New Classes

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Brace yourselves, It’s winter and I’m posting on my blog like a fiend.  But don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll get distracted soon and go back to barely ever posting.

So I have two new classes scheduled at the Ashland Art Center.

$300
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If you want to sign up, you can follow the links, or contact AAC and try to sign up over the phone or stop by Ashland Art Center. They are open Daily 10:00am  to 6:00 pm at 357 E. Main St, Ashland, OR 97520.  541-482-2772

Haines Foundation Grant Awards Show

I received a grant last year to study anatomy and to make four figure paintings. I worked from January until last Tuesday on this project and finally I’m going to show the results publicly.  I was going to post them here today, but I forgot to take photos before I delivered them to the show! Argh! I do have a couple of drawing studies from the project for you however – which you will not see at the show tonight.
Anatomical Position - Anterior Male
Anatomical Position – Anterior Male
Anatomical Position- Posterior Female
Anatomical Position-
Posterior Female
Anyway, if you’re in Southern Oregon and are free, please come to the show tonight (Friday, March 6) at Ashland Art Center, 357 E. Main St.
I would love to see you all there! 🙂
Big thank you to Lloyd Haines, Wendy Seldon and Ashland Art Center for this grant program, which is a fantastic boost to the visual arts in Southern Oregon.
And — Last but not least, the local newspaper, Ashland Daily Tidings has written up the Grant, the Show and even included a few quotes from me and a pic from my sketchbook! (By the way, the article is mostly accurate, it’s accurate in spirit, but not every detail.  It’s important that I clarify — I did NOT say, “Art will not get you food, clothing and shelter.” What I said was, “Art is not food, clothing and shelter, but it is vitally important.” I was trying to make a balanced statement about how art is life, but it’s also not.  Instead it came out sounding like I thought artists can’t make a living.  Argh!

C Street Phoenix, Oregon

A few blocks from my house, painted this summer.

C St. Phoenix, OR Oil on Panel  13" x 21"
C St. Phoenix, OR
Oil on Panel
13″ x 21″

I’ve painted this building and square block from almost all sides now…  Endlessly interesting.

Drawing

Shayln Seated graphite figure drawing by Sarah F Burns

Drawing of Shalyn.  For sale here on Etsy.

School Skull Study

I teach a class on Wednesdays and before/afterward I’ve been working on this skull as a demo for students.  Next step – transfer it to a panel and paint it.

Skull Drawing

Life Drawing – Long Pose at Ashland Art Center

Woman From Eugene Graphite on Paper by Sarah F Burns
Woman From Eugene
Graphite on Paper
by Sarah F Burns

I moderate a weekly uninstructed long pose life drawing session.

  • Every Wed from 6:30 – 9:30 pm
  • $10 AAC Members, $12 General, cash or check only
  • Two weeks in a row (6 hours total) of the same pose.
  • Held at Ashland Art Center, 357 E Main St. Ashland, OR 97520
  • Drop-in
  • Bring your own materials, we have easels, chairs etc.  No mineral spirits, painting okay but use distilled or rectified turps.
  • Questions?  sarahfburns   [at] gmail   dot    com
  • I am always looking for models.  No experience necessary.  Just be willing to work hard and hold PERFECTLY still for three hours at a time, with breaks.

Arms! Anatomy Study Club

My artist buddy Ted Helard and I have been kicking around the idea of having regular co-dependent (I know, I know, but not the co-dependent that’s bad!) anatomy study sessions where artists take turns picking the model, picking the area of study and kind of leading the group for three hours.  We all contribute but none of us are anatomy experts, just big fans who study it as much as we can.

It was my turn this week and I chose arms. My study guide included the Paul Richer book.  There is a wealth of information in the pictures, but just imagine if I read it!  (It’s on my bucket list)  We also referred to this fantastic, unbelievable artist from East Germany – Gottfried Bammes.  Check his books out – there are a few small ones in print in English, but the good one is in German, is very hard to get and seems to cost a pile of money.  Well worth it. It explains through pictures how the bones and muscles move and is clearer than anything I’ve seen. I actually don’t even know what it’s called because my old teacher bought an old copy online for a billion dollars and one of his students scanned it and we all got copies that lacked title page, etc.     Vanderpoel and Wynn Kapit’s Anatomy Coloring Book both figured in as well.  And Stan, our 3B Scientific plastic skeleton does his part.  Bottom line – I’m slowly learning what I want to know….

If you’re around Ashland, Oregon on a Thursday, come and join us (Ashland Art Center, 357 E Main St, Ashland, OR).  I’ll also put in a plug for the Drawing and Painting Class I teach on Wednesdays.  Essential basics that many, many, many artists lack – proportion, perspective, value, understanding light and shadow.  A good chance to eat your artistic vegetables.  Put your time in. Trust me, it’s valuable.

Arm Study with bones

Study of Arms

Arm Study Jeff