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Water for Body, Water for Soul

At the end of summer, a simple gift of water. Blessings of refreshment to you!

Thinking of Trees

 As I finish compiling a collection of poems, I’ve had to let many things go, including some grand quotes about trees. Since I can’t squeeze all of these beautiful bits into the book, I thought I’d share some here:  



The one who’s lying on his back under tall trees

is also up there within them.

— Tomas Tranströmer, “Breathing Space, July”


The trees spoke of patience.

— Suzanne Simard, Finding the Mother Tree


[I]n the language of trees there’s no grammatical mood: questions, statements, or commands—it’s all song, stripped of anything like judgement, intention, or need. 

Carl Phillips, Then the War and Selected Poems


Day brings what is going to be. Trees—

wherever they are—begin to stand. 

— William Stafford, “Letting You Go”


But blessed are those who trust in the Lord 

and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.

They are like trees planted along a riverbank, 

with roots that reach deep into the water. 

Such trees are not bothered by the heat 

or worried by long months of drought. 

Their leaves stay green, 

and they never stop producing fruit. 

Jeremiah 17:7-8 NLT

Natural Acrylik Paint Has Arrived!

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Three Watercolor Studies Done While Camping

Greetings!  I hope this finds you enjoying your summer. One think I enjoy doing is watercolor studies while my husband and I are out camping somewhere.  And, that’s what I want to talk about today. From Classes To Traveling. To explain, after spending several months concentrating on my online class with the Art Students League …

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REMINDER! Silvia Trujillo Art Workshop Next Thursday

Mark your calendar!

Don’t miss my art workshop next Thursday — July 27 (1–4pm) — at Central Art Supply.  Come and join our fun and supportive group who enjoy all things art & painting related! It’s a small group (in a big room) which allows for a lot of personal attention. I’m there to consult and encourage, with many suggestions for new ways to improve your art skills 

 Bring projects you want to finish or start a completely new one under my guidance. I’m there to help!

 Contact me soon to reserve your space. The class fee is $25. 

Meanwhile, here are plein air paintings of Summer scenery – the result of painting outings in the hot sun, but so well worth it!

Questions about my art workshop next Thursdy? Contact me with one of the links below:
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From Seed to Sky

When we built this house, I sprinkled a packet of wildflower seeds beneath the front patio. The first spring, mostly zinnias grew up. Last year, mostly poppies. This year, all Brown-Eyed Susans and some wild green thing that went to seed and grew taller than I. 


I marvel at how what begins in darkness keeps reaching for the light. From seed to sky, may we keep reaching. 


Blessings of Light to you,



Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July! Today has included a Blues Angel flyover (thrilling), a small town parade (charming), sloth-like heat (sloth-like), a little that’s turned into a lot home improvement painting job (chore type front porch painting painting, not the easel variety painting painting), people watching (red white blue outfits are a thing!) and a little spontaneous cake oil painting in between it all. 

I enjoy a no pressure spontaneous seasonal painting. They make me happy. This one is on a flat masonite art board, needs to be framed or propped up against books but fun for this time of year. 

Enjoy your bbq or hot dogs or both and hope you are having a leisurely lovely long (long) weekend. Tomorrow is Wednesday! 

“Flag Cake” 8×10″ oil on masonite board

Sky Me

On finding an old photo of alpenglow

O clouds—

such brief beauty—

you sky me

with your glory. 

Watercolor & Wine with Anne Brooke and Lauren Card

Watercolor & Wine class with Anne Brooke and Lauren Card - logo

Two experienced fine artists and longtime fine art instructors, Anne Brooke and Lauren Card want to help you create your own piece of original art. Create with them in a safe, encouraging environment as you enjoy a glass of wine and learn about watercolor along the way. Each painter receives watercolor paper, brushes and paints, and a glass of wine for the modest price of $40 per person.

Anne & Lauren bring you a unique experience in a relaxing and easy atmosphere. It’s great fun regardless of your skill level. No experience necessary!

Watercolor & Wine has been very well received thus far. This is the third W&W after two previous events sold out!

For more information and to register, call Anne at 541-941-7057.

Every day is a good day when you can paint…and sip wine!

Watercolor Workshop with Anne Brooke

Geraniums, watercolor by Anne Brooke
Geraniums, watercolor by Anne Brooke

Join respected watercolorist and encouraging art instructor Anne Brooke for an all-new watercolor workshop. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about watercolor to make you a more powerful painter. 6 weeks of Thursdays starting September 7th from 1–3:30pm for $130. Price includes workbook and supplies. Contact Anne at [email protected] or 541-941-7057 for more information. Register now!