Friday, October 28, 2016

Steve Kleier Watercolor Classes

Steve Kleier Classes at OSA

Watercolor Tuesday 10am-1 Nov 1
This week we continue lessons about architecture in the landscape. This week our motive is the Golden Gate Bridge I will begin with a charcoal value study do work out the drawing and composition and use that as a guide for a watercolor painting demonstration. The lesson starts with a critique so bring in any drawings or paintings you would like feedback on. (Limit 2).

Drawing Fundamentals Tuesday 2-4pm Nov 1

This lesson begins our study of the human head. We will study this complicated and rewarding subject by rendering it in light and shadow, chiaroscuro. Bring a good size sketchbook and charcoal, drawing pencil or watercolor.
Drop in $20

Drawing and Watercolor Wednesday 630-830pm Nov 2
We had a good discussion last week about philosophy of art. Then painted a winter landscape in a tonal palette. This week we will discuss color theory. Contact me for the reference photo. I begin with a charcoal value study then continue with a watercolor demonstration.
Drop in $20

If you have questions or would like to be added to my weekly email that describes the upcoming lesson contact

Oregon Society of Artists
2185 SW Park Place
Portland, Oregon  97201

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Beginning Watercolor

Beginning Watercolor II session:

Dates: January 12, 19, 26   -   February 9, 16, 23   -   March 2, 9
Thursdays 9:30am - 12:30pm @ OSA Upstairs Studio

So now you’ve started on your exploration of Watercolor, where do you go next?  In this Beginning Watercolor Step 2, we will take the basics of working in watercolor and begin to develop it by exploring more complex methods and techniques.  We will work with unique subjects and a creative approach to materials to expand on your experience and build confidence with your watercolor style.

This class is good for someone who has had a beginning watercolor class or has worked with watercolor and is familiar with the basics.

Let me know if you need anything further.
 Anji Grainger
Blue Pansy Cottage Arts

Oregon Society of Artists
2185 SW Park Place
Portland, Oregon  97201

BrushMarks Newsletter

The November 2016 "Brushmarks" newsletter is ready and on our website. This is the newsletter of Oregon Society of Artists (OSA). Please follow the link for information on November events and classes at OSA!

Oregon Society of Artists
2185 SW Park Place
Portland, Oregon  97201

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Come Paint from the Model with us!

Come paint from the model with us!
Jennifer Cox is our model
Friday, October 28, 1-4pm

Two ways to reserve your spot
email Joanne or email OSA
(Put "Life Model with Jennifer" in the subject line)

Oregon Society of Artists
2185 S.W. Park Place
Portland, Oregon 97205
$20.00 each session / Clothed Female Model
Park in the parking lot. If it is full, come into the building and get a tag for your dash to park on the street

Questions? don't hesitate to ask, contact Joanne via Facebook or email 

Oregon Society of Artists
2185 SW Park Place
Portland, Oregon  97201


Thursday, October 20, 2016



7-week Winter session: Pastels with Brenda Boylan 
Tuesdays Nov 15-Jan 3, 2017

Back by popular demand, this 7-week pastel series provides students a fun, and exciting pace of thorough pastel instruction.

In this course we will cover everything pastel that is 'chalk full' of information with plenty of time to practice and finish several pieces. Your knowledge and skill will build up to a point where confidence will be built in the medium through a progression of exercises on the many aspects of pastels. This is a great course for those who wish to discover the medium, learn about pastel on a broader level, and for those who have taken my course in prior workshop settings and wish to continue their education with me. Class will not be held on Dec 27th for Winter break. Brenda is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, the Northwest Pastel Society, the Laguna Plein Air Painters and teaches on a national stage. 


Workshop Date:
Winter 11/15/16 - 1/3/17 (no class on Dec 27)

Call Brenda for a seat in the class at 503-702-2403
Register by visiting
Oregon Society of Artists
2185 SW Park Place
Portland, Oregon  97201


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Lost Your Creative Motivation? Let's find it!

Have you lost your Creative Motivation? Let's find it!

Here is another great article that I discovered from Renee Phillips, the art coach.

Signs That You’ve Lost Your Creative Motivation

It’s only natural to periodically experience a loss of energy, knowing there is something more rewarding in store for you, but it’s outside your grasp. Here are some signs that you’ve lost your creative motivation.

    Do you feel envy toward artists who express their creative passion and wish you were more like them?
    Do you have recurring thoughts of doing something exciting outside your comfort zone but fear stops you?
    Do you feel lethargic and uninspired when you’re in your studio?
    Are you complaining often and having negative thoughts about your art career?
    Do you find yourself discouraged and resentful about the art world in general?
    Are you spending more time trying to please others instead of doing things to please yourself?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions you’re not alone. Losing your creative motivation can be a painful situation. However, it is only temporary. You may soon find yourself on the threshold of a new powerful direction. It could be just the catalyst you need for growth and transformation.

How To Restore Creative Energy, Motivation and Passion. Try these 15 ideas to ignite your potential for joyful self-expression

    1. Create a Vision Board and post pictures of items that get your heart pumping and your imagination soaring.
    2. Make a list of every single thing you love, are grateful for, and inspired by.
    3. Visualize yourself on the cover of a leading art magazine. What wonderful achievements does the headline say you’ve accomplished?
    4. Take a workshop in a new medium, for pure enjoyment, without any expectations.
   5. Go to a museum or gallery that you have never visited.
    6. Create some artwork using only your non-dominant hand.
    7. Surround yourself with people who exude enthusiasm for life.
    8. Do something that takes you outside your comfort zone.
    9. Commune with nature while in a state of mindlessness.
    10. Start a journal.
    11. Give yourself permission to please yourself and have your needs met.
    12.  Read about powerful creative people, past and present. 
13.   Binge on positive Youtube videos and documentaries for a week.
 14.  Collect inspirational quotations and read them daily.
    15.  Give yourself time and space during this process without self-judgment, force, or the need to fix yourself.

I hope this blog article has helped you. I have used several of these suggestions with varying degrees of success. All have been helpful.

Oregon Society of Artists
2185 SW Park Place
Portland, Oregon  97201


Friday, October 14, 2016

200 for Under $200 Reminder

     Steeple Chase   by Karen Wippich                                             

200 For Under $200 Reminder!

Take In Monday, October 31, 2016 10 am - 4 pm

Take In Tuesday November 01, 2016 10 am noon

Reception November 04, 2016 6 pm - 9 pm

Show closes Friday December 02, 2016 1 - 4 pm

Please follow the link to get the application form.

Oregon Society of Artists
2185 SW Park Place
Portland, Oregon  97201

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Saturday and Sunday at OSA!

Open Studios in Portland

Saturday and Sunday at OSA!
As one of the new Artists-IN-Residence (more exciting news to come) here at OSA sharing the large basement studio.


will be here for Portland Open Studios 
October 15, &16th 2016 - 10-4 pm.

Join her for
Portland Open Studios.
Tour guides available to continue on the tour. See artists at work city wide.

Oregon Society of Artists
2185 SW Park Place
Portland, Oregon  97201