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Making Small Pictures of Seashells

Making Small Pictures: Espresso Cup With Broken Seashells

Making pictures, as in to form, shape, bring about or create a picture. 

Small Studies.

It’s the season of “smalls” – that is drawing small studies on a regular basis.

MakingSmall Studies: Broken Seashell With Napkin

Though, truthfully, I am working on a medium size watercolor painting in my “Three Minute Egg” series.  However it is taking a while.  And, when it is drying between layers, I work on other things.

Back to the small studies.  I can get so much enjoyment out of doing the small studies.  Plus, although it may not look it, I do feel as though I’m getting somewhere.  Put a different way, I am making progress on my drawing skills and how I like to compose and think about my art.

Making Small Pictures: Broken Seashells in Ink

And, you might notice, I am using different media: ink on paper; colored pencil on toned paper; and Procreate App with my iPadPro.

The Beauty Of Making Something.

I was recently reminded that when you ask four year olds see things differently.  To explain, when you ask them what they’re doing when they are drawing or painting, more than likely they’ll say they are making something.

And, a child making a picture will probably not be worrying about whether or not their painting will get into a juried show, or sell, or be in a museum, or the myriad of other things grown up artists worry about.

Making Small Studies: Two Broken Seashells and a Box

Making Or Creating.

I think the distinction between “making something” and “creating art” is interesting and revealing.  Think about it.  Sometimes it is just nice to make a picture rather than worry about painting a piece of art.  “Art”, at least to me, is loaded with expectations of creativity, skill and meaning.  Oddly enough, it can be an onerous challenge.

Just making a picture of a broken seashell is more liberating.  I can investigate, play and stop when I want to.  It can come out good or terrible; who cares?  The time spent making the picture is a worthwhile and enjoyable endeavor.

Making Small Studies of broken seashells with ink

Patience And Practice.

Recently, I also remembered that getting good at making something takes practice and patience.  So, these small studies are my way of learning and practicing my craft.

In any case, I hope you enjoy my broken seashells.

Making Small Pictures: Espresso Cup with Broken Seashells

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Art du Jour News June 2019

Art du Jour student art show entry…

Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main Street in Medford eagerly anticipates a return of Charity Hubbard’s student art exhibit in June, which became a major downtown event for our small gallery last year.  Due to the popular nature of this exhibit we will hold back from providing musical entertainment for our June Third Friday celebration, primarily for space and noise considerations.

The “People’s Choice” photography contest has gone off as planned and a big thanks to all who stopped by our gallery during Art in Bloom to vote on their favorite artwork. The exhibit remains on display and the results will be announced at the end of May and posted on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ArtduJourGallery).

Featured Guest Artist Charity Hubbard in Salon June and July

Frequently painting from life on location “en plein air” and people from life is important to Charity Hubbard.  She feels that the regular exercise of painting from life enables her to better capture life, light and a truer sense of atmosphere, even when painting from life is not possible.

“It is a joy to find inspiration in the challenge of capturing life as it happens, attempting to be true to the mood and nature of what is in front of me.” Charity states on her website.  “Each moment is a gift and a place in time that will never happen again, it’s a privilege to persevere in portraying the spirit of a moment in visual expression to the best of my ability.”

With a background in commercial art for Pixel Productions Inc., a commercial art and design company, she is trained in perspective and drafting, has illustrated by commission for architects and builders, rendering technical yet artistic architectural illustrations in a variety of mediums.  Her enjoyment of architectural elements is reflected in many of her paintings as well.  Current art pursuits gravitate towards fine art oil paintings of people, landscape and architecture and teaching.  She is also a member of Southern Oregon Society of Artists.

For more information on this artist go to her website at: www.charityhubbard.com

Student Art Show on Featured Wall

Art du Jour student art show entry…

This is Charity’s 11th year of offering small classes that take a classical approach to art.  She has taught in conference workshops and currently offers classes to youth ages 10 and up, teens and adults, rotating in subjects of study.  Her classes are small, 6-10 students each, taught with the aid of an intern assistant, allowing for much individual instruction from Charity.  She also offers a more intensive program where student interns can study with her for 16-18 hours a week and earn a certificate with completion of the program.

Art du Jour student art show entry…

Last years’ student art show on Third Friday was the largest turnout AdJ has seen, with all indications that the reception this year could be just as popular. We invite the community to stop by on June 21st for the event, or throughout the month during regular gallery hours to see what these gifted students are producing.

Art du Jour student art show entry…

Calling All Rogue Valley Artists!!!

Art du Jour is still actively seeking new artists living in the Rogue Valley region who would like to join our co-operative 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.

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

Goats: Father & Daughter

Billy Goat, Watercolor, M. Stermer-Cox

Hi! Recently, my younger sister Dorothy sent me some images of artwork by my Dad, artist John Stermer.  And, the drawings and painting included goats.

Artist John Stermer: Barn with Dueling Goats

So, on my Father’s Facebook page (John Stermer Fine Art), I shared some of the goats.  They are so much fun to look at.  And, one of my friends thought it would be fun to see what I might do with goats.

John Stermer Goat Study

 

Well, lo and behold, I do have a “goat” painting and some drawings of goats.  Naturally, it occurred to me that I ought to do a “father and daughter” post and include some of these goats.

Billy Goat by M. Stermer-Cox

And, so, here we are: goats my Dad; and a goat by me.  Why goats?  They’re just fun.  And, they have attitude!

 

Drawing, Billy Goat by M. Stermer-Cox

PS.  I included a similar posting on my Father’s blog; just keeping it all in the family!

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Plein Air at Lone Ranch with Silvia Trujillo May 4th

 

Plein Air at Lone Ranch with Silvia Trujillo
Beginning through advanced painters welcome
Saturday May 4th, 9am-3pm

Experience painting and drawing in the great outdoors. Enjoy painting the beautiful surroundings of Alpacas at Lone Ranch in Eagle Point, Oregon. Landscape artist Silvia Trujillo will guide you in depicting the beauty of the landscape, creating interesting compositions, and capturing a moment in time.

Contact The Rogue Gallery & Art Center to register

Register by Phone (541) 772-8118 during our business hours Tue – Fri 10 – 5, Sat 11 – 3

More Classes at Kindred Spirits- April 2019

                       More Classes

Workshops for April 2019- sign up here: https://www.kindredspiritsartalewine.com/

A Show of Hands
April 20th, Saturday,  11-4
Cast hands collaged with Old School Tattoo Images or India Henna images.
All materials provided.

$55.

Moonlight Dancers
April 27th, Saturday,  1-4
Acrylic and mixed media.
$45
Sumi-e
Ink Painting
Tuesday mornings at 10:00

$25
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Painting in Watercolor Society of Oregon Spring Exhibition

Three Minute Egg #12 Showing in WSO Spring Exhibition; Portland OR

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

Drawing of a coffee cup with four broken seashells

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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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

Sign Up For Demo by Lupe Galvan at Central Art

Sign Up NOW! Enjoy a 2-hour Demo Presented by Lupe Galvan, MFA from 4pm-6pm 3/28/19!
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Lupe Galvan Free Drawing Demonstration

***SECOND SESSION***

Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 4:00pm-6:00pm!

 

Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm

Where: Classroom at Central Art

Fee: FREE (Pre-registration required)

 

There’s still time to sign up! The first session is full, but you can sign up to attend a repeat of Lupe Galvan’s demo on Thursday, March 28th from 4:00pm-6:00pm!

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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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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