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The Art Inspector: Saving the Earth by Changing Art

The Art Inspector

Architecture has adopted LEED Performance design into standard practice, and Industrial Design begins with thinking about the end of life of a product and how to leave the least amount of impact on the environment. Both of these industries fought for decades, since the 1970s, against changing habits, systems and academic content. Resistors during the transformation proclaimed they would all go out of business; it was impossible to get all stakeholders on board; and they didn’t want to be creatively strangled. This shared history of transforming creative industry leads us to a problem we are facing within the Art world. Can artists change the way they create work to make a healthier planet? Personally, I believe so…

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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 […]

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Tools of The Artist’s Trade: Using Symbols To Enhance Meaning

Symbols, in my case, images or colors representing ideas, thoughts or emotions. St. Patrick’s Day. Hi!  Its “St. Patrick’s Day” weekend!  I have always understood this day to be one in which people of certain cultural descent honor St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland. Of Celtic Descent. Even though I am a descendent of […]

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Russian Olive Green

A Russian olive tree strikes a stately pose over the North Platte River, which cuts a winding path through the high plains of Wyoming. Early morning clouds cast a cool light over plateaus and valleys, offering a palette of deliciously blue greens, a respite from the summer’s heat. Price: $295 Media: Oil on canvas panel […]

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MsMaggie – Kitty In Green

Green Painting Retrospective #Four Time to throw in a green kitty.  I’m continuing on with my green in March painting retrospective.   Background and Intentions I painted “MsMaggie On a Rug” in 2008.  I purposely chose a green dominate color scheme, just to see what would happen.  My intention was to create a design used contrasting green […]

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Green Three – View Across The Valley

Continuing on with the theme of green, this is a small watercolor painting I did in 2006.  The subject is a valley in Southern Oregon and is based on a drawing I did on location.  I liked the long view in front of the buildings across the valley.  And, typical of this area, I like […]

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Young Forest – Green Two

About the Painting Its about the greens in a young forest. I painted this piece in 2005; its one of my favorites.  It was one of my early experiments with abstraction and mixed watermedia.  I used traditional watercolor paint and acrylic. I had a general idea of where I wanted to go, but let intuition guide the […]

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Its All Green ~

The Challenge Welcome to a retrospective of paintings in green!  Why?  My friend and artist Ethel Forsberg from Visby, Sweden, challenged me to participate in the “Art Relay Race” on Facebook.   What could be better than flooding facebook with artwork?  Just what is needed.  The Art Relay idea is to post five paintings or pieces […]

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Paschals

I painted this and the previous painting (“Bucolic”) during a plein air painters’ gathering at Paschal Winery in Talent, Oregon. It was a fine summer’s day; after a recent rain, everything is very green at the moment. Using a palette knife, I was able to bring both detail and a sense of movement to the […]

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Passion Morphs into Virtue: Artist, Sandi Whetzel’s Recent Painting

Virtue in the Vines 16×16 acrylic ©Sandi WhetzelDuring one of my “all-things-wine” modes of thought, I saw a simple line-drawing — an eyebrow, eye, nose and lips bordered on the right side by a large comma-shaped line defining a woman’s cheek and chin…

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