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Mediums Are The Message In This GOLDEN Days “Maxi” Workshop!

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Don’t miss our upcoming “GOLDEN Days” Workshop:

Taking The Mystery Out Of Mediums – on Friday May 17th!

 

When: Friday, May 17th, 2019

Where: Central Art

Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Fee: $45 per person

 

Acrylic mediums can be used in so many different ways, and application is NOT limited to just acrylic painting! These amazingly versatile gels, pastes and fluids can be used with pastels, oils, encaustics – even watercolor!

 

Whatever you work in, find out how you can make acrylic mediums work for you in this one-of-a-kind workshop co-sponsored by GOLDEN Artist Colors! *Don’t forget – you’ll get to do a complete project in class and take extra goodies from GOLDEN home with you for even more creative playtime!

 

Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Limit 10 students for workshop, no group reservations will be accepted. Payment is required to register. Call 541-773-1444 or visit us in-store to reserve your seat.

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Learn The Ever-Popular Art of Acrylic Pouring at Central Art

Get Your Creativity Flowing & Learn The Ever-Popular Art of Acrylic Pouring!
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GOLDEN Days Acrylic Pouring Workshop
When: Fri. May 10, 2019
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Where: Central Art
Fee: $45

The first workshop will be Acrylic Pouring! on May 10th, 2019 2pm – 5pm at Central Art’s classroom.

You will receive a kit full of GOLDEN goodies for four pours using Golden’s Gloss and Matte Pouring Mediums, Golden Fluid Colors, and Golden High Flow Colors on Ampersand Pouring Panels, Art Alternative Canvas, and creating an acrylic skin on Plexiglass. One of the pours will be an embellished Geode pour.

 

You will also learn how to create specific patterns using different techniques such as swirl or ring pours and how to create LONG LASTING cells and working “wet on wet”. You will also receive a worksheet with Tips & Tricks, FAQ’s, Troubleshooting, and more.

 

Class size is limited to 10 students, so Pre-Registration is Required. Call 541-773-1444 or stop in and register now before it’s full! Limit one registration per person, no group sign ups.

 

GOLDEN Days Workshop #2

“Taking the Mystery Out of Mediums”

 

Where: Central Art

When: Friday, May 17th, 2019
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Cost: $45.00 per person (NO group reservations). Pre-registration is required.

In this second “GOLDEN Days” workshop we will be exploring the wonderful and sometimes mysterious world of acrylic mediums.

 

We will learn the differences between pastes, gels, grounds, and gessos, then break it down even further and explore differences within each medium and how to incorporate them into mixed media art.

 

Explore multiple surfaces and sheens that can be created, use of color, and how different media work on varying textures.

 

We will use texture gels and pastes to create interesting textures and effects on Strathmore Mixed Media cards and Ampersand panels. You’ll also make sample boards using the pastes and gels in your kit to use in the future for your own personal reference.

 

Your kits will be full of GOLDEN Goodies to make several projects and still have plenty leftover so you can continue to unveil the mysteries of mediums!!

 

Space is limited and pre-registration is required.  Call 541-773-1444 or stop by Central Art and sign up today!

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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 Classes with Jeanne LaRae at Central Art!

 

Acrylics or Watercolor? You Decide! NEW 4-week Class Sessions with Jeanne LaRae

 

 

New painting classes at Central Art Supply taught by Janne Larae of Sacramento, CA! Starting April 15. New painting classes at Central Art Supply taught by Janne Larae of Sacramento, CA! Starting April 15. New painting classes at Central Art Supply taught by Janne Larae of Sacramento, CA! Starting April 15.

Painting Classes with Jeanne LaRae at Central Art

NEW Ongoing Acrylic & Watercolor Classes

Mondays, Starting April 15th!

Instructed by Jeanne LaRae

 

Acrylic Class (4-week session begins 04/15/19) – 10am-1pm

Fee: $120

 

Watercolor Class (4-week session begins 04/15/19) – 2pm-5pm

Fee: $120

 

Where: Central Art

 

*Pre-registration is required. Seating is limited. Call or visit Central Art to reserve (One reservation per individual, please. No group reservations will be accepted). 541.773.1444

 

Jeanne LaRae uses light and shadow to create and tell a story she relates throughout her paintings of nature, landscapes, architecture, people, and animals.

