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Dancing on Raindrops

 

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It’s that feeling,    

the one that you’ve loved forever

the feeling of splashing in puddles

and floating hand-made boats down the street gutters, 

during a rainstorm

and the feeling you have when you take a walk in the rain,

just because you love the cool air

and the way the roads turn black and shiny.

That is the feeling of Dancing on Raindrops. 

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“I believe that we all have a special light,
and to help someone’s light shine brighter,
is one of the most important gifts of all.

— Roxanne Evans Stout, Dancing with Raindrops

Dancing on Raindrops

 I wrote it for those moments that we savor. 

The moments when we stop and pause

and really look at the world. 

Dancing on Raindrops, title page,  on my desk with flowers...

Dancing on Raindrops, title page,  on my desk with flowers…

There is something meditative about turning these pages and seeing the beauty that awaits you in every photograph.

— Seth Apter, Dancing on Raindrops

What does a new day bring for you? From Dancing on Raindrops.

What does a new day bring for you? From Dancing on Raindrops.

As an artist, Roxanne’s work has always read like poetry to me and it’s so wonderful to see this rich collection of images available as an interactive journal.

— Tonia Jenny, Dancing with Raindrops

Does it ever feel as if the mountains are singing?  A page from Dancing on Raindrops.

Does it ever feel as if the mountains are singing?  A page from Dancing on Raindrops.

I am also mindful of the need to share
and to bring my art to life,
This is where I feel my deepest connections
to mankind.

— Roxanne Evans Stout, Dancing on Raindrops

Worktable with Dancing with Raindrops.

Worktable with Dancing with Raindrops.

Do you trust your own path?
Where do you take refuge and
where is your sanctuary?
Your map is written in the sky, do you see it?

— Roxanne Evans Stout, Dancing with Raindrops

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Dancing on Raindrops is available on Amazon Books here.

So this is

the story I share 

a visual journal of moments

that I want to keep…

and in the process I hope you will appreciate more

your own moments

and take a closer look at the beauty in your life.

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Dancing on Raindrops is a wonderful companion to my first book,

Storytelling with Collage, also available on Amazon Books here.

This second book is a great companion to Storytelling with Collage in that the first book teaches you Roxanne’s hands-on techniques for working with found objects and Dancing on Raindrops is actually meant for capturing your own visual stories—this time more two-dimensionally—right inside the book!

— Tonia Jenny

 

Create With me

 

Creating with me

Spring has come and gone here in the Pacific Northwest, and now we are deep in the midst of summer. After a very hot spell,  trees are already shedding a few yellow leaves, they sprinkle them on the grass and seem ready for the Autumn rains and cooler nights.

River Garden Studio

River Garden Studio

Late in May I taught a beautiful workshop with Tonia Jenny, here at River Garden Studio called  Archetypal Expressions. This photograph was taken in the garden under our Maple Trees in late May.

Susan Lehman's art in progress.

Susan Lehman’s art in progress.

For two days we worked and played outside learning and creating symbols that were meaningful in our life. We worked with cement, wood and paper writing, drawing, carving and printing.

Joan Madden's art in progress.

Joan Madden’s art in progress.

Tonia Jenny's art in progress.

Tonia Jenny’s art in progress.

Last weekend I taught two workshops in Arizona at Art Unraveled.

My first workshop was called The Alchemist’s Book of Treasures and my student’s work was thoughtful and creative! I love teaching this workshop because of the stories each creation tells.

Student Artwork from The Alchemist's Book of Treasures

Student Artwork from The Alchemist’s Book of Treasures

Art by Jan.

Art by Jan.

Susan's artwork.

Susan’s artwork.

These are some of the books made by my students in A Book of Trees, one of my favorite workshops and subjects! My students were lovely, so creative, and I love the way we all bonded from the very first moments, trusting, laughing, sharing and joyfully creating.

Student Artwork from A Book of Trees.

Student Artwork from A Book of Trees.

Deb's pages.

Deb’s pages.

Amy's pages.

Amy’s pages.

Now I am happily nestled at home, moving from studio to garden and enjoying my world… there is time for everything again. 

If you love the art that you see here, and want to learn how to incorporate found objects into your art… 

My online workshop,

Victory Shield’s

and Wisdom Keepers

is having a Big Sale right now!!

