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Painting & WSO Traveling Exhibition In Carlton, OR

Wallow Gallery, Carlton OR

Greetings!  I am pleased to say that my watercolor painting “Three Minute Egg V11”, is now showing in the Wallow Gallery, Carlton, OR.

Carlton: Three Minute Egg V11

You see, it is one of the 20 award winning paintings from the Watercolor Society of Oregon’s (WSO) Spring 2018 Experimental Exhibition.  And, WSO has a traveling show consisting of their award winning paintings.  So, the award winning paintings get to travel to select galleries around Oregon.

Gallery Details.

I would like to invite you to see the Traveling Exhibition in Carlton.  Therefore, I’d like to share gallery information with you.  The paintings are showing at the Wallow Gallery, 125 W. Main St.  Business hours are Fri-Sun, 12-5pm. For more information, please email [email protected] or call 503-785-9951.  Furthermore, you may want to call the gallery first if you plan to see the exhibition.

The paintings will be on display through the end of September.

WSO 2018 Traveling Exhibition

WSO Experimental Exhibition.

What makes the experimental exhibition special is that artists are encouraged to explore different water-media and substrates.  Put another way, you see everything from a more traditional watercolor paint on paper to mixed water-media on aqua or clay-board.  And, the types of water-media include transparent watercolor, gouache and acrylic.

Still, the intentions of jurying the show are the same: recognizing paintings with technical and artistic achievement.

And, one further note about WSO art shows.  The fall exhibition includes only watercolor works on paper.  You can see, then, how it contrasts with the spring experimental show.

Photos By Liz Walker.

Carlton; Liz Walker's "On Solid Ground" used with permission

I’d like to give you some background regarding the photos.  To explain, most are from fellow Oregon artist, Ms. Liz Walker.  Thank you Liz for permission to use your photos!

Included are her photos from some of the previous stops on the traveling show’s journey.  Plus, I’m adding her own award winning painting.  I liked the feeling of her painting “On Solid Ground”.  You see, it has a degree of mystery that I particularly enjoy!

Thank you!

On a personal note, I would like to extend a “thank you” to Zsuzanna Wallow, Sandy and all the WSO members responsible for this wonderful show.  And, a HUGE thank you to Wallow Gallery for showing the art works!

Please Stop By!

In closing, I would like to invite you to stop by the Wallow Gallery if you are in the area!  Please, go see some wonderful experimental water-media paintings by my friends and fellow Oregon fine artists!  Thank you!

Carlton. Paintings from WSO Spring Exhibition

 

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A Clown: More Than A Smiling Face

But, still, a smiling clown can be good!

Clowns Popped In My Head.

Hi!  Lately, I’ve been doing some small studies of clowns.  Why clowns?  I don’t know.  They popped into my head this past May and I keep coming back to them.

Research Time.

So, after a few drawings, I thought it might be a good idea to research clowns.  I started with a search for famous clowns.  As you might expect, there were photos and mentions of some of the more recent famous comedic characters, both real and fictional.  Circus clowns like Emmett Kelly, American Tramp “Weary Willie” and Red Skelton, Freddie the Freeloader.

Clown With Daisies And Balloons

Traditional Types.

Then, I started finding articles about traditional circus clowns.  Did you know, that there were generally three types of circus clowns?  They are the white face, Auguste (red face),  character clowns.  The character clowns may include the more recent hobo or tramp, like Weary Willie.

Boss Clown.

There is a funny hierarchy too.  To over simplify, the white face clown is the top clown and serious (straight face) clown.  Whereas the red face or Auguste clown is the one that gets the pie in the face.  Naturally, the character clowns play characters.

Its About Meaning.

Now that I’ve shared with you my quick research on these circus characters, I’d like to relate my findings to drawings.  You see, it makes it much more interesting creating my clown characters now that I know a little bit about them.  And, its inspired me to create more!

Oddly enough, I drew a “white face” clown without knowing the significance.  Still, I think he is appropriate for the occasion.

Clown With Daisies & Balloons.

