Jeri Jennings and Unconditional Love

Spring has been utterly glorious here in Southern Oregon this year.  Everything is lush and green and my roses are having a banner year.  The yellow one is called Jeri Jennings and the red is Unconditional Love.  Both are Paul Barden roses, both came from Rogue Valley Roses – a place I’ve mentioned before on this blog.  Janet has collected a fantastic variety of roses that grow on their own rootstock, all meticulously categorized and documented and REALLY hard to choose which to plant, because there are so many good ones.

Jeri Jennings and Unconditional Love

In my eagerness to share this image, I’ve had to photograph it before it’s been varnished, so there are some matte and shiny places.  I’ll re document the image and replace it in a few months when it’s been properly varnished.

Barrel 42, Medford, Oregon

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.

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

Pilot Rock

Pilot Rock

Pilot Rock – As seen from the Pacific Crest Trail near Hobart Bluff, in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.

I painted this in September after the smoke cleared out of the valley.  (We had a terrible, terrible smokey summer from all the wild fires this year.  This is the only bummer about living surrounded by wilderness.  Avoid the Rogue Valley in August.)  Painting here involves a bit of a drive and a pretty short hike.  Interstate 5 is tucked in between the more distant ridges.

This painting is for sale on my Etsy shop — 50% of the purchase price will go to the Friends of the Cascade- Siskiyou National Monument.  They put on nature hikes with scientists (and artists), help maintain trails, do butterfly counts and all kinds of fun stuff.  www.cascadesiskiyou.org

Hike and Learn

The Friends of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument hold a monthly event called a Hike and Learn, where the invite someone to enhance participants’ experience of the monument with their expertise. They have invited me to lead a Hike and Learn on the subject of Landscape Sketching!  The monument is pretty neat because it has some of the greatest bio-diversity in a concentrated area in the United States.  I’m a big fan of using my art as a tool for documentation, so I’m looking forward to documenting this significant location this week and weekend.

The Hike and Learn is open to all, and is free to attend.  On Friday evening I will give a slide talk that goes over the basics of sketching the landscape.  Then Saturday morning, we will all meet up and head to Hobart Bluff to hike a little and sketch out in the wild.  We’ll meet back around lunch time and share our successes and struggles.

And the local paper – Ashland Daily Tidings has done an article on the event — check it out here.

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Photo by Bob Pennell for the Ashland Daily Tidings  – That’s me with the crazy grin, pretending to be on my way to do some landscape painting.

Details and Further Info:

www.cascasdesiskiyou.org

Hike and Learn — FREE
Limited space, please sign up as space is limited by sending email to: event.cascadesiskiyou@gmail.com.  Email title: Hike & Learn SKETCH  Email body: Your name, email, address, phone

Friday, August 21, 6:00-7:00 pm
Slide Talk at the Ashland Public Library

Saturday, August 22
Hike – Meet at the Shop-N-Kart Ashland Parking Lot at 9:00 am to caravan up to Hobart Bluff
Hike and Sketch from 9:30 – Noon

Hanley Farm

I came to Hanley Farm to paint and had a hard time choosing a view, because I liked so many views, so I painted one

Oil Painting by Sarah F Burns
Experimental Lavender Patch at Hanley Farm

and then painted another

Oil Painting by Sarah F Burns
Hanley Farm

and that one was painted in the same scale and basic location as the first, so they both fit together, which made me motivated to make the third view

plein air oil painting
Roxy Ann

so they all fit together like a puzzle.

Hanley Farm Panorama

I often listen to audiobooks when I paint.  Whenever I look at a painting I made, I think of the book I was hearing while I worked. The middle and the left painting make me think of Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane. The painting on the right makes me think of The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler. And maybe the beginning of The Maltese Falcon by Dashiel Hammett. The Big Sleep and The Maltese Falcon feel so similar that they kind of mentally flow together.  I recommend all three books.

Roxy Ann From Talent

Well this summer has been pretty brutal here in Southern Oregon. As I write this the average high temperatures have been hovering at 100 and wildfires surround us filling the valley with thick smoke. But a month and a half ago in mid June it was pretty nice out.

Roxy Ann From Talent 21" x 25"
Roxy Ann From Talent 21″ x 25″

Eggs and Oak Leaves

Last painting of 2014.

Egg and Oak
Eggs and Oak Oil on Panel 14″ x 24″

 

I have not shown a lot of new work on my blog this past year, I have been working super hard though, I’m 65% (give or take) of the way finished with a larger project that has taken me MONTHS and  MONTHS.  I have a deadline of March First Friday to more or less complete the work, so stay tuned!

I’ve also been painting a portrait of my daughter that is taking a long time as well.

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.

Kim’s Last Weekend

Medford Kim’s – a place glamorous and practical, exotic and so familiar, a place so many people carry special memories of, a place that has gotten more beautiful with age –  is being torn down, beginning Monday, Nov 10, 2014.  I’ve painted this spot twice before, and went out today to get make one last effort at documenting this place.

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Kims Last Weekend

Kims Last Weekend  Kims Last Weekend

The demolition of this Southern Oregon landmark is a big deal here, so I even got a nice news piece – see it here.