Inspirations

I just got back from a visit to San Francisco where I went to the De Young museum to see the  Girl with a Pearl Earring show, along with Etching from Rembrandt and his contemporaries.  I found it very inspiring, especially all the etchings, they are so intricate and invite you to spend several minutes with each piece, I was surprised to find them even more engaging than many paintings.  The etching pieces varied in technical ability, some being astonishing in their technical prowess and some (the Rembrandts) were stunning in their communication of humanity and emotion.  There were goofy ones, ones that glorified the state, religious scenes that were moving (Rembrandt), religious scenes that were like crazy pageants, simple home scenes, landscapes and on and on.  Then came the paintings – wonderful banquet tables with meats and lemons and cloth, the flowers that I so love and the stunning Vermeer.  That Vermeer is absolutely wonderful.  (Side note:  Like the Mona Lisa, she has no eyebrows.!? Curious.)

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cornelis visscher the large cat

Dutch Fools Etching

A Few Recent Drawings

I quit my day job!  As of May 1, I’m a full time artist.  Yikes! (Just kidding, I’m not really scared about it.  Feels great.)  I’ve been painting up a storm outside, lots to scan and show, but for now here are a few new drawings.

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I Just Got Featured on the Etsy Blog!

Get the Look  is a regular feature on Etsy that I always enjoy and I’m super stoked to have been included in today’s post!  It’s a sweet loft on Airbnb in Detroit (somewhere I dream of going to do landscape painting, maybe I could stay at this place…)  Check out the full post here.

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Newly Listed Sketches

Heather Jenkinson InteriorsIt’s hard to spot – but that’s one of my figure sketches in the right hand photo on this London interior designer’s photo.  She shops on Etsy. : ) Yay!  Thanks Heather!

I just added a few new drawings to my Etsy Shop

Rachel
Rachel – Charcoal on Paper 11″ x 14″ 
xyara web
Xyara – Graphite on Paper, 11″ x 14″ 
Amina Odalisque
Amina Odalisque – 12″ x 17″ 

Recent Sketches and Drawings

"Shalyn" Graphite Drawing by Sarah F Burns
“Shalyn” Graphite Drawing by Sarah F Burns 7″ x 14″ 
"Q Quast" graphite drawing by Sarah F Burns 11" x 14"
“Q Quast” graphite drawing by Sarah F Burns 11″ x 14″
"Autumn" graphite drawing by Sarah F Burns 7" x 7"
“Autumn” graphite drawing by Sarah F Burns 7″ x 7″
"Leah" acrylic sketch by Sarah F Burns 9" x 9"
“Leah” acrylic sketch by Sarah F Burns 9″ x 9″
"Leah Back" acrylic sketch by Sarah F Burns 6" x 8"
“Leah Back” acrylic sketch by Sarah F Burns 6″ x 8″

Proserpina

Summer and Winter

Proserpina's, Oil on Panel, 32" x 44" by Sarah F Burns
Proserpina’s,, Oil on Panel, 32″ x 44″ by Sarah F Burns

The figurative piece is at Illahe Gallery, Ashland, Oregon until the end of February 2013.

These pieces were created in my studio using a live model.  The painting is a modern take on the myth of Persephone. I was particularly inspired a song by Martha Wainwright, “Proserpina”, which was written by Wainwright’s mother, Kate McGarrigle.  It chronicles Proserpina/Persephone’s mother’s grief and calls her daughter to “come home to Mama”.  I imagined Proserpina/Persephone in the underworld, and in my version she is complicit in going with the trouble maker Pluto, complicit in eating the pomegranate seeds that means she will have to live in the underworld for three-four months a year.  Coming of age, she realizes her decision is flawed, but she’d likely do it again, as would many young women who jump in with the charming  fellows who come along and fail to think of the fury and heartbreak it will cause their mother, not to mention Proserpina’s own regrets until the sober light of day.  Who among us, male or female can’t say they make certain mistakes again and again and wonder when they will finally learn to make choices that have better consequences?

APU Peripheral Visions Show

Thanks to Mark Arinsberg for these shots!  This is my half of the Peripheral Visions show at Ashland Painters Union in January 2013.

Ashland Sarah F Burns Shadow Mural Painters Union January 2013
Ashland Painters Union January 2013

Sarah F Burns by the window at APU web

Here is the work of Q Quast – “I am this Space. I am this Place.”  It’s sitting on the floor, waiting to be taken home.  Originally it was hung on the wall – of course.  Q is doesn’t believe in websites so she doesn’t have a link for me to share…

Q Quast " I am this Space. I am this Place."
Q Quast ” I am this Space. I am this Place.”

Lots of Experimenting Going on…

Peripheral Visions

I’ll be showing a shadow painting installation at Ashland Painters Union starting January 4 – opening party is from 5 – 8 pm.  The show is up through the end of January, gallery open 1:00 – 5:00 on Fridays and Saturdays. Q is showing sculptural prints.  Together we were goofing off at the Ashland Art Center Print Lab and screened some flyers just for the fun of it.

And on another experimental note:  my chef brother in law recently asked me to make him a drawing of his knife and fork.

Knife and Fork for Neil Clooney Graphite Drawing by Sarah F Burns
Knife and Fork for Neil Clooney Graphite Drawing by Sarah F Burns

became…

neil clooney arms

He’d probably want you to know he needs to go back in to get some touching up done.  You’re really not supposed to go on a wilderness rafting trip for a week the day after you get a large tat.  I guess conditions were less than perfect for healing…. Worth it though, I’m sure.

A Few New Things

I have been thinking about it for months and it will soon be a reality.  I am cutting way back on my administrative job in January to be able to paint full time (and teach a little bit).   The prospect of not working for a regular pay check is a little scary but as my friend Amy said to me, “If you’re going to be an artist you have to be brave.

Oil Painting of Highway 99 in Talent, Oregon by Sarah F Burns

I drive through this intersection at least twice a day on may way to and from my day job.

Xyara Figure drawing by Sarah F Burns

And the newest life drawing group in the valley is over at Atelier LaRose – Steven put together a successful kickstarter campaign to hold free life drawing sessions open to anyone.   They are kind of a free for all – models swing from the rafters, lighting comes from several directions, and of course, these sessions are totally fun.

Beth figure drawing by Sarah F Burns