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Fix & Finish with Silvia Trujillo

Fix & Finish with Silvia Trujillo

Rogue Gallery & Art Ctr is hosting a new class this Sat & Sun: it’s somewhere in between a workshop and an art evaluation. Bring your previous works which might need a bit of improvement for completion, or maybe just add a few finishing touches to make that painting sing!

Fix and Finish with Silvia Trujillo
Saturday and Sunday, August 19-20,10am-2pm

All painting media and skill levels welcome!
“Fix and/or Finish” a painting by figuring out what will benefit those pieces that are not quite working, or start a new project. The instructor will help with composition, color, and techniques to guide viewers’ eyes through your painting. Silvia has a wide range of experience with different styles and media, and will help you in mastering yours.

MEMBERS $75 NON-MEMBERS $90 Students to bring pieces to be fixed and finished and the materials they used. Register Here >>

Fireside Chat with Stefan Baumann – Fear of Judgment

 Fireside Chat with Stefan Baumann - title image of Baumann talking with a group of artists around a campfire

The Artist’s Greatest Fear 

Fireside Chat with Stefan Baumann - image of painting of a rocky mountain goat by Stefan BaumannThis week we were sitting around the campfire after a day of Plein Air painting and the question came up “What is the greatest fear that all artists have?” I thought for a moment and said “The Fear of judgment.” “Judgment from others, from peers, and from themselves.  And, for a good reason, because all artists are impostors.”

Artists prefer showing what worked and only what they want you to see. They will seldom show you the stack of paintings that did not turn out well and they have hidden under the bed.

Children have a natural attraction to drawing. They’re fearless when they use crayons and paper. In fact, when asked to draw anything, they will spontaneously burst into joyful creative activity. There is no end to the multitude of colors and creative compositions that flow effortlessly from their imaginations. But sadly, this all comes to an end for most people.   Why? At an early age around 3 or 4 when this burst of creative genus begins, it is so natural to make a mark on paper or even on walls.  Just like the drawings that the first cavemen drew in caves art has always been a way to communicate. This free expression has lead to some of most fantastic art ever created thousands of years ago.

Children create freely and endlessly the moment they see paper and any device that can make a mark.    When I ask students In high school “Why don’t you create art?” they most often say, “I’m not taking an art class.” Students in College say, “Its not my major.” Later in life the excuse is “I have to focus on a real career.” Then later, working people say, “I don’t have the time” and then finally, retired people say, “I don’t have talent.”

What happened to the Child, the free-thinking, creative spirit that inspired thousands of drawings and pictures? Art is one of the first things that children can do freely that they own.  In a world of “NO! Be Quiet! Sit-down!” art is something they can do that has no rules.  You can make a purple cow and a sun that looks like a star as long as it is yellow, until some day, Mom shows up and says “Billy, There is no such thing as a purple cow. And, by the way, that cow looks more like a dog. Let me show you how.” This critique is given as a learning opportunity by the parent, but the child experiences that he or she has done something is wrong. The free flowing creative moment is gone, replaced by rules and expectations.

I have coached many people over the years who long to be creative and learn how to paint. And very often, overcoming the fear of failing again as they felt at the age of 3 is as important as painting itself.

If you are interested in exploring your creative child or if you want to take your art to he next level, I invite you to go to my YouTube channel, consider phone coaching with me, and attend a workshop here in Mt. Shasta where we discuss life, art, and creative passion with other artists around the campfire.

Please visit my website at www.StefanBaumann.com for more information.

Call me for information on workshops or coaching 415-606-9074

September 2017 Workshops at Central Art Supply

Creative to the Qor Art Contest at Central Art Supply, Medford, Oregon
HUMAN FORM WORKSHOP

(including hands and feet)

Friday, September 8, 2017

 

*Demo and Lecture will be done in charcoal & oil paint

Where: Central Art Classroom

Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00

Fee: $20 per person

(Please bring a snack if you need one)

 

Have you ever wondered how artists measure out the human form and what the easiest way is to draw it correctly? Is the structure of hands and feet challenging you as well? This workshop will look in depth at the measurements of the body, limbs, head, hands, and feet.

