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Here’s my brand new painting, “Dendritic Crystalization” for the…

Here’s my brand new painting, “Dendritic Crystalization” for the show Strange Paradise, opening June 2nd at Axis Gallery in Seattle’s Pioneer Square.

If you’re interested in this piece, or would like an exclusive preview of my work before the opening, email me at [email protected]

Plein Air Painting – Golden Gate National Park – Stefan Baumann The Grand View

In this video we travel with PBS, Plein Air Painter Stefan Baumann as he ventures into Golden Gate National Part and discovers a secluded place to paint in oils. Baumann host of The Grand View, Americas National Parks Through the Eyes of and artist, Inspires Millions to paint outdoors. To get a free book on painting go to The paintings of Stefan Baumann reveal the true spirit of nature by transporting the viewer to distant lands that have gone unseen and undisturbed. With the huge success of Baumann’s weekly PBS television series “The Grand View: America’s National Parks through the Eyes of an Artist,” millions of people witness for themselves the magic Stefan portrays on canvas, his passion for nature and the American landscape. By distilling his love of nature into a luminous painting of brilliant, saturated color that transcends conventional landscape and wildlife art, Baumann has captured the hearts and imaginations of a generation. Each painting becomes an experience rather than merely a picture – a vivid manifestation of his special and personal union with nature and the outdoor world. Through his mastery of light, color and artful composition, Baumann invites you to experience nature in its purity. It is no wonder that for many years distinguished American collectors, including former presidents and financial icons, have sought out his work.

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I feel like a raindrop…


Hope whispered my name,




Light danced through the glass.




I'd go to the corners of the earth for you.




Live your dance,




tread gently but strong…




and love the moments




of this day.


Announcements from Light Garden Glass Art

For anyone I told we were having a yard sale this weekend, I have cancelled due to rain.
I have rescheduled for June 10th & 11th
depending on weather.
Glass Racks
Finished Stained Glass
Clear textured, stained glass cut offs
Seconds, Trial Pieces, things that have been here too long….who knows what will hit the tables?!
(also household overstock!)
Too much stuff!
Need to make some room for more cool product!

On May 11th Spectrum Glass
announced that they are stopping
production of all art glass at the end of June.
As they are one of the largest art glass
manufacturers in the United States so this is
troubling to say the least.
We rely heavily on Spectrum glass.  It accounts for about 85% of our glass inventory, including System 96 for fusing.
Uroboros has stepped up and agreed to continue producing the System 96 line.  They have been partners with Spectrum 96 from the beginning and already make a considerable amount of their colors.
This is the latest from Uroboros this morning
 on what they can and can’t do.
The new
are a big hit!
Lots of blendable colors, outlines
and bubble art!
Almost as easy as coloring!
 Introductory Offer
Come in a paint a
6″ x 6″ square for
up to 8 colors of your choice
includes firing
Available during Wednesday and Saturday morning workshops
Call or email to reserve your space.


This is Diane’s first attempt at glass painting.
Fuchsia painted on clear glass
and fused on pink streaky.
Great job, Diane!

It is getting to be that time of year when we schedule fewer classes.  Summer is such a busy time.  I know, it’s hard to fit it all in.  It goes so fast!  It is also a time when I have the opportunity to go out and promote our glass studio so that we can continue to bring you new classes and techniques.


We will continue to do our Flowers of Hope, Try Fusing! (OUR NEW PAINTING WORKSHOPS!) and open workshops on most regularly scheduled days.  You can always go to the website to see if there is a workshop scheduled.  If we have special events they will be listed.  

calendar schedule

Most of our easier classes such as Dichroic Jewelry, Table Lamps, Cabinet Knobs and Fused Glass Switchplates can be scheduled during workshop time as well as the dragonfly, butterfly and daisy dish casting forms.  Please email or call for availability. 



Even if you’ve never done any glass fusing before you can make an 8″ x 8″ fused panel to donate to Flowers of Hope.
$15 buys you a base piece of glass, access to all frits, stringers and scrap glass, hanging hardware and firing. Come in and try your hand at fusing and find out how easy and fun it can be. You’ll also be doing a wonderful thing for a woman going through a tough time.



