Homage to Arts Organizations

Homage to Arts Organizations

I don’t see enough people paying homage to Arts Organizations. Without these vital groups in our communities, the intensive work of bringing art to the public eye would be ignored. Personally, I’ve been working diligently for the Watercolor Society of Oregon to plan for the 42nd Annual Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition. The show will feature up to 100 water media paintings by top artists from across the Western United States. WSO will also feature their annual Experimental Exhibition. Both shows will be stunningly displayed at the  on the University of Oregon Campus.

When folks visit these exhibits, I don’t think they consider all the hours of effort that goes into producing the event. This weekend’s Sitka Art Invitational is another great show featuring Northwest artists. (Including me! I’ll have three pieces in the show.) This amazing art organization benefits the community in so many ways. I hope you can stop by Miller Hall at the World Forestry Center to see the show.

Look at this time-lapse video of just how much work the set-up alone takes:

Join Us! Sitka Invitational Public Exhibit and Sale

November 5 – 6, 2016

Saturday & Sunday, 10-4pm
Admission: Adults $5 – Sitka Members free – Under 18 free
Located in Miller Hall at the World Forestry Center.

Experience nature-inspired artwork in a variety of mediums and interpretations. Our 23rd annual Art Invitational will showcase 350+ works of sculpture, ceramics, paintings, metalwork, glass, fiber arts, book arts and prints, by more than 130 Northwest artists. The event kicks off with a party with the artists on Friday evening. Sales are shared 50/50 which helps support the Northwest art community as well as Sitka’s programs.

Party with the Artists

Friday, November 4, 6-9pm

Join the artists who make this colorful gathering an event to remember. Hors d’oeuvres, wine and hand-crafted beers accompany this lively celebration.
Click here for details or to purchase tickets.

Art for Everyone – Sitka Invitational

Art for Everyone – Sitka Invitational

Two shows this week:

Art for Everyone – Sitka Invitational!

 

Please join me to celebrate the release of Art for Everyone, a new textbook created by the Faculty at Chemeketa Community College to help alleviate the high cost of textbooks for art students. I’m thrilled to have my artwork grace the covers of this important textbook.

I’ll be at both receptions, November 2 and November 9, at the Gretchen Schuette Gallery on Chemeketa Community College’s campus. Click on the poster below for more details!

Art for Everyone

Also this week, I’m excited to be a part of the Sitka Art Invitational. I’ll be speaking about my work on Sunday, November 6 at 1:30 pm. The show features over 130 talented Northwest artists. What I love about this show is the feeling of community. Everyone pitches in to celebrate the arts and ecology of this special retreat on Cascade Head, near Otis, Oregon. Artists residencies, workshops and ecology are all a part of this place, but it is the people who make it happen!

Join us: Saturday & Sunday, November 5 & 6, 2016 at the World Forestry Center! Click on the card below for more details:

sitka-invitational

 

PDXOS – Portland Open Studios – Related Events

PDXOS – Portland Open Studios – Related Events

Portland Open Studios – Experience Creativity

22x15" Acrylic on Paper, Ruth Armitage, ©2016

“River of Dreams” 22×15″ Acrylic on Paper, Ruth Armitage, ©2016

Join me for two weekends of Open Studio, in my beautiful Oregon City studio:

October 8th & 9th and October 15th & 16th, 2016, 10 am – 5 pm each day.

The tour is organized by neighborhood, and our own Community 8 boasts some creative and beautiful artwork. I love the fact that you can find paintings, drawings, photography, jewelry, sculpture and ceramics on this tour. Something for everyone.

Artists will be demonstrating their techniques and available to answer questions about their artwork. It is a great opportunity to meet the creators in your community, listen to them speak and see their latest body of work. I always love the opportunity to peek behind the scenes where the creation takes place. (more…)

Petrichor: The Smell of Earth After Rain

Petrichor: The Smell of Earth After Rain

The hot weather we are expecting makes me long for Petrichor: the smell of earth after rain. The title of this painting evolved as I worked. I knew I wanted to contrast the delicate, shimmery texture of the pastel areas with something dark and heavy. The brilliant orange accents also provide contrast to these areas.

I loved the pastel areas so much, it was difficult to cover them. But, I also am enjoying the drama of the large dark shape. Let me know your thoughts.