In any case, I hope you enjoy my clown with daisies and balloons.  Thank you!

PS.  You could say that this watercolor and ink study is a type of “drawing from memory and imagination”.  The emphasis is on imagination!

Twin Clowns.

Naturally, when you draw one clown, well, maybe you need to draw two!  Plus, I’m a fraternal twin.   Happiness!

Clown: Twins

 

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Rogue Gallery July 2018 New exhibit – 3rd Friday, Classes & Grant Deadline

July 18 2018 artblast Julia Janeway

New Exhibit -THIS FRIDAY, JULY 20

3rd FRIDAY ART RECEPTION 5-8pm

IN THE COMMUNITY GALLERY

Sanctuary: Ceramics by Julia Janeway
July 20–August 24

Julia Janeway Westcliffe Santo
Julia Janeway,WESTCLIFFE SANTO, ceramic
Reception:  Friday, July 20, 5:00-8:00 pm

Ashland artist, Julia Janeway explores the meaning of “sanctuary” in her new ceramic works. She creates ceramic “retablos” which traditionally are paintings of saints. In her artistic interpretation, the saints are depicted as owls, birds, and other animals. Her inspiration for this exhibit from the time she spent living in Taos, New Mexico where retablos commonly adorn homes and churches. Julia Janeway is known for her colorful and whimsical ceramic art pieces that depict animals, geometric shapes, and botanically images.
Last day to see Heat Wave

IN THE MAIN GALLERY

Heat Wave:
The Works of the High Fiber Diet Artists

June 8 – July 20, 2018

Elizabeth Bamberger Where the City Meets the High Desert
Elizabeth Bamberger WHERE THE CITY MEETS THE HIGH DESERT, fiber

High Fiber Diet is a group of over thirty fiber artists from Western Oregon and Southwestern Washington dedicated to expressing their interpretation of the world and themselves through the use of fiber. This exhibit is focused on the concept of heat wave. “Orange is the color of heat: hot passion, hot jazz, desert heat, tropical heat, the warmth of Mediterranean stone walls or bright flowers. We are basking in its glow.”

IN THE ROGUE STUDIO

Summer Camps for Youth 

Sign up now, classes are filling fast!

Clay Discovery with Shari Craddock
For ages 7-10
Tuesday-Friday, August 7-10 from 9 am -12 pm
Young artists will discover the wonders of creating with clay. They will learn how to make tea cups, mugs and sculptures. They also will learn how to work on the potter’s wheel.
MEMBERS $95, NON-MEMBERS $115 Register HERE>>
Clay Sculpture and the Wheel with Shari Craddock
For ages 11-14
Tuesday-Friday, August 14-17 from 9am-12pm
Enjoy creating with clay & porcelain learning ancient methods of hand building and the wheel as practiced in Mesopotamia beginning in 3000 BC. Learn to build cups with animal handles, a teapot set, hand-painted plates with your original design, wacky sculptures…the possibilities are endless and a lot of fun! Your clay creations will be glazed and fired. Finally, we’ll bring clay art to life by watching a short claymation video at the end of the week.
MEMBERS $95, NON-MEMBERS $115 Register HERE>>
FOR TEENS
Art in Reverse with Samar Dawisha
For ages 12 and up
Tuesday-Friday, July 24-27, 1-4 pm
Create amazing designs in this fun printmaking camp. Students will learn the captivating process of printmaking, producing their own designs and printing on papers and fabrics using a printing press.
MEMBERS $89, NON-MEMBERS $109 Register HERE>>
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Adult Classes
Rogue Studio Figure Drawing Sessions
Series One: Tuesdays, June 26-July 31, 6:00-8:30 pm
Drop-in Tuesday evenings for 2 1/2 hours of moderated, uninstructed figure drawing sessions with a live model in the Rogue Studio. Adults 18 years and older from beginning to advanced levels are welcome. The sessions will include short gestures and longer, sustained poses. Students must provide their own drawing materials. Drawing boards, worktables, and easels are available for use.
$10 FOR EACH SESSION Register HERE>>
Or pay at the class with cash or check.

