Meeting Notes, Feb 8, 2018

At todays meeting: Loretta, Ken, Susan, Geri, Stephanie, Vicki, Kathy, Becky, Dotty, Kristina, Joanne T, Mike, Annie, Eunice, Tom K, Loretta L, Paula, Yong, and me, Celeste

Today's suggested table topic: Threes...should artists think in terms of threes? In what ways? How is it beneficial? What can be gained from thinking about "threes"?

Celeste: I read something in the William Reese book that Kristina loaned me (Thanks, Kristina). It was advice for three things that we should do each day. One of the things is cry! (?) Well, I think what he was getting at is that it is important to be passionate. I also, of course, have to make reference to the three-five values that we all know we should be using distinctly. I am showing some value studies from Za's class and some other recent paintings.

Loretta: "There are no 2's in nature". The 3rd month and the 3rd day is special to me. We seem to strive for symmetry and yet 1-3-5-7 is best.

Ken: This topic makes me think about Ikebana. You learn that Ikebana has to do with 3 heights (measured from the top of the vase)...Heaven, Man and Earth. I am showing some paintings from a class I took and another from my archives.

Susan: When I saw the topic, it made me think about composition. Whenever I teach or whoever I teach (young or older), I notice right away the tendency everyone has to put things into even spacing or even grouping. There must be something in all humans that we want some sort of order...but that makes for such a dull painting! I remind my students, we have to continue to fight that urge to make things "even". I am showing a recent demo I did in pastel. 

Tom: (Tom shows a recent painting): "Smell the forest, Feel the sun, Hear the wind." 

Geri: This painting is a work in progress. Threes are important in composition!

Stephanie: Threes appeal to our psychology. You know a tripod has just three legs, but it is extra-stable. A regular table with four legs has the capacity to wobble. Whenever we are painting we have to think of where to put the horizon line. Za Vue always teaches about "Papa bear, Momma bear and baby bear" (a way to think about values and division of space). I am showing recent paintings. 

Vicki: I had a mind block about this I brought in this! (Laughter)! I call it: "Such a lovely couple" (Laughter)!

Loretta L: Thirds applies to gardening too. Whenever I learn principles of art I forget them when I paint! (Laughter)! I know the principles, but I sit down to paint like a bouquet of flowers and all of a sudden all those principles are gone! (Laughter)! But, for me, it is good to continue with classes and workshops. They do help me because they give you assignments and I am more focused in the classroom or workshop environment. In the future, the principles will become more 2nd nature. I am showing a painting from a recent life model session.

Kathy: I saw the topic and I picked out these paintings to bring. Painting #1, Painting #2 and Painting #3! (Laughter)! Seriously, I know that keeping 1-3-5-7 in mind is a really good thing for painting.

Becky: I didn't bring anything today...I've been busy ruining something at home! (Laughter)! It started out great, but I did iterations of the same subject and I see that I am isolating things instead of seeing it all as one whole. I've been reading Richard Schmid's book Alla Prima II.

Dotty: I think of Body, Soul and Spirit and Heaven, Earth and Water. There is a Beginning, a Middle and an End! I brought in some recent paintings. In this one (the apple) 3 objects make the "whole".

Paula: I don't think I have anything to add, except that I'm aware that "classic" proportions can be pleasing. I have been taking classes with Jennifer Diehl. We painted a black and white portrait.  I am also showing a pastel from the Strada Challenge.

Joanne T: What Celeste read in that quote reminded me..I sometimes paint while I'm watching the news..and I cry at the news, but then later, I also watch Jimmy Kimmel and then I laugh! (Laughter)! I did this landscape, using palette knife and I got tons of likes for it on Instagram...I like getting that kind of feedback. If I get lots of "likes" I know that particular painting is succeeding. Landscape remains my favorite. There is so much to think about in painting!

Kristina: I do think about "Papa, Momma and Baby". I sort out in advance....what are the dominant shapes, colors and values? I don't spend forever on the planning, just long enough to get an idea and that has helped me. I am showing a plein air painting.

Mike: People use Heuristics to solve problems ("rules of thumb")....but the negative side is that if you think too much about the rules, you will certainly stifle creativity. Too much emphasis on rules closes us off. For example, Stephanie showed us her painting of 3 objects...and she added one more object as a "punctuation mark" totally seems right, even though that made 4 objects instead of 3. It seems valid to simply ask yourself..."does this work, or does this not work"! 

Annie: I didn't bring any of my own work in today, but I brought examples that I thought applied to the topic. I am a children's book illustrator, so I have a box of books (done by other illustrators) with wonderful examples about "threes". The intriguing thing is, however, I can also find wonderful examples of extraordinary illustrations/paintings that employ other numbers (like one and four!). I just watched a really great youtube video about an artist who makes up stories for her still life --it helps her to feel something about what she is painting, instead of simply painting "objects". 

Eunice: I pass on this topic.

