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Studio Snapshot – Start Of A Newly Commissioned Vessel

I just received a commission for a new type of vessel. Up until now I’ve been making Earth Spirit Vessels. Now a friend wants me to make a vessel to celebrate the marriage of a couple of her friends. I love the idea, but what should I call this new type of vessel?

Combining the colors blue, teal and silver for paste papers for a newly commissioned vessel.

Combining the colors blue, teal and silver for paste papers for a newly commissioned vessel.

Is it a Matrimonial Spirit Vessel or a Commitment Spirit Vessel or is there a better name for this new type of vessel? The colors chosen are blue, teal and silver. The next decision is what color or colors to combine with the paste paper. I’m thinking of a white or off white.

This is what I've been working on this past week, making, cutting & folding paste paper for a new vessel.

This is what I’ve been working on this past week, making, cutting & folding paste paper for a new vessel.

So, I’m looking for a name for this type of Spirit Vessel. It will still have calligraphy quotes and words inside some of the folded pieces. I will be receiving them tomorrow. Please weigh in on whether you think it should be called a Matrimonial Spirit Vessel or a Commitment Spirit Vessel or some other name.

Many thanks, Candy

Play the Game!

Grand Theft Auto gets patriotic

Fashioning a politics that learns from and draws upon the popular attraction of video games means considering more than just end goals. Universal health care, free education, or a more equitable economy are worthy objectives. But we also have to give serious consideration to how we reach these targets—that is: how we do politics. We need to rethink progressive politics in terms of the quality of our gameplay. Perhaps one of the reasons progressive are not winning much these days is that lately our game isn’t much fun to play.

In the interests of efficacy, a great deal of politics in recent years has been professionalized. Experts devise policies, lobbyists make the case to politicians, politicians fight for legislation, and lawyers file lawsuits in the courts to either enforce or overturn regulations. On the level of pure results it is a strategy that has worked well for progressives: much of the tangible progress in working conditions, protecting the environment, and attaining civil rights for women, minorities, and, to a lesser extent, gays has come from this professional model of political change. Think, for example, of the lawyer-driven landmark ruling of Brown v. Board of Education in 1954 that desegregated schools, or the environmental litigation and policies of the early 1970s that paved the way for the Environmental Protection Agency. But this strategy has a cost: it has made the game of politics a bore. It has separated the ends—life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all citizens— from the means: an insider’s game of reports, briefs, and bills. It has taken the game away from the very people for whom it is ostensibly being played.

The intense pleasure gamers get out of playing video games suggest that if a game offers power, excitement, and the room to explore, people will play evening after evening after evening, almost regardless of the results. Perhaps the problem is not that people don’t want to get involved in politics, but rather that they don’t want to take part in a professionalized politics so interested in efficiency that there is no space for them, or they don’t want to spend time in a political world so cramped that there’s no freedom to explore and discover, to know or master. People don’t get involved in politics because the process, both figuratively and literally, does not involve them.

Making radical politics into a game that demands participation, allows for “players” autonomy, and is, above all, fun, is, perhaps ironically, exactly what is necessary to take winning seriously.

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Capturing Light in your Paintings

Sunset at Panther Meadows, Mt. Shasta

The smoke from the fires in Northern California is extreme. At times you can see only a mile ahead and it has made it difficult to feel inspired to paint outdoors. The dense smoke and ash falling from the sky constantly reminds me the losses others are suffering during this summer of great drought and fires.

During the last few nights, the smoke lifted allowing me to steal away with my new Strada Pochade box to paint on the slopes of Mt Shasta. The smoke in the atmosphere blends with the light of the setting sun creating a beautiful “alpine glow” lighting effect on Mt Shasta, making the light seem even more spectacular than usual. The smoke adds a subtle color to the atmosphere and it is this pollution that we see in the paintings of Albert Bierstadt and Frederic Church. Not only did these early artists live in a time of great wildfires on the plains, they also had the resulting pollution generated from occasional volcanic eruptions.

