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The Contemporary Look

Example of cradled hardboard, white sides

Example of a painting on cradled hardboard, ready to hang.

I just wanted to share a quick note on my paintings that might not be obvious unless you come to one of my gallery shows! Recently I’ve been using cradled hardboard instead of canvas for some of my works. Instead of painting on a canvas stretched onto a frame, the cradled hardboard format allows me to paint directly on a piece of wood that offers rigid support for the oil medium. The blank sides make the paintings ready to hang as-is – no frame needed! They can still be framed if you prefer, but many of my customers enjoy this look because it has a much more contemporary feel.

In fact, many of my oil paintings on canvas can also be hung without a frame. I paint the whole canvas — sides included — for a wraparound effect. Again, the result is a clean, modern work of art that will fit nicely on any wall.

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Daring Views of Grizzly Peak

I’ve been fortunate enough to occupy a studio that looks out over Grizzly Peak in Ashland. These paintings are a series I did on different days in the month of May. Looking at the very different scenes that can be composed from one vantage point, I’m reminded that there is opportunity to capture beauty everywhere – if we’re able to see it and dare to paint it.

"Grizzly Peak Reposed" © 2017 Silvia Trujillo Art

“Grizzly Peak Reposed” © 2017 Silvia Trujillo Art

8×8″
Cradled hardboard
$295

 

"Grizzly Peak Emerged" © 2017 Silvia Trujillo Art

“Grizzly Peak Emergence” © 2017 Silvia Trujillo Art

8×8″
Cradled hardboard
$295

 

"Grizzly Peak Transmuted" © 2017 Silvia Trujillo Art

“Grizzly Peak Transmuted” © 2017 Silvia Trujillo Art

8×8″
Cradled hardboard
$295

 

"Turbulence over Grizzly Peak" © 2017 Silvia Trujillo Art

“Turbulence over Grizzly Peak” © 2017 Silvia Trujillo Art

8×8″
Cradled hardboard
$295

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Morning Overlook (Emigrant Lake)

Morning Overlook (Emigrant Lake) © 2017 Silvia Trujillo Art

Morning Overlook (Emigrant Lake) © 2017 Silvia Trujillo Art

On a hot summer day, a group of plein air students and I headed out early to capture the stunning colors of Emigrant Lake. I created this piece as a demonstration, and the cool blue water still calls to me for a swim!

Morning Overlook (Emigrant Lake)
10″x10″
Cradled hardboard
$395

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Southern Oregon Plein Air Competition, 2017

On the last weekend of June this summer, artists from across the region convened in the Rouge Valley for an annual frenzy of paint, camaraderie and friendly competition. They changed the rules slightly this year but what didn’t change was that all put out their best work and were deservedly recognized. Here are my three paintings from the event.

“Lupines & Poppies” © 2017 Silvia Trujillo Art

Lupines & Poppies

12.5×12.5
Oil on cradled hardboard
$495

 

 

 

 


 

“Drawn to Water” © 2017 Silvia Trujillo Art

Drawn to Water

12×12
Oil on cradled hardboard
$495

 

 

 

 

 

 


“Mountain Medicine” © Copyright 2017 Silvia Trujillo Art

Mountain Medicine

8×8
Oil on cradled hardboard
$195

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Hooked on Oils

Here’s a poetic gem from one of my sudents, Susy, that I just had to share.

“Hooked”
when i took my clothes off
i found a dot of light green on my inner thigh…
a streak of viridian running from wrist to elbow
chartreuse on my cheek.
aching from squatting
wrinkled from squinting
and
withered in 97 degrees F,
i slipped into
a parade of
kissing colors
and woke to find myself
forever
hooked on oils.
sigh

Are you hooked on oils? Let’s have an intervention – I mean, a lesson! When used properly, oils can be a safe and healthy way to relax and bring more creativity to your life.

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Skies and Clouds Workshop August 25

Workshop sponsored by the Sacramento Fine Arts Center
Contact me to register.

Skies and Clouds with artist Silvia Trujillo

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A Poem

Another gem from Student Susy.

“Hooked”
when i took my clothes off
i found a dot of light green on my inner thigh…
a streak of viridian running from wrist to elbow
chartreuse on my cheek.
aching from squatting
wrinkled from squinting
and
withered in 97 degrees F,
i slipped into
a parade of
kissing colors
and woke to find myself
forever
hooked on oils.
sigh

Are you hooked on oils? Let’s have an intervention – I mean, a lesson! When used properly, oils can be a safe and healthy way to relax and bring more creativity to your life.

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DIY Paintbrush Holder

Normally this blog is just about my paintings and workshops, but I just had to share THIS!

A fabulous art student of mine, Susy, sent the idea along and it could easily save you $20 for a paintbrush holder. Won’t tip or accidentally get knocked over. Plus, when it inevitably gets dirty with paint, just toss it and start over afresh.

Fabulous DIY paintbrush holder for oil paints Fabulous DIY paintbrush holder

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Skies and Clouds with Silvia Trujillo at Rogue Gallery THIS SATURDAY!!

Skies and Clouds with Silvia Trujillo
Saturday, June 3,10am-4pm
All painting media and skill levels welcome

Discover the importance of skies in a landscape painting. In this class you will explore ways to impart luminosity to skies, strengthen compositions through effective placement of cloud shapes, handle the edges of a cloud, and enhance a mood with the creative use of color.

Silvia Trujillo has over 20 years of teaching experience in painting and drawing. Her work is featured in galleries throughout the west coast and is collected internationally.

silviatrujillo.com

MEMBERS $85 NON-MEMBERS $100 MATERIALS LIST Register Here >>

 

Upcoming Workshops: Skies & Clouds, Plein Aire & more!

Get Out and Paint this Summer!

I love teaching workshops and have three fantastic ones coming up in the next few weeks. It’s fun to get together with a group of other artists to refine skills and share experiences. I hope you can join us. Details below.

Moon Over Ashland Hills © Copyright 2015 Silvia Trujillo Art

Moon Over Ashland Hills © Copyright 2015 Silvia Trujillo Art

Skies and Clouds with Silvia Trujillo

Rogue Gallery & Art Center
Saturday, June 3,10am-4pm
All painting media and skill levels welcome

Discover the importance of skies in a landscape painting. In this class you will explore ways to impart luminosity to skies, strengthen compositions through effective placement of cloud shapes, handle the edges of a cloud, and enhance a mood with the creative use of color.

Plein Aire Painting with Silvia Trujillo

Location TBA
Saturday and Sunday, July 8-9, 8:30am-12pm
All painting media and skill levels welcome

The tradition of Plein Aire (open air) painting began with the impressionists. In this class you will develop a deeper understanding of how to create a successful landscape painting. You will learn principles of composition, light/shadows, atmospheric perspective, and color temperature while working on location. Working directly from nature will help you gain a new understanding and confidence in your landscape painting.

Fix and Finish with Silvia Trujillo

Rogue Gallery & Art Center
Saturday and Sunday, August 19-20,10am-2pm
All painting media and skill levels welcome

“Fix and/or Finish” a painting by figuring out what will benefit those pieces that are not quite working, or start a new project! The instructor will help with composition, color, and techniques to guide viewers’ eyes through your painting. Silvia has a wide range of experience with different styles and media, and will help you in mastering yours.

To register for these workshops please contact:

Rogue Gallery & Art Center
40 S. Bartlett Street
Medford, OR 97501
phone: 541-772-8118

email: [email protected]
website: www.roguegallery.org

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