Meeting Notes, Nov 30, 2017

At today's meeting: Loretta, Geri, Jeff, Jim, Tim, Diane, Thomas, Tedd, Stephanie, Judy, Joanne, Tracie, Jeanie, Chris, Tom, Annie, Eunice, Joanne K, Yong, Judith, Kay, Dave, Sharon and me, Celeste.

Today's suggested topic: Values, simplifying and reducing do you think you are doing?

Celeste: I brought in some paintings that I did right after I read the section on value organization in Carol Marine's book. I am rewarded when I remember to "organize" values...but sometimes I am after something more spontaneous and less planned. If I do too many black and white studies, by the time I paint the subject I can wind up with a static result. It's certainly important to pay attention, if you don't you will wind up with predominately mid-tone.

Loretta: I often like how the values look on my palette. I'm always adjusting. I continually work on seeing values.

Geri: I paint the whole thing and punch it up at the end! I am showing three new paintings. I am doing a series that has to do with nostalgia.

Jeff: I'm here with Geri! Always fun to hear what you all have to say.

Jim: I try to be conscious of value throughout. I brought in this painting of an object that I painted for practice. I will be doing more still life this winter. I am also showing two value studies that I did at Sauvie Island. I'm doing timed studies, no more than 45 minutes.

Tim: I don't think in terms of planning...I think in terms of play. I know that I am drawn to high contrast. I am showing an example of that. 

Diane: I took a workshop with Robin Damore. She uses binoculars to look at a life that she can really see the values, colors and transitions in the skin! I did this painting for a friend. It is a gyrfalcon with a Pope's crown. I really enjoyed working on this (I used glazes). It was pointed out to me that recently I have always been drawn to birds. 

Tedd: I always think about color...instead of value. I recently painted a new large painting (that is hanging here at O'Connors).

Stephanie: Well, I think about value all the time! And it is often a struggle, because in plein air, of course the light changes continually. I painted this at Laurelhurst park and the "golden hour" arrived and I went with that glow. I like this part of the painting here...where it is quiet! I remember someone saying that there needs to be a place for the eye to rest. I am showing other paintings that I have done for the Big 500. It is great to experiment on these panels.

Judy: I have been working in acrylics --but I have an eye on learning oil. I have taken classes with Joanne Licardo. I plan on learning more. 

Judith: I pass

Joanne T: I have taken a lot of workshops....each teacher has a different approach! One of the best on the subject of value was Tim Horn's workshop. His values are super strong and clear. Almost all workshop teachers advise us to keep sketchbooks and I do like to draw, but the truth is I am always more interested to paint than to draw.  I can't wait to paint! One of the most key things I have learned  is keeping the colors close in value in areas (to describe shadow for example). You keep the value in the same range, but vary the color. That is what makes a painting more like reality. I am showing two new paintings. 

Tracie: For me, the topic or subject is first and value is second! The subject "dictates" what type of light I use. I paint in acrylic and I really love it because I like to start with dark and paint over it. I like to change things a lot and that is what makes things look interesting...changing things and transforming things. To me there is more life in the end result...more vibrancy because of all the changes.

Jeanie: In painting 101 I did learn about painting things first in black and white and then adding gray in the next version. That was helpful, but I confess I don't do that now...I just go for it and if it doesn't look right to me I "fix" it! This is a painting I have done for the Big 500. I am pushing colors!

Chris: I did these paintings for the Big 500 and I used distinct values. My sister used to say that Ringo was her favorite. I asked her why that was and she explained that since everyone had chosen the others as their favorites "Ringo was the only one left" (Laughter)! 

Tom: I don't think about values, per se! I really try to match what I see, not in any orderly way, just as I go. I am showing this recent plein air and this painting I did of objects that describe enjoyable represents "The Good Life".

Annie: I have been working on illustrating a book. I am using collage and have enjoyed it so much..I'm not even sure I will return to painting! You don't have to move things around until you are satisfied. These illustrations are supposed to depict the underground, so light isn't so much of a factor. --I might just stay doing collage (Laughter)! I have heard when you want to see values squint...and when you want to see color then you open your eyes. Another thing...when things don't look right to me, I notice that it is usually a problem with warm or cool. 

Eunice: I was recently working on a fishing boat painting. It did not work out! Sometimes it is best to move to something new.

Kay: When I saw the topic I knew I could show you a painting that I did in the Tim Horn workshop. This was from Gladstone. What was funny was that I painted this gas station in it's entirety and then later noticed that it was missing a key pole that held up the entire thing (Laughter)! (Fixed it). I took Michael Lindstroms workshop and I noticed he planned his painting with purple. I always put purple on my palette, only to scrape it off later --having never used it! This time I used it and left it in. It was the right value and seemed to work. I do enjoy strong value.

Joanne K: I am showing a painting I did in life painting and another small painting I did (that I planned to be high key). I brought in a book I've been reading by Brackman. (Joanne read a passage from it, about how the object is less important than than the artist's own heartbeat.;pageID=8642994107978496791 

Yong: No doubt, because of all the time I spent at Disney as an artist, simple values (usually three) have been drilled into me! If you see any of my paintings, you'll see the values are always clear. We can think that we have to be complicated, but in reality --the simpler you describe shapes and value, the better the painting will be! I am showing some trees that I painted in gouache. 

Thomas: There is no one way to do things. Early on when I was teaching I used the word "Notan" to explain about values...but I have re-thought it and decided that the word Notan doesn't help the student. When you have a sunny day you are dealing with "Light and Shadow". When you have a day like today (for lack of a better word) you are dealing with a "tonalist" painting. Now I tell my students to just decide where do values the light family or in the shadow family. Stay within the families and you'll be all right. (On an overcast day, you still have light and shade, but not as obvious). I am showing some studies I did to show a student about light and shadow. In this example I darkened the sky because I wanted the light on the house to be more important that the sky. 


Yong Hong Zhong and Za Vue at Art on the Boulevard (through Dec--if you missed the first Nov reception, you'll have a chance to go to a second one on First Friday in Dec)

Monotype party at OSA:

Tracy Leagjeld demonstration coming up (info to come) OSA

Fine Art Friday life session (Uninstructed) at OSA, 1-4 This Friday with Joanne Radmilovich Kollman drop in welcome $20

Fresh Flower Saturday with Joanne Radmilovich Kollman This Saturday 1:30-4:30 at OSA drop in welcome $25

Some of us attended Susan Kuznitsky's husband's Memorial service last week (Steven Heiteen).  Please contribute to the fund for Susan and her family if you can:

David McBride Studio Sale Dec 8 4-8pm and Dec 9 2-8pm At the corner of SW Corbett and Pendleton Street (in John's Landing) 0216 SW Pendleton 97239

Ward Stroud is on the road in his paintmobile! We know he is probably reading the notes from the field. (Hi Ward, we miss you)! Looking forward to catching up with Ward and his adventures on Facebook.

Joanne Thorpe: Solo Show, Artist Reception at Rock Creek Corner, Sunday December 10 2-4pm 18515 NW West Union Road

Next Meeting: Thursday, Dec 7th Suggested table topic: Your best decision (as it pertains to painting). What has been your best decision to date? (examples: you took a particular workshop that changed your direction, or you discovered a certain product that made your life easier, etcetera)! Tell us!

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