It has been my experience that the best time to paint is in the morning and evening. The angle of the sun at these times of day creates the best shadows and interesting light patterns. Painting in the evening is my favorite time to paint on location. The light travels slower and the colors are more vivid than any other time of day. I have extra time to think of a concept, set the stage with a sketch, and mix colors before I begin painting the subject. This first 10 minutes of preparation before painting is critical and mandatory. I encourage students in my plein air workshops to take even more time before sketching their composition. Light, as I explain in my You Tube videos and at my Plein Air Workshops, is essential when creating a stunning painting. In fact, a painting without the effect of light will be a painting of things – a rock, a tree, a mountain, etc. Great artists don’t paint things, they paint the effects of the light and how it illuminates things to make a stunning, eye-catching painting.

I had the good fortune of witnessing the sun setting from my studio window at The Grand View Ranch and saw an awesome lighting effect generated by the light filtering through the smoke from the fires in Northern California. I knew that if the smoke cleared, the colors of the sky the following evening would be amazing. I am always looking for stunning locations with good lighting to share with students when they attend my painting workshops in Mt. Shasta. One location that I have been looking forward to exploring for years is called Panther Meadows. This place is considered sacred by many people around the world, and I am amazed by the number of people who travel here to see Mt. Shasta and to learn the secrets of painting on location.

These are a few pointers that we talk about during the workshop:
Begin by painting footnotes where the light and dark patterns are.
Squint! Squinting softens your focus to see value and not color.
Paint the shadows patterns first because they will change rapidly outdoors. Link the shadows together to simplify the pattern.
Establish the main color of the light source.
Establish the main color of the shadow of the distant value.
Look for the lightest light and the darkest dark and see if you can increase the contrast to create strong contrast and excitement in your painting.
Determine the central focal point and limit your central focal point to one strong idea somewhere in the middle of the painting.
Make sure your first color note is accurate and compare every additional color note to that.

Tragically this summer wildfires have burned many locations in the west; however there is a silver lining for the artist. The effects generated by the smoke-filtered light can produce stunning effects in your paintings. So, go out and paint. And if you need some additional motivation, attend my workshop in October in Mount Shasta. The information is located under Workshops on my website at

(Note: The Strada outdoor pochade box is fantastic! It is sturdy and strong with very little shaking and rattling like my Open Box M. It is easy to set up and to clean. Strada has made a modern quality box that fixes issues that I have had with Plein Air Boxes made with wood, springs and screws.)


Plein air and alla prima artist Stefan Baumann, host of the PBS painting series “The Grand View, America’s National Park through the eyes of an artist” and author of “Observations Of Art and Nature,” travels in his vintage travel trailer painting America’s western landscape. Baumann paints outdoors with oils and canvas capturing stunning vistas, wildlife, western landscapes, National Parks and still life, thrilling art collectors throughout the world. He has many international collectors acquiring his paintings as investments. His painting style is called Romantic Realism with Luminism, and the extraordinary way he captures the effect of light is a truly American style used to paint the Western landscape. He can be seen plein air painting in Yellowstone, Yosemite and in the Grand Canyon. Baumann’s “how to paint” DVDs filmed on location in the National Parks are the very best on the market.

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Ashland Gallery Association September Exhibits

Ashland Gallery Association September Exhibits

Celebrate Ashland’s Visual Arts during the AGA First Friday Art Walk, September 4th, from 5 to 8 pm!

Stroll the galleries in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District. Enjoy this year-round free community event, filled with spectacular artwork, live music, artist demonstrations, refreshments and conversation with other art enthusiasts!

Pick up a Gallery Tour Map at any member gallery, the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, or download off of our website. For more information about all of the exhibits visit:

Pick up the complimentary Ashland Gallery Guide in member galleries or view online!

For more information, please contact:

Kim Olson

[email protected]


Ashland Gallery Association September Spotlight Exhibits


Linda Lamore, Endless Possibilities, Original Oil Paintings



Nimbus will be featuring the abstract paintings of Linda Lamore for the month of September. Please join us September 4th, for Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk from 5-8 p.m. to meet the artist and enjoy an evening out on the town with other art lovers.

“There are many dimensions to art; it can inspire, anger, thrill, or calm the soul. Hopefully it communicates something, whether it is on an emotional level or on an intellectual level. With my paintings I hope to elicit a positive emotional response that transports you to another place. This group of paintings represents an assortment of my styles within the refracted series. Represented here are multi-media pieces, abstracted scenic pieces and nonobjective abstract pieces.”

