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Featured Artist Southern Oregon Magazine, Spring 2014 – Dana Feagin, Inspired Pet Portraits & Animal Paintings

I was pleasantly surprised to be contacted by the editor of Southern Oregon Magazine saying I would have a small feature article in their spring issue! I submitted four images and they selected Flower Girl, the Boxer dog painting below, which is also the same painting that will be featured on the Friends of the Animal Shelter invitation for their fundraiser this spring. Then, this morning, the painting sold to a collector from New York, who now owns four of my paintings. All in all, it’s been a good week!

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Passages

Most often we notice the starting and end points of a journey, not the passages between. This blue gate demands to be noticed, while at the same time it invites us into the sun-dappled world beyond. Seeing it near my house always gives me a smile – who knows where the day may take us?

Price: $575.00 
Media: oil on stretched canvas
Size: 20×16 in
© “Copyright” 2014 Silvia Trujillo Art

© “Copyright” 2014 Silvia Trujillo Art

 

Ancient Beginnings II

Volcanic action millions of years ago created these red rocks at Diablo Canyon, New Mexico; carved out by water, this landscape is still in formation. Standing among them, I realize how short a human life really is. Luckily, my art will last a lot longer than me – though not as long as the canyons.

Price: $325.00
Media: Oil on stretched canvas
Size: 7×11

© “Copyright” 2014 Silvia Trujillo Art

© “Copyright” 2014 Silvia Trujillo Art

Ancient Beginnings I

I traveled with a plein air group to Diablo Canyon, just outside of Santa Fe near the Rio Grande. The drama of the rocks and clouds gave us plenty to paint. It’s certainly a change from the rolling hills of Southern Oregon, where I’ve been painting for the past couple of years!

Price: $500.00
Media: Oil on stretched canvas
Size: 16×12 in

© “Copyright” 2014 Silvia Trujillo Art

© “Copyright” 2014 Silvia Trujillo Art

At Home with Art

One of the benefits of being an artist is that there’s never a lack of art to decorate with! A landscape painting on the wall is the best therapy for those of us who feel more at home in nature than indoors. I’ve also found that a still life can calm and inspire, and a portrait of a pet or animal can be the best companion when the house feels empty. (My husband’s name is Art, so literally, I’m married to it…)

When I moved to Taos, New Mexico a few weeks ago, the first thing I did was hang up my paintings. They looked so nice on the adobe walls that I had to take some photos!

Do you have some empty walls? I sell my work online:  eBay, Daily Paintworks, and Zatista. The Artful Eye gallery in Cloverdale, CA also sells my work – primarily wine country and California scenes.

© “Copyright” 2014 Silvia Trujillo Art

© “Copyright” 2014 Silvia Trujillo Art

© “Copyright” 2014 Silvia Trujillo Art

© “Copyright” 2014 Silvia Trujillo Art

© “Copyright” 2014 Silvia Trujillo Art

© “Copyright” 2014 Silvia Trujillo Art

My Southwestern Sabbatical

I’ve temporarily relocated to Taos, New Mexico, primarily to plein air paint somewhere new and different.

It’s a big change for me. I’ve spent all of my life on the west coast and the past seven years in Oregon, and I love those places so much I thought I’d never leave.

But recent visits to New Mexico, where my daughter and step-son also live, have inspired me – the work and life of Georgia O’Keefe, the rich Native American cultural traditions, and the landscape’s breathtaking canyons, charming adobes and wide-open skies. Combine these things with the year-round sunshine, and you can see why New Mexico has been calling me to head outside and paint.

To give you an idea of where I am now, I took some pictures around our new house, near Taos. Scroll down to see them.

Thanks for reading my latest news, and I look forward to hearing from you!

Blessings, Silvia.

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© “Copyright” 2014 Silvia Trujillo Art

We love our adobe house. It’s nice to be surrounded by earthen walls and be so well insulated from the temperature extremes out doors.

© “Copyright” 2014 Silvia Trujillo Art

This is the gate that leads into our “compound”. I can’t wait to paint it when the trees start to green up a little!

© “Copyright” 2014 Silvia Trujillo Art

Here’s where my dog Becky and I plan to take in many doses of Vitamin D!

© “Copyright” 2014 Silvia Trujillo Art

Our house is one of several in a “compound”, all owned by a nice older gentleman. All of the homes are different – there is no “cookie cutter” adobe. The place feels like a community but everyone maintains their own space – just how I like it.

ACEO – playing with vintage pages and images, dressed up with original art.

Such fun to do. Did this today, an ACEO (2.5×3.5″) art original collage + original painting roses.Old handwriting from 1874, Harper’s Bazar illustration (fashion) from 1898 – hand tinted in watercolor. And decorative roses hand-painted in gouache. Rounded corners – card backed. “A True Rose” Listed on eBay.© Jillian Crider

http://www.ebay.com/itm/291119473583

Art of Jillian Crider 2014-04-02 13:19:00

I’ve offered prints on old book pages in my Etsy store before, as well as currently. But this is a first.I was thinking how much I love teacups, especially those with pink roses, and then thinking how popular prints of my watercolor of one has been. I had an old book from 1876 nearby, and was thinking of printing on the pages of it. And from there, this became my new creation (using my own art

The Many Faces of Pookie, Zeus and Zena – Inspired Pet Portraits & Animal Paintings by Dana Feagin

This commission will be my biggest challenge to date  -  a series of nine paintings capturing the sweet quirkiness of Zena, Zeus and Pookie. They were such an important part of their owner’s life, that he is commissioning a large number of pieces, from different artists, in commemoration of their lives. Over the last few weeks, we have culled through a large number of pictures, some a bit blurry, and finally settled on these images. Today I finished drawing them out on gallery wrapped canvas, and hung them on my studio wall so I could see them all together.  We are thinking each dog will have a different colored background, so I am still mulling over the possibilities. Let the painting begin!LandonsDrawings  

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Photobombed by a Squirrel!

Going through my photos, and tagging them with keywords, and loved this ruined farmhouse (southern Oregon), so enlarged it. I started to laugh …
I was …
Photobombed by a squirrel! This little guy looked up out of a ditch/creek? to see what was happening to an otherwise quiet rural area. Took 3 photos, he’s in 2 of them. Made me laugh.