Meeting Notes, Thursday, Sept 4, 2014

At Today's Meeting: Diane, Eunice, Tim, Jeannie, Thomas, Stephanie, Jean C., Marty, Barbara, Kristina, Carrie, Pam Asbaghi, and me (Loretta)

Today's Topic: Shadows! (Tell us what YOU know about shadows).
Diane: I had some very basic instruction on shadows in school, but I just learned about core shadows a month ago. I took a class with Lisa Marshall, working on cross-hatching core, cast, and reflective shadows. Backlighting is interesting in painting glass. I will set up a still life arrangement in front of a window at home.

Eunice: Color is lighter on the sun side in cast shadows. The light is very different in the desert.

Lisa: I'm working hard on color temperature. I brought in a painting that I've been working on. I took the roses out because I get lost in the petals.

Jeannie: I did several sketches of my face on a large canvas. All the shadows were on the wrong side of the painting but one person in the class bought the painting. I brought my mother's painting.

Marty: I don't see color in shadows. I paint in what I think should be there.

Barbara: Brought in a humorous printout from James Gurney on people asking obvious questions to the sitting artist. I worked on some very small paintings, which are hard to do. How different the light is here compared to southern California. The light in So. CA is clear and stark.

Christine: Shadows are a really cool element, an anchor yet pliable. I can move shadows, within reason, and no one will know or care. I want to keep shadows simple.

Pam: I don't know much about color in shadows, but I'm intrigued by it and want to explore it further.

Carrie: I brought in a painting that I did in O'Connor's. There was no light in the restaurant to cast a shadow, so I used a mixture of red and green for the darks.

Jean C: I don't really have anything to add to the discussion, but will share a painting that I did at Oak Island. The colors there are really captivating.

Stephanie: I'm working on different colors in shadow and I'm also working on value studies. Shadows aren't all one color. I took a class with Amy Erickson. It's tricky to read how color changes. I took another class with Za, who said that trees in shadow are not just cool, but have some warmth. In some readings, I learned that shadows are not just darker, but the darks are toned down. In a Plein Air class with Craig Schrebnik's, he used  lavender as a cast shadow.

Tim: I don't have much to add to the discussion. I struggle with color and shadows. I brought in a painting I did at Sandy Delta Park.

Thomas: I've got nothing to say! (Laughter) There are 3 shadows: form, cast, and core. In direct light, all 3 will be present in some way. The question is to find them. Form is created by the roll-off;  cast is straight forward (it impedes the light); and core is very subtle, even if there's no pronounced cast shadow and is always found between the light and the dark. It's the local color of the object with less light and will be less saturated. It's reflective light from another source.
Accent shadow: no light can get in; it has very little hue. I recommend 2 CDs, entitled "Nuts & Bolts, by Quang Ho.

Loretta: I really must do more thinking...about shadows!


Gardenia Gallery: small paintings 7", including frame.
There's a show in Salem at the art store on Commercial.
Oak Island (in the area of Sauvie Island) will close 10/1. Watch out for hunters!
Hood River: Party this Friday.
Kevin MacPhearson talk, demonstration (Saturday):
Audubon Society: Fund raising: "Yard Birds" 6x6". Check their website
Thomas' workshop: check his website; in Carmel next week
OSA Reception Sunday

(Big Thank you, Diane-Marks Bestor, Loretta Unger and Tim Young for moderating, note-taking and photography for today's meeting).

Next meeting, Thursday, Sept 11, 9am Suggested table topic: Earth colors! Do you have a favorite or do you dislike them all together? What is your experience with earth colors? Tell us!

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