 

Organizations –

American Impressionists Society, California Art Club, Intermountain Society of Artists, Oil Painters of America, Southern Oregon Society of Artists, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association – Artist Members

 

For more information on demos and upcoming classes, contact:

Jeanne LaRae

(714)743-3622

www.jeannelarae.com

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Acrylics or Watercolor? Choose Your Own Art-venture with 2 FREE Art Demos this April!

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2 FREE Painting Demos this April!

Presented by Jeanne LaRae

 

Acrylic Demo – Monday, April 8th – 10am-Noon

Watercolor Demo – Wednesday, April 10th – 2pm-4pm

 

Where: Central Art

Fee: Both Demos are FREE (limit 20 participants per day)

*Pre-registration is required. Seating is limited. Call or visit Central Art to reserve (One reservation per individual, please. No group reservations will be accepted). 541.773.1444

 

Jeanne LaRae uses light and shadow to create and tell a story she relates throughout her paintings of nature, landscapes, architecture, people, and animals.

 

Organizations –

American Impressionists Society, California Art Club, Intermountain Society of Artists, Oil Painters of America, Southern Oregon Society of Artists, Laguna Plein Air Painters Association – Artist Members

 

For more information on demos and upcoming classes, contact:

Jeanne LaRae

(714)743-3622

www.jeannelarae.com

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Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation ASCEND 2019

Are you endeavoring to become the best YOU as a young artist or musician? Mark your calendar now for June 17 – 21 and join us at

A West Coast Convergence of Young Artists & Musicians

Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation is partnering with The Story church in Ashland, OR to host ASCEND 2019, a four-day artist and musician conference in the heart of Ashland.  Young artists and musicians, ages 15-30, from up and down the West Coast will engage in great vision-building, inspiration, and technical instruction by an incredible team of professionally trained and experienced artists and musicians.  Participants will gather in morning and afternoon sessions in specific learning tracks, plus engage in morning and evening all group devotions and worship, inspiring featured speakers, and lunches and dinners.  This will be a week packed full of inspiring connection and unforgettable community!

(above: Rhaspody in Orange by Frank Ordaz, Jim Wright by Ryan Moon, Chalk Art by Cathy Gallatin)
– STUDY TRACKS –
ENERGIZE THE INTERSECTION OF YOUR GIFTS AND YOUR FAITHENJOY THE CAMARADERIE OF OTHERS PURSUING EXCELLENCE IN THEIR CRAFT

SET YOUR SIGHT ON A NEW AND VIBRANT TRAJECTORY TO BECOME THE NEXT GENERATION OF INFLUENTIAL ARTISTS AND MUSICIANS

     ART       |       MUSIC

art
| Frank Ordaz |

Oil Painting: Figurative| Ryan Moon |
Oil Painting: Portraiture

| Cathy Gallatin
& Mera Oliveria |

Mural & Chalk Art

| Jennifer Garrett |
Digital Drawing/Art

With our team of highly experienced, professional artist instructors, you’ll gain a vast range of in-depth, inspirational teaching as you’re guided through these hands-on workshops and discover  a broad scope of technical skills, a brief history of the impact of Biblical art throughout history, and the impact artists can continue to have  in His story of reconciling people to Himself!

music
| Steve Hopkins & Matt Combe & Jeremy Oliveria |

Worship & Songwriting| Zachary Sprunger |
Keyboard/Piano

| Michael Farley |
Intermediate & Advanced Guitar

| Jennifer Davis |
Vocals

| Jim Abdo |
Recording Studio

Our team of Spirit-filled professional musicians and songwriters are collaborating to bring a rich learning experience to each individual student, as they will venture through the foundations of music, theory, technical skills, and the importance of music in bringing the Kingdom of God!

| SCHEDULE, LODGING, DETAILS |

Activities from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Morning and evenings  devotions, worship, and featured speakers. Morning and afternoon specific track interests (i.e Oil Painting: Portraiture, Keyboard/Piano, etc). All lunches and dinners provided -breakfasts not included.  Ends Friday a.m. at 10:00 a.m.

