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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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Getting Your Art Out to the Public, Part 1

So, you want to be an artist…Don’t just sit there…

Do something!

Journal entry February 16, 2019

This week we were hammered by storm fronts one after another with very cold temperatures and lots of moisture creating very deep snow. The snow was so deep that we were snowed in for two days making it impossible for anyone to make it up to The Grand View Ranch for a campfire or even an evening around our cozy fireplace at the ranch house. I love to rest on my Craftsman couch in front of the fire and sip a cup of homemade cinnamon cocoa with whip cream and marshmallows. I often find myself in quiet thought reflecting on the conversations that I had with my students during the week and think about what I would like to write about to share with you.

The Fragmented Art World

Of all the ideas that came to me, it seemed like it would be most helpful to write about some of the steps that artists should know about before venturing out into the confusing and fragmented art world. Most artists have very little knowledge about how to approach galleries or produce social media, art shows, and art competitions. They may not know how to establish a collector base that they can count on to support them as they launch their art into the art marketplace. In the next few blogs, I will offer my own personal insights from my experiences being in the art world for 40 years and successfully launching my own PBS show. These conversations or Blogs that I’ll be sending have insights that I have shared with students who I coach weekly.

To be Successful Share With Others

I believe if you are serious about marketing your art, it is essential to have a coach who you can check in with every week. I hope that sharing my insights will inspire you experience the exciting journey into the professional art world. To be successful, artists should have the desire to share their art with others. It’s why people create art, after all. If a book is never read, does it even need to be written?  Painting is a visual expression of the desire to share with others what you find beautiful, interesting, or of interest to you. Art is communication and in order to communicate, you must have an audience. Building this audience is in itself a business and requires some time to do. So, relax. The fear you are feeling at this moment is actually the feeling of excitement. The two emotions feel similar. Use that “excitement” feeling as you go through your journey. It will make a huge difference in how you market your art. Before we go over the steps that will transform you into a self-promoter of your art, there are some things we need to talk about.

WILL MY ART EVER BE GOOD ENOUGH?

I’m amazed how much fear most artists have when they venture out from the safety of their immediate families and studios with images of their work. Many artists are paralyzed with the thought of posting their art on social networks for the world to see. They are waiting until they create something that is “good enough,” and are constantly reinventing themselves to fit some ideals or invisible goals that they think they need to complete before they can move forward and get their art out of the studio.
These artists are stuck. They are not even making an effort to show their work because the invisible “Not Good Enough” message that screams in their heads gets louder with every improvement they make. And, every improvement they make just opens new conversations that they have so much to learn to be a great artist. GET USED TO IT! YOU WILL NEVER BE GOOD ENOUGH! There will always be someone better, brighter, or more talented than you. THE TRUTH IS…
The truth is even your worst efforts will be admired because as an artist, you do something of value when others are caught in the trap of quiet desperation, fearing that they are living their lives with little personal value except working and paying the bills. They are afraid to try to do something that might expose that they are frauds to the world. Sound familiar?
To make things worse, the Internet makes it more challenging when
the public is given instant power to like or dislike something – with Thumbs up, Likes. Emojis, and Comments! all out-there in the World Wide Web for the public to see. These instant reactions hit the heart of the artist, confirming what everyone has been saying to you since you where 4, “You’re not good enough to be an artist”, “You’re going to starve… get a real job… do something of value.” After all, “Art is the class you take if you want an EZ “A”.” No wonder art instills fear in anyone wanting to succeed as an artist.

WHAT IF EVERYTHING YOU BELIEVE IS NOT TRUE?

It is the nature of being human that we all want to look good, and we fear looking incompetent or ignorant. From an early age we are constantly trying to do what is good and avoiding anything that might bring negative attention that makes you look bad. Posting your work for others to see or introducing your art to a gallery can be intimidating because of the old tapes in our heads that tell us that we may not be good enough. I am amazed that many of my students have no problem posting daily what they had for dinner or sharing photos of their cats. But, if they are asked to share their art pieces for others to see, they become paralyzed and afraid of what people might think or say. I have worked with students who almost pass out from fear before hitting the “share” button to post one of their paintings.

Lets Start NOW!!!

