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Eye-Opening Works for the Oregon Retina Center

Last summer I received a commissioned project for the Oregon Retina Center in Medford. They wanted three large abstract works to add color and energy to their halls.

Years ago, I worked primarily in large format and I’d forgotten how much I love the process. I stocked up on large brushes (like you would use to paint a house!), huge tubes of oil paint, and buckets of finishing varnish and set to work.

I think the project turned out nicely and the clients are happy. Most important, I rediscovered a passion for creating art that can really sweep you up and bring you into a landscape or abstract scene. Keep an eye out (no pun intended!) for more of these from the studio of Silvia Trujillo!

Could your home or office use more color or a calming nature scene? Contact me to discuss a commissioned work.

Silvia Trujillo with large-format painting for Oregon Retina Center

Here I am at the Oregon Retina Center with one of the three abstract oil paintings.

 

© 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

Two of the three commissioned pieces, finished in my studio. © 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

 

© 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

The third work in the series. © 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

Window Light

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There is something about a window that is almost magic… 

Maybe with a tattered lace curtain or a piece of worn fabric attached with a thumb tack.

Maybe its the light. How it changes through the hours. Through the seasons.

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Sometimes light comes from the inside and sometimes from the outside.

What stories are there within the walls that frame it?

What stories are outside on the streets or roads that people travel upon?

Why did these windows call to me that I had to stop and photograph them?

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Sold on the Spot

As just about everyone knows, it’s not easy making a living as an artist. It’s definitely a job that must be done for the love of it, and with a certain amount of trust in the universe to connect each painting with its buyer.

Sometimes, this connection can take a while, but occasionally it happens with lightning speed!  While teaching a workshop in Sacramento this spring, I painted the demonstration piece below. As soon as I finished it, a student decided she must have it and bought it on the spot.

I’m teaching another workshop at the Sacramento Arts Center next month – contact me if you’d like to sign up (and no, I don’t expect you to buy my demo!)

  © 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

Demonstration for “Shadows and Reflections” workshop at the American River. © 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

Here are a couple more paintings that have sold recently at galleries and on my eBay store.

© 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

“The Pond” — SOLD    © 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

 

© 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

“Wildflowers” — SOLD  © 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

Head over Heels with Hills

There’s something playful about the rolling hills of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Like someone came along and scrunched up the landscape. It makes me want to lie in the grass and roll all the way down. But rocks and burrs – no thanks! I let my brush play on the canvas and spare myself the bruises.

 © 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

“Hill Sublime” Oil on canvas.  SOLD      © 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

 

 © 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

“Talented Hills” These poplars and oaks are just beginning to make their seasonal transformation into brilliant yellow and orange. Oil on 18″ x 18″ canvas.  $475    © 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

 

 © 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

These hills are carved from 100% solid butter! Not really, but they could’ve fooled me!  Oil on canvas — SOLD

Workshop next month in Sacramento!

If you’re in the Sacramento area, please join me for another fun and interactive workshop!

Silvia Trujillo Workshop Sept 2018

For the Love of the Rogue

Most people think of rivers as recreational sites but they’re so much more than that! As I roam the Rogue Valley, brush and palette knife in hand, I see all the ways that water brings life to this region. The images here are some of my recent favorites from these explorations.

© 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

“Ti’limokh Falls”   Knife-painted on a lovely July day at the Rogue River just outside the city of Gold Hill. I used a thick oil impasto which lends a fantastic sense of movement to the water. Oil on 10″x10″ canvas. $295  © 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

 

© 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

“Paschal’s View”  Although these hills are still enjoying the benefits of late-spring rains, when late summer rolls around water from the Rogue River will keep the grape vines green. Oil on 12″ x 24″ canvas. $475  © 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

 

© 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

“Lavender Love” Everyone knows the Rogue Valley as a world-class wine producer, but the lavender fields are equally impressive. You can almost smell those fat purple buds when you stand next to this painting! 16″ x 20″  $475    © 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

Cold Winter Still Lifes

Silvia here! I know it’s been a while and you are starved for some genuine Trujillo Art. Hopefully over the next few days I’ll get a bunch posted up here to share with you. Thanks for your patience!

It’s hot and smokey here in the Rogue Valley, so I thought I’d start with some of my “cooler” works that I did over the winter. Plus, a shot of my solo show at Art and Soul Gallery in Ashland last fall.

© 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

“A Study in Cool”   © 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

I love how an assemblage of like objects become a tribe unto their own. These vases are keeping it cool with subtle light tricks and mysterious shadows.

Oil on 12″x16″ canvas.

$200

 

© 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

“Brave Apple”  © 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

What I love about this work is that each element stands alone, yet they encourage one another in the space they share.

Oil on 11″x14″ canvas.

$225

 

© 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

“Fruit and Tea”  © 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

I love to eat seasonally. When fall arrives with its harvests, the long summer wait makes juicy pears and apples such a treat.

Oil on 12″x16″ canvas

$295

 

I was the Featured Artist at the Art and Soul Gallery in Ashland last October. Images of Crater Lake, Table Rock and more.

