Meeting Notes, July 10, 2014

At todays meeting Jim, Joanne, Tim, Dave, Hilarie, Jeane, Erin, Stephanie, Barbara, Diane, Thim, Chris, Tedd, Eunice, Carrie, Kristina, Kay, Steve, Lola, Quin, Don and me (Celeste).

Today's suggested table topic: “Throwback Thursday”. Bring a painting (or how ever many you want) that you did a long time ago... (optional) bring a more recent painting also to show us the differences. Tell us what it is about the old painting that you like or do not like.

Carrie came by and couldn't stay, but she had a cup of coffee with us and promises to come again. Great to see you, Carrie!

Celeste: I brought in the first painting that I did in 2004. I like this painting because I painted it from life and though it has a lot of wrong things about it I saw and painted the correct temperatures. This painting serves as a good example of how you should “paint what you see”. I keep this painting in my bathroom. I also brought in a recent painting.

Steve: I brought in an oil painting that I did in 1997. It is painted thinly. If I were to paint it today I would paint it with thick and thin paint. Variety in paint application is preferred! My main focus remains watercolor (I am drawn to the transparency of watercolor), but recently I did a large mural in oil. 

Quin: I brought in three paintings from the past. One was done at night as a Nocturne. I think it is too dark! Here is a figure painting that I would do differently today...and a third figure that I did a long time ago.

Kay: I brought in a painting that I am proud of. I still admire the technique that I employed when I did this...but my heart (now) is in painting with a very direct approach.

Lola: I brought in an old painting and a newer painting (both landscape). I have taken classes and I have been resolute about learning!

Hilarie: I brought in 4 plein air paintings. 2 are from when I first started and 2 are recently. I prefer figure painting, but I know that painting outdoors is so important. What you learn from plein air carries over into everything else.

Erin: I brought in my first painting. I like this painting because I feel that it was courageous of me to even begin. I think all paintings are courageous acts!

Stephanie: I brought in a sea painting that I did from a photograph when I was 20 years old. The canvas that I used is pretty weird, it is kind of nubby. The blue/green colors that I used long ago are still colors that I gravitate towards today. Recently I did a workshop with Amiee Erickson. I brought in two paintings from the workshop. I recommend Amiee Erickson as a teacher!

Kristina: I brought in a painting of a man in a rowboat that I did a very long time ago. There is nothing about it that I like or that I think is very good. Even my signature is not good. I also brought in a painting that I did more recently of the same scene. I think you can easily see the differences. Additionally, I wanted to share with you a box that is very good as a wet canvas carrier. It is made by Utrecht. (If anything goes wrong with it they are very good at replacing).,Artmate.utrecht

Barbara: I brought in two old paintings. One is of Balboa. The other is of a little boy -- feeling optimistic about his ability to lift weights.

Diane: I wish that I had the painting I did that made me give up painting several years ago! (laughter) It was of Multnomah Falls and I painted it on black velvet. (more laughter)! I don't have that painting anymore. I brought in three recent paintings that I am doing (from life) of fruits and vegetables.

Tedd: When I took up painting I did a lot of copies of drawings and paintings by Masters. I learned a lot. I brought it an old watercolor and a painting I did of a model. An interesting thing about the model was that her Granddad had died... and she made his eyeglasses her own (she had her own glasses prescription put in his frames).

Thim: I have some paintings that I thought were awful and I looked at them later and I decided they were kind of good. I have also looked at some of my kind of good paintings and thought they were sort of awful. In other words, I can flip flop with how I feel about my paintings. Some of the old paintings here that you say are bad paintings.... I really don't think are bad at all. They have great energy or have something else about them that is really great. There are no bad paintings.

Chris: I brought in two old watercolors and two new watercolors. My two new watercolors are of Monet and Manet.

Eunice: I have been reading a new book by Camille Przewodek. I could not get to my old paintings that are in storage.

Jim: I think this is a great topic! I brought in three paintings. The first one I did at the age of 19 when I was at the California School of Arts and Crafts (in 1952). The teacher wanted us to keep our paintings and to sign and date them.  It is just a black and white still life. I always wanted to be an artist, but it was a long long time before I did my next painting in 1994! I did this painting from life for our kitchen. Here is my third painting that I just painted recently (a big European Scene). What I know is that there are no failures. Learning to paint is a process of small steps.... small step, small step, small step! You need persistence. I encourage you all to stay with it. No paintings are failures. Each painting is a  another step toward the next.  It is all a progression.

Joanne: I brought in several samples of old work and some samples of some new work. Here is a drawing that I did of my son as a baby. I have this hanging in my hall. It hangs there more for sentimental reasons than anything else. What this drawing taught me was that I needed to work harder and draw more.  I used to work from photos and now I work from life. It is much better! I used to sign my paintings too big. I know better now.

Dave: We have been traveling for a while. It is good to be back. I brought in a painting from a very long time ago. I don't paint like this at all anymore. My daughter has gotten married. Indulge a happy Dad, I am sharing some photographs from her wedding.
(It was a great surprise!)

Jeanne: I took my first plein air painting workshop at Sitka and had to buy the easel for the workshop (that’s how new I was to all this)! It was three years ago. I painted this painting. I keep this first painting on my wall so I can see my improvements and progress. I brought in two recent paintings.

Don: I brought in a painting that I did of Paris. It is very different than how I paint now.....but I like this painting.  I like the happiness of it.


Tim Young was interviewed by Metro here is the link (scroll down to his photo on Broughton Beach):

Peggy Moje will be on the Garden Time a TV show on Saturday, July 12 at 8:30 am.  KOIN 6.  It will be a 5 minute spot.  Co-host Judy Alleruzzo interviewed Peggie while she was painting at the Rose Garden.

Hood River Plein Air begins Sept 2. All painters who submitted are welcomed to paint at locations:

Camas Gallery will have a plein air event on September 5, 2014. Here is the link to the registration:

Plein air Umpqua is Sept 10.

Lola wants to encourage you to see the show in Hood River with James Sampsel. Lola says: “He will be famous someday." (Through July 27):

Hilarie: The Oil Painter’s Guild (of Washington) is hosting a plein air competition in August. Za Vue is the judge. She is giving a workshop...but sorry, it is already filled. You can participate in the plein air event. Here is the prospectus:

Oregon lavender destinations: Public showing and sale of artists' work on July 12 &13, 2014, Saturday & Sunday, at Beulah Park in Yamhill

p.s. RE: drop off: There has been some question about whether or not lavender from Sauvie Island will be accepted. The answer is yes. Next year will be a different story, but this year they are accepting paintings from Sauvie Island.

That’s it for now. Thanks for bringing in all your paintings and ideas. Next meeting: Thursday, July 17, 2014 “Darkest Dark” what do you know about it (and do you use black, or make black?) Tell us!

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