When students step out of their “fear of sharing” response about their work and start marketing their work to as many eyes as they can find, they are amazed that the response they experience is always positive. They may start first with family members and friends and then market to complete strangers who respond to their work positively. However, before an artist is ready to approach a gallery seriously, there are steps that must be in place before making the first contact, before showing your composition, before having your first show, or approaching a collector, a buyer, or the owner of a gallery. In the next blog I will discuss all the insights artists must have before you go into the public arena and present your art to galleries and collectors. Here are the first steps that you must take before we move on to the next blog. 
  1. Get a Web Domain or URL address
  2. Open a Facebook account
  3. Open a Twitter account
  4. Open an Instagram account
  5. Open an Linked in Account
  6. YouTube account

The Must Have

You must have all of these social media accounts and they must all be linked together
Step by Step instructions on linking up these accounts are on YouTube
Next week, you will start stepping out of your comfort zone and begin experiencing the feeling the excitement when sharing your art with the world. It is going to be exhilarating. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I will try to respond as best as I can. [email protected]
Information about coaching is located under the heading Coaching on my website www.StefanBaumann.com. 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.

American Pine Martin By Stefan Baumann

I have coached many students over the years . My goal as a coach is to help students discover their own style by instructing with a method that allows them to grow as they are. If you want 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 .

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Southern Oregon Society of Artists February 2019 Newsletter

SOSA Meeting Monday, February 25th, 7PM

Demonstration by Artist Lynda Hoffman-Snodgrass

Call to Artists and more:

SOSA Feb News 2019

Fun: It is About Drawing For The Joy Of It

Fun:  Something that brings pleasure, enjoyment or entertainment (noun).

Happy New Year!

Hi!  I realized a couple of days ago that I had yet to post to my blog this 2019!  Goodness gracious and happy new year!  And, why am I so slow?

Drawing Just For Fun: Ink and watercolor

Drawing Too Important To Be Fun?

I also had a thought that one of the reasons I’ve slowed down is that everything seems to be so important.  Or rather, I attach such a sense of importance to things like writing, drawing and painting, that I rarely allow myself a moment of fun.

Drawing For Fun: Three Characters

Doodle For The Fun Of It.

And, then, I thought, why not just doodle around for fun.  You know, like I did as a child.  How about you, did you ever just spend an afternoon drawing or painting just for the sheer pleasure?

Draw Like You Did When You Were 10 Years Old!

You see, when I was a kid, I used to draw for fun.  It was one of my main things to do.  That includes weekends, summers and whenever, I was usually drawing.  Even in school, from grade school on to college, I always drew in my notebooks.

Just For Fun: Well Now, Dude!

Give Yourself Five Minutes or Five Hours!

So, why not just doodle sometimes?  That is, take five minutes and play with a pencil on paper.  I am often delighted at the funny characters that dance across the page.

You Might Be Surprised!

And, then, go back to doing the hard work of developing skills and vision.  Now, the harder work of drawing and painting is more enjoyable.  My mind and heart are happy and ready to go!

Drawings From My Sketchbooks.

I thought I’d share some of my recent little doodle type drawings from a couple of my sketchbooks.  So, I selected a few of my favorites and posted them here.  Thanks!

It is about having fun: A page from my sketchbook, hands and yoga poses.

 

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Fun: It is About Drawing For The Joy Of It

Fun:  Something that brings pleasure, enjoyment or entertainment (noun).

Happy New Year!

Hi!  I realized a couple of days ago that I had yet to post to my blog this 2019!  Goodness gracious and happy new year!  And, why am I so slow?

Drawing Just For Fun: Ink and watercolor

Drawing Too Important To Be Fun?

I also had a thought that one of the reasons I’ve slowed down is that everything seems to be so important.  Or rather, I attach such a sense of importance to things like writing, drawing and painting, that I rarely allow myself a moment of fun.

Drawing For Fun: Three Characters

Doodle For The Fun Of It.

And, then, I thought, why not just doodle around for fun.  You know, like I did as a child.  How about you, did you ever just spend an afternoon drawing or painting just for the sheer pleasure?

Draw Like You Did When You Were 10 Years Old!

You see, when I was a kid, I used to draw for fun.  It was one of my main things to do.  That includes weekends, summers and whenever, I was usually drawing.  Even in school, from grade school on to college, I always drew in my notebooks.

Just For Fun: Well Now, Dude!

Give Yourself Five Minutes or Five Hours!

