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My alchemy series is now on view at True Love Art Gallery in…

My alchemy series is now on view at True Love Art Gallery in Seattle through May 10th.

The fire element is associated with the sun which, in alchemy, influences the heart. Adorning the heart are orange blossoms, a flower governed by the sun.

Palette Knife Painting Techniques

Palette knife painting class illustration: Plein air palette knife painting of a vineyard by Silvia Trujillo, August 2011 Palette Knife Painting Techniques

taught by Silvia Trujillo

Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 14, 16, 21, and 23; 5:30 pm-7:30 pm
Skill Level: All Skill Levels, 16 and older
The direct approach of applying paint to the canvas with a palette knife was very popular with the Impressionists, and of particular interest to artists like Van Gogh and Monet. The palette knife can render luscious texture and depth, while maintaining rich pure colors. In this class, you will develop skills with the palette knife to enhance your work in value, design, and color harmony.
$170 members, $195 non-members, Click HERE for additional materials list for Silvia’s palette knife painting class.

MINIMUM ENROLLMENT REGISTRATION DEADLINE:

PLEASE REGISTER EARLY!   In order for us to hold a class or workshop, we must meet the predetermined minimum enrollment requirement one week prior to the first class or workshop meeting. If we do not meet the minimum enrollment, the class or workshop will be cancelled due to low enrollment.

Partial Scholarships are available! Please call (541) 772-8118 for more information.

SOAR Welcome Animal and Wildlife Artist LInda Cruz!

The Southern Oregon Artists Resource is delighted to welcome wildlife and animal artist Linda Cruz of White City to the artist directories at www.soartists.com! Cruz is a fine artist working primarily in acrylic, oil and graphite. She has also created sculptures, pen and ink drawings, pastels and some watercolors. She has been drawing since before kindergarten and first considered herself an artist when in grade school after receiving many encouraging comments on her work. She is one of those rare students who, after drawing borders around the surface of her desk in elementary school, would return the next day to find that the janitor had left them instead of cleaning them off.

In addition to some art classes in college, Linda pursued her education in art through workshops with Simon Combes, John Banovich, Terry Isaac, Daniel Smith, Paco Young, and Matthew Hillier. She fell in love with horses as a young girl and has spent hours drawing them nearly every day since early childhood, so one could also consider horses to have been her teachers, as well as the original inspiration for her to become an artist.

Linda finds inspiration in the beauty she sees around her every day—in the ordinary things that surround us all, the textures of mundane surfaces, the angle and pattern of light, and unusual shapes that catch her eye. Animals of every description from amoebas to elephants, and everything in between, are also primary inspirations and primary subjects of her work, which ranges from portraits of domestic animals to plein air paintings of wildlife and even insects in their natural surroundings.

Linda has painted in Wyoming and Montana, eastern Oregon, and mountain areas throughout the West, capturing many wild animals in their natural surroundings in western National Parks. She has yet to paint an ocean scene, but with a deep love of the ocean, that’s on her bucket list.

Her love for animals has instilled in Cruz a heartfelt concern for threatened and endangered species, and she plans to paint more of these in the future. Also on her bucket list is to carve and paint a full sized carousel horse.

Linda is a member of the Southern Oregon Society of Artists and Wind River Valley Artists Guild in Wyoming, and was past President of the Josephine County Artists Association. She just spiffed up her online presence to get ready for listing at SOAR – Find contact information and links to online galleries and social media in Linda’s new listing at www.soartists.com!

Natural Earth Paint Spring News

Spring News: DIY Art Supplies Recipes & New Products

natural and nontoxic printmaking ink diy recipe
I recently met a local artist/ printmaker, Shannon Yost, and asked her if she’s ever made non-toxic printmaking ink (because I know it’s very hard to find). To my delight and surprise she had actually studied with visiting Japanese Master Printmakers and learned a very ancient and little-known technique called the Moku Hanga technique of making your own inks. This ancient recipe has always used all non-toxic ingredients and we had fun including natural earth pigments in the mix! This ink is for wood block prints but can also be used for linoleum cuts and mono prints.

materials needed to make nontoxic printmaker's ink at home

Materials Needed:  Rice Paste (Nori), Natural Earth Pigments, Magnesium Carbonate -optional, Alcohol (Gin is best) – optional (makes ink more archival and durable)

Tools Needed: roller or soft brush, palette, small container, metal paint spatula
Find Step-by-Step Instructions HERE

NEW!

The Complete Eco-friendly

Artists Oil Paint Kit

new natural earth paints, set now comes with 10 pigments, a 4 oz jar of refined walnut oil, 4 oz jar of eco-solve, a new product, mixing instructiosn and a guide to using earth paints

We’re excited to introduce our newest product after many customer requests for a more complete oil paint kit. $44.95This kit contains:

  • Ten natural earth & mineral pigments in 2 oz. packets:  venetian red, orange ochre, yellow ochre, terre verte, ultramarine blue, ultramarine purple, black ochre, burnt sienna, titanium white rutile and burnt umber.
  • 4 oz. jar of refined walnut oil.
  • 4 oz. jar of Eco Solve: non-toxic and plant-based paint thinner/ brush cleaner.
  • Eco Oil Painting Guide & Mixing Instructions

Paint like the Old Masters with these 100% pure and natural earth and mineral oil paints. These naturally non-toxic paints create the most archival, UV resistant, durable and radiant paints available today. 
This kit includes top-quality pigments, sustainably harvested from around the world. Each has been carefully ground to enhance the beauty and luminosity specific to each pigment. They provide a texture, radiance, and subtlety of color that synthetic pigments simply can’t equal. When mixed with oil these paints are free of fillers, preservatives, toxins, petroleum-based pigments and heavy metals.
NEW!

