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Dawn Chandler's Studio Art Notes ~ August 2016
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Evening Homecoming, oil painting on linen by artist Dawn Chandler
My Mind Clears with the Blessing of Clouds, oil and mixed media on canvas, 24" x 48"
summertime greetings


In summer, the song itself sings.
~ William Carlos Williams


Sitting here in my studio listening to distant thunder, my mind reflects on the seasons of New Mexico.
March and April here mean wind. May and June mean heat and fire. July, though?
Ahhhh glorious July . . . . The season of rain. The season when—through some kind of meteorological sorcery—the morning heat becomes overshadowed by afternoon white-crested and purple-grey bellied thunder clouds. After hours of churning and rumbling, these spectacular colossi release an intensely cooling, fragrant, dust-settling, spirit-lifting downpour.

And yet at my home in July?
Hardly a drop.

August—thankfully—holds great promise, as my
fingers and toes cramp from crossing them in hopes of conjuring the return of our monsoonal rains.
Seems its working, for a gorgeous rain pelted my roof last night, and I awoke this morning to blessed clouds.

May you, too, be—have been—blessed this season.

And Thanks
.
 
Santa Fe Sunrise, 2 August 2016 - photo by Dawn Chandler
of connection . . . .
Rayado Summer Valley View (Philmont),oil landscape painting by Santa Fe artist Dawn Chandler
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Rayado Summer Valley View (Philmont)
oil on panel, 10" x 8"
of seasons . . . .

Speaking of seasonal obsessions, winter this year brought me a new one: Making pilgrimages to New Mexico's Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge to witness the dazzling light and color of winter sunrises and sunsets, and the spectacular phenomenon of hundreds—thousands!—of snowgeese and sandhill cranes who winter there, falling into their boisterous morning and evening formations.


Read more about my Bosque infatuation here.
Finding Ourselves in Winter, mixed media textual landscape painting by Santa Fe artist Dawn Chandler
Bosque del Apache Sunrise, I, oil landscape painting by Santa Fe artist Dawn Chandler
Bosque del Apache - Water Leads to Mountainsoil landscape painting by Santa Fe artist Dawn Chandler
Clockwise from top: Finding Ourselves in Winter, mixed media on panel, 6" x 12"; Bosque Water Leads to Mountains, oil on panel, 12" x 24"; Bosque Sunrise, I, oil on panel, 12" x 24".
Spring found me dividing my painting between en plein air time (often from the seat of my car) and studio time, focusing on my ever-expanding "textual landscapes" series.

View many more of my traditional landscapes here and more of my textual landscapes here.
Morning Across the Galisteo Basin plein air oil landscape painting by Santa Fe artist Dawn Chandler
Passing Through Velarde on the Way to Taos plein air oil landscape painting by Santa Fe artist Dawn Chandler
Walking Captures and Releases My Mind, oil and mixed media textual landscape painting by Santa Fe artist Dawn Chandler
Clockwise from top left: Morning Across the Galisteo Basin, Santa Fe, oil on panel, 8" x 10"; Passing Through Velarde on the Way to Taos, oil on panel, 8" x 10"; Walking Captures and Releases My Mind, mixed media on canvas, 24" x 48".
While summer has brought a renewed appreciation for sketching and drawing.
Clockwise from top: Along Santa Fe's Rail Trail, Looking North; Santa Fe Baldy from the Fenceline Overlook; Slydog's Backyard, Hinesburg, Vermont.
check it out

In Oregon, Montana, Wisconsin or Vermont in coming weeks? I'm delighted to have some of my recent textual landscape paintings on display at the following venues
 
Nothing Is Harsh, mixed media textual landscape painting by Santa Fe artist Dawn Chandler
OREGON

Sediments, Sequences and Solitude
World Forestry Center
4033 SW Canyon Road
Portland

Through 24 September, 2016
I Find Myself Looking at the VIstas, oil and mixed media textual landscape painting by Santa Fe artist Dawn Chandler




MONTANA

The Changing Moment
Radius Gallery
114 East Main Street
Missoula

Through 16 September, 2016
As They Soar, mixed media textual landscape painting by Santa Fe artist Dawn Chandler

VERMONT

West Branch Gallery
17 Town Farm Lane
Stowe
The Quietness, oil and mixed media textual landscape painting by Santa Fe artist Dawn Chandler




WISCONSIN

Cappaert Contemporary Gallery
7901 State Hwy 42
Egg Harbor

Through October 2016


 
Above, from the top: Nothing is Harsh, mixed media, 10" x 20"; I Find Myself Looking at the Vistas, mixed media, 8" x 8"; As They Soar, mixed media, 6" x 10"; The Quietness, mixed media, 6" x 6"
did you know?

Sift through the paintings on my website—or even here in this newsletter—and you'll notice among the listing of mediums the term "mixed media." What exactly is that?

The word "medium” in Art means the substance an artist uses to make art; "mediums" or “media” are the plural.

