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Winter Writing & Wine at EdenVale Winery

Winter is upon us and a new weekly writing group is forming. Warm yourselves with story in front of the fire at the Voorhies Mansion at EdenVale Winery. We will gather with inspiring prompts, delicious snacks, wine available for purchase, and a supportive, encouraging environment for every writer.
Winter Evening Writing Group
Five Thursdays
February 19 – March 19
6:30 – 9 pm
EdenVale Winery

Richard McKinley at Art Du Jour Gallery

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An Afternoon with Richard McKinley

Art du Jour Gallery presents “An Afternoon with Richard McKinley,” nationally and internationally renowned artist/educator, on Saturday, February 28. Born and raised in the Rogue Valley, McKinley is known for his beautiful paintings in oil and pastel, and for the vast amount of artistic knowledge he shares with his students worldwide.

Richard will offer a presentation on his career in contemporary art, including highlights from his forthcoming book on oil painting, as well as from his best selling PASTEL POINTERS.
The afternoon begins at 1:30 PM in the Medford Library ( Adams Room ) with a Power point presentation and a lively question and answer session.

A reception and opportunity to meet the artist follows at 3:30 PM in Art du Jour

Gallery, located at 213 E. Main Street in Medford (2 blocks north of the library).

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students (14-21 yrs.) and can be purchased at the gallery, Tue-Sat 10:00 AM–4:00 PM and Third Fridays 5:00-8:00 PM. Only 40 tickets available.
For more information call Linda Evans at 541 324-1437 or visit Art du Jour Gallery in Medford.

New Ideas for the New Year From LightGarden Glass Art!

1086 Washburn                            January 2015
Medford, OR                                   Tues-Fri 10-5pm                 Sat  10-1p
(541) 779-0272                                 Closed:  Sun & Mon.


We have a free new resource for you!


Check out LightGarden’s Page on Pinterest!

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Pinterest makes it easy to share pictures and ideas for hundreds of new projects!  There are also free patterns that can be used for stained, fused or mosaic art as well as free instructional videos! 
New ideas added every week! 
Click and follow us now to find your next project, and keep inspired throughout the year!

 Flowers of Hope Fusing Workshop

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.
$10 buys you a base piece of glass, access to all frits, stringers and noodles, 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.

TRY FUSING!  Workshop

The same class only you get to keep it!  Learn about using frits, stringers and noodles in this easy workshop!    $15
February 7                   10-12
March  14                    10-12
April 11                        10-12

 Painting with Frit

January 17
Lunch (by Peruvian Point)
 (two spaces left!)
Learn to use frit, hand pulled stringers and confetti to quickly add dimension and a painterly quality to your fused glass art.

Find out how easy it is to develop your sketches from photos and other inspiration. These panels can be a great reference guide for future projects.
All frit, confetti, stringers, glass and lunch are included.

Glass Fusing Basics or equivalent is required.

 Glass Fusing: Basics 

January 24 & 31

Learn one of the fastest growing mediums in glass! In this two week class you’ll complete a 4″ tile and a small fused & slumped plate. Covers firing programs, prepping kiln shelves and ware and much more!

All supplies are included.


 Fused Glass Switch Plates

February 7

Learn how easy it is to make these very cool fused glass switch plates. All the instructions, materials and firing are included in the $20 fee.  A small amount of 96 glass is required.      

Basic fusing or equivalent is required.     


 Fused Glass: Dichroic Jewelry

February 21

Grab attention with beautiful dichroic glass jewelry you make yourself! Cabochons for necklaces or earrings; they all will dazzle your friends!

Learn to cut them so they come out perfect every time. Compatible glass and lots of dichroic glass is included.

  Make several pieces for $55

Is there a class listed on our website that you would like to take that isn’t scheduled yet?  Send me an email and let me know.  That’s how I know when to schedule our classes.  If you have 5-6 people we can schedule private here to check out our classes

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.

Three Cats

Cats are one of my favorite subjects. I think it most appropriate that I start of my "FB Art Challenge" with some kitties.

I was tagged to do the challenge by artist and friend Myrna Wacknov.  The challenge is to post three paintings per day for five days.  I get to tag other artists each day.

I think it will be fun curating a micro show every day, going through my various collections.

