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Focal Point Vs. Center of Interest

Focal Point Vs. Center of Interest

Stefan Baumann at a demo in Mt Shasta The Grand View Artist Retreat

Stefan Baumann at a demo in Mt Shasta The Grand View Artist Retreat

July 11, 2020, Grand View Ranch

It’s amazing that it is July at The Grand View Ranch and Artist Retreat and half of a year has gone by in 2020 and now we are staring down the barrel in the last half of the year. Here at the ranch, we are finishing up the project that we started during the Corona lock-down. It is amazing how many things one starts when staying at home with some forced free time on 10 acres and a shovel. The GV Ranch has many interesting elevations and several major vistas that can be seen from every vantage point from the ranch. With so many possibilities of having painting workshops here at the ranch once we get out of this quagmire that is the Coronavirus, I have opened so many projects that need to be completed before my next workshop can take place this fall. Maybe we will see you there, Click here to find out more
Meanwhile at The Grand View Ranch
With some of the restrictions lifted my fellow artists are once again making their weekly pilgrimage to The Grand View Ranch for a bit of some social contact (with the proper social distance apart, of course) and as always there are great topics discussed on the creation of grand Paintings by the artist that is passionate about painting. This week one of my artist friends asked, “In all of your coaching and your videos on a painting you always reference focal points and having a great center of interest, is there a difference?”
Center of Interest
What I coach is not only improving your painting skills but how to use those skills to communicate to the viewer what is it that you want them to experience. We as humans have certain traits baked in because of evolution. Throughout our evolution, we have learned that certain visual cues allowed us to survive. For example, when a lion was at the cave opening you would read through eye contact whether it was interested in you for dinner. Likewise, a bear running was either a threat or not a threat by the direction that the bear was running. So, therefore, there are automatic centers of interest that are always going to trigger the viewer’s eye and will cause the viewer to react regardless of where they appear on the canvas. These things are eyes, movement, human figures, animals, letters, faces, valuables, numbers, symbols, etc. When we scan an image for the first time, our attention is naturally drawn to these items.
Focal Point “Martha, I see the light”
A focal point, on the other hand, acts as a kind of “eye magnet” regardless of the subject. Strong tonal value contrast (light vs. dark) is the most powerful visual magnet. The viewer’s eye is naturally drawn to areas where light and dark are in stark juxtaposition. Bright colors, fine detail, sharp edges, anomalies, patterns, and any arrow-like “pointers” also attract the eye. Any part of a picture that exhibits these features will make the viewer focus his gaze upon it. The best way to create a focal point is by creating effects, mainly lighting effects! The best secret weapon that an artist has in his toolbox is creating an effect by using light and shadow to attract the viewer and keep the viewer constantly captivated. Artists that master light commands the art world’s attention. That’s why it is also a focus of my coaching. It surprises me that few artists and art teachers have ever been taught how to create a focal point by the use of light and it is by far the greatest secret (if there was a secret) to mastering painting. It is the sole reason that my coaching students’ paintings win awards consistently.
Therein Lies a Potential Problem
For a picture to be successful, the center of interest should also be a focal point. In other words, there should be one area that attracts both the eye and mind. To have an area in a picture that attracts your mind and another that attracts your eye is confusing and distracting to the viewer. In a composition, the center of interest and the focal point should be in the middle third of the canvas. Both demand the viewer’s attention and should occupy the viewer’s line of sight. To create a great composition, the artist should include three focal points and employ a good understanding of how the viewer’s eye sees. But we will leave that for another blog.
Conclusion “Finally”
In conclusion, understanding the focal points and the center of interest is a life long journey that will take your painting to a whole new level. Mastering these tools will guarantee that your work will get better and will overpower your competition in a gallery or show; it will change everything about your painting and will change the way you look at other artists’ works. Many of my art students have experienced amazing reactions from collectors once they implemented these techniques. If you are interested in coaching and learning more about the focal point or center of interest just give me a call. 415-606-9074
That’s all I have to say about that!
Till our next artist “Campfire art Chat” always remember to do good work and paint with passion!
Stefan Baumann-
Currently artist in residence @ The Grand View Ranch
For reservations to be included in our campfire art chats please call 415 -606-9074
Space is limited
“Hey, Get Over Here and Give Me Some Advice!”
Information about coaching is located under the heading Coaching on my website
If you are interested in coaching, give me a call at 415-606-9074 (my personal cell number) and we can talk more about how coaching will enhance your knowledge, capabilities, and growth as an artist.
The eyes of the world are waiting to see what you have to say.”
I have coached many students over the years. My goal as a coach is to help students discover their own style by instructing them with a method that allows them to grow as they are. If you want to increase your knowledge and skill to bring your art to the next level, I invite you to watch my YouTube videos, consider phone coaching with me, or attend a workshop in Mt. Shasta where we discuss art, passion, and life with other artists around the campfire. All the information is on my website, www.stefanbaumann.com.
Stefan Baumann on his trusted steed

Stefan Baumann on his trusted steed

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Baumann Coaching student Pam Yarborough

Baumann Coaching student Pam Yarborough

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Rogue Valley Messenger Artist Highlight – Dana Feagin

My painting of Cookies, a former blood donor cow, was featured on the cover of the Rogue Valley Messenger in December. That issue also includes an interview about me and my art, which you can find here.