So, when I paint a straightforward landscape in oil on canvas, the medium is oil paint. In my sketches above, my medium is ink.
If I combine two or more different media, then essentially I am working in mixed-media. My textual landscapes are mixed-media as they usually comprise several of the following mediums: paper and glue (collage), acrylic paint, ink, oil paint, graphite (pencil), and oil sticks (special “crayons” made from thick and dense oil paint) and sometimes other stuff, too.
Santa Fe artist Dawn Chandler working with mixed media to create her textual landscape paintings
The first step in my mixed media process when making my textual landscapes is to glue papers printed with text to the panel. Next—as pictured here—I apply layers of acrylic paint. Note the completed paintings on the wall and leaning behind me have been finished with oil paint, as this one will be. Scroll down to see the finished painting Bosque Bird Song.
Creating with mixed-media is hardly new. Anytime someone scribed on paper with a quill pen and then added a highlight of watercolor, or pasted a valentine in a scrapbook and then wrote a besotted caption beside it was essentially creating with mixed-media.
A page from a 19th Century herbarium


Left, 19th-century French herbarium of dried plants collected from
Constantinople, Trabzon, Lebannon, Palestine, Rhodes, Jerusalem, Switzerland, Greece, Newfoundland, Greenland - See more at: https://en.expertissim.com/herbarium-19th-century-12184739#sthash.WzhMfPsn.d
Constantinople, Trabzon, Lebannon, Palestine, Rhodes, Jerusalem, Switzerland, Greece, Newfoundland, Greenland - See more at: https://en.expertissim.com/herbarium-19th-century-12184739#sthash.SeTY2ylS.dpuf
Constantinople, Trabzon, Lebannon, Palestine, Rhodes, Jerusalem, Switzerland, etc, ink; below, Album of Tournaments and Parades in Nuremburg, c.16th-17th century, pen & ink, watercolor, gold and silver washes on paper bound on tooled letter [= mixed media], on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC.
A page from the Album of Tournaments and Parades in Nuremberg from the 16th and 17th centuries.
Still Life with Chair Caning by Pablo Picasso
Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso though are largely credited with bringing the notion of mixed media painting to the attention of western art culture when—c.1912—they rather brilliantly experimented with pasting oil-cloth and papers pre-printed with patterns onto their canvases, and then adding paint.
 
Above, Still Life with Chair Caning, by Papblo Picasso, c. 1912, oil on oil cloth over canvas edged with rope, Musee Picasso; below, Still Life with A Guitar, by Georges Braque, c. 1919, charcoal, collage, oil, canvas.
Still Life with a Guitar by Georges Braque
With a few simple snips of the scissors and dabs of glue and paint, Braque and Picasson utterly revolutionized fine art painting.

Indeed, dare I say each was a medium for change in the world of painted picture-making?


medium (n.)
    1580s, "a middle ground, quality, or degree," from Latin medium "the middle, midst, center; interval," noun use of neuter of adjective medius (see medial (adj.)). Meaning "intermediate agency, channel of communication" is from c. 1600. That of "person who conveys spiritual messages" first recorded 1853, from notion of "substance through which something is conveyed." Artistic sense (oil, watercolors, etc.) is from 1854. Happy medium is the "golden mean," Horace's aurea mediocritas.
From Etymonline.
Bosque Birdsong, oil and mixed media textual landscape painting by Santa Fe artist Dawn Chandler
Bosque Bird Song, mixed media on panel, 6" x 12"
of winning . . . .
March View from Taos Mesa plein air oil landscape painting by Santa Fe artist Dawn Chandler

Congratulations to Courtney Tucker of Taos, New Mexico for entering the most recent Wee Little Contest and having her name drawn out of The Esteemed Pith Helmet by the fierce teeth of Wilson to win this sweet little painting. Brava!
 
Sunset Light on Glorietta Mesa, plein air oil landscape painting by Santa Fe artist Dawn Chandler
And . . .

Congratulations to Jim Swain of Quakertown, Pennsylvania for entering the
Wee Little Contest at least once in 2015 and having his name drawn out of The Esteemed Pith Helmet by the ferocious teeth of Wilson to win the much-covetted not-so-wee annual painting! Hooray!
Above, top, March View from Taos Mesa, oil on panel, en plein air, 5" x 7"; below, Sunset Light on Glorietta Mesa, oil on panel, en plein air, 8" x 10"
of contemplation
 
August rushes by like desert rainfall,
A flood of frenzied upheaval,
Expected,
But still catching me unprepared.
Like a matchflame
Bursting on the scene,
Heat and haze of crimson sunsets.
Like a dream
Of moon and dark barely recalled,
A moment,
Shadows caught in a blink.
Like a quick kiss;
One wishes for more
But it suddenly turns to leave,
Dragging summer away.

~ Elizabeth Maua Taylor

 
As in the bread and wine, so it is with me.
Within all forms is locked a record of the past
And a promise of the future.
I ask that you lay your blessings upon me, Ancient Ones,
That this season of waning light
And increasing darkness may not be heavy.
So Mote It Be!


~ Fallie, Lammas Ritual
random wilson pic

just 'cause she's cool . . .
Wilson, the World's Best Pup
NO, I haven't been digging — why do you ask?
Gratitude Hearts created with L O V E and G R A T I T U D E by artist Dawn Chandler
grat·i·tude


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Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 2

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