While working on my latest art project, I decided to soak in some sun and inspiration, and also study my topic (Trees!) up close! Come take a walk with me!
Enjoy the grace and beauty, personality and strength of these mighty and ancient oaks.
And back in the studio… a visitor appeared amongst my tree study!
There came a sense of humor in this sketch as I hung “木” Trees and “林” forests in her branches. Her whimsical face reminds me to enjoy the season; to look closer when I am on my nature walks; notice the rainbows of leaves drifting down, see how the wind makes shadows dance in the approaching fall storms, and admire the jarring contrasts of brilliant orange trees against the deep grey sky.
Enjoy this wonderful Fall season and of course, the company of Trees!
If you have ever wanted to learn the basics of painting with acrylics, curious about art journaling or just want to get creative, now is your chance! I’m happy to present several classes to you this summer.
In a just two weeks, I’ll start teaching a few afternoon sessions at our local art supply shop, The Drawing Board This our very own little candy shop. Amazing selection of supplies, tucked away in this tiny spot. Mike, the owner, is just great about custom ordering supplies any artist could need. Excited to contribute to the classes held there! Sign up in person or give them a call 541.224.3797.
Friday, May 17, 1:00pm – 3:30pm
and Friday, June 14, 1:00pm – 3:30pm, at The Drawing Board
We’ll be taking a beginners look at acrylic painting. I’ll be covering supplies, basic composition, basic color theory, and paint application. Sort through all the available materials and simplify so you can get to the fun part – painting! We will work and finish one 8×10 still life or landscape painting each session. Please wear clothing you can get paint on. Beginners welcome! A small class fee includes instruction and all supplies.
Friday, May 31, 1:00pm – 3:30pm
and Friday, July 12, 1:00pm – 3:30pm, at The Drawing Board
I’ll be familiarizing you with the expressive world of Art Journaling and give you some basic pointers on starting your own Art Journal. Be ready to play with paint, paper, photos, ink, oil pastels and more! Please bring your own unlined journal. We will have a few for sale the day of the class. Please email me if you have any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org). Ages 10 and up, (sharp tools) A small class fee includes instruction and all supplies.
Friday, July 26, 1:00pm – 3:30pm, at The Drawing Board
Come learn how to make your own mini masterpiece magnets! We’ll work with layers of paint, stamps and paint markers to create tiny works of art. Each student will make up to 6 mini canvas magnets (2×2 each). Ages 10 and up (small pieces). A small class fee includes instruction and all supplies.
I enrolled in an oil painting class this past spring, and it has been great to get back into oil paints again.
Here are some of my pieces. They started out very methodical, as I was doing my best to follow instructions and see what I could learn. But by the second painting, a few weeks in… This is what took form, I just couldn’t paint neatly anymore!
Here is the final painting from the sessions. With this one I tried to do a combo of planing, pacing and also some free flowing loose stroked paintings.
On the easel…
and finished painting…
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Since the class only met once a week, I didn’t do a mass amount of paintings, but rather stayed on one for a few months. Its a nice change from some of the faster work I do. I am signed up again and already started another large square oil of one of my favorite spots in Bend, Oregon. Will keep on posting as I make progress!