So, why not just doodle sometimes?  That is, take five minutes and play with a pencil on paper.  I am often delighted at the funny characters that dance across the page.

You Might Be Surprised!

And, then, go back to doing the hard work of developing skills and vision.  Now, the harder work of drawing and painting is more enjoyable.  My mind and heart are happy and ready to go!

Drawings From My Sketchbooks.

I thought I’d share some of my recent little doodle type drawings from a couple of my sketchbooks.  So, I selected a few of my favorites and posted them here.  Thanks!

It is about having fun: A page from my sketchbook, hands and yoga poses.

 

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Kindred Spirits 2019 Winter Art Classes and Workshops

     2019 Winter Art Classes and Workshops

Happy New Year to all of you creative souls!  We have moved some things around at Kindred Spirits and I have taken over part of the space as my studio/workshop where it will be much more convenient to teach art classes and celebrate your creations through art walks and events. What I want to accomplish, through my classes is not so much that you look at your creation to reach your ideal of perfection, but through the creative process, find your soul, see what amazing gift you have been blessed with and through that, share with the rest of the world. (Who knows what changes we can make). I’m offering but a catalyst and a space to move forward with this in mind.
Below is a list of some of the classes and workshops we will be having as well as a series of Sumi-e classes on Wednesday evenings and some mornings. Also Thursday evenings are, “Random Acts of Art,”-open studio style.
I’m adding another e-mail if you have questions or are interested in joining a class.  [email protected].
You can also register for a class on-line by going to www.Kindredspiritsartalewine.com website, go to “Class Registration,” and sign up there. 

Sumi-e
Translated, ‘Black Ink-Painting,” is where art and art of living come together.  In these classes, you will explore the simplicity and spontaneity of the essence of nature.  In this painting-method, as in Zen practice, reality is expressed by reducing it to its pure bare form.  You will find this practice extremely therapeutic and heart calming.
All materials provided.
Tuesday Mornings with Tea:
Jan. 22, 10:00
Feb.12 and 26,  10:00
Mar. 12 and 26, 10:00
Wednesday Evenings- “Sake and Sumi-e,” starting:
Jan. 23 at 7:00 P.M.
Cost: $25 per class
“Random Acts of Art”
THURSDAY EVENINGS
Open Studio Drop In and different projects every week.
This photo ( milagros), is just one example.
Cost: $10
“More Random Acts of Art”
THURSDAY EVENINGS
Open Studio Drop In and different projects every week.
Another example: Matchbox reliquaries.
Cost: $10
The Heart Reliquary
For all of you that requested this class again.
This three dimensional wall hanging is just in time for Valentines Day.  Made with doors that open to a niche, these charming little creations can house a special memento or a cool trinket.  The size is approx. 7″x 8″, give or take an inch.  All materials are provided, including paints, papers and really fun embellishments.
Saturday workshop
January 19th, 1:00-4:00
Cost: $45
Circular Wall Hanging
Okay, you wanted another round vessel class, here it is!
This mixed media creation is so fun I am addicted to making these myself.  The piece you will be making is made with clay, wire, natural and decorative papers (mache style), acrylic paint and other embellishments that suit your fancy. I added tassels and beads to this one.
All materials provided.
Saturday, February 16, 1:00-4:00
Cost $55
Ceremonial Tribal Rattle
It’s an instrument and an art piece!
The Native American style rattle holds deep symbolism and represents, through it’s formation and sound, “The three kingdoms or nations,” the animal kingdom, the plant kingdom and the mineral kingdom (earth).  All materials are provided in this mixed media piece including beautiful natural elements.
Saturday,  February 2nd, 1:00-4:00 and Tuesday, February19th, 1:00-4:00
Cost $45
Ethnic Tribal Dolls
Let yourself go!! Wild, eccentric and fun!!  Textiles, beads, paint, clay, fibers, shells and all kinds of unique materials make up this primitive style creation that can hang on the wall.
All materials provided. I will make this a longer workshop just because I know you won’t want to stop working on it.
Saturday, February 9, 11:oo-4:00
Cost: $50

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.

Learn the Ancient Art of Sumi Painting in This Workshop!

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Central Art workshop Chinese Painting with Yuming Zhu Sunday, February 10, 2019

Chinese Painting with Yuming Zhu

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Where: Central Art

Time: 9:30am-3:30pm

Fee: $95

This workshop will concentrate on learning how to see your surroundings and express your feeling in Sumi style. Study and arrange daily items and interpret them and re-compose them in a traditional and expressive Sumi painting.

