Meeting Notes, Dec 24, 2015

At today's meeting Loretta, Tedd, Tim, Jim, Khanh, Susan, Thomas, Geanie, Kathy, Jerry, Annie, Charlie, Eunice, Debbie Crooke (new)! and me Celeste. 

Today's suggested table topic: Snowscapes and/or holiday themed paintings... have you done this what has been your experience?

Celeste: I have painted out in the snow but I found it too much of a hardship! I brought in three paintings. The snow scene is from a photo reference. 

Eunice: I have done very few snowscapes. When I have done them I have used photo references. I have never done a holiday themed painting. 

Charlie: I have not done any snowscapes.Snow paintings are so interesting.If you do an online search you can find that there are many notable artists who have done snow paintings (and this is surprising since they aren't necessarily "known" for it). I do have an idea as it pertains to holiday art. I recommend that you keep your grandchildren's art and later work it into a card for holiday greetings. (Children's art is reliably festive!)

Annie: I brought in my snow painting last week. When you look into snow you see colors -like purple and green! It would be interesting to find out what science is behind that.  This week I turned my attention to the desert. I am showing you my most recent painting of a cactus. I started this with a limited palette but I felt I needed to add some other colors to achieve the strong light and this Violet I could've achieved it without adding the extra color. 

Jerry:  There are warm colors in the snow!. I recommend that you watch Thomas Kitts snow video that he did when he was beta testing the Strata easel. (Editor's note: video below) I brought in a painting that I did from a photo reference. 

Kathy: I have not painted in the snow. It's just too cold for me. Recently I visited Ireland. We found blood relatives there! It was a wonderful experience.  I painted this painting of my visit to Ireland that I am sharing with you. 

Geanie: Snow has tortured me all of my life! (Laughter)! I have done seasonal art as Christmas cards. I am showing you this painting that I did that is from my archives that is of snow. Once I did a painting of a farmhouse ..the building itself was white and this roof was silver. This was a painting for someone in my family, so it was important that it look like what it looked like, but added to that was It was truly torture! (Laughter)! 

Susan: I love looking at snow. I always take tons of pictures when it snows. I just don't have the gear to go out and actually paint in the snow. I lose inspiration after I take those pictures and I just don't get around to painting snow. I brought in a painting that I did (that I found recently) that I did a long time ago. It is of a man who owns a voodoo shop!

Debbie: I am new!  (Welcome Debbie)! My brother asked me to do labels for his wine. I have done a number of those. I have also done holiday cards that have a wine theme.  I call it "holiday winos"! (Laughter)! I have been doing street scenes and  I have two to show you today. 

Khanh:  When I started painting I copied all of Bob Rossis snow scenes. I really loved doing them. On days when I work I only have one or two hours to commit to painting. I am bringing in three paintings that I did recently. The two portraits I did in just one hour each. I have two hours into the figure painting that I did from my own photo reference. (Editor's note: Khanh's photos of this model in different poses are available on our Facebook page if you want to try your hand at them copyright free...thank you, Khanh)!

Jim: I recently went to Italy for a trip. I painted two scenes recently from photo reference. I am showing you those. I also want to tell you about a snow scene that I have with me to show you. It is a painting I did from a dream.. (A dream I might of had because I was very cold in real life).  I spent hours in my dream doing battle with this relentless cold snow. It was so compelling. when I came awake I set my other work aside and turned to this painting to capture this frightening but beautiful experience from my dream. And here it is! (Editor's note: At this point Jim turns over a canvas to reveal a completely blank white canvas. (Laughter! Laughter)! He really got us this time). Photo at the end of this post.

Tim: I can't tell you a thing about painting snow (Laughter)!  (But wait..I did have one successful snow painting that sold). I am showing you also a miniature painting that I did from Tedd Chilless' challenge picture**. I am also showing a painting that I did in a stream-of-consciousness way. I like to sometimes just "play" when I paint, and let the images appear. This is a result of one of those times.

Tedd: I used to do some holiday type cards for friends. I am showing two watercolors from my archives that are holiday themed. 

Loretta: I am showing you what I call "White Out". It is a snow themed painting. 

Thomas: It is hard to sell snow paintings. Other states have more success than we do with that! We are real lightweights here in Oregon. In the East a lot of the painters go out in grueling weather conditions to capture the snow. They don't think a thing about it, they just do it routinely! I do have some experience painting outside in the snow and I will share some of the things that I know. There is the adage: "Cotton is rotten". Cotton is dangerous to wear in snowy situations. It "wicks" moisture. You must always wear the right types of clothing. In the 20s there was a man named him Hubbard . his wife made a glove for him to wear while he painted outdoors in the cold and snow. I asked my wife if she would do the same and she said no! (Laughter)! I fashioned my own Hibbard type glove with this single wool sock that I'm showing you.  I poked a hole in it for the brush. It's very important to keep your neck warm when you're outdoors painting in the cold. in Oregon where there is snow on Mount Hood all year we can paint snow in the summer!  Snow is white and white is a neutral.  I painted this painting that I am showing you with "glacier" sunglasses on. When I look at it later I was surprised. (It worked, but you do have to look out from your glasses every now and then to make adjustments). The Impressionists learned all about warm and cool temperatures from the snow paintings that they did. If you think about it you simply cannot describe snow as somewhat blue with blue shadows... that will just not work. You can't have blue with blue and have it read properly. Be mindful of the warm and cool, even in snow. (Especially in snow)!


Scott Gellatly workshop Jan 8 & 9

Our field trip for Seattle January 6 is still on. Do you want to be a driver? let us know (otherwise, just get yourself there and meet us in the lobby at 11am)

Pavlenko and Kitts at Marki until Dec 31:

Thursday Drawing Club link from today:

It is New Year's Eve next Thursday Dec 31...but we'll still have the meeting as usual. Bring a flask! JUST KIDDING. Next suggested table topic: "Looking back and Looking forward." Were you able to accomplish any of your goals in 2015? Do you have any new or renewed goals for 2016? Let's review and look ahead about our specific art goals!

Jim's "painting" 

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