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New Adventure & Farewell

New Adventure & Farewell

The Move

Trumpets! Drum roll! My new adventure has started … I’m moving to Mexico! For a tour of the Lake Chapala, Jalisco sample this video. In above journal entries you’ll see reflected my new home’s brilliant colors, relaxed attitudes, soaring swallows, buzzing art community – and a painting around EVERY corner. I intend to resume teaching classes and … revive my women’s retreats. When things are more stable, I hope you’ll travel down to join me.

The Sale

I’ll be hosting a sale of ALL my remaining fine art work, handcrafted books, prints at half price as well as art supplies and studio furnishings to purchase. A great opportunity to take home my artwork or add to your studio at a good price. And … I’d love to say “g’bye” if you can drop by.

DATE  :   July 11th-12th, Saturday & Sunday
TIME   :   11am – 4pm
PLACE:   1109 Lithia Way, Talent, OR 97540

I will be following CDC requirements including face masks, social distancing, and allowing no more than 8-10 people in he large living room and garage at a time.

Visual Arts Journaling Brings Life to Dreams

Awaken from the slumber of winter’s gestation … bring life to those dreams of following creativity and authenticity …

Spring’s Bluster

As winter tugs to hold on and spring throws it’s own punches, we tumble about from 70 degree, sunny days to frosty, snowy fog. But my daffodils are winning out and I’m feeling optimistic for plein air painting, garden digging and hikes with friends. I’m inviting you to trundle along into one of these adventures with me!

Women’s Retreat
Women’s Alpine Celebration
After last year’s ALL inclusive retreat, we plan to replicate what one participant declared, we learned “so many things that related but are all different!” – – but with new invented processes. Consider August 8-13th to be yourweek for a personal opportunity to expand and rediscover hidden creative yearnings, a dedicated time for yourself. For a video sampling  …  feast your eyes on this. Early registration and Scholarships available andmore ! Be one of the select six limited participants  …  come treat yourself! ALSO … prints of the above image
available …
Meyer Memorial Gallery (SOU)
April 21-29, the Ashland Gallery Association presents local artists in conjunction with the Taste of Ashland. Come see some stellar artwork!
Ashland Open Studios Tour 2018
Again this year I will be participating in Open Studios, October 13 and 14. I look forward to meeting more of you and sharing my work and studio!
Traveling Conversations
Our January Sebastopolshow was largely attended and we sold two of our fabulous big collaborative pieces. This continuing exchange between Jean WarrenFloy Zittin and myself will carry on … next showing, hopefully in the Bay Area. Incidentally, this blustery watercolor at very top is fromthis collaborative series!
Visual Art Journaling “Clinic”
Monthly I nest in with up to five diverse artists (emerging or established) to hone the techniques of watercolor specifically related to journaling. My devotion to journaling started in 2001 … and if not familiar … here’s mystory. This year I’m focusing on the color wheel, studying a particular color, 3-5pm, each third Friday of the month … April will be “Greens”. Confirm with me before coming because of limited space!
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Private Sessions

Private Sessions - A private student of Elaine FrenettPrivate Sessions

Just call me to schedule a time for me to sit down with you, conjour up what you’d like to focus upon and then, I’ll craft a specific 2 hour class just for you! It’s one of my favorite arrangements with those I have the privilege of helping along the watercolor path. Contact information at my website,, or in my listing at Southern Oregon Artists Resource.

Monthly Journaling Clinic 2017 Update

Art Journal Page - Streets Aglow

Art Journal Page – Streets Aglow

Monthly Journaling Clinic

I continue doing my fun and successful monthly, Visual Art Journaling Clinic in my Ashland Art Center Studio! Each 3rd Friday, 3-5pm we gather for an new topic with first a quick demo, then all you have your hand at it in these intimate yet relaxed class. Call me to reserve your space (541-944-2196)to come along and play!