Born in Los Angeles California, Linda Lamore began painting at the age of eleven. Early influences were her mother, an artist, and her father, an architect, whose passion for the Bauhaus style and Modern Art inspired her love of abstraction. “Painting has always been something I just had to do, a need, a compulsion.”  She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from San Diego State University in 1995, where she majored in painting and minored in sculpture. She went on to receive her teaching credential and taught art, 3-D design and ceramics for six years. Her longing to produce art fulltime, and a desire to slow down and feel connected to a community, led her to Ashland, Oregon.

JEGA Gallery and Sculpture Garden

Sensuous Stone Sculpture

Featuring J. Ellen Austin & Dawn Ferrari

Sensuous Stone Sculpture featured at the JEGA Gallery

Sensuous Stone Sculpture featured at the JEGA Gallery

Sensuous Stone Sculpture featured by J. Ellen Austin and Dawn Ferrari.  Live music during Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk from 5pm-8pm.  JEGA celebrates Art created by: Jason Bueter, Photography and Metal Garden Art; Chris Dworin, Ceramic Sculpture; Dawn Ferrari, Stone Sculptures; Tej Steiner, Ceramic Sculpture; Lucious M. Upshaw, limited edition Bronze Sculptures; Daniel Verner, Acrylic Paintings; Ingo Wedde, Outdoor Metal Sculpture;J. Ellen Austin, Stone, Bronze and multi media Sculpture.

Northwest Indian Spirit Mother, a sensuous stone sculpture created by artist Dawn Ferrari, Colorado Alabaster, featured at the JEGA Gallery in Ashland, Oregon. The JEGA Gallery and Sculpture Garden is situated in an Art triplex designed and built by resident sculptor J. Ellen Austin where artists live above and work below.  As it is artist owned, JEGA is a little unusual, and bypasses the traditional gallery set up and mark up!  JEGA encourages, people to allow Art and open up to how they themselves can contribute to making this a better world!

As a working art studio the monthly exhibits include a bodacious mix of visual and contemporary art from talented artists in our Rogue Valley and beyond! Please inquire about our limited inventory of sculpture tools, raw stone, including imported marble, alabaster, and soapstone.

The JEGA Gallery & Sculpture Garden, Inc., 625 A Street Art Triplex nestled in Ashland’s Historic RR District on the corner of 5th Street & A Street.  As a working art studio, JEGA’s exhibits include a bodacious mix of visual and contemporary art.

YIELDING WAY, Michael Green, pigmented ink print with embellishments

YIELDING WAY, Michael Green, pigmented ink print with embellishments

Houston’s Custom Framing and Fine Art

Into the Mystic

The works of husband and wife artists Michael and Saliha Green bring the poetry of the mystical to life. Michael Green’s work is featured in The Illuminated Rumi, and brings forward the timeless nature of spirit as form.  More than two and a half million copies of Michael’s books including The Hobbit’s Journal, Welcome to the Planet Earth, Zen and the Art of the Macintosh, Unicornis, The Dragontooth, The Illuminated Prayer, and One Song are in print. Michael’s wife Saliha creates beautiful works that embody the richness of the Divine Feminine.  Her work has been featured in numerous fine art calendars featuring the poetry of Hafiz, translated by poet Daniel Ladinsky. Together, their works draw the viewer into a deeper place in the heart.

Ashland Art Center

Jane Sterling and Leslie Gibbons

Jane Sterling
SCULPTURE by Jane Sterling

SCULPTURE by Jane Sterling

“My sculptures and earrings are created from an internal sense of peace and balance. The feeling of the clay in my hands with the unknown discovery of what is created brings me to the present. I suppose they remind me of the silence and stillness that I sometimes need to remember. Clay is a process just like life. You never know what will come. The jewels and stones are used to bring interest and beauty.

“When I make my earrings I choose stones that I like and resonate to and I adorn my Sterling Beings with the same flavor of color.

“The kinesthetic Taurus nature in me loves to include the senses and to speak to the soul through art. While I have never taken an art class except in elementary school, the evolution of my sculptures has been effortless and satisfying for my creative nature. I like the dark chocolate and rich earth tones accented by gold leaf, pearls and whatever else attracts my eye.