You can read more about it here…

Art Pieces by Christine, Ann, Teressa, Susan and Diana

Art Pieces by Christine, Ann, Teressa, Susan and Diana

 

As Winter Ends The Light Returns

  

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Abundant Art

Life is good here at my River Garden Studio… and this year promises to be filled with an abundance of Art and Creativity

And Teaching My Art. 

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I have discovered that when I teach, it is not just my processes and techniques that I want to share… but for me to guide you in becoming more creative, and embracing the stories that you share in your art making.

— roxanne evans stout

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I taught a wonderful workshop at The Art Department in Salem, Oregon called A Book of Trees. My students were Exuberant! Here is a book created by Kathy Gottfried. Isn’t it stunning?

I will be traveling to some of the places that I love, and exploring new places that I have always dreamt about. I will be collaborating with friends, both in my teaching and in special art projects that you will hear about soon.

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This winter has had it’s ups and downs. I am sure everyone feels that in some way. And for those of us who live in Oregon on this side of the Cascade Mountains, it is not over yet.

But I have loved my days, my transition into my new studio… and ever watchful of the changing light.

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I have two big retreats coming up in just a month, and lots of projects to design, create and refine.

They are back to back so I will be gone from home longer than I have been for ages. 

A Case of Curiosities is a workshop that I teach with a dear friend, Seth Apter of The Altered Page, in Taos New Mexico in March. If you can’t make this workshop we will be teaching it there again in October. 

The magic at Mabel Dodge Luhan House is unmistakable and something that is felt by everyone who visits there. We have just one or two spots left in March, and October is filling up quickly!

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And Art and Soul is a wonderful retreat in Portland, Oregon. I taught for Glenny at Art and Soul last year, in Virginia Beach, and was so warmly welcomed that I can’t wait to see everyone again!

I will be teaching three wonderful workshops there, and registration is still open. Below is a photo-collage of some beautiful student work from The Alchemist’s Book of Treasures.

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In the SPRING I have two very special events…

a workshop here at River Garden Studio

when it is the most beautiful.

We will create outside under the Maple Trees, with a backdrop of a Pine Forest and the sounds of Song Birds singing their garden songs. 

I am teaching with the lovely Tonia Jenny and this unique workshop is called: 

Archetypal Expressions

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And in June I will be teaching in Vieux Quebec

which is considered one of the most beautiful places in the world!

This workshop is named after my book,

Storytelling with Collage

and you can find out more about it and register at

Arts and Cultural Travel.

Don’t forget to check out the Itinerary, our days will be filled with exploring, art making, collecting and gathering and all sorts of delightful endeavors!

Please email me if you have any questions and don’t forget about my online workshops, especially if you can’t attend a live one!

Also, I will be having two artist books shown at the Relics and Ruins Show at Atelier 6000 Gallery in Bend, Oregon. The opening is Friday, March 3rd and I would love to see you there!

 

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A Quietness in the Cold

  

December comes quietly this year.

Soft rain and snow.

The ground is still not frozen.

Today there is a pause in the wind.

 A sigh.

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In the quiet I think about the last year.

So much amazingness.

So much to be grateful for.

Mostly that my book, Storytelling with Collage, was published by North Light Books and I think people are loving it as much as I loved working on it.

My Pathways and Wanderings online workshop was a huge success and I am now working on another one called

Victory Shields and Wisdom Keepers 

I am always pushing myself to learn more about the filming and editing process.

I am always growing. 

I traveled and met some wonderful people

and taught at some incredible venues.
 

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But what I’ve been thinking about is what it comes down to, what really matters and what really stirs your heart… 

are the people you love and the home you have created.

Those who you always come back to. The people who make you smile.

The place where you are yourself.

Where you can recharge and are free to be creative.

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So what I wish for you and for myself are…

A warm home and people to love. 

(and perhaps a few dogs or a cat)

A place to create.

Windows to gaze out of.

And a mixture of

some quiet times

and some love-filled moments

to make your heart sing.

This is what really matters.

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And may you love all of these moments with all of your heart.

 

  

Yellow Light

  

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Like so many others who live in the Northern Hemisphere…

I am loving the yellow light of Autumn.

The way it streams through the pine trees

and my windows in the early evening.

The way it pours in from the east in the morning

and warms me as I drink my coffee.

And the way it makes my studio glow in the late afternoon .

