Carolyn Marcpherson with a work in progress, watercolor on Yupo, Painting Seaside LIVE ™ episode at Fairweather’s.

 

“I have worked my way through many trends, painting styles, and media because I am a restless person. Never satisfied with status quo, I love experimentation and teaching, which I find keeps my mind open to different ways of viewing the world.”  — Carolyn Macpherson

Q: What is  YUPO®  paper, you ask?

A: Yupo is a compelling and unique alternative to traditional art papers.  Watercolor professionals have found Yupo to be receptive to a variety of aqueous techniques.  Yupo is pH-neutral, flawlessly smooth, and recyclable. Painting on  Yupo is different from regular watercolor or drawing paper; it is a very exciting substrate for more advanced and experimental artists.  It is a space age machine-made material made from birch paper bark.

 

Inspired by a ninth grade teacher, Carolyn Macpherson has been painting in various media ever since. As a self-taught oil painter, she readily sold her art, but wished for the training that would give her more confidence. Upon graduation from Lewis & Clark, she was hired by the local community college to teach evening art classes.  She was also active in the Washington State Arts Commission and directed the SW Washington Arts Festival.

 

Thanks to an accident created by her cat spilling pre-mixed watercolors on her paper, she adopted a highly concentrated style of painting where the rich dark backgrounds of still life and florals popped off the paper. Workshops featuring this dynamic technique became a regular part of her teaching schedule. Numerous awards and accolades followed, including publications in the American Artist magazine and the book, “How Did You Paint That?”

 

Carolyn served as an interpretive host at Smith Rock State Park in Oregon, setting up her easel and using art to explain the region’s geology. She was commissioned to illustrate all of the interpretative displays at the Visitor’s Center, as well as the signage for the park’s hiking trails and botanical gardens.

 

 

 

Carolyn Macpherson painted LIVE during the March 2 Seaside First Saturday Art Walk at Faiwweather’s.

 

Indeed, Carolyn Macpherson painted several works of art during the Seaside First Saturday Art Walk at Fairweather’s on March 2.

 

Carolyn Macpherson  offered an artist talk about painting with yupo (birch bark paper) during the opening reception of ‘March’, an exhibition on display at Fairweather’s through March 28.

 

Save the date and time.

NEXT Painting Seaside LIVE ™ episode by Carolyn Macpherson, watercolor on yupo paper demonstration is April 6, 5-7:pm at Fairweather’s. 

Celebrating 15 years in 2019, Seaside First Saturday Art Walk is free and open to the public.

Art Walk is  about seeing art in the galleries and businesses located between Holladay Drive and Broadway Street in the historic district of downtown Seaside.

Visitors meet artists, snag appetizers by favorite restaurants or personal chefs, view painting demonstrations, listen to artists talks and enjoy live performances in music.

Seaside First Saturday Art Walk

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway

Seaside, Oregon

For more info about the Art Walk events, please visit www.facebook.com/SeasideFirstSaturdayArtWalk

 

Q: What is a Painting Seaside LIVE ™ episode, you ask?

A: Fariweather House and Gallery has had the privilege to offer painting demonstrations, titled Painting Seaside LIVE ™ during most of the Seaside First Saturday Art Walks. Resident artists have been very generous, as it is a compliment to be asked, and they always immediately respond with an enthusiastic, “yes” when asked to perform a painting episode.

 

“Painting is a passion. The Painting Seaside LIVE ™ process gives the artists the chance to share this passion with the onlookers. Artists enjoy the opportunity being authentic in what they are experiencing. Surely, the LIVE episodes, sponsored by Fairweather House and Gallery, are, truly, one of the ways that artists “live the process” and help patrons grow to appreciate art, as well.” D. Fairweather, gallerist.

 

To read more about the gallery and view the artist’s work , please go to http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com

 

Grace note from the artist, as told by a friend..

“After she picked herself up off the floor in wonder, Carolyn said she is honored and so appreciative of the blog article!  Loved it!  Carolyn is excited about the Art Walk Saturday.”  Kathy Rohrer