Watching artists paint as inpiration

Work in progress at the easel

Still life set up.

Last Friday night, I had the opportunity to watch a Master oil painter create a painting before a crowd of artists, admirers, and workshop attendees here in Portland. This was a rare opportunity, giving many a view into the inner sanctum of the artist's mind and method. There is nothing more telling than watching a piece come together from the blank canvas to the final finishing touches. As it was, we were not allowed to photograph or record the event, but I did get a few sneaks in (shown above). I'd dare to say that much was learned, and I liken it to a live performance, but in the visual sense of all things given.  I'm not going to uncover the artist's identity, and will let you figure that out on your own. If you ever have the chance to watch a painting come alive from start to finish, I highly recommend it because you will learn much and build upon your bank of visual knowledge.

And now I must segue into a little shameless self promotion...

I will be participating in a repeat performance at the Allison Inn & Spa's Trilogy Winemaker's dinner and Quick Draw event held on March 3rd. Eighteen professional artists will create, from start to finish, a piece of artwork before your eyes within the span of one hour and then placed for auction in support of the Newberg Chamber of Commerce. Prior the auction, everyone will be treated to a culinary journey paired with some of Oregon's finest wines. Ahh, my favorite, fine wine and art...mmm, mmm.  How can it get any better than that?
Here's a quick visual treat of last year's event.

More info is listed in the sidebar to the right---> (Trilogy Quick Draw)

I can't wait for this event again as it was quite the workout to paint in this type of setting with the time constraint. The artistic energy was high, the wine delicious, and the food superb!

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Blogger Casey Klahn said...

OB is a master! Well blogged.

Best wishes at the Newberg event, which sounds exciting.

2/15/12, 8:46 AM  
Blogger Celeste Bergin said...

I know the identity! (and it did make for a great segue about painting live for an audience)
I'm sure you will wow them in Newberg :)

2/16/12, 10:46 AM  
Blogger Brenda Boylan said...

Hi Casey,
OB is painting again this Friday 2/17 at 8:30 if you care to watch, just let me know and I'll get you in contact with the peeps. It was amazing and truly inspirational.

Yes Celeste! And you were there too as I have the pics to prove it! hee hee.

2/16/12, 8:33 PM  
Blogger Kim Vanlandingham said...

Good luck with the quick draw. It sounds fun!

2/20/12, 8:56 PM  
Blogger Linda Roth said...

The Trilogy looks like a fantastic affair. I want to go--I want to move to Portland to be with others like myself. I am way out of your league, but count me as a devoted follower. Beautiful work in both oils and pastels.

2/23/12, 5:30 AM  

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