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Open House + Demo
Connect with the world and experience life.
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Translating Landscapes

A creative adventure; a new class via on-line. So great to teach landscape (design) drawing + painting and to reach out to many. Take a look at the preview + sign up.

Warmly, Anita

https://www.carlasonheim.com/online-classes/translating-landscape/

The landscape is a gentle way of exploring the elements that are integral to making meaningful work: line, value, color, shape, edges, composition.

In this 6-lesson class, we will use our study of landscape to work at finding our unique mark, learning and reinforcing design concepts, drawing with intent, and simplifying.

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a lucky find, that (french) sketchbook.

So lucky to find this gem; a sketchbook handed to me by a wonderful antique store owner this past Spring in southern France. It is dated 1912 and I can not quite make out the signature.

Can you?

An amazing record of time and place, for sure. A souvenir I will hold deep in my heart.

Keep those sketchbooks filled with all the ‘evidence’ you can muster, each and everyday.french_sketch.jpgsk17

it’s in the doing, it’s not about the applause.

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‘Gathering Evidence’ as a title for my up coming show came easy for me. Being a visitor to another country this past Fall in Italy and France was such an amazing opportunity to do just that; gather. Whether on a train, catching a taxi or sitting in a wonderful cafe, one gathers and absorbs; enjoying a keen awareness of the magic around you.

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This experience is so valuable and yes, comes back ‘tenfold‘ to you in studio. Perhaps my show expresses this magic in bold ways, some subtle and personal too.

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I was there and I remember.

 

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design, design and more design

Working with a subject that I found in two different locations; one on Highway 20 near Gold bar, the other in the amazing (up and coming) small town of Tieton, Wa. A discovery of these disparate parts; creating a process that kept carrying me through an enjoyable process. Where I began, where I ended had to do with working the key design elements, the tools of the artist.

Shape: pattern, form, mass, object, subject matter

Value: light and dark, tone and tint

Space: the illusion of three dimensional depth and two dimensional flatness

Edges: blurred and sharp, lost and found

Color: hue, intensity, temperature

Texture: surface variation

Line: mark making, drawing

And as I worked, design principles became the organizing aesthetic ideas that guided my use of elements in a work of art:

Dominance: emphasis, focal point

Movement: rhythm, direction, gesture, transition, intervals

Variety: contrast, conflict, tension, size

Unity: harmony, balance

By no means is this process scripted. However, my ‘final’ outcomes did get me where I wanted to land.

Your thoughts?

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it’s complicated.

Getting ready for an up-coming show: ‘passages‘.

This afternoon was all about letting the ideas come out on paper; all the evocative notions flowing.

No toil, just flow; the way it should be.

Simplification and execution next, stay tuned.

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Skagit Valley, Washington: views with a charcoal and paper; plein air.

value + shape + texture + line + edges + space = powerful expressive works.

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a purposeful direction: part 2

“Sure, it’s a bird theme, but much more. Again, stay tuned.”

my last words from ‘a purposeful direction.’ (a previous blog)

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From these birds, images of inspiration came. Into the sketchbook; graphite scratches and a ‘road map’ as a result.

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Following a lead, a theme, a direction with possibility; ingredients for good design.

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‘An unwavering intensity of engagement is always evident in a successful body of work.’

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monotype with pastel.

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watercolor and pastel.

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one in the same concept/compostion.

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now geese!

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A resolution of idea; quiet works, resolve; a definition and outline of intention.