Meeting Notes, Thursday, Sept 3, 2015

At today's meeting Loretta, Quinn, Marty D, Tim, Judith, Carol (new), Annie, Jeanne, Joanne M, Bill, James, Betsy, Mike, Stephanie, Jerry, Tedd, Eunice, Thomas, Teresa, Kristina, Vickyi, Renita, Za, Melinda, Joanne K, Peggi, Tom (new), Carrie, Cam, and me Celeste. 

Topic: achieving Glow.... what can you tell us about it. 

Celeste: I believe that establishing glow in a painting has to do with providing the correct color relationships. I brought in a painting I did a long time ago that was done from my imagination. This was painted over an old painting. It does have some glow. I also brought in a painting I did of Mount Hood and its Alpenglow. 

Za: It is a lot of fun to do these types of paintings. It is fun to paint into the shadow. I have brought in a painting that I did of a model and the light is hitting her red hair. But note that this is done in mostly shadow! 

Joanne: I brought in a painting that I did plein air. I do think that it does have a glow about it...a sunshine type of glow. 

Renita, I will pass on the topic. 

Thomas: Glow can be described as diffuse refracted light.  I am showing you some examples: Rembrandt created glow by suppressing light around the margin. This makes us focus on the story in the center. I am showing you other examples like Monet and how he lost edges in this painting of haystacks. Here is a painting by Bierstadt. If you will notice this is a very glowing painting and the warmth of the sun is cooler as it goes into the horizon. Here is a painting by Hopper and a painting by Sorolla. Here is a painting by a contemporary painter name Sheehan. (These were all shown from Thomas' iPad) I recommend James Gurney's book... it really covers glow. I am showing you a painting that I'm doing now that is in progress. This is for my gallery in Carmel.  (thanks for the mini-lecture, Thomas....we appreciate it).

Teresa: I am showing a painting that I did from a black-and-white photo. It is of my husband when he was seven years old. 

Peggi: I am showing you a painting that I had at the Portland Rental gallery. It shows the city lights reflected in the river. It has not been purchased yet, so I have it back now. (Editors note Peggi please send me a photograph of that painting I did not get to photograph it today). 

Kristina: Thomas has already said everything! (Laughter)! This is a wet painting that I just just did last night.... I am still working on it. 

Vicki: This is a painting that is glowing from the painting that was previously painted underneath it! (I intentionally let that show through).  I also went to the market downtown on Wednesday to paint with Brooks Hickerson. I have two paintings that I am showing from there.  I found it very difficult to try to photograph the glow from the fire in the sky that we had recently. 

Jeanne:  This is a painting that I painted at Rowena Crest. It has a glow!

Joanne M: There are other ways to achieve glow besides working alla prima. You can achieve glow with layers and glazing. It's a studio technique. I brought in a painting that I did from the long pose and hipbone. Hipbone offers a lot of sessions and also offers long poses. 

Bill: I brought in a painting that I painted in Hawaii. The glow here was provided by a mai tai.... (laughter)!  here is a portrait I've done of my wife from a photograph. Also another installment on my painting from hipbone and a small watercolor. 

Jim: I brought in a big painting that I did of a glowing sky.  It is a dramatic scene and I think it establishes glow. On a personal note thank you to everyone for wishing me a happy birthday on Facebook! That was a nice surprise. (Happy birthday Jim). 

Betsy: I brought in a watercolor. I didn't know the topic today. 

Mike: Ron Ranson said that he "opened a bottle of Pinot Noir ....that's how he got his glow"  (Laughter)! I brought in two sketchbooks that I will be taking on a trip to Europe. I did paintings for these sketchbooks...on the covers. 

Stephanie: I believe that the glow is achieved with contrast. There are two types of glow really ..glittering reflected light and glow can also be described as a translucent effect; it is refraction of the light going through something. I brought in a painting that I did recently. It does have a glow.

Jerry: For the last two weeks I have been in the Phyllis Trowbridge's workshop. It was great. She taught us a lot. One of the things she stressed was that if the light is what you want to capture you should put that in first. Shape next to shape and color next to color. She also emphasizes painting "all over". It's really wrong to paint a little aspect and then another little aspect and then another little and there. Try to look at and think about the "all over"! I am showing a painting from the workshop and also a painting I did at Villa Catalana. I brought in the James Gurney book. 

Tedd: I pass today 

Eunice: I also pass. 

Loretta... I brought in a painting that I feel has a glow. 

Marty D: I wanted to tell you that Paul Allen's family collection of landscapes will be at the Portland Art Museum. I have been taking a class with Karen Ilari in acrylics. She agrees that you should put the most important thing in "first". 

Tim: I brought in a miniature. 

Judith: I was in the Phyllis Trowbridge workshop also. I am I am working on getting looser in my application of paint. I worked on this figure painting early this morning! It might look different next time you see it. I also brought in a landscape

Carol: I am new:  (Welcome, Carol)!I brought in a painting that I did recently of some orange slices and a cup. Thank you for welcoming me to the group. 

Annie: I wanted to do something from imagination. So I built it!. I did a model of a fireplace with sculpy material. I also did another model of a little mouse. Here is his little rug! I illuminated this set up and I photographed it is my photograph. After all of that I painted a scene keying off of the photograph. I painted the effects of the light.  

Cam: I work full-time and I had to drive today from Vancouver. I brought in a painting that I did at Steigerwald Park. I wanted to say that even though I don't get here very often I really enjoy the support of this group. I feel its impact. I read the blog and follow all of you. Thank you! 

Tom: I just walked in off the street. (Laughter)! (Tom is new also...welcome, Tom) I had a career in movies. I am now working in acrylic. I am showing you a picture of one of my paintings on my iPhone. 

Carrie: I am just here to crochet. (Laughter)! 

Quinn: I brought in two paintings that I did in the Eric Sandgren coastal paint out.


US Bank portraits at 1) & Lovejoy.  (Tonight, First Thursday) Click to Enlarge:

Lane Gallery first Thursday 9/3/15  6-8

Celeste will talk at Lane Gallery Sept 9, 6:30 pm..."Creating, Why Bother"? (Why making anything "by hand" is still relevant today and how it applies to you)
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Medley T First Friday. The Thursday Drawing Club has a reception for "Steeped in History, Images of Tea" 6-8pm 9/4/15
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Figure workshop with Joanne Mel on the Facebook workshop page. 

Joanne Mehl might put together a weekly life painting/drawing sessions stay tuned

Thomas: I will be giving a workshop for five days in Scottsdale. 

Quinn was highlighted for her "Greenpeace Painting" in Outdoor Painter (and Huffington Post)!

Joanne: I received a RACC grant to work with some children. If the results are at Cedar Hills recreational center. 

Outdoor Painter has a story about the Hood River Plein Air event.

Kristina is at Village coffee. 

There is a demonstration tonight OSA. 

Plein Air at Washington County (October):

The friends of easels meets on Mondays in the Gorge. You can always just show up with them.

Brenda Boylan, Susan Kuznitsky, Anton Pavlenko and others giving demos and classes at OSA:

For more announcements/events/groups/paint outs: our facebook page:

Such a big meeting we set a record I'm sure! 

Thank you everyone for sharing your ideas and paintings.

 Next meeting September 10 . 

Suggested Topic: Emotion in a painting....Do you have a painting that you did that clearly expresses either sadness or joy?  If you have such a painting bring it and tell us why you think it gets the message (emotion across). If you don't have a personal painting, explain about one that you have seen. What specifically makes it joyful or sad?

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