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Festive Friday: TopsyTurveyTulipLand

Hi and Happy “Festive Friday!” I have been taking on-line classes through The Art Students League of New York lately.  And, though I’ve been working, I’m not ready to share the new stuff. For example, this month has been a watercolor figure class and the results are rough. So, what I decided that I would …

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The Illuminated Scroll – Workshop with Roxanne Evans Stout

Roxanne Evans Stout - Find the essence of your creativity

Hello you beautiful friends and artists!

I hope you are well and happy. May this newsletter find you creating magic! I love connecting with you, and I’m so excited to tell you about an upcoming opportunity for us to create together online!

Create mixed-media magic with us in The Illuminated Scroll! Here is the open scroll project I will teach, and Seth and Lisa will make completely different scrolls with you!
Create Mixed-Media Magic With Us In… The Illuminated Scroll!
People have created scrolls to record beauty and magic since ancient times. In The Illuminated Scroll, you will connect with history and the elements as we make three unique mixed-media scrolls on each of the three days. This is a special opportunity with Lisa Agaran-Sand, Seth Apter, and I each teaching for one whole day of the workshop!
I teach the first day and will guide you through your first Illuminated Scroll! Together we will create an enticing piece out of fabric treated with layers of gesso and paint and then embellished with a blend of collaged fabric & papers, stitching, and gatherings from nature. I will also show you how to incorporate an easy weave into your scroll to hold sticks and other found objects.

For a special touch, we will also be using my newest stencil designs! I’m so excited for you to use them. All of my stencil designs are available at StencilGirl Products!

Your majestic scroll will be a stunning work of art both when rolled up and opened to be hung on the wall, revealing your visual stories.
Here is a semi-rolled view of the scroll above, which I will guide you in making on the first day! You won’t believe the beauties Lisa and Seth have in store for you on the other days!

Won’t You Join Us!

The live Zoom sessions for The Illuminated Scroll are Thursday-Saturday, November 11-13. Registration also includes a pre-workshop Meet the Instructors Night event, daily raffle giveaways gifted by the artists, and daily recordings for later viewing. There is also a non-live option! Get all the details and register now!

Won’t you make Illuminated Scrolls with us?!
Here is a sample of the scroll I will teach you to make in The Illuminated Scroll. Seth and Lisa will teach their own secrets and techniques on their days!

Sending you blessings of creativity and joy!

Won’t you join us for The Illuminated Scroll, live on Zoom Nov. 11-13?! Or join us for the non-live version!



September Love

This is to let you know about a couple of upcoming events.  

Since the “Improve your Painting 101” mini-workshop at Scrappy Craft was so well received last month, I’m continuing it on a monthly basis. Next week – Thursday, Sept 30, (1-4pm) is the next class. There is still room if you would like to join us! Contact me directly to reserve space, or if you have any questions.  

I’m also looking forward to teaching another plein air workshop on Saturday, October 9 (10-4) at Lone Ranch alpaca farm! The workshop is sponsored by Rogue Gallery Art Center; sign up with them; either online or by phone. * attached flyer for more info

May you enjoy the beauty of Fall and its crisp, bright days!

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Plein Air at Lone Ranch with Silvia Trujillo

Beginning through advanced painters welcome.  All media welcome.

Saturday, October 9, 10 am-4 pm

Experience painting and drawing in the great outdoors.  Enjoy painting the beautiful surroundings of Alpacas at Lone Ranch in Eagle Point, Oregon.  Landscape artist Silvia Trujillo will guide you in depicting the beauty of the landscape, creating interesting compositions, and capturing a moment in time.  Please bring water, a lunch, and light snack, if desired.

MEMBERS $95 NON-MEMBERS $120

To register and to see more adult classes go to roguegallery.org/home/education/adult-classes

Peace Like That

 

I’m a metaphorical girl—I see connections everywhere. This year, I learned the word apophenia: the tendency to look for connections among unrelated things. I’m pretty sure I have a not-so-mild case of it. Whether through simile or metaphor, I am constantly comparing unlike things to better understand abstractions. 

 

In fact, here’s a metaphor: our marriage is a fascinating case of apophenia!