COST

$260 — Early Registration before April 15
$250 — Register with a group before April 15 ($10 discount per person)
$280 — Registration after April 15
$270 — Register with a group after April 15 ($10 discount per person)

* Registration fee does not include lodging. See lodging recommendations below.

Masterpiece has reserved lodging at the Ashland Commons Hostel, just within walking distance to The Story. This accommodation is $40/night; reserve a place through the ASCEND 2019 registration form.
Alternatively, Masterpiece has also reserved a block of campsites at Emigrant Lake County Recreation Area, just a 15 minute drive from The Story. This accommodation option is $20/night per site for up to 8 guests–group sites are available. Mention group name ‘ASCEND 2019’ when reserving your place. Contact Emigrant Lake County Recreation Area to book a site (541) 774-8183.  Or reserve another fine Ashland lodging establishment of your choosing.

Please visit ascend2019.com for full information and details.
Contact us with any questions:
[email protected]
541.601.7496

SEE IT ALL & REGISTER! @ ASCEND 2019 WEBSITE
We hope to see you this summer at ASCEND 2019!

Sincerely,

JEANNE RANDALL
President & Founder
Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation

With XAVIER BRASSEUR
Head Pastor @The Story
And the entire Ascend 2019 Team

mcfineartsfoundation.org
[email protected]
541.601.7496

New Exhibit in the Main Gallery – Dianne Jean Erickson & Barbara Martin

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Detail of “Red-Brown Stack” by Dianne Jean Erickson
Beginning Friday, March 1, 2019
IN THE MAIN GALLERY

Adventures in Experience: Imaginative Works
by Dianne Jean Erickson & Barbara Martin

March 1–April 12, 2019

Erickson Stripe Stack and Martin Dont be the Bunny
left to right: Dianne Jean Erickson, Stripe Stack; Barbara Martin, Don’t Be The Bunny

Reception:  Friday, February 15, 5:30-8:00 pm

Portland artists, Dianne Jean Erickson and Barbara Martin, create highly imaginative contemporary works. Erickson creates encaustic monotypes and mixed media prints. Martin uses acrylic, oil pastel and pencil in her mixed media paintings. Their work is infused with energy and expression.

4TH ANNUAL CELTIC CELEBRATION

SUNDAY, MARCH 17, 5:30-7:30 PM

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Rogue Gallery!

The Rogue Gallery celebrates the Art of Celtic Tradition with art, food and traditional Irish music. The evening includes:
  • Irish food and beer
  • Musicians performing traditional Celtic music including “Pat O’Scannell and Friends” and the “Southern Oregon Scottish Bagpipe Band”
  • A singing competition to select the best rendition of the Irish classic, “Danny Boy” with the winner receiving a $100 award
  • An Irish themed art show with awards given to the “Best in Show” ($100.00 award) and “People’s Choice” ($50.00 award)
  • The Irish tradition of good cheer and laughter
At the Rogue Gallery, 40 South Bartlett, Medford, Sunday, March 17, 2019, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Be sure to purchase your tickets early. This events sells out!

Tickets $35. Purchase tickets  HERE>> 

or call (541) 772-8118

. . . . . .
Call to artists for the Celtic Art Show

We invite artists to submit a work of art for this event that is inspired by Celtic art and/or by Ireland. No charge for members to submit, non-members $10. All styles and media are welcome. A $100 prize is awarded for Best in Show and a $50 award for People’s Choice. The exhibit runs March 8–March 22, 2019. Drop off artwork March 1 & 2, 2019, pickup March 23 & 26.

For two-dimensional work, maximum dimension in either direction including frame is 40 inches. For three-dimensional work maximum dimension in any direction is 40 inches and maximum weight is 35 pounds.

Inventory & Artist Agreement and Art Labels

CLASSES IN THE ROGUE STUDIO

FOR ADULTS

THIS WEEKEND!

