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Sweets by Susan Frank

Tempting desserts always dazzle me when I enter one of the local bakeries here in Southern Oregon. These sweets are a work of art. Almost too beautiful to eat. 

Friend Or Foe by Susan Frank

The setting sun reflects off the fur of the cautious deer grazing in a field. They look up as I pass, deciding if I am “friend or foe”. 

Ashland Landscape by Susan Frank

The rolling hills outside of the small town of Ashland, Oregon. It is a peaceful place, filled with a special kind of beauty. 

Wet Sand Study by Susan Frank

Summer in Oregon. It is easy to find children playing in the wet sand, enjoying the bliss of a sunny day. 

July Grapes by Susan Frank

It is July in Oregon and grapes are almost ready for harvest. Anticipation mounts as we wait to see how this years crop of new wines will turn out. 

Studio Snapshot – New Earth Spirit Vessel: Autumn Blaze

This past week I have been finishing up my latest Earth Spirit Vessel, Autumn Blaze. I actually started this last fall, but was so busy this past winter and spring, that I never got it finished. So after coming back from a wonderful calligraphy and art retreat, I decided to finish some past projects before I delved into starting new pieces of paper art.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Autumn Blaze made from folded paper.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Autumn Blaze made from folded paper.

Some of the papers in Autumn Blaze are hand painted paste papers. I included gold powder in the paste paper. It gives the vessel a subtle glow that isn’t quite apparent in the photo.

The beginning of making Earth Spirit Vessel, Autumn Blaze.

The beginning of making Earth Spirit Vessel, Autumn Blaze.

Autumn Blaze contains 592 pieces of hand folded pieces of 2″ by 4″ paper. Each piece of paper is folded 9 times and glued in place. While it is not necessary to glue the pieces, I have never had anyone want a vessel that was not glued. I only raised boys, and I know how inquisitive minds like to take things apart to see how they were made. I think my customers must think like me.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Autumn Blaze as it is beginning to take shape.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Autumn Blaze as it is starting to take shape.

If you want to know more about my Earth Spirit Vessels, you can check out these blog posts of mine:
Earth Spirit Vessels
Earth Spirit Vessels – The Process
Earth Spirit Vessels From My Paste Paper Show

Enjoy, Candy

Plein Air – The Ultimate Workshop Mt. Shasta

Plein Air – The Ultimate Workshop Mt. Shasta, in this video witness for yourself the ultimate Plein Air Workshop with Stefan Baumann, Baumann discusses what a weekend workshop is like in Mt Shasta along with stunning photos of Mt. Shasta. This is truly a life altering experience that will change the way you paint forever! for more information and dates of workshop go to www.StefanBaumann.com or call 1-800-511-1337

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To Find Your Art

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Summer days,

mornings filled with wonder.

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Sleepy afternoons,

daydreams with wings

and stars that smile.

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I awake each day to find my art,

to hold on to it 

and then let it go.

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To find myself,

and then relax into being who I am.

To find your art
 

This is what I am learning.

 

 

Flowers of Hope

Flowers of Hope 2016 Display and Reception : Flowers of Hope Glass Art panelThis year’s Flowers of Hope Reception takes place at Art Presence Art Center. So you can see all of the panels made this year, the gallery will host a display from Sept 23-25th. Join us for the Artist’s Reception on Saturday, September 24th from 1-4pm. We invite everyone to join us! Refreshments will be served, and we invite guests to vote for their favorite panel. The creator of the panel with the most votes wins a $50 gift certificate to LightGarden Glass Art.

About Flowers of Hope

The Flowers of Hope program provides the venue, equipment and supplies for local artists to make 8” x 8” glass panels at a nominal fee of $15. Then LightGarden Glass Art gives these glass panels, decorated with flower art, to women with breast cancer. LightGarden Glass Art collects these panels all year long, puts them on display at an Artist’s Reception, then delivers them to Women’s Imaging at Asante Medical Center. Women with breast cancer have the opportunity to pick a panel of their choice from the panels on display at the Imaging Center before they go into surgery. We hope that creating these panels brings joy and hope to these women who so desperately need some comfort.

Flowers of Hope Display and Reception: Flowers of Hope 2015 display at South Stage Cellars

This is our 11th year and we have collected over 800 panels for this great cause! Learn more about how you can get involved HERE.

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More Photos – Calligraphy & Art Retreat 2016

After posting Monday’s blog post with lots of photos of what went on the annual Calligraphy & Art Retreat I attend every year, I realized there was a lot more I wanted to share. So much happened within those 7 days, it’s hard to remember it all.

My first attempt at pastel dusting.

My first attempt at pastel dusting.

After I got home I realized that I took many photos of what others did, but only one photo of what I did during the week. The above photo shows my first attempt at pastel dusting. Sally demonstrated both the pastel dusting and making the squares into a mobile.

The other side of my pastel dusting mobile.

The other side of my pastel dusting mobile.

My head is still swimming with ideas. And my dreams for the past few nights have been incredible, all about ideas for new art projects.

Wonderful little gifts I received from my artist friends.

Wonderful little gifts I received from my artist friends.

There was a wonderful camaraderie and sharing of ideas, techniques, tools and more.

I took some of my stash of tea bag wrappers and demonstrated tea bag folding.

I took some of my stash of tea bag wrappers and demonstrated tea bag folding.

My tea bag folding demonstration was a hit. I took a bunch of my tea bag wrappers and shared them with everyone.

I think I got Sally hooked on tea bag folding.

I think I got Sally hooked on tea bag folding.

The above photo shows some of the rosettes that Sally made. I find it amazing how such a simple folding of tea bag wrappers can be so meditative and relaxing.

File folder dipped in walnut ink shown with walnut ink crystals.

File folder dipped in walnut ink shown with walnut ink crystals.

The above photo is of the file folder I dipped into walnut ink, then dried on scrunched up plastic. The plastic bag in the photo is 8 ounces of walnut ink crystals. I will be using these to make my own walnut ink later this winter when I have some free time to experiment with this technique for an extended period of time.

This is one of Michelle's walnut ink file folders. She started with a red file folder.

This is one of Michelle’s walnut ink file folders. She started with a red file folder.

The above photo is something Michelle has been working on. It started out as a red file folder that was dipped into walnut ink. The white areas are where she dabbed on bleach. She then added stitches and some ink drawing. I think this would be perfect as a cover for a little journal.

One of the projects I worked on during the week.

One of the projects I worked on during the week.

I got to work on a number of different projects during the week. The above photo shows some of the card books I started making.

We sent two mobiles to two of our past Womenuchans who were unable to attend this year. Here are the squares that were eventually made into mobiles.

We sent two mobiles to two of our past Womenuchans who were unable to attend this year. Here are the squares that were eventually made into mobiles.

Tea bag folding, pastel dusting and mobile making were three constants throughout the week. The above photo shows the squares that we each decorated for Sam and Judy. They became mobiles that were then sent to them. Hopefully both will be able to make it next year.

This is what Adelaide made to carry her colored pencils.

This is what Adelaide made to carry her colored pencils.

There was a lot of sharing during the week. Adelaide showed us how she made a colored pencil carrier from a piece of felt. The creativity of everyone who attended our retreat is amazing.

Information as well as lots of mobiles were posted on this door in our joint studio.

Information as well as lots of mobiles were posted on this door in our joint studio.

It was one amazing week. I am so looking forward to next year.

Happy creating, Candy