Museum​ in Ontario, Oregon, has been appointed to the Oregon Arts Commission by Governor Kate Brown​. Stringer fills the position previously held by Libby Unthank Tower, who completed her second four-year term in December.
Matthew Stringer

Jess Perlitz named 2018 Joan Shipley Fellow

Jess Perlitz, a Portland-based artist working in sculpture, performance and drawing, is the 2018 recipient of the Oregon Arts Commission’s honorary Joan Shipley Award.
Perlitz leads a group of 19 Oregon artists selected from a pool of more than 120 applicants from 23 Oregon cities for the Arts Commission’s Individual Artist Fellowships.
Jess Perlitz, That Which is Set Before the Eyes, 2015. Concrete, foam, office furniture, paint.

Motoya Nakamura exhibits in Governor’s Office

Portland artist Motoya Nakamura is exhibiting “Images of the 442nd: Nisei Japanese American WWII Veterans and Their Continuing Legacy” in Governor Kate Brown​’s Office at the Oregon State Capitol​ in Salem now through April 4.
Motoya Nakamura, Kenny Namba, 2009, archival pigment print, 30 x 24 inches.

Poetry Out Loud winners named

Congratulations to Jaden Schiffhaur and Leopold Westrey, the first and second place finishers in the Feb. 12 Poetry Out Loud contest at Lincoln High School!
Jaden will represent Lincoln Saturday, March 3, at the Portland Regional Contest at Lewis and Clark College. Regional contests also are scheduled that day at Rogue Community College in Medford and at Willamette University in Salem.
Jaden Schiffhaur (left) and Leopold Westry (right) took first and second place in the Lincoln High School Poetry Out Loud contest Feb. 12.

Arts Learning grants announced

Congratulations to the 20 Oregon arts organizations sharing $193,001 in FY 2018 Oregon Arts Commission Arts Learning grants! The grants, ranging from $4,451 to $12,046, support arts education projects now under way across the state.
Teacher Bari Frimkess leads a recorder class for students in the Phoenix/Talent school district as part of an Arts Learning project led by the Rogue Valley Symphony Association.

Small Operating grants announced

Congratulations to the 79 small Oregon arts organizations to receive FY2018 operating support from the Oregon Arts Commission! Awarded to arts organizations in 29 towns and cities across the state, Small Operating Grants are designed to provide operating support to arts organizations with budgets under $150,000.
A Corvallis Guitar Society event..

Arts Build Communities grants announced

Congratulations to the 33 projects awarded $209,400 in 2018 Oregon Arts Commission Arts Build Communities grants! Arts Build Communities projects use the arts as a means of addressing community need. They target broad geographic impact and arts access for underserved audiences in Oregon. More than half of this year’s awards go to communities outside of the Portland area.
A studnet shows off her ring prowess during a Circus Project workshop.

Conversations with Funders and Partners happening now

More than $5 million in funding will be on the table when Oregon Cultural Trust Manager Aili Schreiner joins with colleagues from the Cultural Trust’s Statewide Partners and other funders for “Conversations with Funders and Partners,” a 14-stop state tour. Attendees will learn about grant programs available from multiple grantmakers and will have the opportunity to discuss their projects and programming. Other statewide programming resources also will be presented.
A 2017 Conversations with Funders event in Eugene.

Happy 55th to the Corvallis Art Center

January marked the 55th anniversary of the opening of the Corvallis Art Center. We are proud of your longstanding service to the greater Corvallis community!
Corvallis Art Center.
Oregon Arts Commission | Phone 503-986-0082 |

Wordplay Call to Artists

Call for Art: Wordplay
July 6 – 28, 2018
Entry Due Date: April 22, 2018
Juried by Vernita Nemec

This exhibition serves to highlight the voice of all female identified artists who use text and image or text as image as a means of creative expression. Works in all media are welcome and encouraged. Submit your work here:
Detail of work by Vernita Nemec
(Image: Detail of work by Vernita Nemec)

Blogging and Painting: Day 23 Espresso Time-R V3, #30paintingsin30days

Blogging; it just occurred to me that this challenge has been almost as much about writing these blog post as it has been about painting.  That is, at least for me.

Day 23:  “Espresso Timer-V3”.

Greetings!  Welcome to day 23 of #30paintingsin30days.  And, for today, I present another version of “Espresso Time-R”.  This time, the still life is painted with a purple and gold complimentary color combination.  My aim was to make the timer the main subject and center of interest.  You might notice that it is the area that is bright and warm colored.