Color with Ilene Gienger-Stanfield
All skill levels welcome
Two Day Workshop
Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2, 9am-4pm

Color does not have to be confusing or avoided. Ilene will explain and demonstrate properties of color  in oil and pastel. Artists will be equipped to create and modulate color in their artwork. The class will work from still life and photo references.

Get the MATERIALS LIST HERE>>
MEMBERS $185 NON-MEMBERS $195, MATERIALS LIST*
Register Here >>

MESSAGES FROM OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
2019 marks the 47th annual Corvallis Fall Festival; a 2-day event on September 28 and 29, 2019 that is created to serve, support and showcase the community of Corvallis and to help local arts thrive. Each year the festival fills the beautiful, tree-lined, downtown Central Park with 180 art booths, over 30,000 guests, 19 food booths, continuous live music and a vibrant Art Discovery Zone for children of all ages to engage in and create their own artwork. All artwork selected to be featured at the festival is considered original from concept through completion. Proceeds, after expenses, from the festival go toward supporting local arts and community enhancement projects chosen by the volunteer Corvallis Fall Festival Board of Directors. Corvallis Fall Festival is a 501(c)(4) not-for-profit organization.

Application information can be found at www.corvallisfallfestival.orgor  https://www.zapplication.org/event-info.php?ID=7044

. . . .

CALLING ALL POETS, WRITERS & VISUAL ARTISTS
Britt Music & Arts Festival wants to put your creativity on display in the 2019 Britt Festival Orchestra Souvenir Program. The 2019 season is built around the theme ‘The Sound of Nature’. They are looking for original poetry, short stories, or visual art that relates to music & nature for their publication. How does music reflect nature? Where do we find music? How does nature inspire the creative process with regards to music? How did smoke from various fires last summer impact the making of music? Explore these topics through your written or visual artistic expressions. LEARN MORE AND SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY

. . . .

The North Valley Art League 2019 Regional Juried Photography Show
Call to Artists

April 30 – June 1, 2019, NVAL Carter House Gallery, 48 Quartz Hill Road, Redding, California 96003
This show is open to all photographers residing in Northern California and Southern Oregon as follows: Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Yolo, Sacramento, El Dorado counties and all counties north to the California border, and the southern Oregon counties of Coos, Douglas, Curry, Josephine, Jackson, Klamath, Lake, Harney, and Malheur.
Images previously accepted into a NVAL Juried Photography Show are not eligible – with the exception of images accepted into a NVAL International Juried Photography Show as a Silver Selection.
All forms of photographic expression are encouraged, with the stipulation that all images must be the original work of the artist, i.e., both capture and post-processing, excluding resizing and printing.
FRAMING PROGRAM  $15 to rent one of NVAL’s frames and have NVAL frame your matted print.
Work may be shipped or hand-delivered to the NVAL Carter House Gallery.
AWARDS — $1000
• First Place — $500
• Second Place — $250
• Third Place — $100
• 3 Merit Awards — $50 each
• Honorable Mentions at the discretion of the juror
• Only juror-accepted work submitted to the Carter House Gallery exhibit is eligible for awards
JUROR — We are very proud to have Roman Loranc, an internationally known fine-art and conservation photographer as the juror for the 2019 show.
ENTRY — Entry period is open now.
• Entry deadline is Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
• All entries will be online.  The procedure is quite easy and is explained in the Prospectus online at the NVAL website (see below.)
• You may enter as many images as you wish
• Entry Fees — $33 to enter three images, $8 each additional
FOR FURTHER DETAILS and to ENTER
The full prospectus is here.
Or, go to the NVAL website, www.nval.org — select Shows, Photography, Regional, 2019 Regional Photography Show Prospectus.
The entry link is at the bottom of the Prospectus.
QUESTIONS — Contact show chairman, Bonnie Lampley.
• Email — [email protected]
• Phone — 530-604-3380 (please leave a message)

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Call the Gallery for more info: (541) 772-8118

Check out more fun activities at: www.roguegallery.org

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.

