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Seeing Design Features: The Painting of Regal Kitty

Greetings!  Meet Regal Kitty, and, if you’ve met her before, then how about a peek into her design? Purpose. The purpose of this article is to give you some insight into how I designed my painting Regal Kitty.  More specifically, I would like to share with you three composition features that I purposely included in this […]

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Seeing Design Features: The Painting of Regal Kitty

Greetings!  Meet Regal Kitty, and, if you’ve met her before, then how about a peek into her design? Purpose. The purpose of this article is to give you some insight into how I designed my painting Regal Kitty.  More specifically, I would like to share with you three composition features that I purposely included in this […]

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Tangents – What Are They and Why Care?

Off On A Tangent. Tangents – what are they and so what? Purpose.  My intention in writing this article is to explore and perhaps shed some light on how the word “tangent(s)” is used in drawing, illustrating, painting and photography.  I would like to share with you how this topic came up in conversation.  Then, […]

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Doing Color Studies

The Value of Color Studies. Greetings!  I am going to give you a short introduction about why I do color studies, then outline how I devised my own color study project.  Finally, I’ll share with you some of the lessons I learned by doing the studies. And, I might add, it is the “doing” that […]

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The Secret of Painting from Life

The Secret of Painting from Life If you want to see the world as spectacular as it is, take a walk in the forest with an artist. The painter’s eye is more sensitive and receives a vast amount more information than a normal person who is seeing the same view. When students first come to my classes, within weeks they report that they have never before seen the world “in color” as they are able to do now and that painting has opened their eyes to the beauty that surrounds them. The first assignment for new students who come to…

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Composition ~ The Foundation of a Painting

I woke this morning with the feeling that something had changed.  The air felt a little crisper, the sky looked a little darker and I could smell the earthy scent of leaves scattered on the ground in the woods. Yes, this is the feeling of fall, my favorite time of year! To celebrate the season, this year I am offering a September workshop that includes painting outdoors with a focus on Composition. An important element in a painting is a good compostion which includes line, balance, movement, abstract form and many other details that are needed to create a great…

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Mastering Composition through Still Life with Silvia Trujillo

Mastering Composition through Still Life with Silvia Trujillo Saturday August 6, 10am-2pm Composition is the foundation of all great paintings and drawings. Using the rule of thirds, Silvia will guide students through exercises in creating a variety of shapes while helping you gain a better understanding of the subtleties of Notan, the Japanese design concept of light/dark patterns.

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Luscious Pink Roses

Luscious Pink Roses, oil painting by Stefan Baumann

Luscious Pink Roses: Original Still Life Oil Painting by Stefan Baumann  12″ x 16″ Oil on Canvas Framing Framed in black wood with gold Signed Lower Right – Baumann Monogram GV  Date: 2013 Provenance On Valentine’s Day 2013, I presented my love with this bouquet of beautiful pink roses, and then I offered to paint a still life oil painting of the flowers and create a lasting tribute to the love we celebrated on Valentine’s Day.  I wanted to reflect a sensual and sultry atmosphere that compliments the pink roses and reflects the romantic mood of the day.  Love is…

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From Idea to Image: Pictorial Composition with Sean Forester

Composition is the visual language that allows an artist to communicate with subtlety or strength, with emotional intensity or clarity and calm.   Whatever your skill level, now is the time to explore the fascinating and important subject of composition. In this four-day intensive workshop students will study the principles of line, value, and color, […]

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Compositional Figure Painting Workshop with Sean Forester

Sarah F. Burns is working with Ashland Art Center to bring Sean Forester to Ashland in May to present an awesome intensive Compositional Figure Painting workshop. TWO LIVE models – playing Ophelia and Hamlet – you can work in grisaille or use the Zorn palette We’ll look to master paintings of the 19th century for guidance in creating great modern compositions. Sean is both a very excellent painter and an art historian and humanities lecturer. He and Andrew Ameral created and run the Golden Gate Atelier in San Francisco. Sean has a lot of great stuff planned for this workshop, which includes a book he’s written about composition. And even if you don’t work in a strict classical style (who does?) – the principles in this workshop will carry over for anyone who works with the figure. May 15 – 18 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Ashland Art

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