“My true desire is for someone to feel the sacred in them and to be attracted to their own silence within. Many are sitting on people’s altars. They are there to remind us to let go into the stillness.”

Leslie Gibbons

“I have been creating mixed media Altars, Shrines and Mosaic mirrors for over 30 years; and have always been deeply drawn to and inspired by sacred art from around the world, specifically the shared journey of creativity and spiritual awakening found in all cultures since ancient times. I experience art making as a form of creative prayer that is medicine for the soul of the giver and the receiver. I am passionate, grateful, and honored to share my inspiration and journey with others! All of my artwork is original and hand crafted with deep love. Please enjoy!”

First Friday, September 4, 5:00 – 8:00 pm

As always, visitors will find galleries, open studios, art, and artists on all three floors of the Art Center. There will also be refreshments and live music provided by Phoenix Sigalove.

Download the September 2015 First Friday ArtWalk Map below!

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Second Annual Contemporary Mosaic Art Summit

Kate Kerrigan, Alpen Glow. Second Annual Contemporary Mosaic Arts Summit, Ashland, Oregon, October 1-4, 2015

The Second Annual Contemporary Mosaic Art Summit is coming to Ashland. Presentations, Workshops, Featured Speakers, mosaic salon and the Second Annual Mosaic Invitational exhibition at the Thorndike and Retzlaff Galleries will be held at SOU. Please read the post for more information Join us on First Friday Art Walk for a special artist reception on October 5, 5:00-8:00 PM. There will be wine and light refreshments and a chance to meet the artists.

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Artist Opportunities from the Art Deadlines List

many of these artist calls have very short deadlines! Read the post to find the opportunities that work for your art…

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Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation Benefit

Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation benefit evening, September 24, 2015 in Ashland, Oregon

Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation Visually Communicating Christ to Culture through Fine Art The Cosmos Room (formerly Applegate Room) at the Ashland Hills Hotel and Suites – the place to be! Thurs., Sept. 24th for the Masterpiece Benefit Evening Healing the Blind Man by Brian Jekel benefiting the programs and projects of Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation as it Visually Communicates Christ to Culture through Fine Art Gallery of Appetizers and Desserts, Art Exhibit, Silent auction, “Minis and More” Art Sale, Membership Launch and the newest updates of the proposed Magna Deo project 6:30 p.m. $30 per guest or $240 table host of 8 Buy Tickets online here until Sept. 16th or mail your check to MCFAF by Sept. 16th. 17575 Hwy 66. Ashland. OR. 97520 Ashland Hill Hotel and Suites 2525 Ashland St. (Hwy. 66) Ashland, Oregon. Just east of Hwy. 5 Questions: [email protected] or call 541-601-7496

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September Brings Abstraction to Art du Jour Gallery

Rondo in Color, painting by Millie Clarke

Rondo in Color, by Millie Clarke

Millie Clarke Millie Clarke, Featured Artist for September at Art du Jour Gallery, will show her new collection of vibrant acrylic abstract art. Clarke’s work has been described as “having wild spontaneity but with controlled esthetics”. She is noted for using colors in imaginative ways and in employing texture to add interest to her pieces. In her new collection, Clarke uses one foot by four feet canvases. The interspacing of straight bars over her creations provides the viewer with “windows” into the painting. These works may be hung vertically or horizontally.


The exhibit includes a large 30” x 40” work titled “Rondo in Color.” This piece is a fusion of paint-handling techniques which Clarke uses that includes scraping, scratching and wiping. The plane of a large painted area gains tension from her use of shaped and scratched smaller blocks of contrasting color.

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Flowers of Hope Artist Reception

Flowers of Hope breast cancer benefit art exhibition and artist reception, September 20, 2015 at South Stage Cellars, Jacksonville, Oregon

Check out the details for the 2015 Flowers of Hope art exhibition artist reception and more news from LightGarden Glass Art!

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Summer Sewing

Summer Sewing I have taken a little break from felting to focus on some summer sewing.  Summer is a great time to work on lightweight frocks and improve my sewing skills.  In May, I attended Diane Ericson’s Design Outside the Lines Retreat.  Sandy Ericson, Center for Pattern Design was her guest artist.  Sandy has a wealth […]

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