 The same class only you get to keep it! Try fusing and see if you like it! Learn about using frits, stringers and noodles in this easy workshop!
FLOWERS OF HOPE / TRY FUSING! workshops are available during any regularly scheduled Wednesday or Saturday morning  10a-12p Workshop

        Please call or email to reserve your space!

Need a Kiln?  Rent one of ours!


Bring in your fused work and we will fire it for you!


Projects small enough to fit on a 7″ shelf:              $   5.00

One or more projects on a 13″ round shelf:                8.00

Fuse + Slump on 13″ shelf:                                         12.00

Projects on a 20″ shelf:                                                11.00

Fused + Slump on a 20″ shelf:                                    14.00

Long Bubble Squeeze  add                                            3.00



 Morning Workshops:

Come join our morning workshops on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 10a – Noon.  Use our tools and workshop space.  $10 for 2 hours!  Call to reserve your space.  You can do a Flowers of Hope panel during any of our workshops…or a “Try Fusing” panel to get you started in fusing.  You can also schedule bigger projects.  Contact us for more information.

LightGarden Glass Art, 1086 Washburn Lane, Medford, OR 97501-2000

“One Artist Changes His Art & Saves His Life” Interview, Video and Discount Codes!

“One Artist Changes His Art & Saves His Life” Interview, Video and Discount Codes from the Studio of Leah Fanning Mebane and Natural Earth Paints

Artist Inger Jorgenson, uses Eco-Solve to create beautiful drip effects.


One Artist Changes His Art and Saves His Life

Artist Roberto Parada

Artist Roberto Parada

Note from the Author: Natural Earth Paint sent Roberto a complimentary bottle of Eco-Solve to try after hearing of his health troubles. We look forward to hearing his feedback!!
Roberto Parada is an internationally known oil painter and illustrator, having been published in Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, ESPN The Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, and Huffington Post. Few people know that his art process came close to ending his life in 2004. I had the honor of interviewing him about his journey in discovering which of his art supplies were literally killing him, how it happened and what he did to change his process while continuing to paint very high quality, archival and professional paintings.
Were you ever taught about the toxicity in art supplies in art school?

I went to a very prestigious art school in the late 80’s and early 90’s and was never taught about any hazards in art supplies by my painting and illustration teachers. I did have one sculpture teacher who adamantly forbade the use of fixatives, solvents and chemicals because he had gotten lymphoma from the use of those chemicals. He never really explained why we shouldn’t use them but just told us not use them in his classroom. My painting teachers all used toxic materials themselves and probably just didn’t know the health risks involved.

What was your painting technique throughout your school years and career?

I have always been an oil painter and I’m guilty of never wearing gloves or having adequate ventilation or even thinking that I should. Noone ever taught me the risks and on the warning labels on paint thinners I only saw warnings about difficulty breathing and respiratory issues. There was nothing about the fact that it can get into your bloodstream and cause death risks. The warnings are very ambiguous and limited considering the fact that I can list 5 different types of cancer that come from paint thinners. For example, 3 kinds of leukemia AML, ALL, CLL,  and Multiple Myeloma and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. I also used all of the heavy metal based paints – cadmiums and cobalts – and didn’t think much about it. In the 90’s the “Odorless Mineral Spirits” came onto the market and we all thought that this was a healthier alternative. Now I know that Odorless mineral spirits still have petroleum based distillates and benzene which is exactly what brought about my illness.



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20% off Eco-Solve Now through May 26, 2016! The Green School in Bali uses Earth Paints exclusively in their curriculum and painted a collaborative Earth Day mural this year.

