A few blocks from my house, painted this summer.
I’ve painted this building and square block from almost all sides now… Endlessly interesting.
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.
The demolition of this Southern Oregon landmark is a big deal here, so I even got a nice news piece – see it here.
For those of you who have wondered what goes on in that nifty blue building on the Phoenix, OR main drag —- > click.
I kind of like the preliminary drawing too –
Come to my show opening, Friday, July 18, 5 -8 pm at the Rogue Gallery, Medford, OR!
There are 20 plein air landscape paintings created in the Rogue Valley. The pieces are arranged geographically and while some have been shown before, but many are new. If I didn’t title my pieces so literally we could have a contest to see who could guess the most locations!
Pretty much anyone from Medford knows – and loves – this place. It’s been closed for years, and I hear it’s been purchased by some big outfit and will likely be torn down soon. ALL RUMORS, of course. I don’t really know anything, except that it’s a great place to paint, although the black top gets pretty hot, even this early in the warm season. It’s funny, I listen to audio books when I paint, and often I’ll look at a painting and flash back to segments of a book. Carl Hiaasen for this one – not very deep, I’m afraid, but if he wrote stories in Southern Oregon, maybe this place would be in one.
I was playing with echoes in this piece – the male figure and the crab both have bent knees, orange color. The woman has a mermaid tattoo (hard to make out), the baby and the fish have their mouths open. The baby and the fish recently came out of the water.
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
- 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.