Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Monday, July 26, 2010

Growth Reported; Membership and Tree

One Stormy April afternoon in 2007 left a devastating image in the aftermath of a most likely lightning strike. A large limb fell blocking traffic in both directions on Park Place and also struck a neighbor's car.

To make a long story short, the old elm was rotten to the core and had to go. Summer mornings in the Studio are warmer without her shade but I'm here to report her replacement is showing tremendous growth on birthday # 3!!!
 Tripled in  height in 3 years since planted

Membership has increased significantly this year with noticeable interest in Friday Mini Workshops  and a sell out for the Myrna Wacknov Three Day Workshop last April. She will return next Winter for another longer, bigger and better one in January. More workshops are in the works so stay posted with your online newsletter .  The evening program and critique group  were suspended for the summer months and have been reappointed to the day meeting time; Second Thursday of the month. Thank you Janet Holt for the great thought provoking insight as critique leader.  Evening Programs will return in September and will be organized by new program chair Nancy Klos. The regular night; Third Thursday of the month will be September 16th.  Nancy is one of the regular instructors at OSA. Check her website for her schedule.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

2 day Watercolor Workshop - May 21-22

Watercolor and Plein Air 2 day workshop with Ron Stocke

May 21-22     Cost  - &175.  plus materials
Registration number:  CRN#: 1C
Please call Art Media Monday through Friday 9AM to 4PM to register. 503-223-3724: extension15 
OR 1-800-990-3364 

In this 2 day workshop (may 21-22) there will be watercolor problem solving and plein air instruction.
Day One will be taught in the classroom where Ron will take the first part of the day and cover what he likes to call watercolor boot camp. This will consist of how to lay down confident brushstrokes, how to paint light, compositions, figures and other problem areas (students will be encouraged to follow along). After lunch break Ron will demonstrate a painting. The rest of the day students can work on a painting of their choice.
Day Two weather permitting will be on location. Ron will do two paintings of the Portland downtown, one in the morning and one after lunch with time for students to paint after his demo. There will be a critique at the end of the day. Day two is designed to help those studio artists paint quickly, concentrate on shapes and values rather than details and succeed in a plein air setting. There will be a lot of one on one instruction. All levels welcome. For Saturday students should be prepared to paint outdoors. Please bring water, appropriate clothing and footwear

All supplies available at Art Media
Please bring:
Watercolors:(Ron uses Graham) Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue, Yellow (artist's choice) Cerulean Blue and Alizarin Crimson and your personal preferences.
At least one sheet w/c paper (you will be painting on half sheets both days)
Brushes:Bring what you have. 


See a short painting demo below.


Thursday, April 15, 2010

April 21-23; Workshop with Myrna Wacknov at OSA

$190 - OSA members       $220 - non members
Myrna is well regarded as an instructor and her art is quite remarkable. This workshop has been in the works for two years; we are lucky to have Myrna fit OSA into her busy schedule. Last count there are only three positions left in this workshop.  Call Rene to Register at 503-890-9668 E-mail her

Sign up today!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

April 15, Subtractive Sculpture with Carole Murphy

Carole Murphy
Carole Murphy has resided in Portland, Oregon, for more than the last half decade and has found that the great Northwest is her real home. Beginning in bronze, Murphy moved to glass and now finds that her passion has moved to Pozzalanic Stone, a form of carveable aerated cement. Carole is the President of the Pacific Northwest Sculptors and Her work has been shown in galleries and museums throughout the US.  She teaches classes and workshops on both the east and west coasts.  Please join members for a lively presentation by this Northwest Artist.
Please arrive in time for General business meeting around 7:30 pm.  The open critique group convenes about 6:00pm

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Demonstration Highlights - March General Business Meeting

Paul Missal did a portrait demo for members  in acrylic about four years ago.  This demo was a pencil sketching technique he has used in the past to lay down the architecture, as he puts it, of the figure quickly as a mass or core of dense lines. 


While drawing the model he plots reference points and measures  for anatomical landmarks.  He holds at least two pencils in each hand, sharpened on both ends. An assorted collection of hard and soft leads influences the types of marks on the paper; fat or lean, light or dark in value.


Continue building in more variety of lines, correcting for proportion and considering the model in her environment......


The drawing of the model fits on the entire paper without cutting off feet, hands or head.

Lines for texture and value can be seen in background.  Appear loose and scribbled.

A pink pearl eraser is the artists choice for working back over the surface to create a 'new kind of line' to the drawing.

The detail above shows how running the eraser over the form softens form and brings back light areas.Notice he still is drawing with two softer leads. Paul mentions when he seeks out the exterior edge, he draws a 'felted contour', a sensitive line that has contrast and life just as the edge of the person in the chair.
Below, the completed drawing is just about to come to a close and finally the signature! This was an amazing process.  Thank you Paul.

The OSA General Business Meeting for March 18th, 2010 was called to order by President Donna Lind as she led members in the Pledge of Allegiance.  A list of New and Active Juried members was read  for the approval of the membership.  By unanimous vote all were approved as new and active members.  The minutes of the last meeting were not available.  The treasures report was not read.  The names of the members will be listed in the next month's (April) Brushmarks Newsletter. There was no new business at this time.  The meeting was adjourned. The next general meeting for the OSA membership will be the third Thursday evening in April,2010.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Demonstration by Paul Missal March 18th 7:30pm

Paul Missalreceived his B.F.A. degree in Painting and Printmaking from the Cleveland Institute of Art in l965 and his M.F.A. from Yale University in 1968. After teaching in Cleveland for a few years at various schools including the Cooper School of Art, he moved to Portland, Oregon in 1972 where he taught Painting, Drawing and Design at the Museum Art School, now the Pacific Northwest College of Art. In 1978 he along with 15 other artists, co-founded Blackfish Gallery which opened its doors in 1979. Paul continues to be represented by Blackfish and also does work on commission including Portraits and Murals. The latter is often done in collaboration with Emmerling Studio, a faux finishing studio that does work both here and in the far east. Having recently retired from full-time teaching, Paul Missal was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus from the Pacific Northwest College of Art. He continues to teach part-time at the College while maintaining an active studio routine.