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Cheryl Jackson Schaeffer

"The Old Shepherd's Chief Mourner"

by Edwin Landseer

Masters Exhibition 2022

(Image cropped to fit space)

SRAL BLOG

Welcome to the blog feature of our Santa Rita Art League (SRAL) website. We hope to use this feature as a way to connect our creative community and share new ideas. In the blog posts you will find member news, challenges, techniques, tools, and everything art related our members would like to share.

If you have an idea for a blog post, go to the "Contact" item on the top menu and submit your idea. We'd love to hear from you.

This is an SRAL Members Only event.


Thanks to our SRAL members who participated in the Shadow Challenge during April and May. We had 26 entries from 20 artists. Stay tuned to the Gallery page to see the results of our SRAL members' vote.



Our Summer Challenge Theme is - Windows or Doors.


While we are announcing the theme as of June 2nd, we will not accept challenge submissions until July 15th at 8:00 am.


Link to the submission form and password will be shared in our weekly Wednesday SRAL eBlast beginning July 14th through August 25th.


Challenge submissions will be viewable on the SRAL website by clicking on the Galleries menu (Summer Challenge button.)



Matisse "Open Window" 1905



Basic Rules:

  • Two (2) paintings from each artist will be accepted during each challenge

  • Use the submission link and password provided in the SRAL weekly eBlast - no email submissions, please

  • One entry per submission form, two paintings - two submission forms

  • Please submit the painting image only - mats and frame will be cropped out

  • Paintings can be submitted from the 1st day of submissions (8am) to the last day of submissions (5pm)

  • Submission should adhere to the spirit of the challenge - stick to the theme

  • The theme of the challenge should be an IMPORTANT part of your painting, requiring thought and planning

  • Paintings submitted for the challenge need to be painted AFTER the challenge is posted

  • No looking through your archive of finished paintings to "fit" the challenge theme

  • Honor copyright rules - when in doubt use your own references, paint from life, or use your own imaginative compositions

  • Submissions will be uploaded to the challenge gallery on the SRAL website (Galleries menu item) every few days up to a week, depending on the number of entries

  • Paintings in the challenges are welcome in SRAL exhibitions provided they follow the criteria for SRAL exhibitions





Entries can be representational paintings of the theme or abstract paintings (objective or non-objective.)


You don't need to take the subject of windows or doors literally.








Robert Delaunay "Windows Open Simultaneously

(First Part, Third Motif)" 1912



Edward Hopper "Nighthawks" 1942







These artists along with many articles on the meaning of windows or doors in art are available doing a Google search.


Happy Painting!







Magritte "The Key to the Fields" 1936





With a nod to the enthusiasm of the challenges conducted by Rich Metcalf and crew last summer, we continue the tradition this year for our Santa Rita Art League (SRAL) membership. Each month we will offer some informative painting advice and inspiration about a chosen theme and then the rest is up to you!


This is an SRAL Members Only event.


Our First Official SRAL Challenge Theme for April 2021 is - SHADOW.


Link to the submission form and password will be shared in our weekly Wednesday SRAL eBlasts beginning March 31st through April 28th.


Challenge submissions will be viewable on the SRAL website by clicking on the Galleries menu (April Challenge button.)


Basic Rules:

  • Two (2) paintings from each artist will be accepted during each monthly challenge

  • Use the submission link and password provided in the SRAL weekly eBlast - no email submissions, please

  • One entry per submission form, two paintings - two submission forms

  • Please submit the painting image only - mats and frame will be cropped out

  • Paintings can be submitted from the 1st day of the month (8am) to the last day of the month (5pm)

  • Submission should adhere to the spirit of the challenge - stick to the theme

  • The theme of the month should be an IMPORTANT part of your painting, requiring thought and planning

  • Paintings submitted for the challenge need to be painted AFTER the challenge is posted

  • No looking through your archive of finished paintings to "fit" the challenge theme

  • Honor copyright rules - when in doubt use your own references, paint from life, or use your own imaginative compositions

  • Submissions will be uploaded to the challenge gallery on the new SRAL website (Galleries menu item) every few days up to a week, depending on the number of entries

  • Paintings in the challenges are welcome in SRAL exhibitions provided they follow the criteria for SRAL exhibitions


For our Representational Artists:

  • Be inspired by your surroundings either inside or out. Treat it as a treasure hunt for interesting and exciting shadows - take your own photos or paint from life

  • Still life compositions are a great way to design your shadow shapes

  • You might enjoy the following videos by artist Dianne Mize on the color of cast shadows




For our Abstract Artists:

  • Maybe you will be inspired by the patterns shadows can make in countless ways in everyday life

  • Or maybe one of these haiku from Ten Thousand Haiku will spark your creative self

  • Or possibly one of these quotes will inspire you



















Password and link for submission form can be located in the SRAL weekly Wednesday eBlasts March 31st through April 28th.


Happy Painting!


At our Social Hour Zoom on March 11th, we discussed our favorite women artists. March is Women's History month and since we are all artists, who better to celebrate than other women artists.


FRANCOISE GILOT

The first artist offered was by Jean Hanson - Francoise Gilot. Francoise was the companion of Pablo Picasso for over a decade. She went on to marry Jonas Salk, the polio vaccine pioneer, and she is still alive at 99 according to Wikipedia. This is a great interview with her by CBS at her age of 97.



ARTEMISIA GENTILESCHI

Offered for discussion by Sonya Edwards, Artemisia was a 17th century Italian Baroque artist. You might recognize some of her paintings, especially this one. In an age dominated by male painters, Artemisia is considered among the most accomplished seventeenth-century artists, initially working in the style of Caravaggio.


Credit:

By Artemisia Gentileschi - Uffizi, Public Domain























Follow this link to Wikipedia for more information on Artemisia. You can also learn more about the artist through the work of author Susan Vreeland - The Passion of Artemisia.


More works about artists and art by Susan Vreeland. Thank you to Hugh Beykirch for the information on this author.


GEORGIA O'KEEFFE

What discussion about women artists would be complete without Georgia O'Keeffe? Cindy Haase

offered her name for discussion and read five facts about her. One in particular stands out: Georgia was known for her intimate flower paintings, however, they only comprise 200 of her more than 2,000 paintings.


Credit:

O'Keeffe, Red Canna, 1919, oil on board, High Museum of Art, Atlanta


For more on Georgia O'Keeffe, Wikipedia is a good place to start. See if you can find a piece of information you didn't already know about her life and art.









Next Topic on April 8th Social Hour Zoom

The topic of women artists made for a great discussion. A possible topic for an upcoming Social Hour was framing and presentation of your art. When does a frame detract from your painting??