Entries by Rene Eisenbart

MAKING A PORTABLE EASEL

Outside a foot of ice is melting into rain — a good time to think about warm days ahead! I’m starting to pack for Hawaii while also preparing to meet with my Croatia group on Monday. I always take my painting easel on the go. When you’re traveling around or painting plein air, it’s handy to have a light-weight […]

DRAWING IS A PRACTICE

While it may come more easily for some than others, drawing is something to form a habit of. The benefit is in the doing! Drawing is a learned skill, and just like swimming or playing the violin, the more you do it the more comfortable you’ll be. Beginning artists either feel like they have a […]

ESCAPE TO THE SUN

I’ve been enjoying the snow we’ve had this year… but hey, enough is enough! Fortunately it will soon be time to head to Hawaii and get a sun fix at our Kauai Retreat, February 3-15. Getting off the plane the tropical air envelopes you! Before leaving the airport, slip on a pair of shorts and flip flops. OK, I admit […]

TEACH TO LEARN

  When it comes to growing as an artist, I have an unfair advantage — I teach Teaching in Hawaii Some years ago, I noticed that many of the very successful artists who come to Oregon to jury and speak at Watercolor Society of Oregon (WSO) conventions are also very good teachers. I believe this is […]

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

My collage portrait was awarded 1st place at Oregon Society of Artist’s 200 for under $200 show by juror Paul Trapp, along with a very generous prize. It is such a fine honor, as the gallery is filled with beautiful artwork! Some of it no doubt took many loving hours to make. With a different juror or perhaps even on […]

WHEN LESS IS MORE

The concept of ambiguity has been resonating with me for some time — the idea that telling the whole story in a painting can be, well, boring, while omitting parts of it is intriguing. Ambiguity is engaging. It invites viewer participation as we work to fill in the blanks. My visuals editor at the Oregonian, Michelle Wise, […]