Classes at Grants Pass Museum of Art Winter 2019

Click on any picture to reach our website class signup page.
We now have two levels of pricing for classes.
 Museum members receive a $5 discount on all classes this year. To become a member or to renew a membership:

Sketching 101

with Kristen O’Neill

Saturday, Jan. 26

1 – 4 pm

Improve your sketching skills. Learn mark-making techniques, and how to draw a 3D object from real life. We will have sketching exercises in this class to practice and will learn about black & white sketches, value sketching, negative space and more. All materials are provided.
$30/Members,
$35/Non-Members.
All materials provided.

Creative Idea Generator

with Karen O’Brien

Saturday, Feb 2

10:30 am – 1 pm

Play generates ideas and constraints make things interesting. They send you in new directions and bypass inhibitions. The assignment is to make a figure. Any kind of figure. Or more than one! The more you do, the more ideas you will generate for bigger projects like dolls, drawings, paintings, and sculpture. This is a chance to engage deeply and freely with your imagination and embrace real play.
All materials will be provided. We will use paper, cardboard, fabric, sticks, moss, feathers, buttons, metal, wood…basically whatever is around including tools – glue sticks, tape, paint, thread, string…. You are welcome to bring a Ziploc bag full of your own bits to use or share and add a nice element of surprise.
$35/Members,
$40/Non-Members.

Origami Boxes

with Linda Dunn

Saturday, Feb. 9

1 – 4 pm

Join fabric artist Linda Dunn for a fun filled afternoon creating fabric origami boxes…no sewing required! These valentine themed boxes are perfect for gift giving, stowing away small treasures, or display as a unique decorating accent.
Class instruction will walk you through the entire process from fabric selection & preparation, simple box construction, progressing to more complex variations, and finally creative embellishing ideas for that artistic touch.
Class fee includes all material and supplies to complete paper “mock ups” plus 1 fabric box. Additional prepared fabric sets will be available for purchase.
$35/Members,
$40/Non-Members.

Paint like Cezanne

with Kristen O’Neill

Saturday, Feb. 16

1 – 4 pm

Learn about Cezanne and Post-Impressionism and how his work influenced future generations. We’ll explore how he used geometric shapes and brushstrokes to construct his subject matter. Create a copy of your favorite Cezanne. We will be working in acrylic, with all materials provided.
$30/Members,
$35/Non-Members.
All materials provided.

Fractured Flowers

with Linda Dunn

TWO DIFFERENT DATES OFFERED:

Saturday, Mar. 9 or

Thursday, Mar. 14

1 – 4 pm

Fabric artist Linda Dunn shares her “fractured fabric” technique for the first in this brand new class. Learn how to use a heat bonding process to transform scraps of fabric into mini works of art. No sewing required! Class fee includes all material, supplies and use of necessary equipment.
$50/Members,
$55/Non-Members
(price is for 1 class)

Color & Value in Landscapes

with Kristen O’Neill

Saturday, Mar. 16

1 – 4 pm

Learn about color theory, mixing, and values. Techniques for natural atmospheric perspective will be taught. We will have several painting exercises. Great for beginners, but all levels and questions are welcome. All materials are provided, taught in acrylic.
$30/Members,
$35/Non-Members.
All materials provided.

All class sign ups are considered final and refunds are not given. The Museum will give a full refund in the case of a class being cancelled.
Unsure if your membership is active? Check in with the Museum staff by calling 541-479-3290, or email [email protected].

Grants Pass Museum of Art | 229 SW G StGrants Pass, OR 97528

Southern Oregon Society of Arts meets January 21st

Due to library availability, Southern Oregon Society of Arts first meeting of 2019 will be the THIRD Monday.

Just a heads-up!  Due to library availability, Southern Oregon Society of Artists first meeting of 2019 will be the THIRD Monday.

Don’t forget this will be a juried critique and the President’s challenge will be black and white drawings for the 2019 directory.  All SOSA members are invited to submit entries and all attendees will be asked to vote for their favorite.  Number one drawing will be used for the front of the directory and number two will be used for the back.

Southern Oregon Society of Artists

SOSA invites all two-dimensional visual artists to attend meetings held on the fourth* Monday of each month, January – October at the Medford Public Library at 7:00 pm. Be early – library doors lock at 7:00 pm!