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September 28th is International Rabbit Day!

One of my studio partners, and former shelter bunny, Mr Bean, is a model for the Bun Fund Spay/Neuter Campaign Fundraiser this year. Love this boy!

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Roni Marsh & Cheryl Magellen Teaching Creative Underpainting at Central Art 9/7

Bring Your Creative Strengths To The Surface With This New Class!

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CREATIVE UNDERPAINTING

with Instructors: Roni Marsh & Cheryl Magellen 

When: Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019

Where: Central Art

Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Fee: $60. Absolute beginners welcome!

Space is limited. Pre-registration required.
For more info: 541-944-8734 or www.cmagellen.com/workshops

Roni Marsh and Cheryl Magellen join together once again to bring you a new one-day workshop guaranteed to keep you excited about creating art!

 

With an emphasis on design and composition, participants will learn to create unique surfaces using numerous textures and painting techniques. Work in pastel, oil, acrylic, watercolor, charcoal, graphite, or all of the above. Whether you have painted before or are an accomplished artist, this workshop will keep you inspired to produce more and more art!

 

Supply list provided at registration.

VISIT CENTRAL ART!
centralartsupply.com, 101 N. Central Ave., Medford, Oregon

Light Is The Secret To Painting – Achieving Perfection Through Light

in this video Baumann Discusses with his students about Light Is The Secret To Painting – Achieving Perfection Through LightIn spiring Millions to paint outdoors This video is about Touch Move and Inspire. Get a free Book at his website www.StefanBaumann.com. The paintings of Stefan Baumann reveal the true spirit of nature by transporting the viewer to distant lands that have gone unseen and undisturbed. With the huge success of Baumann’s weekly PBS television series “The Grand View: America’s National Parks through the Eyes of an Artist,” millions of people witness for themselves the magic Stefan portrays on canvas, his passion for nature and the American landscape. By distilling his love of nature into a luminous painting of brilliant, saturated color that transcends conventional landscape and wildlife art, Baumann has captured the hearts and imaginations of a generation. Each painting becomes an experience rather than merely a picture – a vivid manifestation of his special and personal union with nature and the outdoor world. Through his mastery of light, color and artful composition, Baumann invites you to experience nature in its purity. It is no wonder that for many years distinguished American collectors, including former presidents and financial icons, have sought out his work.

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How To Start An Oil Painting The Right Way

Inspiring Millions to paint outdoors This video is about Touch Move and Inspire. Get a free Book at his website www.StefanBaumann.com. The paintings of Stefan Baumann reveal the true spirit of nature by transporting the viewer to distant lands that have gone unseen and undisturbed. With the huge success of Baumann’s weekly PBS television series “The Grand View: America’s National Parks through the Eyes of an Artist,” millions of people witness for themselves the magic Stefan portrays on canvas, his passion for nature and the American landscape. By distilling his love of nature into a luminous painting of brilliant, saturated color that transcends conventional landscape and wildlife art, Baumann has captured the hearts and imaginations of a generation. Each painting becomes an experience rather than merely a picture – a vivid manifestation of his special and personal union with nature and the outdoor world. Through his mastery of light, color and artful composition, Baumann invites you to experience nature in its purity. It is no wonder that for many years distinguished American collectors, including former presidents and financial icons, have sought out his work.

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Art du Jour Gallery Features Artist Winnifred Liang and More August 2019

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News for Art du Jour August 2019:

Art du Jour Gallery, 213 E. Main Street in Medford is featuring the work of Winnifred Liang for August, while Sheri Dinardi will be our guest artist in the Salon through September.  Musical entertainment for Third Friday on August 16 is yet to be determined and will be announced at a later date on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ArtduJourGallery).

Featured Artist Winnifred Liang

"The Russian Peasants", oil on canvas by Winnifred Liang. Digital image provided by artist

“The Russian Peasants”, oil on canvas by Winnifred Liang. Digital image provided by artist

“Kinetic Motion” abstract expressionism oil on canvas by Winnifren Liang. Digital image provided by the artist

Winnifred Liang’s art exemplifies her diversity. Born in Malaysia of Chinese ancestry, she lived and was educated in Malaysia, the United Kingdom and the US.  Winnifred studied classical piano in all three locations, and earned undergraduate degrees in oil painting, drawing, art history, and business administration. Graduate degrees in geography, and urban and regional planning. She worked as a land use/environmental planner in the private and public sectors, and as an adjunct geography professor in the community college and California State University systems.

Upon retiring in 2012, she returned to painting and now works in oil, watercolor, acrylic, pen and ink, charcoal, pencil, and pastels. She also taught a drawing class at the Haggin Museum, Stockton.

