Demo starts at 2:00
Abstraction in Watercolor with Ruth Armitage
“I work in watercolor, acrylic and oil mixed with cold wax, but viewers often have difficulty telling them apart. Use of strong, saturated color has become my hallmark. My strongest artistic influences have been Bonnard, for his translations of domestic scenes into shimmering kaleidoscopes of color, and Milton Avery, whose quirky shapes were drawn from his family and surroundings.
Most of my paintings begin with drawing a few simple shapes on the page. I add color and detail intuitively as the work progresses. I work from imagination and observation, often combining both in one painting.”
Ruth Armitage is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society , Rocky Mountain National Watermedia, California Watercolor Association and the Northwest Watercolor Society, and Past President of the Watercolor Society of Oregon. The Watercolor Society of Oregon has awarded her its Outstanding Service Award. She is currently planning a large joint exhibition between the Watercolor Society of Oregon and the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies. Ruth’s work has received many local and national awards, including the Loa Ruth Sprung Award in the National Watercolor Society’s 95th Annual Exhibition.
Inclusion in numerous national publications and exhibitions has led to wide-spread recognition for Ruth. You may have seen her work profiled on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s “Oregon Art Beat.” Most recently Acrylic Artist Magazine ran a 10-page feature article in their Spring 2016 issue.
You can find Ruth’s work in Portland at the Portland Art Museum’s Rental Sales Gallery, and at Mary Lou Zeek gallery in Salem, Oregon. She is a gifted instructor and has juried several local and state exhibitions. She enjoys sharing the creative process in the classroom and watching lightbulbs come on in her students’ eyes. Read their comments about Ruth’s classes on her ‘Workshops’ page. Ruth and her husband Marc, both fourth generation Oregonians, maintain a small farm and studio in rural Oregon City.
Birds of Prey
Owl in acrylics
Materials list to follow
Kellee Beaudry http://www.4muddypawsart.com/
“I have always been drawn to animals, in my life and in my work. Both domestic and wild. My earliest drawings and paintings are of animals. I am inspired as an artist and a person by these little souls with whom we share this planet and our lives.
Issues around animals are complex. We struggle to share our environment, humanely manage them in their service to us, and manage them socially as they share our lives in our communities. In my work I strive to portray them as individuals. I want the viewer to appreciate that they are cognitively complex and have an emotional life that includes their feelings toward us and to one another. My hope is that this awareness will lead us to carefully consider our choices as stewards. “
John is a native Oregonian, a retired landscape contractor residing in Portland, Oregon. John started painting as a young teenager and has primarily been a self taught artist . John’s painting reflects the American landscape and seacape in the natural world as well as contemporary and abstract. The medium of choice are acrylic, oil, pastels and he continues to explore collage . Past president of Portland Fine Arts Guild, and continues his membership there as well as a member of North Clackamas Arts Guild. He has attended and taught many workshops and demos in the Portland, Vancouver area. His work has been included in numerous exhibits and has won best of show and many first place awards . His works have been displayed at the Park Gallery East, Gresham Visual Art Gallery, So Be It Gallery, Fairweather Gallery in Seaside, Oregon and businesses in the Portland area. He also participate in numerous outdoor smmer art shows. Plein Air painting has also been an enjoyable experience taking fellow artists on trips to the Columbia River Gorge and surrounding points of interest
Gary Michael http://garylmichaelart.com/collections/9621
“While pastel and oil are my principal media, I continue to use oil pastels, oil paint sticks, and acrylics. For those of us who like to “draw” our paintings, oil pastels and oil paint sticks can work very well. I scribble on value shapes very quickly, then brush in Gamsol (a good odorless solvent), which results in a nice underpainting. I can work over the underpainting while it is still wet or wait a little for it to dry. Try it!”
Materials list to follow