*Due to library availability, Southern Oregon Society of Arts January 2019 meeting will be the THIRD Monday.

Meaning in Painting? Regarding Still Life With Rabbit and Egg

The “Meaning” Question.

A fellow artist, Sandra Neary, asked me about the meaning of this still life composition.  In particular, why is the egg larger than the rabbit?

Meaning: Drawing with Rabbit and Egg

Dinosaur Egg & Pygmy Rabbit?

Well, all sorts of silly responses bounced around my head.  For instance, what if the egg were a dinosaur egg and the rabbit was a pygmy rabbit?  All birds are dinosaurs so it could be true.  Alright; it is a chicken egg and a replica of a rabbit netsuke.

Short Term Answer.

However, the question was put forward. And, I thought I’d quote part of the answer I gave.

“I chose them because they were all white objects..I was studying light and form. But, the incongruity of the rabbit and egg amused me. However, the narrative is sending me places I don’t want to go. It was the form that I was after. Sometimes you can’t escape narrative. Though, I like the ambiguity.”

Margaret Stermer-Cox Fine Art Facebook Page, 1 November 2018

And, What About Meaning?

However, I did start thinking about the meaning of this composition and, perhaps two dimensional art in general.

And, I came to the conclusion that it is reasonable to ask about the meaning of a painting or drawing.  After all, the arts, including the visual arts, are a means of communication.  Therefore, it would be natural to want to understand a piece of art.

Meaning: Painting of Rabbit and Egg

How I Select Items For This Still Life.

That being said, this artist, (ahem, yes, I mean me), is prone to selecting subjects for reasons other than symbolic or iconic meaning.

Shape and Value.  For example, when I selected items for this particular still life set up, I chose them for their shapes and tonal value. To explain, I was interested in studying form free from the distracting influence of color. So, I selected the items because they were a neutral, light or white color.

Geometry.  Furthermore, I was interested in the basic geometric shapes depicted here.  The egg cup, for example, is a modified column.  The egg is like an elongated sphere.  The rabbit has similar rounded forms.

Personal Interest.  And, I liked each of the items.  They’re from my personal collection of knick-knacks.

Still Life Set Up.

So, once I selected the items for my still life study, I had to arrange them.  Keeping in mind composition, I set about placing my knick-knacks.  You will notice that clustered the three together in a sort of triangular shape.  It is like they are in huddle over to the left.

By clustering the items to the left, I set up a problem of how to balance the right side.  My response was to see if line and small shifts in tone will be enough to achieve balance.

Meaning: Still Life with Rabbit & Egg. Reference Photo
I am including a photo of the still life set up so that you may get an idea of what I was studying. However, I drew and painted from the life; not the photo.

Academic; No Spontaneity?

Hmmm, you might think, this all sounds academic.  Well, I think it is at this stage of the process.  That is to say, I am purposeful in my set up; not spontaneous.  In other words, I’m experimenting and teaching myself by doing.  I take the rules and principles of composition, apply them and then see what happens.  The process is like an informed trial and error.

Learn By Studying & Doing.

You see, one reads the books, studies the demos, and takes the workshops, in an effort  to learn how to draw and paint. But, along the way, one needs to do the work.  So, I start with the principles and then go about the process of learning how to use them.

That is, I need to try out ideas using pencil or brush on paper.  At such times, I feel compelled to ask the “what if” questions and see what happens.  In other words, I’m studying the art of drawing and painting by doing.

The Concept of “Meaning” Deserves More Study.

So, let us go back to this idea of meaning in drawing and painting.   As I am writing and considering this question, I realize that meaning might need to be studied just as form, value or color.  So, with that, I think I will close with the thought that this ought to be the beginning of a series of articles about meaning in paintings.

What Does It Mean To You?

And, a final word about this particular still life.  Could it mean more than my intentions?  Well, as the viewer or receiver of the visual message, you bring your own experience to the conversation.  So, yes, it could mean something entirely different to you.  And, that is just fine with me!

PS.  Note with the variation below, I changed a couple of things.  Does meaning change as well?  What do you think?

Meaning: Drawing of Rabbit and Egg

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