Series Two: Tuesdays, August 21-September 25 from 6:00-8:30 pm
Only $45 FOR THE SIX SESSION SERIES Register HERE>>

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DEADLINE JULY 20 FOR GRANTS FOR ARTISTS

The Haines & Friends Fund, A Community Funded Visual Arts Grant Program. This program provides grants of $1,000 to $5,000 to Southern Oregon artists and arts educators for supplies, equipment and other expenses to create original, new works. The deadline is July 20th. Forms can be picked up at many local galleries, including Rogue Gallery. Or download the 2018 Artist application HERE>> For more information download the 2018 FAQ HERE>>
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The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is the Rogue Valley’s premier non-profit community art center founded in 1960 to promote and nurture the visual arts in the Rogue Valley. The Art Center showcases emerging and established artists, presents fine crafts by area artisans, and offers a broad range of visual art classes and workshops for all ages.

Rogue Gallery & Art Center is located in downtown Medford at 40 South Bartlett Street. The 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. We are open every third Friday until 8:00pm.

Summer Fine Art Camps at Project Space this August!

Summer Fine Art Camps taught by Brooke Nuckles Gentekos
Summer Fine Art Camps taught by Brooke Nuckles Gentekos artist August 6 - 10 ages 3-8 August 13 - 17 ages 9-14 Monday - Friday, 9:30 AM to 12:30PM  Cost: $100 + $20 materials fee (includes all drawing and painting materials, canvas, wire, etc.)  Young artists will explore foundational visual art skills making original works of art with quality art materials.

August 6 – 10 for ages 3-8
August 13 – 17 for ages 9-14
Each camp runs Monday – Friday, 9:30 AM to 12:30PM

Young artists will explore foundational visual art skills making original works of art with quality art materials. Inspired by famous artists and their masterpieces, we’ll DRAW still life, PAINT self portraits, SCULPT with wire and found objects, and CREATE collaborative murals, mandalas and installation art. Artist reception on Friday with campers’ artwork on display.

Cost: $100 + $20 materials fee (includes all drawing and painting materials, canvas, wire, etc.)

Register now (limited space available):
https://artprojectspace.com/youth-classes/summer-camp-with-brooke-nuckles/

Simplifying – In Drawing & Painting Composition

Coming To Terms With Simplifying.

Greetings!  I’m still thinking about this idea of simplifying.  In this article, I speculate about where the concept of simplifying fits in the composition lexicon for drawing and painting.

Simplifying
Contemplating Over Coffee

Mini Workshop Coming Up.

Yes, this is the kind of thing I contemplate on from time to time.  And, if you think that I’m obsessing about simplifying then you would probably be correct!  The situation is that I am working on getting my thoughts and experiences organized.  This is because I’m scheduled to lead a mini workshop on simplifying to the Watercolor Society of Oregon.  And, I want to be able to communicate ideas clearly.

Doing Research.

So, as you might imagine, I’m doing some research and study.  However, I’m finding that when one does a search “simplifying in drawing and painting composition”.  You see, its been oddly difficult finding relevant results.  So, instead, I’m trying different searches and looking in my art books.

How Does “Simplifying” Fit In?

Because of the scarcity of information, I wanted to figure out where this concept of “simplifying” fits in the lexicon of composition.  Perhaps I’ll be able to do better searches or at least articulate what “simplifying” is all about.

Definitions: Simplifying

The Problem.

To restate the problem, what does does it mean to simplify as it applies to designing a painting? And, how does this process fit with the elements and principles of design?

Minimalism & Abstraction?

Furthermore, isn’t Minimalism simplification taken toward the extreme?

In a manner of speaking, the answer to the Minimalism question is yes.  The Tate Museum, for example, defines Minimalism as an extreme form of abstraction typified by big simple geometric shapes.  Come to think of it, abstraction is linked to simplifying too.  You might want to refer to the Tate’s definition of abstraction.  It includes the following line.

