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I Just Got Featured on the Etsy Blog!

Sarah Burns Featured on Etsy

Get the Look  is a regular feature on Etsy that I always enjoy and I’m super stoked to have been included in today’s post!  It’s a sweet loft on Airbnb in Detroit (somewhere I dream of going to do landscape painting, maybe I could stay at this place…)  Check out the full post here. Filed […]

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Newly Listed Sketches

Xyara, by Sarah F. Burns

It’s hard to spot – but that’s one of my figure sketches in the right hand photo on this London interior designer’s photo.  She shops on Etsy. : ) Yay!  Thanks Heather! I just added a few new drawings to my Etsy Shop – Filed under: Drawing, figure, For Sale Tagged: 2013, art, drawing, figurative, […]

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CCC Announces the 2013 Opening of Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century

Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century

Clatsop Community College is proud to announce that the artwork selected for the seventh annual international competition Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century is on display at CCC’s Art Center Gallery, 1799 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, OR. The Au Naturel exhibit will run from February 21st through March 28th, 2013.


The CCC Art Center Gallery will host a reception honoring the selected artists on Thursday, March 7th at 6:00 pm. This year’s juror, Clint Brown, will be present to give a gallery talk. Awards to be announced at the reception include cash prizes, purchase awards, a solo show award to be held during the 2013-2014 exhibition season, and a select number of workshop awards. The Bridgewater Bistro and Clemente’s Restaurant are generously providing hors d’oeuvres for the event, and Erikson Floral Company is generously providing flowers. A No-Host Post-Reception party at the Astoria Coffeehouse and Bistro, at

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Recent Sketches and Drawings

Filed under: figure, Uncategorized Tagged: 2013, art, drawing, figurative, figure, fine art, grisaille, life, life drawing, nude, nude female, Sarah burns, sarah f burns, sketch, work of sarah f burns

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An Artful Valentine to My Art Fans: Abstraction, Romance, Elegance and Simplicity Revealed in My Recent Art

An Invitation to Romance 12×24 acrylic © Sandi Whetzel

How can abstraction and romance, elegance and simplicity all be used to describe my most recent paintings? These terms may seem somewhat contradictory, but they are all revealed in my three most recent paintings. Let me explain…

The first one, An Invitation to Romance, definitely suggests romance with the strewn rose petals leading the way to the elegant goblet and bottle of wine, waiting to be served up. The drama of the elegant evening colors against the black and atmospheric blues is devoid of distracting, extraneous elements. This drama and simplicity, exude romance and elegance, by design.

Wine Dream 16×20 acrylic ©Sandi Whetzel

The second image, Wine Dream, is an abstraction of a wine pour in a delicate goblet shape that forms a woman bathing in wineful bliss. Yes, the goblet itself is actually missing; adding to the abstraction of the piece. The simplicity and drama of the red, gold and black, as well as the shapely woman could inspire romance. This concept, so minimal in design, needed more elements. I decided to add the metallic gold and red ribbon-like strips and the red sentimental words to add some more simplicity, elegance, romance and abstraction elements to the piece.

The third image, Simply Wine!, an abstraction of a wine bottle and goblets is a simple, contemporary design with minimal detail. It’s that simplicity of design against the dramatic black background that gives it abstraction and elegance.

Simply Wine! 12×24 acrylic ©Sandi Whetzel

So, to all my loyal art fans, I want to wish you a happy Valentines Day. I hope I’ve inspired you to put a little romance into your life; even if it’s only to look at some contemporary romantic art. That’s my Valentine’s gift to you.

I’ve included the fourth image, Grape de Menthe, because it is an abstraction of grapes and because the Umpqua Valley Winegrowers have selected it to promote the “Greatest of the Grape” event March 2nd. To learn the inspiration behind that painting and details of the “Greatest of the Grape”,

To see more of Sandi’s art and order originals and reproductions in various print options, visit Sandi’s website

wine bottle art

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The figurative piece is at Illahe Gallery, Ashland, Oregon until the end of February 2013. These pieces were created in my studio using a live model.  The painting is a modern take on the myth of Persephone. I was particularly inspired a song by Martha Wainwright, “Proserpina”, which was written by Wainwright’s mother, Kate McGarrigle. […]

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Maruyama's Nudes Transform Motion into Moments at 2000 Frames per Second

Shinichi Maruyama Nude

Photographer Shinichi Maruyama’s new work, NUDE, uses cutting-edge technology to transform nude figures in motion into visions transcending time.

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New Artist Opportunities from CaFE™ Calls to Artists

Check out these updated and new calls to artists in a huge range of media, genre and other specialties, including fashion photography, sculpture, art by women, public/installation art, nude figures, outdoor photography, and artist residency in Mexico, and much more! List has been edited to reflect only those opportunities for which Oregon artists will be eligible.

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A Few New Things

Beth at Atelier LaRose, Life Drawing by Sarah Burns

I have been thinking about it for months and it will soon be a reality.  I am cutting way back on my administrative job in January to be able to paint full time (and teach a little bit).   The prospect of not working for a regular pay check is a little scary but as my […]

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Call To Artists For The Seventh Annual International Juried Exhibition Hosted By Clatsop Community College

2013 International Juried Exhibition Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century Juror Clint Brown

The Au Naturel competition is open to all artists working in any two dimensional drawing, painting, and printmaking media with a focus on the nude human figure as subject matter in any form from representational to abstract, and in which the handmade mark is employed as the primary means of image-making. Serving as juror for the 2013 exhibit is Clint Brown. Mr. Brown is Professor Emeritus at Oregon State University, where he taught sculpture, painting, and drawing, with a primary focus and passion for figure drawing. He is an artist who has consistently used the human figure as a means of commenting on the human condition.

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