Portland artist Stephen O'Donnell has married his creative self-portrait with 33 creative writers from the Pacific Northwest in his book, "The Untold Gaze". Each writer takes one of his paintings and creates a story, poem or flash fiction about the artwork. The results are whimsical, strange and even heartbreaking. His portraits are whimsical and fun, allowing the writers to easily play with the imagery. It is a perfect pairing that we think you'll highly enjoy.
Get the book at Portland's very own Powell's Bookstore.
Get all the art supplies you need to create your own playful, gender-bending, self-portraits with I've Been Framed.
For about 3 moths, since July 2020, we've featured 12 fantastic Oregon artists, sharing their techniques and tips of how they make the art they create and why they do what they do. We've enjoyed widening our community and spreading the artistic joy with them. Unfortunately, we have no more artists to feature. You see, no one else has submitted their info to share their art with us.
Until we get more artists, we'll have to pause this wonderful part of our blog. If you'd like to be the next artist to be featured with us, please fill out the form at the this link. We'd love to hear from you and continue spreading the art love.
Here are the 12 artists we featured over the past 3 moths:
You Can't Stop the Art Studio Tours Just Because of the Pandemic: How Portland Open Studios Is Adapting Their Annual October Art Studios Tour
Portland Open Studios Tour is a long tradition in Portland, Oregon, happening every October. This year, they adapted to the pandemic and are making virtual tours, artist talks and live studio visits, trying to make it as fun and interactive as possible to support their many artists and their many fans who come out to visit the artists each year. Click on the above link to learn more and see all the participating artists.
Despite artist and author, Samantha Dion Baker, having to take care of her 2 children, she still finds a way to draw her day. She shares her personal techniques, struggles, and materials in her pretty book, "Draw Your Day: An Inspiring Guide to Keeping a Sketch Journal". Just seeing the little drawings she does each day, makes you want to keep up your own daily drawing practice.
Get the inspiring book at Powell's Bookstore.
Get all the art supplies you need at our art store, I've Been Framed.
The Cardboard Bernini is another art documentary that we highly recommend to you. It's about cardboard artist, James Grashow who, during the filming, creates a monumental installation after Italian artist Bernini's epic fountain. It takes James several years to create the massive art project and you watch as it unfolds and comes to life.
What's more impressive than this huge undertaking is that he plans to destroy the work after it is finished, by placing it outside in the rain to dissolve into mush. The whole project is amazing to watch. You're left with awe and loads of inspiration.
Should it inspire you to create some art and you need art supplies, please make an order with us at this link.
Portland, Oregon artist, art director, illustrator and author, Elizabeth Haidle is offering an online illustration course to help artists process the heavy things we're dealing with at this moment in our society. In her own art practice, she has been creating personal power symbols to help her through her struggles and challenges. She thought others might benefit from learning her art practice and creating their own. It's called, "Illustrating Personal Power Symbols".
The course is for 30 days starting October 4th. If your'e interested, don't wait. Her courses usually sell out soon. Register by clicking on the link above. Should you need art supplies for the course, make an order with us.
Here are a few more details about what to expect from the course:
JOIN MY 30-DAY IMMERSION CLASS // October 4th - 30th
Experience a month-long focus on intuitive drawing exercises--
designed to add depth to your personal practice & new skills to your emotional toolbox. Discover how your sketchbook can be a constructive, playful space to process your concerns & challenges ((so many, right?))
FITS INTO ANY SCHEDULE: Video demos & class content are emailed
4 main assignments ( 1 per week)
Plus daily prompts that help to break those down into smaller steps
* Join my virtual classroom discussion group
(Private Slack channel for posting & receiving feedback from myself + other students) -- also weekly zoom presentations of the group work.
* One-on-one coaching with me - 1 hr private Zoom meeting
Where we can look at what you want to learn specifically, demo extra techniques you'd like to see & suggest next steps for your artistic path.
Excavating Abstract Histories and Ruins in Oil and Cold Wax: Artist Serena Barton Shares Her Layered Painting Technique
Artist Serena Barton says she's an archeologist at heart. Ruins, history and forgotten pasts inspire her layered oil and cold wax abstract paintings. She lives and works in Portland, Oregon, actively teaching and exhibiting all around the city, including an online oil and cold wax course and shows at Gallery 114 in the Pearl District. She'll be a participating artist in the annual Portland Open Studios Tour which will be virtual this year due to the pandemic. Without further ado, let's watch Serena's amazing layering and texture painting technique. We love seeing her roll, brush, scrape and chisel away until the painting is perfect.
Tell us briefly about your art:
I build up many layers of paint mixed with cold wax medium, creating a complex and nuanced surface. I reveal some of what came before by incising and scraping back areas of the painting. Painting allows me to share what I can't say in words, allowing each piece to tell its own story.
What is your main medium of art?
Oil/Cold Wax Painting
What are your website and links?
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