The term can be applied to art that is based an object, figure or landscape, where forms have been simplified or schematised.  

Circular Contemplation.

Can you see where my brain might just go around in circles?

Simplify: Design Elements

Composition & Design.

Back to composition or design (a short digression)!  You might want to know that I use the terms composition and design interchangeably.  I’m referring to the same thing; how we organize elements on the picture plane.

Simplify: Design Principles

In any case, the concept simplifying is not a design element or a design principle.  So, how does it fit?  I’m thinking its an over-arching “approach” and therefore is fits indirectly.

One Example.

Simplifying shapes

I thought I’d use one of my paintings, “Coffee At Black Cat Cafe” as an example of simplifying by linking or massing shapes.  While this painting may seem complicated, and it does to me, I have taken steps to simplify shapes to promote unity.

If you would like, please take a look at the three figures.  The two figures at the right are linked by their adjacent arms, creating a bigger shape. The figure on the left sits alone; she is my center of interest.  Also note that the figures and the table are depicted in similar warm colors.  Thus, I am linking the smaller shapes into a single larger, triangular shape.

In this example, then, I use both shape and color as the design elements for simplifying.  The action of simplifying (linking or massing the shapes) promotes unity, which is a design principle.

Second Example.

I just noticed that both of the paintings I’ve selected show places where I’ve simplified.  The figures, for example, are simple.  That is to say, I haven’t put in a lot of the details about bone structure, muscles and features.  I’ve left that to your imagination.  Furthermore, the color schemes are relatively simple or restrained.

Your Turn.

Come to think of it, how about you?  For those of you who are artists, how do you simplify shapes, colors, values and other design elements in your own work?  And, for all of us who appreciate art, have you noticed simplification in other works of art?

To Simplify Implies Action.

Consider again, then, the words “to simplify” and its opposite “to complicate”.  Don’t the terms imply action?  In the act of designing a drawing or painting, I would suggest that we’re talking about how we arrange things on the picture plane.

To put it another way, to simplify or to complicate refers to the ways in which we arrange or apply the design elements in accordance with the design principles.

Links To More Examples.

For more, you might want to see my article on silhouettes.  Or, you might want to check out artist Frank Eber’s blog post:  “Simplifying a Scene”.  John Burton, Tucson Art Academy, has a short video titled “3 Key Steps to Simplifying A Complex Scene” that I think is good.

Update!  I came across Linda Kemp’s book on simplifying titled “Simplifying Design & Color for Artists”.  I have not read it myself, but have looked at the table of contents and it looks good.

PHEW! Simplifying Seems Complicated!

Trying to simplify seems to be complicated.  But, what I’m seeking is clarity.  And, low and behold, to simplify can mean to seek clarity.  Another brain loop!  But, this is where things get sort of exciting, if you can stay with me.  Clarity and understanding are part of the definition for simplifying or simplicity.

Its All About Artist Intent.

You might ask the question, “Why is this important at all?”   For me, its all about what an artist wants to say and how to say it.

Summary.

To summarize, then, the term “to simplify” fits in the design lexicon as an action.  The action is to reduce or simplify one of the design elements.  In doing so, the artist is working to create unity, of the design principles.

Thanks!

Thank you for stopping by.  Please feel free to leave a comment if you like!  Warm regards.  Peggy.

#simplify #simplifying #simplifyyourpainting

Simplify: Still Contemplating!
Still contemplating how to simplify!

 

 

 

 

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One Way To Simplify: Using Silhouette Shape Studies.

Simplify: To clarify; to make easier to understand.

Just Thinking!

Greetings!  I have been thinking about how to “simplify” lately and how the term applies to creating paintings.  You see, I have a mini workshop coming up with the Watercolor Society of Oregon (WSO) this fall.

Simplify: Three Minute Egg V12 Concept Drawing

Why Simplify?

But, what do we mean by simplification as it applies to painting?  And, why would you (the artist “you”) want to simplify?

Simplify: Three Minute Egg No12 First State

And How?