 

Bobbi will work in Charcoal and Oil (for color) while she adds to your knowledge base on structure, negative space, and an introduction into her color theories. There will be handouts and the opportunity to ask that question you have been looking for the right answer to! There are so many tips that you can get from a seasoned artist. Be sure not to miss this one! Portrait Artist Bobbi Baldwin has been selling her portraits & teaching for over 32 years and has a great common sense approach to art and drawing.

 

BEGINNERS ARE WELCOME!

Class is limited in size, so register soon.

REGISTER NOW by sending your check to:

Bobbi Baldwin 7850 Winding Way Fair Oaks, CA 95628

 

 

**Saturdays In September!** Artist/Instructor Deborah Ann Dawson presents

Expressive Drawing Workshops

 

Where: Central Art Classroom

When: Sept. 16, 23 & 30, 12:30 to 3:30pm

Fee: $120 for all 3 Workshops $50 each if not attending all 3. Workshops must be paid for by September 7th.

 

All levels, Beginner to Experienced These workshops will help us unlock the mundane chains that fetter our imaginations. There are no failures just lessons to help us grow as visual artists. My goal is to help free our inner artist in a safe, supportive environment.

 

3 Workshops to Develop Fearless Creativity

 

9/16 Workshop 1: “ Finding the Courage to Explore ”

We will be working with a various mediums, design elements and subjects to nurture and free our inner artistic voice.

 

9/23 Workshop 2: “ Visual Poetry ”

Dancing with Repetition, Rhythm and Movement. Courage to Imagine, Express and Embrace.

 

9/30 Workshop 3: “ Balance and Focus ”

Using various mediums and subjects to explore Symmetry, Asymmetry and Emphasis.

 

Minimum capacity is 5 students per workshop, maximum is 12. To register, contact Deborah at:

(541) 415-1191

[email protected]

Checks can be made out to:

Deborah Ann Dawson

P.O. BOX 629
Selma, OR 97538

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Creative to the Qor Art Contest at Central Art Supply, Medford, Oregon

Abstract Workshop with Alx Fox

Join Alx Fox for an Abstract Workshop

at Central Art Supply

Friday  & Saturday  August  25 &  26

From 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Participate on any day or both days

Fees: $65 per day, $110 for 2 days

 

Explore new ways of applying and using texture on canvas or watercolor papers for increased focal point interest. Sample new media and sharpen your compositional skills in a relaxed informal atmosphere using acrylic paints and medias.

Call or email for materials list and/ or questions:

(541) 450-7092   [email protected]

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Its That Darn Brand Thing Again! On Defining My Brand

Introduction: My Own Brand, or Modus Operandi

Lately I’ve been thinking about “brand” as it relates to my own artistic style or modus operandi (MO).  Why do I avoid defining my brand?  Choices; there comes a time when we can’t do it all.  I have come to realize that if I don’t focus on a brand or MO, I risk confusion, among other things.

To explain my thinking, I’d like to share a story then explain my situation.  Finally, I’ll invite your feedback on the cohesiveness of my own “brand” as it applies to three of my paintings.

Artist Brand: MsKitty, Toy Pony and Blue Bunny Blues

Musician John Mellencamp, And His Brand

This June, my husband Robert and I attended a John Mellencamp concert. We had a wonderful time; Mr. Mellencamp and his band put on a great show. He had the energy and sound that we like about John Mellencamp.

You see, we were not sure we were going to like the show.

Brand: Voice and Energy

I think a little background is in order here. My husband and I grew to appreciate and enjoy John Mellencamp’s music in the 80s and 90’s. So, when we saw that he was coming to one of our favorite venues, we immediately purchased tickets.   Then, a few weeks later, he released his latest music album. But,  this did not sound like the John Mellencamp we knew! It seemed that his voice was different and the energy was not there. What happened; were we going to like the show?

AHA!  A Thought Pops In My Head!

It was while thinking about this concert that I had an “AHA” type moment!  This is all about “branding”, and it applies to me and my art.  Just as Mr. Mellencamp’s voice and energy are his brand, I need to define my brand and focus!

On Brand: Still Life with Egg Cup and Rabbit Netsuke

The Kewl Payntur Case

Here’s a “for instance” scenario. Let’s call the artist “Kewl Payntur” just for fun.  Kewl Payntur might be me or any artist you might know.  Over time, our buddy Kewl builds an audience of people who like his or her particular art.  There is something about Kewl’s work that speaks to the audience.  Mr/Ms Payntur can surprise, challenge and engage the audience as as he/she evolves, as long as the “certain something” is still there.  The “certain something” instills a type of cohesiveness about the body of Kewl Payntur’s work and that it helps the audience identify and define the artist’s work.

