Oil Painting Workshop in Bend, Orego

Posted by on Apr 8, 2013 in Workshops | 0 comments

Oil Painting Workshop in Bend, Orego

Reminder, there are only three spots remaining in my “Oil Painting Using Non-Toxic Materials” in Bend, Oregon on May 17-19 2013 class at the Atelier 6000.  We have a fun group forming, so call me at 503.559.2147 or contact me at www.barbarabassett.com if you can join us.   If you’d like, I can purchase all the materials for you so all you need to do is show up and have fun!

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Non Toxic oil painting workshop in Silverton, Oregon

Posted by on Aug 29, 2012 in Workshops | 0 comments

Non Toxic oil painting workshop in Silverton, Oregon

Mixin’ it up with juicy non-toxic oil paints! October 7-10, 2012 at the Oregon Garden Resort Discovering and Expanding your Ability to Visually Express Yourself  Can your creative self come out and play?  Workshops are a great way to nurture your spirit, increase your skills and ability, and enjoy a beautiful location at the same time.  Award-winning artist Barbara Bassett will guide both beginners and more experienced students to strengthen basic design, color, and composition skills. This fun, 2½  day workshop will begin with an informal discussion and overview on Sunday before dinner at The Oregon Garden, then two and a half days of projects designed to teach and reinforce each new skill you learn. We design our workshops to be hands-on and supportive of every student, regardless of prior training.  We meet you where you are and walk you though the next steps to learn how to paint using non-toxic materials.  You’ll learn proven techniques for capturing your own unique impressions of the world around you. Professional instructor and watercolorist Mary Marquiss will also be joining us to assist those of you who have a watercolor background adjust to this new medium (she’s great fun, and will also be learning to oil paint using this new medium!) Dates:  October 7-10, 2012 Sun.4:00 – 6:00 pm. Workshop overview at Oregon Garden Lounge (*dinner at Oregon Garden to follow) Mon. 9:00 – 4:00 pm Classroom learning and demonstrations  (*billiards and dinner at Mac’s Place) Tue.9:00 – 4:00 pm Classroom learning and demonstrations (*dinner at Creekside Restaurant) Wed.  9:00 –12:00  Bringing it all together – finish projects (*lunch at The Gathering Spot)  Registration: $275. (plus optional $50. materials fee as described below)   Deposit: $100, with balance due 30 days prior to beginning of workshop What you’ll learn: Overview of oil painting materials, supplies, tools, set up, surface preparation Composition, drawing, values, how to easily correct goofs (finally!)  “Mixin’ it up” with color theory and color temperature Edges, shadows, texture, positive and negative space, defining a light source Complete 3-4 projects Enjoy interesting and lively discussions about marketing, promoting your work, finding your own “visual voice” etc. Materials: OPTIONS  If you’d like to purchase and bring your own supplies, please contact me and I’ll send you a materials list. If you prefer to have me purchase and bring the materials, for an additional $50 I will bring an easel, paint brushes, palette box and mixing surface, 3 primed canvas, painting medium, non-toxic brush cleaner, oil paints, paper towels and nitrile gloves for your use.   *optional meals and events not included in registration fee.  We will be happy to make reservations!  We encourage restaurants to provide separate checks, but sometimes group dinners are easier if cash is used....

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Power of Persistence: Artist finds reaching out has rewards

Posted by on May 2, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Power of Persistence: Artist finds reaching out has rewards

 article by Brenna Weigand Power of persistence: Artist finds reaching out has rewards May 2012 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, People By Brenna Wiegand “The Starving Artist” – a familiar term (often applied by artists to themselves) depicting the dire straits of one who devotes his or her life to pursuing this passion – at the expense of nearly all else. The multi-faceted approach of local painter Barbara Bassett, however, just might earn her a piece of the proverbial pie. She says what is done away from the easel is nearly as important as what comes off it. Bassett’s applied theory and persistence – even in the face of major family upsets – was affirmed, she said, through a recent series of events that haven’t ended yet. The organizers of this year’s Silverton’s Wine & Jazz Festival selected Bassett’s “Smokin’ Jazz” painting for this year’s poster publicizing the May 19 event. “It was my attempt to communicate the benefits to the community in that we have great wineries here and great music, too,” she said. “I wanted it to have a sense of vibrancy and action and fun.” Bassett’s landscape “Peaceful Path” won top prize at the Salem Mayor’s Art Gala in February and her painting becomes a permanent part of Keizer Civic Center’s art collection. Silverton Wine & Jazz Fest Saturday, May 19, noon to 9 p.m. Town Square Park and other downtown Silverton venues Bassett’s painting selected as the event’s poster image will be on display and up for bid at a silent auction.For a schedule including the jazz artists, venues, and wineries, visit www.silvertonwineandjazz.com or call 503-873-5615 The painting is near and dear to Bassett, for it is in keeping with her father’s visions before he passed away. He was a farmer, she said, who loved nothing more than to look upon and cherish the land. It was a comfort for him to recall such pastoral vistas, which he shared with his daughter, who translated them into a painted ode to his life. Portland’s Attic Gallery has again accepted her work after Bassett’s three-year hiatus caring for ailing parents. The trade at smaller galleries such as Lunaria Gallery in Silverton, of which Bassett is a member, tends toward prints, cards – less expensive ways to own and share art. Therefore, she works to get her larger pieces into the larger galleries, too. Being a perennially optimistic person doesn’t hurt, but being well schooled in the arts of marketing and communications has proven a big plus to the artist, who once managed the Utah State Bar Association and was later a senior partner for an international consulting firm in the health care industry. To her, the writing is on the wall: An online presence is key. She’s been learning to leverage “social media,” an outcropping of the World Wide Web and now has a facebook page, a new website and is improving her photography skills. “Artists need to be able to market their own work,” Bassett said. “(Through the internet) your art gets out there – and gallery owners are looking. Once they see you and know that you know how to cross-promote, you become more attractive to them.” The internet provides a platform, she said, for how-to videos and blogs that make possible a personal...

