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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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Spring Time at Ashland Creek

I hope you enjoy my paintings as much as I enjoy painting them! ~ Billye Woodford Billye Woodford

“Spring Time at Ashland Creek” 14 x 18 Oil on Canvas $525 I felt blessed to be able to paint the green reflections and spring time beauty of Ashland Creek, a year-round creek at Lithia Park in Ashland, Oregon. ~ artist Billye Woodford.  

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

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Virtue in the Vines 16×16 acrylic ©Sandi Whetzel
During 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. A long curved line like the left half of a parenthesis mark stretched below the right side of her chin, forming the right side of her neck. Large generic leaves flowed around her facial features like hair. Leaf veins separated the leaves into sections like locks of hair rippling down her right cheek, exposing the line of her neck. A large leaf swooped over the left side of her face obscuring her left eye, cheek and neck. The facial shape and the slim exposed right side of her neck resembled a woman’s face inside a wine goblet.  Well, I was  in “all-things-wine” mode — an inspiration for a wine painting was hatched.
I intended to create a similar style painting of a woman’s face shaped like a wine goblet with loose outlines of grape leaves representing hair sweeping over one side of her face and neck. The exposed side of her neck, expressed as a vertical curved line, formed the goblet stem. After I outlined her eyebrow, eye, nose and lips, my passion for a sensual, rather than an abstractportrayal took over. I might paint an abstract image inspired by that line drawing I saw sometime, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it this time.
I ditched the idea of making her face and neck resemble the shape of a wine goblet. It would be more sensual to render her facial features realistically, as well as reveal her bare neck and shoulders–I was seduced.
I sketched many grape leaf shapes until I was satisfied with the way they layered around her face. While sketching I observed an awkward symmetrical placement of two same size leaves that resembled horns coming out of each side of her head — thank goodness for the ability to re-do acrylic shapes. I also avoided a halo effect circling her head. It was a delicate balancing act to arrive at the most pleasing leaf configurations.
To add abstraction and a little mystery, I rendered her in shadowed reflections of the grape leaves in light and dark shades of green. To create a serene, earthy quality, I painted the grape leaves realistically; dominating in greens with color accents in the leaves and grapes only.

Choosing the painting title was difficult. I considered Vine Goddess, Goddess of the Vine, Venus and Venus of the Vine. They were all a little too obvious. Just as her focused engagement with viewers intrigues, I wanted more than an apt label to engage viewers. I thought about the beauty from within her and the vineyard — virtue came to mind. I liked the ring of Virtue in the Vines. Besides honor, integrity, purity, love, value and worth, virtue also means innocence, morality, chastity. I reasoned that her demeanor, as well as her unclothed appearance, might suggest something other than virtue to some. However, I liked the ambiguity Virtue in the Vines might foster. Conversely, the grapes have not been touched; not harvested; not made into wine — she is pristine; untouched; innocent. She is Virtue in the Vines.
See more of Sandi’s art here .  Upcoming Exhibits:  Gallery NorthWest, 625 SE Jackson St., Roseburg, OR, 8/1/13 to 8/31/13.  Opening Reception: 4:30 – 7:00 pm, Fri., 8/2/13 ~  Henry Goes Wine: the Grape Escape at Henry Estate Winery, 687 Hubbard Creek Road, Umpqua, OR, 8/17/13.  For tickets and schedule of entertainment, click   Sandi will will show some of her extremely shiny prints on metal.  Be one of the first to see this sleek, contemporary new print media.  You won’t believe the depth and richness in prints on metal!  vine goddess metal prints

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