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Local playwright Scott Kaiser talks about his play NOW THIS

anpf scott kaiser now this "Now This" rehearsal, play by Scott Kaiser

“Now This” rehearsal. Photo by Kara Q. Lewis for ANPF

Ashland New Plays Festival (ANPF) Interviews Scott Kaiser

Local playwright, author, teacher and Shakespeare scholar
talks about his play NOW THIS

Ashland, Ore — Scott Kaiser, the multi-talented member of the artistic staff at Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) for the past 26 years and its current Director of Company Development, was interviewed by ANPF’s Mary Silva about his play, NOW THIS, which will be presented as a dramatic reading in Ashland later this month. Kaiser talks about the play, his motivation and his history as a professional playwright, author, actor and teacher.
ANPF will present NOW THIS on Monday, May 23 in the Great Hall at the Unitarian Center, 87 4th Street beginning at 7:30 p.m. Directed by Sara Becker, the play features a cast of 14, including Kaiser, ANPF artistic director Kyle Haden, several noted actors from OSF and a few visiting artists in this compelling look at the destructive influence of consumerism on American society.
These talented actors bring to life the troubled and troubling characters of the fictional town of Purple Mountain, where young Joey Adderall takes us on an unforgettable ride through his final days of a life coming apart at the seams and his fatal response to a place where everything is less than he wants and more than he needs.
$15 tickets are available at Paddington Station and at the door the evening of the performance, subject to availability. For more information:

anpf scott kaiser now this "Now This" rehearsal, play by Scott Kaiser

“Now This” rehearsal. Photo by Kara Q. Lewis for ANPF

The Interview:
MS: First of all, I’d like some background: a bit about where you grew up and where you’ve lived and worked, your educational experience, and what drew you to life in the theater. Anything in your life that you feel contributed significantly to your taking this direction.

SK: Like so many theatre people, I struggled to find a niche for myself in high school, but the theatre kids accepted me with all my awkwardness and quirks when no one else would. So I stuck with it. As a teenager, I did summer stock all over New England. In my twenties, I earned three degrees in theatre, which, to be honest, is a bit ridiculous: a BA from the University of Michigan, an MFA in acting from the University of Washington, and a voice studies degree from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. In my thirties, I joined the artistic staff at OSF. And now I’m in my fifties, and still at it.

MS: What might you have done for a living if you hadn’t gone into the theater?

SK: When I was a young man, I wanted to be an architect. I’ve always loved looking at buildings and learning about how they were designed and constructed. And to this day, when I see a bit of unfamiliar text—a poem, a speech, a play—I look at it the same way I look at a building, peeling back the facade in my mind to examine the foundation, the framing, the walls, the stairs, the doors.

MS: After directing/acting/overseeing the work of other actors, when and why did you begin writing plays of your own?

SK: My first full-length play was a four-person adaptation of the Huck Finn story narrated by Frederick Douglass called Splittin’ the Raft. That play enjoyed a couple of professional productions—one at the Marin Theatre Company and another at People’s Light and Theatre Company in Pennsylvania. The script was developed
in collaboration with a handful of actors at the Festival in what I proposed and
piloted as “the 12th slot model” back in 1998, which has since become the Black Swan Lab for New Works.

MS: What motivated you to write Now This?

SK: Years ago, the characters in this play starting talking to me in my sleep, so I began writing down what they had to say to me on little scraps of paper. And eventually, I’d collected hundreds of scraps of paper—words, phrases, speeches, and dialogues— written out in complete darkness in the middle of the night. The material on all those scraps, after a great deal of shaping and polishing, with some guidance from the poet Dylan Thomas, became this play.

MS: What is it that you hope people will think about/take away from the play? What one thing would you like people to be thinking about when they leave the performance?

SK: I’d be pleased if people would become more conscious of how American consumer culture effects nearly every aspect of their lives.

MS: Now This seems to draw a strong connection between consumerism and gun violence, an idea that I hadn’t really thought about before. How would you describe this connection?

SK: I won’t pretend to know what goes on in the hearts and minds of individuals who choose to carry a weapon to a public place and slaughter fellow human beings. But thiscountry has a serious problem with guns, and I believe the root cause has something to do with a consumer culture that incessantly promises that love and contentment can be bought.

MS: How do you feel about having Now This chosen to be read by the Ashland New Plays Festival? Even though the play has already been produced, what new or different aspects do you think this reading might bring to the play?