Painting on Location in Yosemite With Stefan Baumann

Inspiring Millions to paint outdoors This video is about Touch Move and Inspire. Get a free Book at his website www.StefanBaumann.com. The paintings of Stefan Baumann reveal the true spirit of nature by transporting the viewer to distant lands that have gone unseen and undisturbed. With the huge success of Baumann’s weekly PBS television series “The Grand View: America’s National Parks through the Eyes of an Artist,” millions of people witness for themselves the magic Stefan portrays on canvas, his passion for nature and the American landscape. By distilling his love of nature into a luminous painting of brilliant, saturated color that transcends conventional landscape and wildlife art, Baumann has captured the hearts and imaginations of a generation. Each painting becomes an experience rather than merely a picture – a vivid manifestation of his special and personal union with nature and the outdoor world. Through his mastery of light, color and artful composition, Baumann invites you to experience nature in its purity. It is no wonder that for many years distinguished American collectors, including former presidents and financial icons, have sought out his work.

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Painting & WSO Traveling Exhibition In Carlton, OR

Wallow Gallery, Carlton OR

Greetings!  I am pleased to say that my watercolor painting “Three Minute Egg V11”, is now showing in the Wallow Gallery, Carlton, OR.

Carlton: Three Minute Egg V11

You see, it is one of the 20 award winning paintings from the Watercolor Society of Oregon’s (WSO) Spring 2018 Experimental Exhibition.  And, WSO has a traveling show consisting of their award winning paintings.  So, the award winning paintings get to travel to select galleries around Oregon.

Gallery Details.

I would like to invite you to see the Traveling Exhibition in Carlton.  Therefore, I’d like to share gallery information with you.  The paintings are showing at the Wallow Gallery, 125 W. Main St.  Business hours are Fri-Sun, 12-5pm. For more information, please email [email protected] or call 503-785-9951.  Furthermore, you may want to call the gallery first if you plan to see the exhibition.

The paintings will be on display through the end of September.

WSO 2018 Traveling Exhibition

WSO Experimental Exhibition.

What makes the experimental exhibition special is that artists are encouraged to explore different water-media and substrates.  Put another way, you see everything from a more traditional watercolor paint on paper to mixed water-media on aqua or clay-board.  And, the types of water-media include transparent watercolor, gouache and acrylic.

Still, the intentions of jurying the show are the same: recognizing paintings with technical and artistic achievement.

And, one further note about WSO art shows.  The fall exhibition includes only watercolor works on paper.  You can see, then, how it contrasts with the spring experimental show.

Photos By Liz Walker.

Carlton; Liz Walker's "On Solid Ground" used with permission

I’d like to give you some background regarding the photos.  To explain, most are from fellow Oregon artist, Ms. Liz Walker.  Thank you Liz for permission to use your photos!

Included are her photos from some of the previous stops on the traveling show’s journey.  Plus, I’m adding her own award winning painting.  I liked the feeling of her painting “On Solid Ground”.  You see, it has a degree of mystery that I particularly enjoy!

Thank you!

On a personal note, I would like to extend a “thank you” to Zsuzanna Wallow, Sandy and all the WSO members responsible for this wonderful show.  And, a HUGE thank you to Wallow Gallery for showing the art works!

Please Stop By!

In closing, I would like to invite you to stop by the Wallow Gallery if you are in the area!  Please, go see some wonderful experimental water-media paintings by my friends and fellow Oregon fine artists!  Thank you!

Carlton. Paintings from WSO Spring Exhibition

 

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A Clown: More Than A Smiling Face

But, still, a smiling clown can be good!

Clowns Popped In My Head.

Hi!  Lately, I’ve been doing some small studies of clowns.  Why clowns?  I don’t know.  They popped into my head this past May and I keep coming back to them.

Research Time.

So, after a few drawings, I thought it might be a good idea to research clowns.  I started with a search for famous clowns.  As you might expect, there were photos and mentions of some of the more recent famous comedic characters, both real and fictional.  Circus clowns like Emmett Kelly, American Tramp “Weary Willie” and Red Skelton, Freddie the Freeloader.

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Traditional Types.

Then, I started finding articles about traditional circus clowns.  Did you know, that there were generally three types of circus clowns?  They are the white face, Auguste (red face),  character clowns.  The character clowns may include the more recent hobo or tramp, like Weary Willie.

Boss Clown.

There is a funny hierarchy too.  To over simplify, the white face clown is the top clown and serious (straight face) clown.  Whereas the red face or Auguste clown is the one that gets the pie in the face.  Naturally, the character clowns play characters.

Its About Meaning.

Now that I’ve shared with you my quick research on these circus characters, I’d like to relate my findings to drawings.  You see, it makes it much more interesting creating my clown characters now that I know a little bit about them.  And, its inspired me to create more!

Oddly enough, I drew a “white face” clown without knowing the significance.  Still, I think he is appropriate for the occasion.

Clown With Daisies & Balloons.

In any case, I hope you enjoy my clown with daisies and balloons.  Thank you!

PS.  You could say that this watercolor and ink study is a type of “drawing from memory and imagination”.  The emphasis is on imagination!

Twin Clowns.

Naturally, when you draw one clown, well, maybe you need to draw two!  Plus, I’m a fraternal twin.   Happiness!

Clown: Twins

 

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