Yong: I think about Composition, Value and Color. I think about these things all the time!  Composition: I think about Big, medium and small. Value: I think about Dark, medium and Light. Color: I think of the three primaries, Yellow, Red and Blue. Having all things be simple helps me to focus. I am showing some paintings that show the break up of space, simple values and colors I achieved with primary colors. 


Congratulations, Kimberly Kent for winning one of the STRADA easels in the Strada Challenge!

Feel better soon, Tim Young!

Yong Hong Zhong Solo Show 2nd Reception March 6  (5-6:30pm with painting Demo):
Experience Nature, Zhong’s plein air exhibit is on display at the Walters Cultural Arts Center from February 6 – March 26. Meet Zhong at the first Tuesday reception March 6 from 5 – 6:30 pm. Special Artist Demo on March 6.

Artist Talk Henk Pander: Saturday, Feb 10 at Noon Augen

Mike Porter is selling his hand-turned wood brush holders as a fundraiser for Oregon Society of Artists. $30.00 contact Mike (see photo below)

You are invited: Joanne Radmilovich Kollman Sunday Feb 11 2-4pm Solo Show, Artist Reception at Rock Creek Corner,  18515 NW West Union Road

Paint the figure Friday ("Fine Art Friday") at OSA Feb 9 1-4pm  with Joanne Radmilovich Kollman.
The model is Amy $20 drop ins are welcome. (You can get a look at the end of the Max Ginsburg workshop paintings after 4pm)

Come paint with 
EXPRESSIVE OIL PAINTING & FRESH FLOWER SATURDAY (Drop Ins welcome) Saturday, Feb 10 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 KollmanEmail or phone RSVP is helpful but Drop-ins are welcome. 503.752.3708

Joe Paquet workshop registration email Joe Paquet (begins Feb 17) at OSA

Saturday Feb 17
Large Painting Workshop
Saturday February 17th Morning Lecture- 9-12  $75.00 Full Day with afternoon Demo - Underpainting  $175.00

The lecture will be a combined introduction of the Prismatic Palette both history and application (underpainting, atmospheric progression, freezing an effect of light). 
I will also discuss Design and sound pictorial construction principals as well as the importance of subjective choice-making and ultimately creating a more personal visual statement.
Reserve a spot by emailing

Susan Kuznitsky classes

Stephanie Cissna will be participating in the SE Artwalk 2018 March 3 and 4

(information from Kathy Johnson 2018 Willamette Valley/Oregon Lavender Paint Out):

You're invited to participate in the 2018 Willamette Valley/Oregon Lavender Paint Out and Art Show -- a plein air Paint Out taking place at beautiful lavender farms throughout Oregon that participate in the WV/Oregon Lavender Festival. You’ll have two weeks to paint -- from June 25 through July 12.  The Paint Out culminates with a show at the Willamette Valley Lavender Plein Air Art Show. The Chehalem Cultural Center will host the Lavender Festival & Art Show. Paintings will be hung in the Center's beautiful ballroom during the festival July 14 and 15. The show will be judged — cash and art material prizes will be awarded in both divisions.

Please read the rules in the Call to Artists and the Prospectus. The rules apply -- even if you don’t read them!

The show will be judged by Richard McKinley, an international award-winning artist from Medford, Oregon. He is a Signature Master Pastelist of Pastel Society of America and member of the Master Circle and President of International Association of Pastel Societies and also a member of the Salmagundi Club of NYC, and Oil Painters of America.

Over $5000 in Cash and Materials Awards!
Artists may choose to enter either the Open or the Professional division. 

Professional Division
1st Place, $600; 2nd Place, $500; 3rd Place, $400
6 Honorable Mention Awards, Artists Choice Award, People's Choice Award
Several Sponsor Awards

Open Division
1st Place, $300; 2nd Place, $200; 3rd Place, $100
6 Honorable Mention Awards, Artists Choice Award, People's Choice Award
Several Sponsor Awards

Registration will be limited to 125 artists
Registration opens March 1 and closes June 1.
New this year — no entries allowed after June 1. Please note that work must be completed at participating lavender farms. Registered artists will receive a package at a Meet-and-Greet for local artists early in June with maps and information about which farms are participating in the Paint Out. There will be about 20 farms located throughout Oregon from which to choose. We will mail packages to the out of area artists by June 10th. A lanyard will be included in the package and will be required while painting at lavender farms. New this year — 2 extra paintings allowed with $10 fee each, paid when delivered.

Please see the attached Call to Artists, Prospectus and Registration for additional information. We will have PDFs of these files on our web site: under the menu heading: “Oregon Lavender Paint Out”.

Please forward to artists or organizations that might be interested. 
Contact me if you have any questions at

Kathy Johnson, chair

The Hiatus Drawing Club

Next Meeting: Feb 15, 9am O'Connors suggested table topic:  Art instruction books, DVDs and online instruction. Do you have any to recommend specifically? Why? Also, what are the pros and cons of books, DVDs and online instruction?  Let's Discuss!

(Mike's brush holders)

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