ECO-SOLVE:

Eco-Solve, new nontoxic artists solvent paint thinner from Natural Earth Paints

Now Available in 1 Gallon Metal Containers

Enjoy a very high cost savings on Eco-Solve with our new 1 gallon option. Try our revolutionary non-toxic and natural paint thinner and brush cleaner.  
$69.95 / Gallon

www.NaturalEarthPaint.com

My 4 year old son loves home-made play dough, but in the reality of our hectic days, I never find myself with time to make new batches for him. So when someone gave him a set of modeling clay that permanently stays moist and malleable and infinitely re-usable, I was very excited. I noticed though that there was a toxic smell and it stuck to his hands and dyed them colors. I did a little research and found that most modeling clay is made with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) mixed with phthalate plasticizers, which helps keep them soft and maleable. Since these are associated with several scary, potential health risks, I decided to make our own with all natural ingredients and natural earth pigments. As an extra bonus, this modeling clay actually nourishes your skin as you play with it!

Recipe:
-1 cup beeswax pellets
-3 tsp. coconut oil or olive oil
-2 tsp. Lanolin (found in baby sections – commonly used for nursing)
-1 Tbsp. Earth Pigment (Color of your choice)
-plastic ice cube tray or any silicone “mold”

Step 1- Get a double boiler or fill a large pot with water and place a smaller pot with all ingredients inside. Heat ingredients and stir until melted and liquid.Recipe continues HERE

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Buy 2 Natural Egg Dye Kits, Get 1 FREE

20% OFF Wooden Egg Craft Kit

Coupon code: eggs2015

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Emerald Green   Brilliant Yellow

Ultramarine Purple
New Earth & Mineral Pigment Colors
Now available in 3 oz,, 1 lb. and 2 lb. containers.

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BUNNYMANIA – Opens March 27th at 6PM – Dana Feagin – Inspired Pet Portraits & Animal Paintings in Oil

 

Bunnymania

 

 

Two of my paintings (Sweet Cheeks and Blue Bunny) are part of the BUNNYMANIA fundraising art show curated by celebrated Los Angeles art critic, Peter Frank, and exhibit producer, Delia Cabral. The show opens tonight at 6PM at Chungking Studio, 975 Chung King Road, Los Angeles (China Town Area) and remains at that location over the weekend. On April 4th, the show opens again at Wilding Cran Gallery, 939 South Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles (Arts District), and remains at that location through April 18th.

This show raises awareness about our relationship to rabbits, both the animals, and what they’ve come to symbolize in our human experience. Inspiration for this show stems from the pure awesomeness of bunnies, but also from the curators’ shared penchant for rabbit-themed art, and their exchanges of all things ‘bun over many years. Proceeds from Bunnymania benefit the National Museum of Animals & Society.

This 501(c)(3) non-profit museum is the first of its kind dedicated to enriching the lives of animals & people by exploring our shared experience. The musem focuses on animal studies (where people and animals intersect in culture), the history of animal protection, and humane education in their collection, exhibitions, public programming, and educational efforts.

 

 

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Metamorphosis, 6″x6″, oil and ink on woodFor purchase…

Metamorphosis, 6″x6″, oil and ink on wood

For purchase inquiries visit www.animaanimus.org or email [email protected]

“In  alchemy, all things are evolving but considered to be exposed to a wave of energies becoming…”

“In  alchemy, all things are evolving but considered to be exposed to a wave of energies becoming involved in matter as well, and thus subject to hindrances and impurities from matter not ready or mature enough to evolve beyond a certain level (corruptible matter). As a result the energies of life are weakened when it is the energies of life which should predominate. The alchemist believed that by understanding Nature’s laws and applying them with Art, that it is possible to remove hindrances to the evolutionary wave so that the energies of life can predominate and lift the subject toward perfection”

Real Alchemy:  A Primer of Practical Alchemy, Robert Allen Bartlett

Vivisection, 10”x10”x1.5, oil & ink on wood…

Vivisection, 10”x10”x1.5, oil & ink on wood panel, SOLD

Organic form and it’s emergence from geometry. This painting has sold but there are a few available in this style in my online store! www.animaanimus.org.

Slip Away

In Ashland, cultural center of Southern Oregon, a sunny spot is never hard to find. Blocks from the theaters, galleries and shops of downtown, you can step into nature via a well situated park. This painting contrasts the shadows and sun of a late summer’s day, rich in hue and saturated with my love for a uniquely beautiful place.

Price: $600
Media: Oil on canvas
Size: 16″x12″

© Copyright 2015 Silvia Trujillo Art

© Copyright 2015 Silvia Trujillo Art

Heavy on the Vine

An Indian summer’s ripe harvest calls for thick oils and a palette knife, just like a fine Rogue Valley cheese demands a spicy Tempranillo or a dry Pinot Gris. By molding the paint and layering it on the canvas, I captured the texture of the day, the layers of from sky to earth, and – I hope – the smell of dry grass and ripening grapes.

Price: $300
Media: Oil on canvas
Size: 8″x10″

© Copyright 2015 Silvia Trujillo Art

© Copyright 2015 Silvia Trujillo Art