These are the types of questions I’m wrestling with plus the BIG ONE:  how does one simplify?

In the meantime, I’m working on some research by doing article searches and brain storming.

Create A Silhouette!

However what I’d like to share with you is one of my favorite ways to simplify.  What I’m talking about is creating a silhouette shape study of my designs.  This is a type of value (light and dark) study.  You may also have heard of the Japanese term notan, which also refers to lights and darks.  I’m adding a list of terms to show you how the meanings of these terms overlap.

Simplify: Terms

Silhouette, Value Study, Notan! (Oh My!)

In other words, a silhouette can be a value study which can be notan as well.  Its all about the underlying light and dark pattern of my painting!

Intention.

So.  It is my intention is to show you a silhouette study I did plus some of the “work-in-progress” (WIP) states of my latest painting.

Simplify: Silhouette Shape Study

Link Dark Shapes.

Back to silhouette studies, how does this result in a simplified painting?  I’m massing my shapes; that is linking all the shapes of one value which, in this case, is black or white.  The linking of shapes creates a black silhouette against a white ground.  Then, I can see the “big picture” – a shape and value pattern, without the distracting details.

Truth Time.

Oops; ahem, the truth will out.  In case you were wondering, I do not make a silhouette shape study for every design I use for paintings.  Oh?  Yes, that is even though doing so is a great practice and pays dividends.  I am thinking I might need to make a new habit of doing silhouette shape and value studies all the time!

Simplify: Three Minute Egg State 2

Get It Down On Paper.

You see, my current practice is usually just to think the design through in my head.  The downside of “just thinking” is that you don’t see it clearly.  Plus, you need to trust yourself to remember your intentions over time.  Hmmm….could be a problem for someone who takes a while to complete a painting!

So, not surprisingly, I’m finding in the articles I read that it pays to really do the extra work when you’re developing a concept for the painting.  That is, do the preparatory drawings, silhouettes shape and value sketches.  Get the ideas down on paper.

Its my experience that doing the studies helps me see the strengths and problems of a composition.

Silhouette Study: “Three Minute Egg No.12”.

Therefore, better late than never, I worked up a silhouette shape study for a design I’m working on (please see above).

Now, I can see the concept as a series of inter-connecting bold shapes.  I’m not distracted by the details.  Instead, I have a map of my lights and darks to use as I develop my watercolor.

Plus, I had fun creating the silhouette.

Paper & Scissors Are Good.

You can do this with construction paper and scissors, just like you might have done when you were a child.  Its an enjoyable exercise, but a LOT harder than I recall from childhood!   Why?  Because you have to think ahead and make it all one shape!

Simplify: State 3, Three Minute Egg No 12

Digital Works Too.

Since I didn’t have any construction paper around the house, I used the digital art program “Painter®” by Corel™.  To explain, I scan in an outline of my drawing.  Then, I use the program to draw and fill shapes.  There is a fair amount of adjusting because, as I’ve mentioned before, you see problem areas.

Link Dark-to-dark and Light-to-light.

In this particular design, I am concerned that my dark shapes touch or neighbor another dark shape.  Put another way, an isolated dark shape, surrounded completely by white, creates a hole.   You, as the observer, might get stuck in a dark hole as there is no path out into the light.  So, if you want to, look for black holes. Do you see any?

Back to the idea of simplification, do you see how the silhouette shape study helps you see a simplified composition?  That is, some of the details are gone and you just look at the structure.

Key Points.

To summarize, there are two key points to consider:

  1.  Silhouette shape and value studies are one way to simplify a design or composition.
  2. Doing studies ahead of time, that is before you start the painting helps.  You have a better chance of seeing the strengths and problems of composition before you get to far into painting.

PHEW!  Speaking of simplify, this was not a simple blog post!  Isn’t that funny?  Writing an article on simplifying design certainly seems complicated!

Thanks!  I welcome your comments, suggests and discussion.

Simplify: Three Minute Egg No 12 State 4

PS.  I’m still working on this painting!

