My new class at Oregon Society of Artists has been keeping me hopping! The first day (Sept. 3) I also juried their monthly exhibit. It is always an honor to be asked to jury a show. I take the responsibility seriously and always feel for the artists whose work is eliminated from the show. I celebrate with those who win the awards and always wish there were more awards to hand out. I think the show looks great, and I hope you’ll take time to see it.

The class is focusing on shape this month, and here was my first demonstration for them. I decided to paint a more realistic subject, not wanting to freak them out about abstraction ūüôā

"Fabled Fox" ©Ruth Armitage, Watercolor on Paper 13"x13"

“Fabled Fox” ¬©Ruth Armitage, Watercolor on Paper 13″x13″ SOLD

If you would like to join us… the class is open on a drop in basis, every Wednesday (with the exception of 9/24) from 9:30 -12:30. OSA is in SW Portland near the Multnomah Athletic Club. This week’s class got a bit full, so be there early!

Then last Thursday I was the featured speaker at the monthly evening meeting at OSA. I was able to show some slides of artists whose work relies heavily on shape. You can see some examples on my Pinterest Board about Shape. I showed the beginnings of a painting… and promised the final results would appear here.

For those who like to see some of the in-between stages of a painting, you might enjoy this post: Abstract Painting in Process

Here is the painting in the beginning stages:

photo credit: Carrie Holst

photo credit: Carrie Holst

My initial rough sketch

My initial rough sketch

and the completed work:

"The Day Has Come" ©Ruth Armitage, Mixed Media on Paper 30x22

“The Day Has Come” ¬©Ruth Armitage, Mixed Media on Paper 30×22

My critique group was very complimentary about this image. They felt it had a rather science fiction look to it. I won’t say too much about it, but it does relate to the same series of work: ‘Down on the Farm.’ Thinking about shape really helped me to pull this together… contrasting large and small shapes and shapes that are more curvy with more angular shapes. I will be taking it to the Riversea Gallery this weekend.

Let me know what you think! If you’d like to receive my weekly summary of the class assignments and demonstrations, Contact me!

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