Early This Year

Table Rocks are situated at low elevation in the Rogue Valley, so are most comfortably painted in the Spring – as you see here.  Now, as I write in July, it’s a very hot and dry place, full of rattle snakes.  It’s been a very busy year, so I’m just sharing them now.  Table Rock Early SpringThis could be the scene out of a Western movie.

Mount McLoughlin Early Spring
You can kind of see Mount McLoughlin or Mount Pit – as the locals call it.

Turks and Caicos Islands

Sunshine – breeze – ahhhhhhhh.  Tom and I were able to take a great vacation to a Caribbean Island early in June.  I’ve never been anywhere like it and I can see why it’s so popular for vacations.  I’m about to get my yearly blood work back from my doctor and I’m guessing my vitamin D levels will actually be ok for once.

Besides the sailing, snorkeling, rum drinks, amazing tropical fruit and fish, one of the best parts of the trip was painting.

Cumulus Clouds on Providenciales Island Turks and Caicos

Clouds 2 Turks and Caicos

Evening Providenciales Turks and Caicos

Cumulus Clouds Grace Bay Beach

Yacht Evening

Full Moon

The smaller pieces are 6″ x 9″ and the larger 10″ x 16″.

Hike and Learn – Cloud Sketching

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

Project Space

Big News!

I’m teaming up with artist Megan Headley to open a studio/galllery in Talent, OR called Project Space.

Project Space logo

It will primarily be a teaching studio; Megan has Saturday youth classes lined up and I’m starting off with a foundational 10 week Still Life Drawing and Painting series. We will also be hosting art shows and lining up some community events.

We will open the location with an art show on Saturday and Sunday May 6,7 from 10 am  to 4 pm. The show, titled Becoming a Mother/Losing a Mother consists of abstract paintings by Megan Headley exploring motherhood and my still life and landscape paintings made after my mother died this past fall.  I’ve been exploring so many things, experiences, emotions and this work is almost like a diary or journal, much more so than any other work I’ve made in the past.  We’re both looking forward to sharing the work with everyone!

Becoming a Mother Losing a Mother
Megan Headley/Sarah F. Burns

So, save the date! May 6 and 7, 10 am – 4 pm at 106 Talent Avenue Suite 5, Talent, OR 97501.

Landscapes

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

In Loving Memory

I still can’t quite believe it, but my mother, Mariah Hegarty passed away at age 61 on September 15, 2016.  She had a very aggressive cancer that overtook her very suddenly.  She was a model of how to leave the world with grace and I’m so grateful for the time we had and that she was my mom.

My mom has always been such a supporter of me in life and as an artist.  She introduced me to art and to making art when I was very young by having a great collection of beautifully illustrated children’s books and by not allowing me to have coloring books or television and providing me lots of paper and crayons to draw as much as I wanted.  Both my parents encouraged me to experience and observe nature which is a vital part of being an artist and a student. My mom also taught me, especially at the end to forgive others and yourself, which frees you up to experiment and make mistakes.  She always let me take all the art classes I could find and just allowed me to pursue what I was interested in.

She loved beauty and our home was always an amazingly beautiful place. It was never cluttered or crowded, but had old and natural things, nice light, natural fibers.  Simple, straightforward beauty. She taught me that beauty is found everywhere and this profoundly affects my choice of subjects when I paint.

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Mariah Michele Hegarty — 3/18/55 – 9/15/16

Every Place I Ever Lived

tore my heart with its beauty when I left.

My final week in Florida I steal away
to the beach morning and evening.

At dawn the long smooth waves are bolts
of pewter-colored silk shot with silver
folding and unfolding at my feet.

Dolphins pierce the liquid platinum
like dark needles. The pelicans
–those homely angels–
glide just above the wave caps,
their open-armed wings spread wide.

Splayed across the sand
treasures of the ocean’s generosity*
Each fractured shard, tumbled smooth-
edged and cloudy teaches me
there is nothing broken

that will not be transformed.

* Rumi

– Mariah Hegarty

Art Guide

Laurel at Huckleberry Design Studio created a beautiful ebook highlighting art you can buy through Etsy and she included my shop! She really is a fantastic designer and it’s very inspiring to see what she’s put together.

Etsy Art Guide

Check out the Ebook at huckleberrydesignstudio.com and use the code ARTISTGIFTCOPY to receive it free!

