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Pat Blair ARTIST OF THE MONTH at Art Du Jour Gallery for August

Up On the Green Springs, pastel by Pat Blair

Up On the Green Springs, pastel by Pat Blair

Art Du Jour Gallery is featuring Pat Blair as ARTIST OF THE MONTH for the month of August

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 until 4:00 pm.
Pat will be present to talk about her work with visitors attending the gallery’s Third Friday Reception on August 15th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.

About Pat Blair

” I have become forever drawn to pastels and it is exciting to me to be painting in open air.  I love the lure of the landscape and have traveled near and far to view open spaces with expansive sky and dramatic landscapes.

Painting in plein air is like taking a snapshot.  The painter identifies the focal point of the painting and quickly sketches in the scene including the light and shadows before the light changes.  Much like a photographer catches a shot, so does the plein air painter.  The painter can, however,  change the colors and move around a pesky bush or two in order to make the painting more friendly to the viewer.

Southern Oregon abounds in friendly places for a plein air painter.  I can barely drive down a road without feeling the urge to stop and paint!  I do take loads of photographs to bring back to my studio for reference and also to remind me to return to a certain spot.   I am attracted to water and the reflections that may bring color to the picture.  I also love the drama of shadows and light.  Painting is like dancing.  Sometimes the light takes the lead role but at other times the dark shadows demand the viewers attention and leads the painting.”

Contact me about my Fall Class Schedule, which begins on September 16, 2014 at [email protected].

Pat Blair
24 North Keeneway Drive
Medford, OR  97504
Telephone: 541-779-2432

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