Blogging! Day 22 of 23; Painting 23 of #30paintingsin30days challenge

Blog:  22 of 23 Days!

However, I would like to talk about blogging this past three weeks.  As I sat down to my computer, it dawned on my that I have written a blog post 22 of the 23 days this month.  There was one post where I combined two days.  Otherwise, its been a new post each day.

Wow!  It has been quite awhile since I have blogged almost daily!  I needed to take a pause and think about it a moment.

Challenge: Painting And Blogging!

You see,when I decided to accept the challenge, I figured I would just write a paragraph or two.  Maybe a hundred words or so in the blog.

However, that has not been the case!  On most days, I write at least 300 words.  Did you know I had so much to say?  I didn’t think so.  Maybe, I’m just a bit obsessed.

It Takes Skills.

Except, hmm, lets think about it a moment.  Drawing and painting are skill intense activities.  That includes mental as well as physical skill.  Oops, I don’t want to digress to much about skills other than to say it takes a robust skill set to draw and paint.

Its About Sharing Experiences.

And, eventually, many of us like to share our thoughts and experiences about learning this skill set.  Hence a platform like a blog; that is to say it comes in handy talking about everything we know, don’t know, dream about or aspire to.

Daily Writing Studies.

Another point about blogging is that these daily essays are somewhat like the studies I am painting.  I have only a general idea (if that) about what I’m going to write as I approach the computer.

Sidebar, Yes, I’m not one of the sophisticated bloggers who has a schedule knocked out six months in advance.  Something to aspire to be in the future.

Instead, I’m writing it as I see, feel and experience each day of this painting challenge.

Commitment and Work!

So, its two studies per day:  one painting, one writing.  Now, that is some commitment and work!

On the plus side, and why I would recommend such a challenge, is that is requires commitment and work.  That is to say, its an intensive period of study.

Put simply: its all good.

Now, for some coffee!

By the way, if you are reading this posting and have made it to the end, please leave a comment and tell me, are you a blogger?

Warm regards!




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The Magic of Creating Edges in Your Paintings

In this video, Plein Air Artist Stefan Baumann Discusses abount The Magic of Creating Edges in Your Paintings and why the artist should know about them.

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Painting – The Magic of Edges
Edges are one of the fundamental elements
In my Painting workshops in Mt Shasta offered in the spring and fall, I include a lecture of the 12 Key Rules that an artist must know to create a masterpiece. Edges are one of the fundamental elements included in my list of the 12 Insights that artists need to know. I would put Edges in the top five. How an artist uses edges in a painting is so important that it can make or break a painting. Yet, little is discussed about why some edges are sharp and other edges are not.
To understand edges one must understand how we see. The human eyes can only see one thing at a time, and that thing is limited to being about the size of a silver dollar. In photography, it is called the depth of field. It is the distance between the nearest and farthest objects in a scene that appears to be acceptably sharp in an image. For example, when we look at a face we usually focus on the eyes. Eyes are set 1 1/2 inches apart and are six inches total. Generally, we focus on just one eye. You are aware of this when you are talking to someone with a lazy eye. You feel yourself going from one eye to the other trying to figure out what eye to look at. In a painting, a focal point is the area of focus and the edges in that area should have hard edges. Everything out of that area should be
painted with soft edges. This is how artists recreate how the human brain sees things. Yes, as an object gets farther from you, it gets softer. There is so much more to understand about edges and what they can do for you when you create a Grand masterpiece.

Edges or the quality of line also defines the speed that a viewer looks at a painting. An artist can manipulate the viewer’s speed at which he looks at a painting by using a sharp line, which makes the viewer eyes move quickly throughout the painting causing the experience to be short. A softer or defused line allows the viewer to slow down and even stop as he or she ponders the sensitivity of the line. A line that has varying degrees of hard and soft edges makes the viewer much more interested in participating in the experience of your painting.

Edges also create feelings that the artist can relay to the viewer to increase the experience. When we think of an image that is in high definition, the experience can be defined and harsh with little is left to the imagination, and the experience is one of a quick response. However, a painting painted with soft lines allows the viewer to melt and settle down for a while and relax, enjoying the moment of the line as it travels back and through the painting.

Edges also create depth and a sense of three dimensions in your work. If we paint as we see, the sharper the lines are nearest to the viewer makes the viewer see the object up close with detail. When the object retreats back from the viewer, the object’s edges soften
and often can disappear. This will create the effect that the object is further away and will give the viewer the experience of 3D.