I wanted to make the dark and grey areas represent the rain and the chill.  In contrast, the light and warm areas represent the smells of the earth. Whenever I sense this fragrance, it conjures a vivid memory from childhood of walking barefoot, across a dusty gravel driveway.

I remember it as the first time I noticed the smell of rain on the dry earth. My sisters and I often had the job of waking up the farm hand that stayed in the bunk house on our farm. Smells seem more powerful in the morning, and in childhood. As adults, I think we often don’t take the time to notice.

"Petrichor" ©Ruth Armitage 21x29" Watercolor on Paper

“Petrichor” ©Ruth Armitage 21×29″ Watercolor on Paper

In Other News…

There is still time to enter my giveaway… You may be the lucky winner! Click here to enter to win an original oil & wax painting.

Also, in case you missed it, I have new workshops listed! You can paint with me this November in Portland, or next November in Maui! Check out all the details on my workshops page.

Somehow, the realistic paintings of tropical islands never really seem to capture the wonder, beauty, smells and sounds of the paradise that is Hawaii. I’m hoping to inspire you to express the things that make a trip to Hawaii wonderful: relaxation, sweet fruit, warm sunshine, gentle breezes… you get the idea.

In case you’re wondering how my artwork looks installed, here are a couple of photos! Last night I helped hang several pieces in the Barrel House Tasting Room of Tumwater at Pete’s Mountain: the site of the 2016 Street of Dreams PDX. The event opens July 30th. The homes are beautiful and I love getting decor ideas. My paintings will also be in Quintessence on Lot 5. What a great home to showcase contemporary style. I hope you’ll get a chance to see the show, through August 28th, 2016.Ruth Armitage Abstract

Ruth Armitage at Barrel House Tasting Room

Holiday – Oil and Wax Abstract

Holiday – Oil and Wax Abstract

“Holiday” Oil & Wax on panel 12″x12″ ©Ruth Armitage

Enter to win “Holiday” – a new Oil and Wax painting

I’m getting my paintings ready to deliver to the Street of Dreams, including the work above. I had been searching for a title, and finally settled on “Holiday.” The brilliant red seems so joyful to me, that it reminded me of the excitement of being on a trip.

“I like to have exciting evenings on holiday, because after you’ve spent 8 hours reading on the beach you don’t feel like turning in early with a good book.” -Arthur Smith, English Comedian

I’ve been planning a couple of trips, and the idea of a holiday is pretty appealing right now. It’s what keeps me going through the slog of weeding the garden, framing and shipping artwork, designing exhibit materials and all the daily chores.

I wanted a way for visitors to the Street of Dreams to sign up for my email list, and an incentive. So, I decided to run this giveaway on my website. And why limit the giveaway to attendees of the Street of Dreams? I say, anyone can enter! I hope you’ll share this opportunity with your friends… who wouldn’t want to win a painting that reminds them to cultivate a holiday frame of mind?

Wishing you the best of luck, and I hope you will enjoy receiving my free monthly newsletter. If you’d like a sneak peek – you can see a past issue here: http://bit.ly/ArtIsTruthPastIssues

Stairway to Heaven Oil and Wax

Stairway to Heaven Oil and Wax

Another new abstract painting – “Stairway to Heaven” below.

Oil and Wax on Panel 36x36"

“Stairway to Heaven” ©Ruth Armitage, 2016 – Oil and Wax on Panel 36x36″

This piece will also be on view at the 2016 Street of Dreams, July 30 – August 28, 2016.

I had been thinking about a quote that my friend Margaret Godfrey found on our trip to Denver in June:

“You can’t look at the top of the staircase and want to be there. You have to look at the step directly ahead of you and ask yourself, “How do I climb that step?” – Patrick Wilson

I wanted to use an s shaped composition to portray a winding route, or stairway. I really love the warm and cool contrasts in this piece. Additionally, the painting came together relatively quickly – which probably makes me love it more!

I found some other fun quotes about stairs, and some ideas about hanging art on your stairway. Check them out on my Pinterest board!  My favorite quote is the one about Optimists. I try to see myself as an optimist, and this particular quote fits me to a ‘T’ – what about you? Are you an optimist or a pessimist?

Let me know what you think about my new painting. I’m always interested in your comments.

I’d also appreciate your feedback on what class I should offer next! Weigh in below:

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