 

Visit Central Art or Call 541-773-1444 to reserve your spot. Seating is limited, pre-registration is required for all workshops. Pay at time of registration to reserve spot.

VISIT CENTRAL ART!

Pattern And Watercolor Painting “Lighthouse, D9”

Pattern: it is about repeating lines, colors, shapes, values and sizes in a painting.

Reviewing Work For A Portfolio.

I have been preparing a portfolio of my work for submission to the print literary magazine Cascadia Subduction Zone.  In the process, I was looking at some of my works that I haven’t thought about in awhile.

It’s Like Looking At Pictures Of Friends.

Take, for instance, the watercolor Lighthouse D9 (or Design 9).  I am delighted to reacquaint myself with this painting.  The Grays Harbor Lighthouse, Point Chehalis, West Port, WA, inspired me to create this series of work.  You see, for a time I lived nearby and have always loved lighthouses.

Pattern: As Used in Lighthouse D9; Watercolor

Playing With Pattern.

When I created the design for Lighthouse D9 I was interested in exploring pattern.  When I say pattern, I am referring to a specific use of the term.  That is, I repeated and clustered smaller shapes in such a way that they “read” visually as one larger shape.

Examples:  Grass & Clouds.

Take, for example, the cloud shapes or the “v” grass clump shapes. Together, the smaller “v” shapes and the greenish color add up visually to tell you that I’m describing a grassy area.  The same goes for cloud shapes against a blue background on the upper portions of the painting.  I’m signaling “sky”.

OH!  A Way To Simplify!

Put another way, I’m using pattern to simplify my design.  Plus, add meaning.  And, it was fun!

What About Meaning?

The meaning?  For me, I’ve always liked lighthouses.  I grew up looking at lighthouse paintings by my father, artist John Stermer.  My feelings were pretty simple; I liked them.  They looked like remote places, but also beacons to the traveler.

This painting, with its festive colors and simple patterns, alludes to the brighter side of lighthouse symbolism.  That is the beacon that guides the navigator through rough seas.

Enjoy!

In closing, I hope that you enjoy my Lighthouse, D9.  Furthermore, you might want to keep a look out for pattern next time you go to an art show.

Thank you!

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Pattern And Watercolor Painting “Lighthouse, D9”

Pattern: it is about repeating lines, colors, shapes, values and sizes in a painting.

Reviewing Work For A Portfolio.

I have been preparing a portfolio of my work for submission to the online literary magazine Cascadia Subduction Zone.  In the process, I was looking at some of my works that I haven’t thought about in awhile.

It’s Like Looking At Pictures Of Friends.

Take, for instance, the watercolor Lighthouse D9 (or Design 9).  I am delighted to reacquaint myself with this painting.  The Grays Harbor Lighthouse, Point Chehalis, West Port, WA, inspired me to create this series of work.  You see, for a time I lived nearby and have always loved lighthouses.

Pattern: As Used in Lighthouse D9; Watercolor

Playing With Pattern.

When I created the design for Lighthouse D9 I was interested in exploring pattern.  When I say pattern, I am referring to a specific use of the term.  That is, I repeated and clustered smaller shapes in such a way that they “read” visually as one larger shape.

Examples:  Grass & Clouds.

Take, for example, the cloud shapes or the “v” grass clump shapes. Together, the smaller “v” shapes and the greenish color add up visually to tell you that I’m describing a grassy area.  The same goes for cloud shapes against a blue background on the upper portions of the painting.  I’m signaling “sky”.

OH!  A Way To Simplify!

Put another way, I’m using pattern to simplify my design.  Plus, add meaning.  And, it was fun!

What About Meaning?

The meaning?  For me, I’ve always liked lighthouses.  I grew up looking at lighthouse paintings by my father, artist John Stermer.  My feelings were pretty simple; I liked them.  They looked like remote places, but also beacons to the traveler.

This painting, with its festive colors and simple patterns, alludes to the brighter side of lighthouse symbolism.  That is the beacon that guides the navigator through rough seas.

Enjoy!

In closing, I hope that you enjoy my Lighthouse, D9.  Furthermore, you might want to keep a look out for pattern next time you go to an art show.

Thank you!

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