To develop a better understanding of how edges and brushstrokes work together and how to create better edges, a good exercise is to paint a simple subject in a very limited amount of time. I recommend using a 9×12 canvas and one or two medium brushes. An a la prima painting usually is completed in about 2 hours from start to finish. In
order to work with edges, you must work wet on wet. Paint everything without being concerned about the edges first. Make sure you create a strong focal point with hard edges. {See Campfire Chats on focal points and how to understand them. This will be the topic of our discussion in future Campfire Chats, so look for it.}

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Surprise! Frothing Pitcher & Espresso Cups; Day 22 of #30paintingsin30days Challenge.

Surprise – as in something unexpected.

Different Intentions…

Greetings!  Yes, today’s painting is a bit of a surprise to me!

To explain, my intention was to create a painting with my frothing pitcher, espresso cup and timer.  I had an image in my mind as I started drawing with the paint brush on my paper.

Surprise! Frothing Pitcher & Espresso Cups

Surprise!  What’s This?

After a short while, I noticed an image emerging on the paper that I was not expecting.

You see, I was accidentally painting a soft edge composition that looked kind of nice.

Hmmm.  It had potential, I’m thinking.  Can I bring this surprise “home”, that is –  to completion?

To Keep Working Or Finish?

As you might imagine, I was in a quandary; I didn’t want to over-work and destroy this unexpected painting.  How to keep it fresh?

Do you know what saved the process?  The knowledge that I can do another one!

So, I did as little as possible to finish in order to bring the painting to a “finished” state.  Or, more accurately, a state that I would like to leave the painting in for further contemplation.

Lessons Learned.

Surprisingly enough, there are some lessons to be learned with today’s composition.

  • Be mindful and watch as your work unfolds; sometimes surprises happen!
  • Be willing to allow intuition guide your process; you might be delighted.
  • Be willing to stop where you are and to start another painting; sometimes you end up with two paintings instead of one!
  • Be willing to paint lots of paintings; you just might amaze yourself and others!

In the end. I liked today’s study, though I hesitate to call it a “break through” just yet.

However, the painting points to a new avenue of discovery.  That is to say, a more fuzzy and moody approach to painting.  And, isn’t that one of the benefits of a challenge like this?

To explain, by doing lots of studies in a short amount of time, eventually something surprising might happen!  And, isn’t that great?

Where’s the Center of Interest?

I am referring to yesterday’s article about center of interest.  In theory, some of these composition ideas ought to be cumulative!

So, what area in the painting looks like the center of interest or focal point to you?  I have in mind a certain location but am wondering if it reads the same to you.  If you would like,  please leave me a comment with the location that draws your attention.  Thanks!


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Center Of Interest: Day 21 Cappuccino V9 #30paintingsin30days

Center of interest – that is the area that I would like you to look at in a drawing or painting.  Put another way, it attracts your attention.

“Cappuccino V9”.

Center of Interest: Cappuccino V9

Greetings!  And, here we are at day 21 of #30paintingsin30days!  Add to that the ninth cappuccino study!  Is it getting to feel routine to you?  It is a bit to me.

However, I think appearances can sometimes be misleading.  Or, at least there are subtle difference.  What I mean to say is that there are some differences in the painting today.

Regarding Differences.

Immediately, you may notice that this is a mainly orange colored painting rather than the blue dominated pieces I’ve been showing.  I had to change my color emphasis; don’t want to get into too much of a rut.

Composition:  Center of Interest.

Also, I have been thinking that I need to purposely stretch my composition skills.

One area I think that I don’t pay enough attention to is the design’s “center of interest” or emphasis.   So, time to give it some thought.  Since the series is about cappuccino, it seemed like a good idea to emphasize the cup.

How To Emphasize?

How to create a center of interest might be the natural next question. In this case, I created contrast in color: a light blue surrounded by its compliment of orangish color.  You might notice that the rest of the painting only has touches or hints of blue.

The other device that I used was to “glaze”, or paint a thin coat of transparent orange over most of the rest of the painting.  To elaborate, the orange glaze unifies the other parts of the painting.  Plus, it reduces contrast.

So, there we are, “Cappuccino V9” in orange.  Pumpkin cappuccino, do you figure?

References for further reading on composition.

Wikipedia:  Composition (Visual Arts).

Sophia:  Design in Art:  Emphasis, Variety and Unity.


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