 

Which brings me to rivers. I spend A LOT of time on rivers since I married a man who loves them. And this spring, I’ve wondered about that metaphorical comparison of “peace like a river” in Scripture (Isaiah 48:18, 66:12).  Spend time on even a single river, and you realize that rivers are varied: once section might be placid as a pond. The next might be a white-water “boulder garden” your husband inexplicably wants to kayak through. 

 

Peace like which part of the river?

 

Like all of it. Like: peace in all the river sections, from frog water to Class V rapids. 

 

And peace in the snags—the fallen trees and root masses that accumulate along a shore. They can impede progress. But they can also create little eddies of stillness out of the fast current and give you a place to pause before you continue your journey. I kid you not, I had that snag realization by a river one morning, and that same afternoon, Jared and I got into a massive snag-fight. We got caught on the jagged edges of stuff we’d let accumulate along our shore, but once we pressed through, we found a pool of peace. Someday, we may even remember that there can be peace in the snags, too. 

 

I have an old hymn stuck on repeat in my heart: “When Peace, Like a River.” That song has always held power for me. It was originally titled, “It Is Well With My Soul” for its famous refrain: “It is well, it is well, with my soul.” But I didn’t learn why it was so powerful until last fall, when our friend came for dinner and played us the song on his guitar, telling the back story. 

 

Horatio G. Spafford wrote the hymn in the nineteenth century. He was a prosperous businessman in Chicago. He and his wife had a son and four daughters. Things were going well—until they weren’t. They lost their son to scarlet fever. Then, the Great Chicago Fire destroyed all of Horatio’s real estate, wiping out his life savings. He decided to take his family to England to try and start over. Right before he planned to leave, a business deal arose that could help his family, so he decided to send his wife ahead of him with their daughters. 

 

The boat carrying his family shipwrecked. His wife survived, but all of their daughters died. As soon as he received the news, Horatio took the next ship to be with his wife. At one point on the voyage, the captain told him they had reached the spot where his children had drown. And there—in the place of deep loss and sorrow—he wrote a hymn of peace. Here are the first lines:

 

When peace like a river, attendeth my way,

When sorrows like sea billows roll;

Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to know

It is well, it is well, with my soul.

 

Refrain

It is well, (it is well),

With my soul, (with my soul)

It is well, it is well, with my soul.

 

That man’s understanding of grace takes my breath away. It makes me game to learn the currents of peace like a river. 

 

I want peace like that. 

Flower it Forward

 

The thoughtful Del Rio Vineyards offers our little valley a big gift: rows of U-pick zinnias below their hillsides of vines. 

The only catch? For each bouquet you pick for yourself, you pick two for others. “Flower it forward.” 

I like this double-happiness approach to “pay it forward.” Not just singly, but doubly. 

Thank you, Del Rio, for reminding us to give more than we get. I’m excited to deliver these bright gifts. 

New Works by Silvia Trujillo

I’m still here; painting a lot and teaching when I can. The past 18 months have seen some challenging times for everyone! I wish each of you well during all the difficulties. 


Looking for beauty where it can be found, experiencing life’s simple pleasures, and being in the moment as much as possible; these are the things that are getting me through. May the same be true for you.  

Painting is a way of life and a source of salvation for me. Offering these works of art for others to enjoy brings me great joy; so when you have a moment take a look at my latest offerings.  

You can view my latest paintings on eBay- see my store link below. Just let me know what interests you, and contact me directly (via email), for an additional 15% savings.  

Are you on Facebook or Instagram? I’d love to keep in touch with you there as well!

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Blue: Color Saturation & Temperature

Greetings!  When last I wrote, I was talking all about yellow.  But, a bit of time has past and my latest adventure has been with the color blue. Still Life Class. To explain, I recently took a still life painting class with Karen O’Neil through The Art Students League’s e-telier™.  Each month Ms. O’Neil picks …

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Silvia Trujillo August Classes & New Works

At the end of the month, I’ll be resuming teaching at Scrappy Craft in Phoenix, OR with a mini-workshop called “Improve Your Paintings – 101”. The class is for anyone who wants to advance their painting and drawing skills with me- a teacher who has loads of experience, and a knack for personal coaching. The class is Thursday, August 26 from 1-4 pm / $25 cash, PayPal, or checks only. Contact me directly to reserve your spot.