 

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Spring 2018 Classes at Light Garden Glass Art in Medford

1086 Washburn                            April 2017
Medford, OR                                   Tues-Fri 10-5pm
www.lightgarden.net                     Sat  10-1p
(541) 779-0272                                 Closed:  Sun & Mon.
 
  If you missed the
Alcohol Inks Demo
it was
FANTASTIC!

 

You can learn more about alcohol inks

by dropping in 

or better yet sign up for our
first formal class

taught by  

 

Vera Jacobson
June 16th   1-3pm

The fee for attending the class is $20

and you will make one 4″ x 4″ abstract tile, all supplies included.  If you would like to make one or two of the the 6″ x 6″ birch tiles you will need to buy the ink to make them.  The Spring Birches use 5 colors.  The Winter Birches use 3 colors.  All attendees will get a discount on the inks and tools if you decide to buy them.  Tiles are included.This  class will fill up quickly so sign up today!  

  SO here’s the coolest thing that 

happened last week:

Dory brought in
12 Flowers of Hope panels
that she made at home!
Aren’t they just the cutest?

 

Thank you to everyone who has been in this year and made panels.  It’s looking like it’s going to be a great year!!
 
These projects can be done during our regularly scheduled workshops on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from
10 – 12n.  Please call or email ahead to reserve your space.

Painting with Frit 2

        
April 28th & May 5
1-4pm
 
Take your frit painting to the next level!

Learn the secrets to multi-layering glass, paint and frit giving your artwork depth and dimension.
Project is shown with bear but there is a deer pattern available as well.
This will be a small class and will fill up quickly so register today.

$125

One Space Left!

Painting with Glass Enamels

Dogwood Spoon Rest or

Small Platter    

May 19th
1-4pm
Paint dogwood flowers, leaves and branches on the top layer and learn to paint complementary watercolor backgrounds on a second layer to create depth and interest.

This 10″ x 6″ spoon rest is not only beautiful but a handy accessory for any kitchen.  Small platter also available.

This class includes all materials and 2 firings.

$55       

Painting with Frit

One Saturday Morning and Afternoon
June 2nd
10a-12pm
Lunch
1-4pm

Learn to use frit, hand pulled stringers, 96 glass and glass enamels to quickly add dimension and a painterly quality to your fused glass art.
We’ll explore different techniques through 3 small panels, focusing on clouds, trees, water and layering backgrounds. We’ll also address combining colors and picture composition.
Find out how easy it is to develop your sketches from photos and other inspiration. These panels can be a great reference guide for future projects.     


All frit, stringers, glass, glass enamels and lunch are included.

Glass fusing: Basics or equivalent is required.

$135

Alcohol Ink Class     


June 16
1-3pm
$20 plus materials
 Morning Workshops:

Come join our morning workshops on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 10a – Noon.  Use our tools and workshop space.  $10 for 2 hours!  Call to reserve your space.  You can do a Flowers of Hope panel during any of our workshops…or a “Try Fusing” panel to get you started in fusing.  You can also schedule bigger projects.  Contact us for more information.

LightGarden Glass Art, 1086 Washburn Lane, Medford, OR 97501-2000

Royal Pears: New Collector; Plus A Bit of Imagination, Freedom & Embracing Process

Sometimes its just about freedom and exploration; that is, taking a moment to release your inner adventurous spirit.

Freedom: Royal Pear Lavender Moon

Intentions.

Greetings!  I would like to share with you the story about my two Royal Pear watercolor paintings.  The smaller is the first version and a new friend and collector purchased it this week.

The Story.

One day I wondered what kind of wild, crazy pear I could draw.  What if the pear were sitting on a table at night, under a pale lavender moon?  Can you imagine?  And, what if it were a festive pear?  Come to think of it, what if it were a pear like one you’ve not seen before?

Be The Pear.

What does it mean to be the pear?  OK, just a bit of silliness but, what can I say about a pear that might be little bit different?

Still Life With Pear.