Landscape Painting Course

Mount Washington GroupThe heat of the summer will be coming to an end soon and we will be entering the fall landscape painting season!  I am teaching a landscape painting course at the Ashland Art Center for both experienced and beginning painters.  As usual, drawing is fine for the whole session if you prefer.  Oil paints are what I use, but if you prefer watercolor or acrylic or pastel or xyz, that is just fine; the principles remain the same, even as the material changes.
This class will be useful for both plein air and photo reference painters.  We will cover specific issues of landscape painting —  light, color, perspective, drawing, composing.
Three classroom sessions where we discuss fundamentals, see demos and slides of various artists applying the principles in their own unique way.
Two field sessions will be opportunities to see me paint and ask specific questions as well as paint alongside and get personal feedback.  The field sessions will be held in a shady place.  Feel free to bring your chairs and get comfy.
As usual, the class will be chock full of things to think about, things to challenge you and will be fun and encouraging too.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions at sarahfburns@gmail.com.
  • Wednesdays in the Classroom at Ashland Art Center from 1:30 – 4:30, September 19, October 5 and 19
  • Fridays in the Field from 9 am, September 23 and October 7
  • $125 – materials not included, although I may  be able to loan a plein air easel for the field sessions.

To sign up, follow this link or visit Ashland Art Center. They are open Daily 10:00am  to 6:00 pm at 357 E. Main St, Ashland, OR 97520.  541-482-2772.

Hudson River Fellowship – 2016

Phew! Three weeks of painting and connecting with other painters in New Hampshire with the Hudson River Fellows.  Here is the fruit of my labor.  These paintings are in completely random order.  You can click on any image to see it more clearly.

We painted everyday and the bugs were ferocious.  Early on I figured out that I could absolutely not paint in the sun, even with an umbrella, because if you are painting outside most of the day, you must be moderately comfortable or else it is just not possible to continue.

We were in the very beautiful, lush and green area of Jackson, New Hampshire, in the Presidential Range of the White Mountains.  I also got to visit the Portland Museum of Art in Maine as well as the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Isabella Stewart Gardiner Museum plus the Boston Public Library which has some really wonderful murals.

Anyway, I’ve been home a week and am still processing everything.  I got off the plane and hit the ground running and have been spending my time catching up with family.  Three weeks is a really long time to be away from home.

I’m sure glad I did it though! It was invaluable to be exposed to a different group of accomplished and hard working painters.  They tended to be from the Grand Central Atelier and heavily influenced by the Hudson River Painters of the past.  It may be obvious if you have seen my work that I don’t really focus on detail much, and while I may not change my ways, I could feel myself being stretched and influenced by the group, and that was truly valuable.  Plus I discovered some really nice Hudson River paintings.  There was an Asher B. Durand book floating around and we saw some of his paintings in the museum and they are really wonderful.  I’m still a Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins and Edward Hopper girl at heart, but there’s room for some of these others too.  And we shall see what kind of affect this has as time wears on.

 

Summer Shows

Grizzly Peak and Culumus Clouds
Grizzly Peak with Cumulus Clouds by Sarah F Burns

So much work is out and about this summer! Yay!

Public House Ashland — Treat yourself to some amazing cocktails and small plates and view my New Landscapes.  July 14 – September sometime.

Southern Oregon University Stevenson Union Gallery  Ashland
Studio Sessions: Figures and Still Life
July – September

Smithfield Pub and Pies  Ashland — A favorite place to go.  They have really great pies, salads, pub trivia, music. English Football etc….
New Still Life and Landscapes

The Great Southern Oregon Paint Out Show at Paschal Winery — Talent, OR
I have a little landscape from the printout along with a number of other local artists.
Enjoy a relaxing glass of wine and a great view.

National Telephone Museum – New Hampshire
The Art of Conversation — a group of paintings that feature telephones, phone poles etc.
I’m showing landscapes with telephone poles.
June – October 2016

And by coincidence, I am getting ready to go to New Hampshire for the Hudson River Fellowship.   As one of the fellows, I will be spending three weeks drawing, painting landscape in the historic Mount Washington State Park.  So while in New Hampshire, I will check out the Telephone Museum.

So, have a great July and I’ll be posting images from the Fellowship when I get home.