 On August 28, 10am- 5pm, Rogue Gallery in Medford is hosting my all-day workshop ( see attached flyer) “ Composing the Landscape”.  There is still time for you to sign up!  Call or email them directly to sign up. If you have questions email me here, but enrollment is through the gallery only.


I’m pleased to say that 3 of my works were accepted in the “Haystack Rock” show in the Cannon Beach Gallery! The show is up and running until August 29.  If you’re in the area be sure and stop by to see the many artistic variations of that awe-inspiring Haystack!


And here are some of my recent works done en plein air. 

All of the Above


On one of the rare weekends this summer we weren’t camping, my husband and I attended our church’s outdoor service. We sat beneath an umbrella on a beautiful morning, the sky broad above us. Our friend, Niesje was leading worship. Before beginning a song about bringing Heaven to Earth, she reminded the congregation that, with God, anything can happen. 


God often speaks to me in wordplay (I like to call Him the Wordsmith). As Niesje spoke, I heard in my heart the phrase “all of the above.” Such words and phrases usually arrive simultaneously with layers of meaning, and it can take me a moment to unfurl them. One layer to “all of the above” was Heaven, as in: all of what is higher, all of what is possible. At that moment, beneath the expansive sky, I was reminded of the vastness of possibility. 


But “all of the above” also referred to that pesky option on multiple-choice tests. 


I was never a good test taker. I could study, and I did—hard. But because I didn’t have the knack of knowing what test makers expected, I spent way too much time trying to memorize things instead of learning their context and how they worked together. 


When required to answer essay questions, I could “show” my work and explain nuances, which helped. But for multiple choice tests, there is just one right answer. Pretty black and white. Unless there is the shades-of-gray option D: All of the above. 


In school, I loved and hated “all of the above.” It meant there was more than one correct answer (which I secretly believed about most everything). But it also meant I’d have to know the subject well enough to know that A, B, and C were all correct, too. 


That Sunday beneath the Heavens, I recognized that I’d been slipping back into old patterns of limited, either/or thinking—of believing I’d have to choose just A, B, or C. I was reminded that God is big enough to be both/and—even big enough to offer an alphabet-length set of options and for all of them to be possible! He is big enough to offer all of the above.


I was recently reading about dialectics, which is basically a fancy way to say “both/and” thinking. It’s the paradox of seemingly contradictory things being true, like feeling sad and hopeful at the same time. In other words, there is usually more than one “correct” answer—or at least more than one way to arrive at it. 


Life will throw tests at us—both essay and multiple choice. But it helps to remember that God offers more answers than any test key. It also helps to remember that He is not sitting around in Heaven with a big red pen, waiting to tally our mistakes and write a low score across our lives. In fact, I have a feeling God isn’t really into tests. Humans? For some reason, we seem to like them. So here’s a test on subject matter I’m trying not to memorize but to learn, to embody: 


A. God is not a test maker, waiting to fail us


B. God is love, and love is BIG: bigger than our closed either/or thinking and bigger than our most open and noble imaginings


C. He invites us to dream with Him and Heaven—to get to know Him well and to embrace the mystery of what we do not know


D. All of the above

 

 

Truth Teller Tribe Returns

During my 40 some years of being an artist and teacher, Tribes of Truth Tellers have manifested themselves in many ways.

I taught Sculpture for many years in public schools and tall, cylindrical sculptural forms showed up in paper maché and clay forms. It was so fascinating to see the variety of expressions that resulted when a challenge was put forth to 30 students and they found 30 ways to express it. I worked along with them in order to teach technique. As always happens, we all inspired each other to make our sculptures unique.

The Tribe has also shown up in layered textural acrylic paintings and in collaged, cut, and layered painted paper forms. These two new ones are acrylics painted on paper with a forest in mind. However, the Tribe inserted itself into my consciousness, so I cut them free from each other and re-assembled them on painted wooden panels. I also cut a tree from another painting to add to the mystery.

There they were in all their glory, telling me Truths I hadn’t known before. As it turns out, the story they tell each viewer is specifically tailored to each individual.