Today's watercolor paintings are from my "kittykitty" series which features a cat.  The cat was my Aunt Mary's cat.  She was a quiet, elegant being who liked to lie around with an air of deep knowledge.  Or, perhaps she was just a cat staring out into space.


"Kitty Kit…" my new painting is unusual in that I added text.  I wanted to imply that the cat is being called by someone off painting.  The cat is sitting on a pillow, comfortable and will move if and when she desires.








The "KittyKitty" painting series has done well for me.  Both "Groovy Kitty" and "Seriously KittyKitty" have been accepted into juried exhibitions.   Just as important, the series became a good vehicle to study design and style.

I have done at least 30 paintings or watercolor studies.  They're fun!








More soon!


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Utility pole in Tarrytown, NY

Coquille Pier

The Coquille River boat launch area at Riverton along Oregon route 42S between Bandon and Coquille.

Another ACEO in pen & wash (watercolor) in my ‘Garden’ series.

Another in my ‘garden’ series ACEOs
(2.5×3.5″). Pansies “The Pansy Patch” – pen and wash (watercolor) on top
of old (1887-88) handwritten ledger paper.

I loved pansies as a child, and still always see laughing, happy faces in the ‘face’ of each one of them.Available on eBay. All my
previous ACEOs in this series have now sold out.

DIY – Making an Inexpensive Light Box

I have received numerous compliments over the years on the quality of the photos on my blog. I now have purchased a professional light tent, but I started out by making an inexpensive light box out of a cardboard box and tracing paper. I used it for about 3 years, and loved it. The only reason I bought my light tent was for space reasons. The light tent could be folded up and put in a drawer. My light box took up more space, but my old light box took just as good photos as my new light tent.

This photo was taken in the light box that is featured in this blog.

Last week I had an apprentice, Inka, from Telemark University College in Norway. She is studying Folk Art and wanted to apprentice with me for a week as part of her degree program. The first thing I did was to show her how to make an inexpensive light box.

Photo taken with the light box that is featured in this blog post.


• cardboard box big enough to fit the object(s) you wish to photograph (plus a few extra inches)
• white paper (butcher paper will work well)
• tracing paper or transparent vellum large enough to cover 3 sides of your box (top and two sides)
• box cutter or craft knife
• glue or craft paste
• tape (for reinforcing a used box, if necessary)
• brush for spreading glue or paste (optional)
• digital camera
• lights (daylight bulbs work well)

Light box made from a cardboard box, white paper and tracing paper.

How to make a light box:

1. If you are using a used box, reinforce any weak points with tape before you begin.

2. Leaving 1″ to 1.5″ margins, cut out a “window” in the top and on two sides of the cardboard box with the box cutter. See photo below.

Three “windows” have been cut out of the 2 sides and the top of the box.

3. Paste white paper on the inside of the box where you didn’t cut out. This includes the inside of the four flaps. A paintbrush can make the job go faster. The white on the inside of the box will help to reflect light within the box, and create better photographs for your art.

Pasting white paper on the inside surfaces of the light box.

4. Cut out the tracing paper or vellum and glue it on the inside of the “window holes”. This will allow light to enter the box from outside lamps, but will diffuse the light.

5. Voila! Your light box is finished. You are now ready to set up your light box for use.

Light box set up. Notice the piece of paper the paper fortune cookie is sitting on.

How to use the light box:

1. Place a piece of white paper paper that is larger than the item being photographed. Place it in the box with a bend upwards to the top of the box, creating a nice backdrop. Avoid folding the paper. See photo set up above.

2. Place your art object in to the light box on the piece of paper.

3. Set up 3 lights, one from above, and one from each of the two sides. These lights should shine in through the “windows”. Play around with positioning them and your art, moving the light forward or backward to create different shadows and light effects.

4. Photograph.

Here is the photo taken with the light box in the photo shown above.

Photo taken in the light box in this post.

Photo taken in the light box featured in this blog post.

In last Thursday’s blog post I wrote about my apprentice for the week, Inka. The art showcased in this blog post was made by Inka last week. The photos were taken in the light box that Inka made.

All the photos in this blog post were taken with an iPod touch.

Enjoy, Candy

Upstream Color, oil on wood, 11”x24” For purchase…

Upstream Color, oil on wood, 11”x24”

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