Tormented?

So, what is the lesson being taught or tormented over? Deciding on a “brand” or style.

Two Styles! (Or maybe three?)

I wrestle with what I define ought to define as my “brand”.  Usually, I think of my brand as being a stylized, abstracted, designed approach to the subject.  In other words, I am not trying to paint from life and I purposely want you to know it.  My intention is to stylize, distort and have fun with my images.

Problem Defined.

OK, fine, so what’s the problem?  Well, I like to paint from life too. From time to time, I focus my efforts on creating paintings and drawings that achieves a degree of accuracy and likeness.

To rephrase the problem, what does having two different styles do to my brand as an artist?  Do I confuse my audience?  And, what does this dichotomy have do to achieving a degree of mastery in either approach?

Its About You: Confusing or Cohesive

So, this really is about you, the viewer.  Would you like to help?  I have posted three of my paintings and all of them include a rabbit, just because I like rabbits.

What do you think, is my “brand” identifiable?  Even if you can’t articulate it, do all three look like they were done by the same artist?  Or, do you find the collection confusing?

On Brand: Garden Bunny

Post Script:  John Mellencamp’s Voice Endures

By the way, to me, Mr. Mellencamp’s brand includes his voice and energy.  His voice has matured, but it still has the special something that I recognize as the “John Mellencamp” voice.  So, it was a good concert.

Post Script, Again: Travels

In my last posting, I spoke of traveling adventures.  Robert and I did go on the road to New Mexico and we are back home.  We had a good trip and I have started working on my blog posting.  I hope to have something to share with you soon!  Thanks!

 

 

 

 

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Discover Something NEW & Colorful ONLY at Central Art!

 

During the month of August, we’re offering three unique hands-on opportunities to immerse yourself in an art form you may have never before tried! Are you excited?

Location: Central Art, 101 N. Central in Downtown Medford.

 

Tuesday, 8/8SPOTS FULL “Go With The Flow: Pouring with Acrylics”

1:00pm – 3:30pm Fee: $5

 

Saturday, 8/19SPOTS AVAILABLE “Pet Rocks & Posca Pens/Rock Swap”

1:00pm – 3:30pm Fee: $5

 

Tuesday, 8/22 –  SPOTS AVAILABLE “Marbling Mayhem!”

1:00pm – 3:30pm Fee: $5

 

Pre-registration required for mini workshops. Payment reserves your spot.

Seats are limited to 12 per workshop.

Call 541-773-1444 and pay by phone or stop in to Central Art to register.

 

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Chelsea International Photography Competition Call to Artists

Chelsea International Photography Competition

Enter the Chelsea International Photography Competition for your chance to exhibit in NYC! Submissions open until September 13

The Chelsea International Photography Competition (CIPC) is an opportunity for both amateur and professional photographers to submit their artwork for a chance to exhibit in New York City and receive valuable promotional benefits.

The work of selected artists will be presented at Agora Gallery, an elegant street-level space located in the heart of the Chelsea arts district next to the High Line in New York City. Agora Gallery attracts thousands of visitors with its welcoming interiors and striking exterior. For complete details on the competition’s awards, please click here. All awards are geared toward giving the winners valuable exposure with an aim to accelerate their art careers and encourage future productivity.

 

August Intuitive Painting Class

August Intuitive Painting Class

August Intuitive Painting Class

Intuitive Painting With Eve

Are you ready to explore the edges of your creativity; Play with and follow the threads of visual expression; laugh with the joy available when you trust your intuition to guide you?

Experience and experiment with a variety of non-threatening painting processes. Artists who want to create with renewed enthusiasm as well as inexperienced artists will be delighted.

Join me for a playful afternoon of Intuitive Painting on Sunday, August 13th from 12pm to 4pm. Classes are small and comfortable. Price is $50 including materials. Contact me at 541-772-6888 for more information and registration

How To Paint Portraits Part 2 What Beginner Artist Need to Know

IN this video Stefan Baumann teaches How To Paint Portraits Part 2 What Beginner 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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