Recently, Sharon demonstrated portrait painting techniques for the Portrait Club Meeting at the Creative Chateau Gallery in Ashland, Ohio. Her friend Terri Meyer, owner of the Creative Chateau, created this video to share with you. Enjoy Sharon’s tips on drawing, palette colors, and the importance of values!
A few weeks ago, on a lovely June afternoon, Sharon hosted a plein air day at her farm in Mid-Ohio. “Artists love the camaraderie while painting outdoors,” she said. “We encourage and gain inspiration from nature and one another.” Even Pepper, Chuck & Sharon’s canine companion, watched eagerly, hoping to inspire one of the artists by posing a short distance away while the artists worked.
Making a Plein Air Masterpiece – Maybe
Sharon painted three plein airs that day. Plein air paintings are a study of nature and light and are not meant to be finished works of art. Not all plein airs turn out as the artist intends because they are quick sketches. “But, occasionally,” Sharon said, “one will be a keeper!” Of course, all her plein airs are for sale. And sometimes she even sells them on site. On that day, one of her paintings did turn out very nice with a beautiful display of afternoon light on the old milk barn.
|View Sharon Weaver’s Plein Air Portfolio|
Contact Sharon to purchase a plein air painting from her collection.
Often Sharon selects subjects with which she has a personal connection. By doing so, she has a greater desire to “get the painting right.” “My Father’s Rose” is one such painting.
Sharon chose to paint a still life of her father’s yellow roses. He loved tending his flower garden, especially his rose bush. Sharon has always felt a special connection with her father’s favorite flowers because he lived in Texas for a few years and also, the yellow rose reminds her of one of her favorite movies “The Yellow Rose of Texas” staring Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.
Learn to Paint and Immortalize Your Past
Painting or drawing something that has personal meaning will bring out the passion in the work of art. If you are learning to paint, Sharon recommends using a subject that means something special to you. A subject that has meaning to a new artist will keep his/her interest and create a desire to finish the piece. And when its finished the artist will have a beautiful painting that will last forever.
“My Father’s Rose” is available for purchase. Contact Sharon for more information.
|Purchase a print of YELLOW ROSE for as little as $22.35.|
From June 13th to June 30th, the Brush & Palette Art Gallery will host the Crawford County Arts Council in their June show. Members of the Arts Council featured in the show will be available for a “Meet and Greet” on Friday, June 12th from 4 to 8pm. Regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6pm.
Sharon’s “Fat Cat” and “Sunlit” will be on display as part of the show. Both originals are available for purchase. Or you can purchase either in print format from Fine Art America.
|Contact Sharon for more information about purchasing her originals of FAT CAT or SUNLIT.|
Community Arts in Crawford County, Ohio
The Crawford County Arts Council was organized by community artists in 2013. Its purpose is to strengthen the community through the arts. Sharon, a member of the council, is excited to be a part of an organization that promotes and supports all art forms, including music and theater as well as drawing and painting.
In addition to paintings, CCAC members will have pottery on display in the Brush & Palette Art Show.
Directions to the Brush and Palette Art Gallery
The Art Gallery is located between Market Street and Columbus Street in the rear of 114 Harding Way East in Galion.
Working at the Gallery
You don’t need to wait for a special “meet and greet” date to talk to local artists. The Brush & Palette Art Gallery is staffed by club members during regular hours: Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6pm. Stop by anytime to chat with artists, view the special shows, and check out gallery members’ artwork. You might find something you can’t live without or sign up for an interesting class to learn how to express your creative talent!
|Purchase a print of FAT CAT or SUNLIT for as little as $22.35.|
Last week, Sharon spent three days outdoors in a Debra Joyce Dawson workshop to enhance her plein air painting skills. Sharon has been painting en plein air since 2007 and encourages anyone who loves painting to give it a try.
What is plein air painting?
En plein air is a French term for painting outdoors. Translated literally it means: “in the open air”. Plein air painting came out of the French Impressionists period in the late 19th century, and has endured in America until today.
Sharon states, “The idea for plein air is to do a quick painting outdoors, then use it as a reference for a larger work in studio.” Wind Swept is an example of a painting created from a plein air piece.
Steps for Creating a Plein Air Painting
- Begin by drawing a value sketch of your chosen scene in pencil or black marker limiting your values to 2 or 3.
- Transfer drawing to canvas and mass in the drawing with a large brush using middle values.
TIP: Be sure to use lighter values than the scene appears.
- Cover the surface as quickly as you can with these middle values.
- Once canvas is covered begin pushing and pulling colors and values, adjusting as you go, till finished.
At the Plein Air Workshop
View Sharon’s plein air portfolio.
|Contact Sharon for more information about purchasing a plein air painting from her portfolio.|
This month, Sharon Weaver has two country themed paintings on display at Henne’s Drafting and Art Supply. Stop by Henne’s store at 110 W. Third in Mansfield, Ohio before the end of May to view them.
Country Paintings Available at Henne’s
Old Hunter – 16 x 10 – Oil is available for $550 USD.
Maria – 11 X 14 – Oil is available for $200 USD.
View more country themed paintings in Sharon’s Studio Work portfolio.
|Email Henne for Purchase Information.|