Hike and Learn – Cloud Sketching

April 22, 2017 § 3 Comments

Cumulus Clouds at Presidential Range

Free slide talk and hike! Learn to identify clouds and get tips on how to and practice sketching them! Clouds are fascinating and learning more about them will open up a whole new world to you.

Slide Talk
Friday May 26, 2017, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Guanajuato Room, Ashland Library

Hike and Sketch
Saturday May 27, 2017
Meet at Ashland Shop N Kart parking lot to carpool at 8:30 am.
We will drive up to parking area at Hobart Bluff. You’re welcome to meet there as well. The caravan should arrive around 9:00 am.
To Hobart Bluff:  Take Highway 66 almost to the Greensprings Summit. Turn Right on Soda Mountain Road and follow the gravel road 5 miles to the parking lot. There is a pit toilet here and plenty of room for cars to park.

Hike is 1 – 2 miles, and we will be sketching for about two hours.
Bring Hat, Water Bottle, Snacks, Sketching Supplies.

Come and enjoy the talk, even if you are not going on the hike.

The event is free but they would like people to register.  Click here for more info:

Hike & Learn: The Science of Sketching Clouds with Artist Sarah F. Burns
by Friends of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

Neighbor’s Tree

March 9, 2017 § 2 Comments

My Neighbor’s Tree just keep giving and giving.  It’s suuuuper convenient to paint it because I can just walk out to my front driveway and if it’s too cold, rainy or SNOWY(!?), I can paint while looking out the studio window.

McVay Beach with Storm Coming

February 27, 2017 § 4 Comments

McVay Beach with Storm Coming

McVay Beach with Storm Coming, 10″ x  16″ 

Plein Air Landscape painted at the Oregon Coast last weekend.  It was lovely to be at the ocean.

Close to Home

February 6, 2017 § 4 Comments

My friend David Rosenak is a landscape painter who found himself working closer and closer and closer to home and realized he had a lifetime of paintings to make without leaving his property.  When he first revealed this to me I thought it was a little odd, but perfect for him – see more about him by clicking here. I compared my practice at the time to his and I was attracted to the convenience of it but couldn’t see how it could ever work for me. I tend to want to paint everything I see, all the time, everywhere I go. But I struggle to get things done and finish what I start so, David’s method stayed in the back of my mind.

We got a dog two years ago and started taking her on walks along this ditch trail about half a mile from my house.  It’s a wonderful walk.  You see close mountains and distant ones, close and distant trees, houses, shacks, weeds, farmland — there are just endless compositions to experiment with.  And there are never any other people down there.  So I started painting there a lot and have made five paintings I’m pleased with in the last year.

These are the latest paintings are from the ditch trail.  Painted last fall and late summer.  The evening one was painted when my mom was sick and I didn’t fully realize she was dying, but I was extremely stressed out and painting this was a good way to take my mind off of things.  The last one was painted in the month after she died. The reason I bring this up is that when I look at these paintings I travel emotionally to the joyful feeling I had while making them. Writing this post, my mental sequence was, “Wait, when did you make these? Was it before mom got sick?” And I realized it was during her illness and right after she died.  It is kind of shocking, but somehow there is life and spark in being outside and making landscape paintings, despite this generally being a terribly tough time.  However, I don’t think I would have been able to do it if I didn’t have this comfortable and easy location to go to.  Since my mom’s death, I feel like staying home (or closer to home) all the time.   I really miss her. I think as the spring comes I’ll feel a little less like a hermit.  And I don’t know if I have more paintings to make down on this ditch trail.  It’s impossible to commit to something like that.  Time will tell.  But I do like working where it’s comfortable and safe.

 

Oil Painitng of Persimmons by Sarah F Burns

Evening Looking Toward the Siskiyous

 

Oil Painting by Sarah F Burns

Cascade/Siskiyous from the Ditch Trail

Both measure 20″ x 35″.  Painted en plein air over a number of sessions.

Landscapes

December 5, 2016 § 2 Comments

I’ve mostly moved inside the studio for the winter – here are a couple of paintings from back in the fall.

Neighbor's Tree

Neighbor’s Tree

 

Tree at Scienceworks

Tree at Scienceworks

Barrel 42, Medford, Oregon

November 28, 2015 § 10 Comments

Barrel 42 Medford, Oregon 12″ x 16″

Brian Gruber Winery

It started with this composition for a smaller panel, but decided to move to the larger panel with more background info, which gave me a chance to play with an idea I’d been kicking around for a while.  I had been looking at the “Classical” landscape painting formulas and wanted to make a painting that used these principles.

claude lorrain pastoral landscape

Classical Landscape by Claude Lorrain – there are a million billion paintings made with this formula in the 18th and even into the 19th century.  The Ecole de Beaux Arts clearly taught this was the way you had to do it.  Nobody cares now, but it’s interesting how many paintings were made this way.

Google “Classical Landscape” here

claude lorrain pastoral landscape spiral

The composition spirals to for you to enter the picture on either side, the bottom is always darker value.

claude lorrain pastoral landscape zig zag

They always zig zag with close distance object on one side, going nearly top to bottom, then swing over to the opposite side for middle distance subject and then swing back for the far away view.

 

Oil Painting by Sarah F Burns

The close middle far is obvious in my painting.  I elected not to try to make spirals with clouds etc, because after all, my work is more about stark, aging American landscapes instead of fantastical ideal pastorals.  I did look for stuff to point to the subject, which was the green building, though, as well as the secondary subject of the far power lines.  I don’t always take time to carefully compose a plein air landscape, but it’s pretty satisfying when I do.

The location for this painting has a story too.  The green building houses a business called Barrel 42.  Brian Gruber and Herb Quady make Rogue Valley wines here, including the fabulous Quady North wines.  This is of particular interest to me, a native Southern Oregonian with an agricultural family history, because wine is overturning pears as the dominant agricultural product in Southern Oregon.  The big aqua building (so many of the old pear buildings are painted aqua –???) is called SOS – Southern Oregon Storage, or something like that.  The walls are super thick and maintain cool temperatures year round, perfect for storing barrels of wine, pears etc.  Of course these interesting places are always along railroad tracks because they used to use rails to ship things.  Not much anymore, as you see the side track to get close to the building to load up the goods is overgrown with weeds.  Time marches on, and it’s nice that the railroad tracks are seldom used, because they offer a quiet place to paint, and the tracks always have nice lines to play with.

Roseburg Paint Out

November 22, 2015 § Leave a comment

I usually resist paint out competition weekends, because they are never really very productive; I wind up usually making paintings in places I don’t have an affinity for and there is not enough time and there is the added pressure of knowing your work will literally be judged.  Umpqua Valley Arts Association hosts a paint out in Roseburg that lasts a few days and is in a generally good time of year for weather, so I signed up.  We had two full days of painting and I was able to connect with some really excellent Oregon painters. So, it was worth going to.

 

Oil Painting by Sarah F Burns

This dying oak tree was the painting I liked the best out of all I made that weekend. 7.5″ x 10″

 

Gray Day Roseburg Hills web Sunny Day Roseburg Hills web

Two days in a row, different weather, slightly different composition.
Each measures 10″ x 16″.

 

Roseburg Valley Ranch

12″ x 20″  Maybe I liked this one best.  I don’t know.

 

 

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