SK: Purple Mountain, the small town depicted in NOW THIS, has a lot in common with the City of Ashland, so I’m very pleased that the play, at long last, will be read here in my home town, and by a fantastically talented group of actors.

MS: You’ve been a long time Ashland resident. What do you like about life here? What drives you crazy? What do you do when you’re not doing theater-related stuff?

SK: I travel a lot for work, which is a privilege because I get to see how other people live in this country. And life is much tougher out there. So it’s always good to come home to Ashland, where life is slower, where we enjoy tall trees, and open space, and clean water, and fresh air—precious things that, sadly, millions of Americans don’t have in their lives. So I do a lot of walking, many miles every day.

MS: I know there are a lot of things I haven’t asked you, but for purposes of this piece, is there anything you’d like to add that I haven’t asked?

SK: If you miss Now This, you can see my newest play, entitled Shakespeare’s Other Women, at Southern Oregon University in the winter of 2017.

 anpf scott kaiser now this "Now This" rehearsal, play by Scott Kaiser

“Now This” rehearsal, play by Scott Kaiser. Photo by Kara Q. Lewis for ANPF

LACDA Call for Digital Art

LACDA Call for Digital Art


Curating Jurors:
Kathryn Poindexter, California Museum of Photography
Mat Gleason, Coagula Curatorial

 LACDA Call for Digital Art Enter our juried competition for digital art and photography. Entrants submit three JPEG files of original work. All styles of artwork and photography where digital processes of any kind were integral to the creation of the images are acceptable. The competition is international, open to all geographical locations.

The selected winner receives 10 prints up to 44×60 inches on canvas or museum quality paper (approximately a $2,500-$3,000 value) to be shown in a solo exhibition in our main gallery.  The exhibit will be widely promoted and will include a reception for the artist.

Second place prizes: Ten second place winners will receive one print of their work up to 24×36 inches ($150-$200 in value) to be included in the winners’ exhibits and opening.

Deadline for Entries: May 23, 2016
Winners Announced: May 30, 2016
Exhibit Dates: June 9-July 2, 2016

LACDA Artists’ Reception: Saturday, June 11, 6-9pm
Artwalk preview: Thursday, June 9, 7-9pm

Complete information:

Online registration only.
For questions email us at [email protected]
No phone calls please.

Redwoods & Rhodies

Taken last Monday along Damnation Creek Trail in Del Norte State Park south of Crescent, City, CA

Nuptial Spirit Vessel – The Process

Last summer I received a commission to make one of my spirit vessels for a wedding. I posted a photo of the paste papers that were chosen for the vessel and asked for ideas as to what to call this type of vessel. After many suggestions on my blog and from friends, I finally settled on calling it a Nuptial Spirit Vessel.

Nuptial Spirit Vessel, Safe Harbor.

Nuptial Spirit Vessel, Safe Harbor.

Now that it has been delivered to the bride and groom, I can share the photos of its making. It started with blue, teal and silver paste papers.

Paste papers cut and folding started for the Nuptial Spirit Vessel, Safe Harbor.

Paste papers cut and folding started for the Nuptial Spirit Vessel, Safe Harbor.

I chose to write the messages for this vessel in copperplate, rather than the italic that I use for the Earth Spirit Vessels. Because copperplate is traditionally used for weddings, it seemed fitting for a Nuptial Spirit Vessel.

Here are some of the 25 messages I calligraphed for inclusion into the vessel.

Here are some of the 25 messages I calligraphed for inclusion into the vessel.

The messages were chosen specifically for the two newlyweds by the person who commissioned the vessel.

The start of Nuptial Spirit Vessel, Safe Harbor.

The start of Nuptial Spirit Vessel, Safe Harbor.

I start making my vessels at the bottom and work up. The above photo shows the vessel with four rows completed.

A closer look at the first few rows of this Nuptial Spirit Vessel.

A closer look at the first few rows of this Nuptial Spirit Vessel.

I continue adding pieces, one row at a time. I add one row, fiddle with making sure everything is round and just the way I want, then glue each individual piece of paper.

Here I've added another couple of rows to the Nuptial Spirit Vessel.