Winnifred has won several awards and exhibited in various art galleries and public arenas in California. She exhibited her work in Calaveras County Arts Council, Aloft Gallery, Umpqua Bank, Calaveras County Annual Fairs, and various vineyards in the Calaveras County. She won first and second awards at the 2015 County fairs. She was a feature artist at the Lodi Performing Arts Center, and at the Lodi public library. She has recently relocate to Medford and won a ribbon for her watercolor painting at the Southern Oregon Society of Artists. Her artistic expressions, closely related to her extensive musical and geography backgrounds, reflect her love for nature.

Note from AdJ:  In an earlier press release this artist was announced as Winnifred Wilson. While she goes by both names a bit of confusion ensued when her bio information was submitted to us. We regret any mistakes that may have been passed along due to this error in communication.

Guest Artist Sheri Dinardi in Salon August through September

"Moments of Reflection", by Sheri Denardi. Digital image provided by the artist. 7/2019

“Moments of Reflection”, by Sheri Denardi. Digital image provided by the artist. 7/2019

“Becoming”, by Sheri Dinardi. Digital image provided by the artist. 7/2019

Sheri Dinardi writes that her home in Jacksonville is a constant source of inspiration due to the surrounding beauty. She began studying oil portrait painting with Richard McKinley and later attended workshops with Frank Covino, studying Old Master techniques. Later she continued her education through workshops with Dan Gerhartz, Michael Malm, JoAnn Peralta, and many others. She also learns from “really great” painting videos, attends local art academies and life painting sessions.

The focal piece in this exhibit is “A Moment of Reflection”, her most recent gallery type work which was accepted last summer for the Oil Painters of America’s Western Regional Exhibition in Boulder Colorado. About this painting Sheri writes, “I hoped to capture her momentary pause as she reflected. This girl seemed deep in thought as she twirled her long curls with her fingers. Only she knows what she was pondering. ” In our hurried lives where we are rapidly moving from one thing to the next and the next, juggling balls, answering calls and checking for what is next on the to-do list. More than ever, we need times of quiet… no expectation, just a time to rest, find peace and inspiration in simpler things.

Just a few minutes in the cool of the early morning on the porch, awaiting the sunrise can fill your soul. The chorus of birds in the trees seems to crescendo in anticipation of the sunrise marking the new day. So it is also in moments in our day when we observe life and the lives around us taking place… a conversation with a friend… time with a loved one or even a treasured pet.

 Much of my work is contemplative and along this theme I will choose the work for this exhibit, in hopes you, the viewer will find joy and inspiration in the works.”

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

Oil Painting Safe Practices, Materials, & Supplies: The Essential Guide

Oil Painting Safe Practices, Materials, & Supplies: The Essential Guide

New book by Kimberly Brooks

I remember the first time I ever painted in oil as if it were yesterday. Already an avid sketch artist and having dabbled in acrylics, I was initially hesitant to use the medium for 2 reasons: Firstly, I put it on a pedestal, as if one needed a right or permission. Secondly, I knew it involved materials that were some how dangerous.

But I did it anyway. I knew then that I would be using this medium for the rest of my life.

Ten years in, I started to feel funny from the solvents.

At the end of every painting session, I would have a weird taste on my tongue. I moved to “Odorless Mineral Spirits”, but barely felt better.

If only I knew then what I’ve since learned during the illuminating journey of writing a book about the subject of everything I wish I knew at the start, the wonder of the history of pigments and particularly how to paint without solvents.

The dearth of knowledge about materials and craft among painters is an unnecessary epidemic. Either instructors assume the students learned it in a previous foundational class that no longer exists or were never taught themselves.

I’m so excited to announce that I created something I wished for my younger artist self: a little black book just for oil painting of all the materials I would need and why.

Oil Painting Safe Practices, Materials, & Supplies: The Essential Guide is a culmination of knowledge I’ve gathered over twenty-five years of painting with the last decade focused on how to paint in the safest way possible. It is a perfect shorthand for me to teach about materials and enabling anyone to mix their own mediums, reduce toxins, save time, live longer, and create more art.

Thanks to Chronicle Books, it will be widely available to painters worldwide soon. For now, I’m making it available and use it as a text book for my students here:

How To Start An Original Painting What Artist Need To Know

In this video, Stefan Baumann discusses How To Start An Original Painting What Artist Need To Know. Inspiring Millions to paint outdoors This video is about Touch Move and Inspire. Get a free Book at his website www.StefanBaumann.com. The paintings of Stefan Baumann reveal the true spirit of nature by transporting the viewer to distant lands that have gone unseen and undisturbed. With the huge success of Baumann’s weekly PBS television series “The Grand View: America’s National Parks through the Eyes of an Artist,” millions of people witness for themselves the magic Stefan portrays on canvas, his passion for nature and the American landscape. By distilling his love of nature into a luminous painting of brilliant, saturated color that transcends conventional landscape and wildlife art, Baumann has captured the hearts and imaginations of a generation. Each painting becomes an experience rather than merely a picture – a vivid manifestation of his special and personal union with nature and the outdoor world. Through his mastery of light, color and artful composition, Baumann invites you to experience nature in its purity. It is no wonder that for many years distinguished American collectors, including former presidents and financial icons, have sought out his work.

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