Women’s Retreats

Participants of the 2017 Women's Alpine Celebration with facilitator/instructor Elaine Frenett and chef 'Bear'Women’s Retreats

Alpine Celebration

Our August Women’s Alpine Celebration this year was beyond my wildest dream of success. Our cozy group was dazzled by a new chef (“Bear”, by name, in photo), sparked creatively making “everyday a surprise” (to quote one participant) and swooned by personal time enough to even practice one’s mandoline (honest, “I swear”)! And I won’t even go into what happened after the retreat!


Dates for next year’s retreat will be between August 5-16th! Mark your calendars to be included in this limited space sweet Lake Alpine Resort experience.

Traveling Conversations at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, January 2018

California Coastal Clouds, by Elaine Frenett

California Coastal Clouds, Landscape in watercolor by Elaine Frenett

Traveling Conversations
January 2018 at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Gallery III, I’ll be presenting with my dear peer artists, Jean Warren and Floy Zittin, our continuting project, of over 10 years, mailing visual exchanges in paintings (two forms: 5×7 inch individual statements – over 150 – and our collaborative large sheet watercolor pieces). More news to follow.

Traveling Conversations  Show - Art Journal Page - Traveling Conversations Reception

2012 Traveling Conversations Reception

Ashland Open Studios Tour

Ashland Open Studios Tour
Because I’ve moved to Talent I’m FINALLY able to participate in Open Studios. Do come by October 14-15th, 11-5pm. Here’s a handy map and I’ll be doing a demo Saturday at 3pm should you want to catch me in the act!

Inner Bridges Show, Ashland Art Center

Inner bridges Show, Ashland Art Center Inner Bridges
Opening October 5th, 5-8pm, for Ashland Art Center‘s Artwalk is my newest experimental work. I’m pairing up with Janette Brown, testing with our creative process how to bring the new and unpredictable to life.

Relishing Our 2017 Retreat

T’was just like yesterday when I close my eyes. I can see the brilliant sun warming to 3GRPWalkDrwalpine lake beaches and granite, the giggles as we attempted to sketch standing under fragrant evergreens or devouring the crazy decadent and luscious peach cobbler. Did I mention we had a new chef, Bear, that was devoted to the energy of the food? Gave thanks when it was delivered, allowed no cussing while working and knew healing qualities of foods! It was so remarkable – the whole magical and unplanned serendipity of it!

Sparkling blue skies visited us each day with the exception of a thunderous errupting of a storm6DessertEopenmoutn


welcoming us our very first evening.

And the creative dance – oh YES! We traveled from JrnlEsDuelingDemorealism to self-abstraction and experimental processes. Words were discussed and portrayed in poetry AND, in images. Could you guess what my sketch is suggesting? We invented our very own stamp images and carved them. Time intensive process but you can see the happy results!


And most magical always for me, is the weaving together of the women in shared ideas, varying points of view, artistic suggestions and JrnlEsAbstractassistance, garnering insight and understanding, diving into the joy and pain of being human … and eventually … growing new friendships. All these subtle gifts that can never be planned nor controlled.

This “Women’s Alpine Celebration” really was just that – a celebration of nature’s reverence, creative explosions, daily surprises and our shared humanity as women.

Many thanks to all of you who took part. You gave me the beautiful recharge for continuing these retreats at Lake Alpine (as I was Group-dogCRPDfeeling doubtful after health challenges and feeling no inspiration 3ExPtgDonnaSmilin'at times). So, with new vigor Jean Warren and I have already planned the 2018 retreat and encourage you to consider joining us next year between August 5-16. Honest, you won’t want to miss it if the elements I’ve mentioned interest you!





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2012 ~ Painting Autumn’s Color … On Site

2012 ~ Painting Autumn’s Color … On Site

3-Day Watercolor Workshop With Elaine Frenett

Dreamy, color-splashed fall landscapes meander throughout the Rogue Valley. Come sample how to transfer your autumn into watercolor richness. We’ll work with Plein Air painting but processes applicable for journals too.

  • Date: October 12th, 13th & 14th
  • Time: 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Location: Eden Vale Winery, 2310 Voorhies Road, Medford, OR
  • Fee: $60 per day or $160 all 3 days.

Materials list upon registration. Registration or questions: elainefrenettatlivedotcom or call Elaine at 541-944-2196