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Today marks the beginning of my journey to the art & music…

Today marks the beginning of my journey to the art & music festival Cascadia NW, where I’ll be showing lots of new work! I’m excited to share my creative vision with the beautiful people of the Pacific Northwest and absorb what they have to share. 

Aeon: In the gnostic belief system, an aeon is an emanation of god. Sophia, or wisdom, is one example of an emanation which permeates all life. Marcus, a philosopher from the 4th century, believed sound to be an aeon. This newest owl painting depicts my interpretation of Sight being yet another emanation of god.

Seattle Friends: join me tomorrow evening, Wednesday July 22nd,…

Seattle Friends: join me tomorrow evening, Wednesday July 22nd, for a night of nautical exploration through art. I’ll be showing my newest body of work, which explores the theme of lightwave interaction with oceanic creatures, at the Piranha Shop from 6-10pm. The show includes work by Solace, Levi Hastings, Megon Shoreclay, Joe Vollan and Ego. Costumes are encouraged and there’s an after party at the Octopus bar, 11-2am. 

Holly

A pet portrait I did on commission.

NFS
Media: Oil on canvas
Size: 10″x8″

Holly

© Copyright 2015 Silvia Trujillo Art

Miwi

A pet portrait I did on commission.

NFS
Media: Oil on canvas
Size: 8″x8″

Miwi

© Copyright 2015 Silvia Trujillo Art

In Search Of

I hop in my car in the morning gung ho to paint outdoors, but finding the right place to set up my easel becomes a challenge. Finally, this place at the confluence of the river and sea calls me in. As I paint, I realize that the river had also been in search of the ocean ever since its journey began — driven, like the artist, no so much by an external goal but by a need that stems from its very nature.

Price: $575
Media: Oil on canvas
Size: 12”x16″

In Search Of

© Copyright 2015 Silvia Trujillo Art

Volcanic Coast

Another composition/color harmony/design experiment. Though conceptual, it is influenced by my time here on the Oregon coast, where black volcanic rock can often be seen tumbling away from the land and into the ocean surf. This piece was recently selected as the “pick of the day” on Daily Paintworks and is also showing at KB Gallery.

Price: $250
Media: Oil on canvas
Size: 8”x8″

© Copyright 2015 Silvia Trujillo Art

© Copyright 2015 Silvia Trujillo Art

Teacher and Student

Mother nature doesn’t think in terms of composition, color harmony or design values, but go on a hike in Oregon and you’ll find these artistic principles all around you. So, I try to learn from the master. This is one experiment I loved well enough to hang at my spot at the KB Gallery in Florence, OR.

Price: $250
Media: Oil on canvas
Size: 8”x8″

© Copyright 2015 Silvia Trujillo Art

© Copyright 2015 Silvia Trujillo Art

Three You Are

The subtle ripples of paint created by the palette knife really bring an oil painting to life, whether it’s a shimmering landscape or a fruit bursting with ripeness. I did this demonstration for a workshop I led at the Rogue Art Center last month.

Price: $250
Media: Oil on canvas
Size: 8”x8″

© Copyright 2015 Silvia Trujillo Art

© Copyright 2015 Silvia Trujillo Art

Studio Paintings from Plein Air Sketches

 

Studio Paintings from Plein Air Sketches

Painting, including landscape painting, has historically been an indoor art, and it wasn’t until the heyday of Impressionism did painting outdoors become the norm. Just recently, painting plein air has become a very popular style of painting that in itself stands alone as a practice. I have been taking students out to paint on location since 1980 before the word Plein Air was used. We called it Painting from Nature or location painting. Prior to the Impressionists, any outdoor painting practice was distinctly subordinate to studio work. Remember, in a time before cameras, all paintings that were created in the studio were painted directly from models or from drawings made outside along with sketches in watercolor, pastel and paint. Few paintings done on location were ever offered for sale because they belonged to the artist as references for larger studio works or as a diary for recording their experiences outdoors.

I believe in the principle that every pictorial invention must be rooted in observation, and I use En Plein Air painting as a practice of visual note taking, recording and drawing the slightest details of a leaf or limb to the most detailed record of a full autumn tree. Spending time studying the subtitles of nature is the true reward of painting from nature.

Sketching has been fundamental to an artist’s practice since the Renaissance. My Etudes or studies are my records of nature, directly observed. Many are completed studies while others are just sketches for something even more fabulous that’s created in the studio. In the painting “Silence Broken,” I used my location sketches as well as sketches of Elk from my journeys in the wild, along with my knowledge of the anatomy of Elk to create the studio painting of a subject I feel very passionate about ~ wildlife as it appears in nature.

October 1, 2014

I was exploring the northern flank of Mt. Shasta as I sketched the hillsides. It has been rumored that a small Elk herd had wandered up the northern slope of the Mt. Shasta foothills. Larry, a seasoned hunter and animal lover was my guide. We ventured from Old Military Road towards Mt. Shasta following endless trails of Elk and Deer tracks that meandered through the Manzanita, and all the trails led to dead ends. Along the way, my artistic senses were on overload as beautiful redwood and white fir trees made their grand stance along beautiful canyons and waterfalls. The smell of wildflowers filled the air and I was inspired to sketch everything. Except for the quiet buzz of Cicadas that were everywhere, the forest was quiet. All of a sudden the silence was broken by a bugling Elk telling us that this was his terrain and our presence was not welcome. His eyes were fixated on ours. His massive chest thrust outward with every sound that he made. His every movement was poised and determined like a great matador in a bull fight but this time I was the bull and he was the matador. With great respect, we retreated, but not until I sketched this magnificent animal to recreate in my studio.

Painting on location is a wonderful discipline and a fascinating painting practice. I find it incredibly stimulating and enjoyable to experience the feeling of being absorbed in careful observation. And when I sketch on location, I love forming the foundation for a great painting like “Silence Broken” that I finish later in my studio.

In the upcoming workshops in Mt. Shasta, I will talk more about the history of Plein Air painting and how it can be an interesting and creative practice where a painting can be completed either on location or can be the beginning of a great studio painting.

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“The Funny Farm”, Whimsical Animal Paintings by Dana Feagin

Mark your calendar for First Friday, August 7th! My newest collection of animal paintings, “The Funny Farm”, is the featured work at Art & Soul Gallery. The opening reception runs from 5-8PM during Ashland’s Art Walk. In addition to 13-14 new whimsical animal paintings (which I am still working away on!), Platt Anderson Winery will be hosting a wine tasting, and animal friendly appetizers, including Miyoko’s Kitchen Cashew Cheeses will be available. If you can’t make the opening, the show opens on August 4th through August 30th. Ten percent of the sales will be donated to Sanctuary One, a care farm in Jacksonville, OR.

 

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