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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 […]

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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 – […]

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Valley Homestead

Hundreds of small-scale, family-owned farms dot the Rogue Valley and give it its unique characteristics. These hardy individuals, like the weathered barns and homes they pass between, quietly persist through extreme weather and economic hardships, standing against the trend toward industrial farming. This is my tribute to the many gifts our local farmers give us […]

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Ancient River

The Upper Umpqua River flows through some of the most breathtaking scenery in all of Oregon. Renowned by fly fishers, photographers, and outdoor enthusiasts, it is also the perfect setting for a plein air competition, which is how I came to paint here! The river’s captivating movements, reflections and emotions all found their way into […]

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Who knows what animals are thinking? Harvey, a beagle I painted this winter on commission, seems to be quietly observing the world go by, but that glint in his eye might just send him dashing outside to play in it!

NFS Media: Oil on canvas Size: 8″ x 10″

© Copyright 2014 Silvia […]

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C Street Phoenix, Oregon

A few blocks from my house, painted this summer. I’ve painted this building and square block from almost all sides now…  Endlessly interesting.Filed under: Landscape, Paintings Tagged: 2014, art, Ashland Art Center, fine art, landscape, oil, oil painting, plein air, rogue valley, Sarah burns, sarah f burns, southern oregon

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Kim’s Last Weekend

Medford Kim’s – a place glamorous and practical, exotic and so familiar, a place so many people carry special memories of, a place that has gotten more beautiful with age –  is being torn down, beginning Monday, Nov 10, 2014.  I’ve painted this spot twice before, and went out today to get make one last effort at […]

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For those of you who have wondered what goes on in that nifty blue building on the Phoenix, OR main drag —- > click. I kind of like the preliminary drawing too – Filed under: Landscape, painting, Paintings, Uncategorized Tagged: 2014, art, ephemera, fine art, landscape, oil, oil painting, oregon, phoenix, plein, plein air, rogue […]

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Ashland Paint Out: A Celebration of Arts and Parks

It’s wonderful to be back in Ashland among our thriving artistic community! On Saturday, I participated in Ashland Paint Out, a plein-air-painting competition (though it was all very convivial) that sent local artists out into North Mountain and Lithia parks. Our mission was to capture the landscape, colors and visions of these world-class parks and […]

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The Rogue and Table Rock Companion  

Even in the hot, lazy days of summer, the Rogue River is cold and lively. Table rock is a local icon, a piece of ancient rock that rises up out of the river valley. When the heat gets to be too much, it’s up above we should be, or down below, floating on a river.


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