New Figure Paintings

From the past six months or so.

Alexandra

Drew

rachel painting web

Seated Figure JacyA couple of these are at APU during December along with works from the rest of the Painters Union members.

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.

New Figurative Pieces

These two pieces are also featured in my Sept APU show.

Beth, graphite drawing by Sarah F Burns
Beth, graphite drawing by Sarah F Burns
Drew's Back Graphite Drawing by Sarah F Burns
Drew, Graphite Drawing by Sarah F Burns

Carnations and Green Acorns

Carnations and Green Acorns, oil painting by Sarah F Burns
Carnations and Green Acorns, oil painting by Sarah F Burns

This floral still life is featured in my show this month at the Ashland Painters Union.  The flowers come from Fry Family Farm – carnations and green zinnias.  The acorns and sticks from my neighborhood and you might recognize the painting in the back ground.

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.

BethIngridJacy

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

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″