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Its That Darn Brand Thing Again! On Defining My Brand

Introduction: My Own Brand, or Modus Operandi Lately I’ve been thinking about “brand” as it relates to my own artistic style or modus operandi (MO).  Why do I avoid defining my brand?  Choices; there comes a time when we can’t do it all.  I have come to realize that if I don’t focus on a […]

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About An Artist’s Vision Plus New Three Minute Egg Paintings

Artist Vision:  How To See. Greetings!  I’d like to share with you two of my latests pieces in my “Three Minute Egg Series”.  Furthermore, I’d like to talk about how I come up with my artistic vision for a series, using my current paintings as an example. The Good Question. A friend and collector of […]

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July 2017 at Art du Jour

The Sentry, by Kay Myer

 

July at Art du Jour Gallery

 

Featured Watercolor Artist Kay Myer, and Cammy Davis in Our Salon The Sentry, by Kay Myer Rose BoKay, by Kay Myer Grenache Rose, by Kay Myer

“The gentle flow of beautiful colors fusing together and traveling with generous splashes of water” is Kay Myers’ description of her watercolor style, and she says her “best friends,” her sable brushes, “do most of the work with minimal strokes.” Kay is never at a loss for inspiration and can delight in the smallest things, light on a leaf, sparkle on water, and is passionate about painting nature in her colorful, loose and interpretive style. She has been painting in watercolor since the 1980s and “loves exploring the endless possibilities this medium allows.”

​Kay’s art hangs in collections in Koln, Bachingen and Reinsdorf, Germany; Krems and Vienna, Austria; Ryd, Sweden; Wales, UK, and many states

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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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Its About Egg – Broken And Otherwise

Potato Salad Friday – With Egg Hi and Good Friday To You! I was making a potato salad this morning, with hard-boiled egg, and was thinking about the paintings I’ve been doing lately with eggs and egg cups. What is so special about eggs? I don’t really like eating just plain old eggs, though I […]

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Figure Demo, WSO Convention (Part Two)

The Demo:  Three Artists, Three Approaches, One Figure Having introduced the Watercolor Society of Oregon’s (WSO) Spring Convention in my previous post, I’d like to talk about the “Three Artists, Three Approaches, One Figure” watercolor demonstration (demo). Let me say that it was quite a privelege to be asked to participate.  I had the pleasure […]

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WSO Spring Convention (Part One)

Introduction. Hi!  This article is about the Watercolor Society of Oregon’s Spring Convention as a precursor to an article about a watercolor figure demonstration. Just to clarify, I wanted to talk to you about the lessons I learned while participating in a demo for the Watercolor Society of Oregon’s (WSO) Spring Convention.  However, as I started […]

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Deconstructing A Realistic Painting Toward Abstraction

Lessons Learned From Gabriel Mark Lipper’s Deconstructing Class. For most of February and March of this year, I have participated in art instructor Gabriel Mark Lipper’s “Deconstructing a Painting” Class. Hmmm, I don’t recall if he actually had a title for the course. In any case, seems to me that we called it the deconstructing […]

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Creative to the Qor Art Contest

Creative to the Qor Art Contest at Central Art Supply, Medford, Oregon

“Creative To The QoR” Watercolor Mini Contest! 03/15/17 – 04/30/17

It’s time once again to accept the challenge! Central Art’s “Creative to the QoR” mini watercolor contest puts you in the driver’s seat for a whole new water media experience – and offers a prime opportunity to show off your mad skills! Choose between two sample “Dot Cards” of pre-selected QoR watercolors, and paint your mini masterpiece on the provided 4.25″ x 4.25″ paper sample.

 

But wait, there’s more! Contest winners will be awarded as follows:

1st Place – QoR Watercolor 24 Tube Set ($119.99 Value)

2nd Place – QoR Watercolor 12 Tube Set ($64.99 Value)

3rd Place – QoR Watercolor 6 Tube Set ($34.99 Value)

Honorable Mentions – $15.00 Gift Certificate from Central Art

 

Hurry and stop into Central Art to pick up your Contest Entry Form and official QoR sample kit!

Contest ends April 30th,

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First Friday Art Walk in Ashland- April 2017

“Flower Girl” photograph by Leonard Lee

Ashland Gallery Association Spotlight Exhibits – April 2017

Art and Soul Gallery

“The Wanderer” Oil Paintings by Diana Wright

Grab your keys and go….from a San Francisco luncheon to sun-drenched Cayucos and then to a cool, mist filled day in Bandon, Oregon, I have marveled at the endless beauty of the world. The landscape renews us, brings us joy and hope in a time filled with anxious thoughts and feelings. Yes, we are sorrowful at the shrinking of the natural world. We stagger at the perils of over civilization, pollution, global warming, the shrinking of animal habitats, the acidification of the oceans, (to name a few), as they loom over our lives in an endless stream of fear. However, the joy of creating seems to transcend my fear. As I paint, I am in prayerful reverence for nature and I hope to communicate love, joy, and transcendent hope.

 

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