At today's meeting Loretta, Tim, Marty T, Charlie, Jim, Judy Judith, Bill, Susan, Steve, Teresa, Jerry, Annie, Tedd, Eunice, Erin, Barbara, Nancy, Jennifer, Brenda, and me, Celeste.
Today suggested table topic: Evocative paintings. Have you painted a painting that suggests emotion or can you tell us about another painting that suggests emotion?
Celeste: I brought in a painting I did a long time ago of a writer. It is monochromatic and his downcast slouch suggests melancholy. I also brought in a painting of some festive flowers that seem “joyful".
Loretta: Paul Cezanne said: "Painting from nature is not copying the object. It is realizing one's sensation". I brought in a painting that I've called “Better than a Dead Rose"
Tim: My favorite is a serene painting. I like to look at a painting and wish I was “in" it.
Marty T.: When I paint I put on music and have a drink! I slap on paint to what happens. It is always emotional for me! (Laughter)!
Charlie: I like industrial scenes. It seems a challenge to make something like that look positive... but that's what I strive for in my photography.
Jim: I painted these from the Tilbury event. This is a soldier who may be coming back from battle. This woman has a weary and pensive look. The title of this one is “He's lost his horse".
Judith: I don't want to bore you, but I wanted to show you a painting I did a long time ago. I won a first place prize for this and I brought in the publication to prove to you that I won first place (laughter)! This really was what I call a revenge painting. I painted it when I felt angry. It seems the emotions worked.
Erin: I brought in my new table top easel that I won in a drawing at Lane Gallery last night! I really like it. I am showing a painitng I did recently of clouds. I was feeling gratitude as I painted this. I like how this cloud signifies both light and dark.. it mirrors the emotions of life.
Bill: I brought in this drawing I did of people holding onto each other. It evokes an emotion. I also brought in a plein air and also a painting I did of a pear.
Susan: When I was in art school I copied some master paintings. I especially liked all the romantic paintings. I copied this one and it seems to tell a story. I was in the Toledo Oregon plein air event. A woman came in and asked me "where is the air show”? Really she asked me that! It turned out she thought there was an aviation show somewhere because it was advertised as "a plein air" event. (Laughter!) The best news is I won second place (Applause)! I also sold seven paintings! (Applause)!
Barbara: the last meeting we had that was very noisy ...I had said I was painting in Jacksonville and you thought I meant Florida (in the notes)…. but no, I wasn't in Florida…it was Jacksonville Oregon! (Laughter)! I brought in some recent plein air paintings that I did in my car. The thing about the emotion ....is that I was very happy when I painted them!
Steve: I guess I got my meetings mixed up because I brought in paintings about "glow"! (Laughter)! I guess that was last week. Well in some ways I guess these paintings also fit this week's subject. This first painting is from my memory. I wanted to imply someone doing a mundane thing that is actually an exciting thing…. You know like how we can all turn on a faucet and get hot water-- that's really an extraordinary thing! I am showing the other painting of a landscape that I did from a photograph. I wanted to show one informal watercolor and one “formal" watercolor.
Tom: I know that when you are depicting human scenes that is different than landscapes and still life in terms of emotion. With a human you will have only to depict a frown and people know what that is about! I know that choice of color is important as well as composition. An alley in New York City is different than a placid field. Different colors will trigger all sorts of feelings.
Teresa: I will take a pass today.
Jerry: When I saw this topic I thought about Edvard Munch and “The scream". I thought to myself why have I never painted a painting like that? “Starting" with an emotion for a painting would really be a unique experience. I brought in a picture of a painting that I was really taken with many years ago... it is a campfire. When I found myself at a camp one time I painted the scene and thought about that same painting while I created my own camp fire painting. It is a scene that moves me.
Annie: I brought in a book about Edward Hopper. The paintings he did at the Maine coast are really evocative to me. When I thought about this topic I was reminded of a sensational crime that occurred in Central Park. There was a court room artist who confessed to the fact that she “may” have had something to do with the defendant's conviction…. because she had depicted them looking so sinister. Later, it turned out that the people charged were innocent.
I also thought about how just a 16th of an inch makes such a difference with expression in a face. I brought in a still life that I did inside my house and two plein air paintings. This one is of my husband repairing his bicycle.
Tedd: I remember one year when I went away on a long trip. My daughter was in eighth grade and she was upset and sad that I was away. I talked to her on the phone and I said "can you see the moon" ? And she said yes….and I told her so can I…. (That would really be something to try to paint).
Eunice: I brought in a painting that is not mine. It is a evocative for an unusual reason. This was painted by my grandfather's second wife. Her name was Eileen Hansen. She was paralyzed.She painted this entire painting with her feet! It is a treasured painiting..and has been with me for a long time.
Brenda: I brought in a painting that I did at Sauvie Island. It's in the secret place. I tried to capture the bounced light —you know, how light bounces back into trees.
Jennifer: To me the whole point of painting has to do with emotions. Emotions are the entire goal. I often fail but I always want emotion. I brought in a painting that I did during the smoky sky time.
Nancy: I brought in the book about George Innes. I love all of the paintings in this book. The color and emotion are there. I have tried to capture his color. I did this painting of a back of a person. To paint the back of a person adds mystery. I brought in this painting of my daughter. Some of the background is accurate to how it was and the rest I made up.
Celeste: Thank you to everyone who came to my artist talk at the Lane Gallery. I really enjoyed doing it and it was great to see you there. I know that Gila Lane will do more of these artist talks. It was really a lot of fun.
There is a portrait show at the US Bank in the Pearl until the end of the month.
Kristina Sellers show begins at Lane Gallery next Wednesday.
Erin Cadena will show with Fred Swan at the AIR gallery in December and January ...stay tuned for specifics.
Brenda Boylan is giving classes at OSA. Her classes begin December 1. She will also have classes in the spring.
Steve Klier is starting his popular "Joy of drawing" class at OSA beginning September 22 from 2 to 4. Join every Tuesday at OSA
Jennifer Diehl has a few openings for her workshops. Here is her website:
Tonight 15 artists will be painting for the Tillikum Bridge lighting.
Thank you for coming today and bringing her paintings and ideas!
Next meeting Thursday, September 17. Suggested table topic: "winter plans"…. Do you have the specific plans for art in the winter? Tell us what they are!