Meeting Notes, March 29, 2018

At todays meeting Loretta, Tedd, Tim, Jim, Susan, Annie, Thomas, Ken, Dotty, Stephanie, Raphael, Geri, Mike, Eunice, Yong, Za, Cheryl, Bhavani, Joanne, Linda and me, Celeste

Today's topic: Painting positive and negative (shapes)--share your thoughts

Celeste: Yesterday I attended Za's lesson/demo--and I forgot my easel. I painted a painting in my lap from a seated position. Although I'm satisfied with my result---I was reminded why people like and need easels (laughter)! I am also showing a floral from "Fresh Flower Saturday".

Loretta: I want to leave this topic to the experts. I think I dwell a little on the positive....but ultimately think of both while painting.

Za: I love this subject and I just did a couple of demonstrations that touched on positive/negative recently. I often see painters creating a shape and then "filling it"--but I prefer to paint "beyond" and then cut back into it. Here is last week's demonstration where I showed the class my approach to painting the moss in this tree. I'm sure that it looked like just patches of color until I cut back into it to "reveal" the moss. In this portrait I painted the nose (for example) beyond where it "belonged" and cut back into it with the background to create the shape. 

Yong: I don't consciously think about it...but I know that I am using "muscle memory" and positive/negative is happening throughout my painting process. I always think about the 3 values and the principle about dark against light and light against dark. 

Tedd: I think about composition and the positive and negative spaces fall into place. I am showing two recent paintings from life model sessions. (One is predominately palette knife).

Tim: I am showing these miniature paintings that I've done recently. In this one the clouds and sky are painted with the (intentional) shapes of an egret and a heron! I am also showing a recent landscape.

Jim: I have been taking an online course and painting value studies. I am trying different things. I am showing a painting I did of Cooper Mountain on a gray day....but I put color in it anyway!

Susan: I really learned a lot from my young students about positive and negative shapes! I taught students from 3rd to 8th grade in an after-school art program. Young people naturally simplify. I had a commission to do this portrait...and it had a solid deadline. I got it done! (applause)!

Ken: I think of positive / negative as distinct and linear....but I am the type of artist who tends to think more in terms of dark and light value ...and contrast. I am showing a painting that I am going to be showing at Prosperity Pie beginning today. In the future I have a show scheduled there. (Applause)!

Dotty: I do like positive and negative and I give it considerable thought! I am showing an Amaryllis that my son gave me. I am showing the different stages of it --ending with it withering away. 

Linda: I am sorry that I didn't see Za's demo! I did this still life painting recently. These flowers do not have a lot of leaves, I concentrated on these three blooms to make them most prominent. 

Bhavani: I was at Za's demo on negative painting (yesterday)...I don't mind telling you, it made my head hurt (laughter)! (It is a different way to think)! I came away from the experience agreeing that it is a very valuable exercise that leads to better understanding. I am showing some recent paintings. 

Joanne: Yesterday I directed me and Celeste to the wrong library to see Za's demo! We were supposed to be in Hillsboro, but I took us to Beaverton! (Laughter)! So when we got there I didn't realize that we were going to be doing positive/negative thinking paintings and I started this one my "usual" way. This 2nd one was after I learned what the lesson was ! I usually think about foreground, middle ground and farther out. I had to think in a different way.

Cheryl: (Welcome, Cheryl)! I haven't been here in a long time. I didn't bring anything and I'm hear to listen. 

Stephanie: I think about positive and negative more when I am drawing. Recently I had to hold onto my easel because of the was challenging. I went to Steigerwald Refuge and really loved the views there. I like the light color of the place and perhaps the light areas in this painting could be consider negative shape. I want to report...that I recently sold another painting ! (Applause)!

Raphael: When I was a graphic designer I did posters that required that I think in this "reverse" manner exclusively! The printing process made it so I had to know how to produce the art in order for it to be properly produced. I worked on a stained glass window recently and I used an airbrush to apply color and wiped away areas to produce lights. I am showing a favorite painting that I did that just came together (easily).

Geri: This subject seems closely aligned to "lost and found" edges...something that I really love to do. I like to make areas disappear and lends mystery. I like to make a line completely disappear. 

Mike: My granddaughter calls me "Poppa" and she asked me the other day..."Poppa, are you an impressionist or a realist"? I was floored that she asked me such a specific question and I asked her..well, what do you think I am? She answered..."I think you are somewhere between the two". I wanted to congratulate her school, whoever is responsible for teaching her about these art-related things! Aimee Erickson tells you to squint to reduce detail and the Betty Edwards book on drawing reminds us to draw the shapes "around things" (negative shapes) to produce positive shapes. I'm showing some of the paintings in my sketchbook where I considered both positive and negative shapes.

Eunice: I have been out with the flu! (welcome back, Eunice)! I have been taking an online class, but I didn't paint during the class because of the flu. I was still able to learn a lot and I'm looking forward to putting it to practice.

Annie: When things go wrong with a drawing or painting I look at the shapes within and find a discernible shape to correct the work. I've been watching youtube videos and it seems almost all painters start with a scaffold of lines...I am showing a recent study painting. 

Thomas: A while ago I watched a DVD with Quang Ho --during one of his presentations he said something along the lines of "there are no positive shapes or negative shapes....there is just shape". I believe it was his way of saying you should be attentive to both. I wanted to show two watercolors --both were done from life. One I spent 4 hours on and the other took much less time. 


Paint the figure Friday ("Fine Art Friday") at OSA March 30 1-4pm  with Joanne Radmilovich Kollman. The model is TONY (Standing pose)
$20 drop ins are welcome.

Come paint with 
FRESH FLOWER SATURDAY (and/or open studio, paint from your own reference) Every Saturday, Next one: March 31 1:30-4:30 pmwith artist Joanne Radmilovich Kollman $25
Questions? If you need assistance, instruction or help with supplies don't hesitate to ask, contact Joanne Kollman Email or phone RSVP is helpful but Drop-ins are welcome. 503.752.3708

Aimee Erickson classes and workshops:

Lavender Festival (sign up, address corrected):

Susan Kuznitsky classes and workshops:

Thomas Kitts: online mentoring:

Yong Hong Zhong two upcoming watercolor workshops (May and Sept)
(Thanks Yong, for the demo you gave at Noble Woods Park on Tuesday. Facebook photos

Michael Lindstrom Upcoming Workshops
Michael Lindstrom
Announcing my 2018 Plein Air Workshop schedule!
Spring, Summer, and Fall.
4/28 Sauvie Island, OR
8/25-8/26 Jane Weber Arboretum, Vancouver,WA
10/13 Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Vancouver,WA
See my website for more details:
contact me with questions or registration

The Hiatus Drawing Club

Mike Porter: I am taking orders for wood turned brush holders as a fundraiser for OSA. The brush holders are $30.00 (see photos below). I also can take orders for pepper grinders and coffee scoops. Please order to support OSA. ALL proceeds go to them.

Artist Opportunities:

(You are encouraged to paint at the same locations with accepted artists):
Pacific NW Plein Air 2018 (+ Workshop with Randall Sexton)

Southern Oregon Plein Air 2018 (+ Workshop with Aimee Erickson):

Portland Open Studios:

Plein Air Lake Oswego:
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We hope you will come paint with us and be a part of this beautiful local art showcase!

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Next Meeting Thursday, April 5, Suggested table topic: Capturing the day or a specific feeling in your painting. Tell us anything you want on the subject of how to capture the day and/or a feeling in a painting...Lets discuss!

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