Here I’ve added a few more rows to Nuptial Spirit Vessel, Safe Harbor. This is looking inside.

The above photo is looking into the center of the vessel from above. Its shape isn’t visible from this photo.

This is the look of the outside of the Nuptial Vessel. It's looking at it upside down.

This is the look of the outside of the Nuptial Vessel. It’s looking at it upside down.

The above two photos are from the same stage of completion. The second photo shows the outside of the vessel, though it’s upside down in the photo so you can see what the outside looks like at this point in its construction.

Now the Nuptial Vessel is a little further along. Looking down at the inside.

Now the Nuptial Vessel is a little further along. Looking down at the inside.

The more rows I add, the more the shape becomes apparent. The size of the hole in the bottom of the vessel actually changes shape as the vessel gets larger.

You can finally see how the outside of the Nuptial Vessel is taking shape.

You can finally see how the outside of the Nuptial Vessel is taking shape.

The above two photos show the vessel at the same stage of completion. You can see how the shape is starting to show.

Now it's time to choose the burl wood for the base of the Nuptial Vessel.

Now it’s time to choose the burl wood for the base of the Nuptial Vessel.

All my spirit vessels have burl wood bases. The photo above shows the different pieces of burl wood I looked at before deciding on the one I liked best for this vessel.

Nuptial Spirit Vessel, Safe Harbor.

Finished Nuptial Spirit Vessel, Safe Harbor.

I have been told that the bride and groom absolutely loved their Nuptial Spirit Vessel and were actually moved to tears. It gives me great joy to know that my art has touched the heart of others.

Enjoy, Candy

“Kindred Spirits” – 106 Talent Ave Revisited; Drawing Talent Series

Introducing “Kindred Spirits, Art, Ales & Wine” – latest installment of my “Drawing Talent” series.

Drawing Kindred Spirits

Selecting Painting Locations

The weather has been good and I find myself saying: “Why don’t I go outside and draw Talent?”  And, I do, or rather did on Wednesday morning.

The first thing I think about when selecting a place to draw or paint is lighting.  For example, the building that houses “Kindred Spirits” is facing the east.  I like it as a subject in the morning due to the light and dark pattern caused by shadows and reflections.

With a general idea of where I want to paint, off I go!

About Talent

I like Talent in the morning.  Most of the town is quiet.  We do have businesses and light industry.  The part of town where is “Kindred Spirits” is situated is part of the “historic Talent”, and traffic is modest.

I say that, but as I was working, the fire marshal drove up and blocked my view for a minute or two.  Any longer, and I would have happily drawn his truck!  Someone dropped by to water plants.  And, people and cars passed by and their way to…wherever.   It is an active place.

Recent History – Before “Kindred Spirits”

A couple of years ago, September 2014 to be specific, I did a watercolor study of this same building, but of a slightly different view.  At that time “Porto Gelato” occupied the southernmost business space of the building.  (I did like their gelatos; yum!)  Where “Kindred Spirits” is now was divided into two business rental spaces.  “Cathy Dorris Studios” occupied one of the spaces.

Drawing Talent: Porto Gelato

Now, the space that was “Porto Gelato” is rented to artist Jessalynn Jones.  Cathy Dorris Studios expanded and changed their name to “Kindred Spirits”.  Cathy has added a wine and beer bar.  She features local wines.  Naturally, there are nice things to eat too.  Cathy has weekly classes and rotating art exhibits.

My husband and I stop by to check out the beer selection and enjoy conversation with friends from time to time.

Speaking of art exhibits, I showed one of my paintings, “Torsten on Bass” here last February.

Drawing Talent

All this is to say our seemingly sleepy little town of Talent OR does change and yet stay the same.  We have a vibrant community.  Its a good place to live!

Palette Change

Its also a fun place to do drawings and watercolor studies.

OH, did you notice?  I changed my palette a bit for this latest version.  Instead of using bright hansa yellow I used raw umber, an earth tone yellow.   I think it changes the tone quite a bit!


I hope you enjoy seeing two views of the same building.




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