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Restful Productivity with Anna Elkins

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

This holiday reminds me of my goal of restful productivity. I still fail at it—often and miserably—but I keep practicing.

In early spring, I was trying really, really hard to take one day off each week. One chilly, Sabbath afternoon, I cozied up with tea and a stack of art books, and I had an idea. That idea became The Word-Painting Project: a subscription series of ten little poem-paintings of encouragement. I created one each day during a June writing retreat, made prints of the ten designs, and then mailed each batch to subscribers every week for ten weeks over the summer. Despite some postal glitches, it was fun to do, and I was heartened to receive photos of people’s prints lining their window sills and hanging on their walls. It was like one, big encouragement loop!

That project culminated in a salon & exhibit at the end of my recent writing residency in San Francisco. In fact, I mailed the last batch of prints from the mailbox on the street corner near the Noe Valley studio where I stayed. That was a lovely feeling.

I often have to encourage myself to rest. Paradoxically, from that place of rest comes the ideas and energy for the work that I love and love to share.

In the spirit of sharing, I’d like to give you a free print—that Word-Painting at the top of this newsletter. You can download it here. Print it, share it—whatever you like!

My residency was at the wonderful, new WordSpaceStudios in San Francisco. While there, I was able to finally gather together the ideas for a little nonfiction project that had been simmering away in a file for years. And so, while my poetry manuscript is off looking for a home, I am finishing up Living Large on Little: How a Poet Sees Limitation as Invitation. You can find a teaser from the intro on my Wordbody blog. And save the date this November 9 for a multi-level celebration (5-7 pm at Miners’ Bazaar in Jacksonville). More info to come.

And then…

…last but certainly not least, we were thrilled to release the anthology, Deep Travel: Souvenirs from the Inner JourneyWe held the launch the night before the annual Travel Writers & Photographers Conference at the flagship BookPassage in Corte Madera, California. The book compiles writings from five years of workshops and 44 contributors…16 of whom traveled to read for the launch (they’re pictured above). It was a big labor of love to help gather these voices together, but so very worth it.

I could sum up this summer in two words: labor & play. Here’s to creating space in both to rest and dream.

With joy,

Anna

Upcoming

Vignettes in the Vineyard

Friday, 11 October, 3-5 pm at Red Lily Vineyards (Applegate Valley, OR) This third annual writing workshop is back! I’ll be teaching the same course, so if you missed it in the past, join me this year during the peak of autumn leaves in the iconic Red Lily barn.
 Deep Travel Mexico

16-22 January 2020 (Yelapa, Mexico) It’s a winter tradition! This will be our fifth workshop of writing and practicing the art of tranquilo in a car-free village on the Bay of Banderas. Register at DeepTravelWorkshops.com.


Deep Travel Paris

4-10 April 2020 (Paris, France) We’re thrilled to hold our first workshop in the City of Light! Get ready to spend time in the parks, museums, and cafés of this delicious city that always inspires the artist’s life. Register at DeepTravelWorkshops.com.

 

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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.

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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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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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Marketing Art How to think like a Master Marketer and Identify your collectors

I this video Stefan Baumann talks to his students about Marketing Art How to think like a Master Marketer and Identify your collectors using Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media and getting into galleries.
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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Immerse Yourself In Central Art’s Brand-New Watercolor Sampler July 25th

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NEW! “Take The Plunge” Watercolor Sampler Thursday, July 25th

with Instructor Katrina Meister

 

When: Thursday, July 25

Where: Central Art

Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Fee: $45 (includes supplies)

 

Attention watercolor enthusiasts and newcomers! As part of World Watercolor Month, local watercolorist Katrina Meister will be presenting an exciting new Watercolor Sampler Thursday, July 25th from 2pm – 5pm at Central Art, starting with a beautiful Koi painting featuring 5 new Winsor Newton colors and 8 new Cad-Free colors! Take the plunge and give these gorgeous new colors a whirl!

 

Pre-registration is required. Payment required at time of reservation, no multiple reservations accepted. 15 person max.

 

Sign up by contacting us at 541-773-1444, or stop by Central Art today!

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Grants Pass Museum Summer 2019 Adult Art Classes

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:

Elements of Art – Line

with Kristen O’Neill

Saturday, July 20

1 – 4 pm

Part of the new series of fundamental art classes: Elements of Art
Lines! What starts as a simple mark becomes the basis of art.
• How does a line move through an artwork, lead the eye, and interact? Is it bold or passive? Precise or irregular? What type of line is it?
• Using art history, we will explore powerful examples of lines in art.
• We will create a sample project to keep as a reference.
• Plus, we will try out different approaches to drawing. A great class for the beginner, the art appreciator, and the more advance student who is looking to have a traditional fundamentals education.
$30/Members,
$35/Non-Members.
All materials provided.

Elements of Art – Color

with Kristen O’Neill

Saturday, August 3

1 – 4 pm

Part of the series of fundamental art classes: Elements of Art
Color! Color can be one of the most dominate elements.
·        Learn about hues, value, and intensity.
·        Explore the historical changes of color use, warm vs. cool palettes.
·        Create your own color wheel for reference.
·        Learn, with simple projects, how to set a mood with color in your artwork.
Class will be taught in acrylic – but the knowledge works for all mediums. A great class for the beginner, the art appreciator, and the more advance student who is looking to have a traditional fundamentals education.
$30/Members,
$35/Non-Members.
All materials provided.

Zentangle Books

with Cindy Hernandez

Saturday, August 17

1 – 4 pm

Create two books the perfect size for small Zentangle drawings. Taught by a certified Zentangle instructor. All materials are provided. Fun, pocket-sized books that you can easily carry with you!
Class time includes taking a break for lunch (on your own – you are welcome to bring a lunch into the museum).
$40/Members
$45/Non-members
All supplies included.

Elements of Art – Value

with Kristen O’Neill

Saturday, August 3

1 – 4 pm

Part of the series of fundamental art classes: Elements of Art
Values & Contrast do a lot of the work that color gets the credit for.
• Learn about values, & contrast
• How to use them to control how the eye goes through an artwork
• Low-key vs high-key lighting
• How to use values with colors
• How to set up value changes in your composition
• We will make value charts and color value charts for your future reference
• Learn how to translate a colorful world into a monochromatic drawing
$30/Members
$35/Non-Members
All supplies included

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

Color Checker and Dealing With Really Bad Paintings

IN this painting video Baumann talks to his students about using a Color Checker and Dealing With Really Bad Paintings
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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Perfect Practice Makes Perfect Paintings The Fine Art of the Brushstroke

Listen in to Stefan Baumann as he talks about being in galleries, and what it takes to get better in painting. Stefan also discusses Perfect Practice Makes Perfect Paintings along with The Fine Are of the Brushstroke. 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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