You see, pears are a favorite fruit that one sees in still life paintings.  They are beautiful and have a nice organic shape.  Come to think of it, they are not all that easy to paint.  You see, yes, I have drawn and painted pears in a more realistic manner and, in spite of their simple shape, it was challenging!

Freedom.  Imagination.

So, out came paper, pencil and imagination.  I just embraced the idea of festive but regal pears.  I freed myself to think “what if”…the light was from a lavender moon.  Then, there is the wonder of nature in general.  But, this is a painting from imagination and I can have fun.  Liberate yourself from the tyranny of the subject!

(OOPS, over-doing it again).

Embrace the Process.

In other words, I mean to allow myself to be free and enjoy the process.   Sometimes, an idea takes hold and it just must be done!  And so it was: a jeweled, festive, purple royal pear.

Freedom: Royal Pear

Thank You Art2Business.

Thank you to Wanda Pepin of Art2Business for helping my new collector contact me.  And, for the shows that help my work reach a larger audience!

Layaway Is An Option.

Speaking of the sale, I would like to share with you that this is the first time we are trying out the layaway option.  This is a service available to collectors.

Royal Pears.

Thank you!  I hope you enjoy the freedom of expression, that is to say the joy and exuberance of my two royal pears.

 

 

 

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Talent: A Word Rattling Around My Brain! Plus, Its Where I Live.

Talent: a special aptitude, skill or gift someone seems to have; the t-word.

Talent Railroad Depot

Just Thinking.

Greetings!  The word and concept of “talent” has been rolling around in my head for a week or two.  Its odd, I think, but recently I’ve read good blog posts by other artists on the subject of talent, skills, passion; you know, the special gift.  So, naturally, I decided it was a topic I wanted to explore.

My intention is just to share my mind’s meanderings.  To clarify, I don’t have a great, deep answer about what talent is or is not.  Rather, I’m just riffing on the concept.

Compliment.

You see, the “t-word” seems to be something that people (and artists in particular) are driven to talk about from time to time.  Granted, it’s not really so surprising.  Consider this, if you have achieved a certain level of competence in drawing or painting (or pretty much anything), chances are that someone has complimented you and said that you’re gifted or special, (t-word again).

Talent Library

Are We All Talented?

I wonder, do you suppose we call people “talented” if they’re good at mathematics or the sciences?

Come to think of it, some schools do have a “gifted” program.

Can We Grow It?

What do you think, wouldn’t it be fun to grow and harvest that gifted, special aptitude stuff?   Or, rather, I gather that we do grow our skills and abilities when we work at our favorite thing; that special aptitude we have.

Hard Won Skill?

Back to the blog posts I’ve been reading, artist David Hettinger, for example, talks about his hard won skills as “talent”.  To elaborate, he has studied and worked hard to achieve the special skills so noted by other people.

I like the title of his blog post:  “Talent is a Reward For Work Done”.  Well said!

Talent 76 Gas Station

What About…?

But what about the child who displays a gift or special ability?

I would say we love to look at a child’s drawings and paintings.  Its interesting and fascinating to see how the young mind works.  Perhaps some of us do have a pre-disposition to drawing, painting, mathematics, science and etc.  I wonder.

Nurture, Nature, Both?

I do remember loving drawing as a child and wanting to figure out how to do things better.

Odd, don’t you think?  Or, are we hardwired of born with that urge to get better even at a young age?

So, mix nature and nurture; teaching and praise; and then perhaps the we give the gift of talent to children.  Just a thought from my meandering mind.

Inspired.

And for me, I am inspired by what my fellow artist said.  To re-iterate, talent is a hard won skill; I can relate.

Most of all, I know in my bones that a special aptitude serves me best when I work and develop it!  Put another way, who cares if I have talent especially if it lays dormant?  Its the work that matters.

Talent, Organic Grind Coffee

Talent: Its Where I Live!

Then, there is the fact that I currently live in Talent, OR.  See?  No wonder the word rattles around my head!

What about you and your skills?  Thoughts?

 

 

 

 

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