My Day Job

My Day Job:

I get to work with the most
amazing artists each day.

The Artist at the Studio at Living Opportunities may have disabilities, but all I see is the ability to enjoy the present. I see creativity and the ability to share love. I am a lucky person to get to share my time with these people.

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© Living Opportunities by Mieke Ryneal.

This month I would like to share about one of our most well-known artists: Mieke Ryneal. Mieke has been painting at the Studio at Living Opportunities for about 7 years. Everyday I watch Mieke paint in her own individual and unique style—all while happily listening and signing songs of joy on her iPod. Mieke’s ability to paint in a pointillism style is only rivaled by the masters of art history. As Mieke paints with her one-of-a-kind wooden tool she does not even touch the surface and her paint magically dances onto the canvas. It is a miracle to witness.

Working backward in time from December 2012;  I want to share with you some of her artwork. It takes Mieke three to four months at eight hours a week to complete a painting. Here is the current piece she is working on (with details) plus a couple of past pieces.

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FurnARTure to benefit The Studio at Living Opportunities of Medford, Oregon

On Sunday, October 2, 2011 from 2-5 pm at Bigham Knoll in Historic Jacksonville, OR. I will be donating a piece of furnARTure  to the Studio at Living Opportunities for auction.

One of my favorite local ways to volunteer is at The Studio for Living Opportunities. This year I will be donating a painted piece of furniture for the “FurnARTure Auction” My piece this year is a kitchen table painted to look like it is already set.

I procrastinated on this project all summer, but sometimes one just needs a little pressure to get things going. I had many ideas, but finally decided on the sketch below. I removed the legs from the table in order to actually move it. The table is solid wood and is quite heavy. Then I sanded and prepared the table for paint. Look below and you will see some of my process as I painted the table runner, plates and cups. I wanted the table setting to look real, but not be too literal so I used a gel medium to build up the paint and create a lot of texture. Most of the paint is house paint from Benjamin Moore left over from painting our home seven years ago. I also used some bright acrylics when needed.

The finished piece of furniture or in this case FurnARTture.

The perspective changes for each setting. In order for the person sitting at the table to not feel like their glass was tipping over, I decided this would be the most fun. The perspective also entices one to walk around the table and look at it from each view, making this piece of art interactive, and functional too.

Third Friday Art Walk in Medford, OR

Last Friday evening my table, along with other FurnArture, was on display at The Studio at 32 Central—across from the Ginger Roger Theater. It was such a joy to watch people walk through the door and say “wow” and walk over a feel the table. This table and most of my acrylic paintings are very textural. Part of the experience with my acrylic artwork is touching the piece and I want people to do that. My piece and the other FurnARTure will be on display at Terra Firma Home on Main in Medford until the auction at Bigham Knoll in Jacksonville on October 2, 2011.

If you are interested in bidding on this piece, you will need to attend the furARTure auction at Bigham Knoll in Jacksonville on October 2, 2011. Proceeds from this table will be donated to my favorite charity, The Studio at Living Opportunities here in Medford. If you would like to commission a painted piece of furniture, you can use my contact me tab on the top right of my web page.