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$75 AWARD CERTIFICATE FOR CORRECT ANSWER TO UPCOMING ONLINE CONTEST!

Posted by on Mar 22, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

$75 AWARD CERTIFICATE FOR CORRECT ANSWER TO UPCOMING ONLINE CONTEST!

Ok, another art contest coming up sometime within the next week and a chance to win a $75. certificate toward the purchase of one of my oil paintings! Only two criteria to enter. You just need to “like” my Facebook page “Barbara Bassett Art”  and not be a previous winner this calendar year. So get ready to be the first to answer a question posted on Facebook (tick, tick, tick). You can either use this award by letting me know when you’d like to come to my art studio, or bring it to my upcoming show at Lunaria Gallery in Silverton beginning April 6th. I’ll also be posting some of my current work on my website sometime next week. Now back to the studio to finish up a few more...

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Barbara Bassett prepares for upcoming exhibit “Nature Inspired” at Lunaria Gallery

Posted by on Mar 12, 2012 in Awards/Media | 0 comments

Barbara Bassett prepares for upcoming exhibit “Nature Inspired” at Lunaria Gallery

Just a quick update to let you know I’m preparing for a fun show with my good friend Helen Wiens.  Helen’s jewelry, with sinuous lines and organic designs, has an Art Nouveau quality.  My new oil paintings  in the theme of “Nature Inspired” will reflect various elements of nature.  This will include peaceful landscapes, waves crashing on the Oregon coast, to adding to the ongoing nest series that suggests symbolism of life stages.  And just for fun I’ll also be including paintings of some of the feathery birds from outside my window.  Hope you can join us for the exhibit opening on April 6, 2012 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.  It’s part of the First Friday festivities in downtown Silverton, so hope to see you...

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Mayor’s Invitational First Place Winner – Barbara Bassett Fine Art

Posted by on Feb 14, 2012 in Awards/Media | 1 comment

Mayor’s Invitational First Place Winner – Barbara Bassett Fine Art

  Barbara Bassett was announced as the winner of the Mayor’s Invitational juried competition and the artwork will become part of the permanent collection at the Keizer Civic Center.     For Art Gala winner, good luck came in threes Written by Jason Cox Community, Top StoriesFeb 15, 2012 Photo by Brian Rennick By Jason Cox Of the Keizertimes Winning the top prize at the Mayor’s Art Gala couldn’t have come at a better time for Barbara Bassett. The Silverton-based artist’s “Peaceful Path,” a landscape oil painting, won first prize at the Mayor’s Art Gala Saturday night at the Keizer Civic Center. The painting was purchased for the building using private dollars and becomes a permanent part of the city of Keizer’s art collection. “Love the size and color with the Community Center interiors, and I like landscapes in public places very much,” Christopher said about the winning work. For Bassett, the prize money was part of a good-things-come-in-threes personal miracle, allowing her to travel to Boston for her adult daughter’s heart surgery. “Artists are always struggling for money,” Bassett said. “It’s not a real lucrative field. I was almost on my knees, saying I need to make something happen here. Within a week I won this contest, another piece sold and I had someone who had heard about my work and wanted to commission a piece.” Art itself is almost as personal as family health – so much so that she had never entered a juried contest before the Mayor’s Invitational.  “Peaceful Path” held even more meaning – it was depicting the same kind of landscape her late father loved to gaze upon. “He was a farmer and loved to look at the land,” she said. “He would just look at the group of trees, the texture of the grasses. It just made him feel so peaceful.” Art has become Bassett’s third career. She managed the Utah State Bar Association and later worked for an international consulting firm. Art took a back seat while she was caring for ailing parents. Now she has jumped into the art scene in a big way, painting regularly and owning a membership stake in the Lunaria Gallery in Silverton. But this was the first time she’d put up work for judgment. “It was actually kind of uncomfortable, especially with a piece that means so much to me,” she said. “It puts your heart and soul on canvas,and tells a lot about who you are and what matters to you” she said. The painting depicts what she calls a “quintessential northwest (scene) with trees and water just moving through the land as we often see here.” Among her accomplishments is a stint studying at the Etruscan Art School in Italy. And although the idea of studying art in Italy sounds serene, it was anything but. “It was fascinating to go to the museums and paint, but they had these rains every single day,” she said. “And the class was about plein air (outdoor) painting. We were literally out there with easels blowing over and rain hitting our palettes. You just had to keep going … You realize there’s a lot of hard work that goes into painting.” This is the third year of the art gala, which Christopher said benefits the community via exposure...

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