 

Just a few months ago I moved my studio and it has taken me a long time to get used to it, my new creative place. With the leaves falling off the trees I have discovered a new light warming me and my soul.  

I am grateful for this time at home to create, gather all the things around me close

And Just Be. 

This quiet time is when I am renewed and revitalized.

My heart is open.

Thank you for visiting and I wish you

Time to Just Be

as well.


All the lives we ever lived and all the lives to be are full of trees and changing leaves.

— Virginia Wolf, To the Lighthouse

A glimpse of our yellow world in the Pacific Northwest… 

My New Website

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I am thrilled to announce

that My New Website

is Now Launched!!

And I would really love for you to visit me there…

http://www.roxanneevansstout.com/

My incredible website designer is

Cheryl Stockton

from Stockshot Studio

She's been so wonderful to work with! 

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My River Garden Studio blog will stay up,

so you can still see all my posts…

but I will be writing on the new blog from now

on my website.

 

 

 

 

 

Wildland Creatures, New Stencils Designs

  

I am excited to announce the Release of my New Stencil Designs…for StencilGirl!

Let me tell you a little about them…

My Wildland Creatures are a part of a new series that include the birds, fish and animals that I love to watch and include in my artwork. I hope that you will love to use my new designs in your art as well!

These animals are a part of my life in the Pacific Northwest.

Each stencil design represents an animal that I love. I have even written legends to go with them to inspire you in your art making. You can read more about my Wildland Creatures on StencilGirlTalk

I have walked the fields where the horses and cattle roam, climbed over rocky cliffs where the rams once thrived, waded in the ocean water with the fish and watched the hawks fly.

This is my Inspiration…

These stencil designs can be used as a focal point or a background…

or both.

They are wonderful in a painting or collage or a page in your art journal. Pan pastels, distress inks, permanent inks and gesso are my favorite tools for stenciling.

The emblems that go with each creature symbolize their characteristics and the passage of time. I really enjoy mix and matching them with other stencils.

Please visit here to read more about them and visit here to see them in the StencilGirl Products Shop

 

Wildland Creatures, New Stencil Designs

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I am excited to announce the Release of my New Stencil Designs…for StencilGirl!

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Let me tell you a little about them…

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My Wildland Creatures are a part of a new series that include the birds, fish and animals that I love to watch and include in my artwork. I hope that you will love to use my new designs in your art as well!

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These animals are a part of my life in the Pacific Northwest.

Each stencil design represents an animal that I love. I have even written legends to go with them to inspire you in your art making. You can read more about my Wildland Creatures on StencilGirlTalk 

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I have walked the fields where the horses and cattle roam, climbed over rocky cliffs where the rams once thrived, waded in the ocean water with the fish and watched the hawks fly.

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These stencil designs can be used as a focal point or a background… or both.

They are wonderful in a painting or collage or a page in your art journal. Pan pastels, distress inks, permanent inks and gesso are my favorite tools for stenciling.

The emblems that go with each creature symbolize their characteristics and the passage of time. I really enjoy mix and matching them with other stencils.

Please visit here to read more about them and visit here to see them in the StencilGirl Products Shop 

 

 

That Time In Between

  

Mandala with Blessing Sticks from Art Unraveled…

These are the days between midsummer and late summer. Here in my perch above the Klamath River the flowers are reaching as tall as they can before they go to seed.

I am nestling in the way I always do after I travel… especially when I teach. I have been to Colorado where I taught with my dear friend Leslie Marsh in the vacation home of my other dear friend Hasty Pearl, (Laura Roberts). Such an inspiring setting with rugged cliffs above the jubilant singing Crystal River. And such inspiring students as they created with all of their hearts and soul. See photos of Crystal River book arts here.

Pages in Progress by Marline

 

Student Artist Books

And I taught in the mountains where I helped raise money for the wonderful Klamath Outdoor School… this is the land of blue-green spring water and ponderosa pines, long lush grass, wildflowers and butterflies. This workshop included nature walks and talks by my friend, Marjorie Glass, a wildlife biologist. We slept in a big yurt and the stars were amazing. Please see photos of “Nature in the Mind’s Eye here.

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Kandis Artist Book Pages

And lastly I taught three workshops at the amazing Art Unraveled in Phoenix, Arizona where I was welcomed with open arms, encountered my first Monsoon and realized again just how strong the pull of art Is. Please see photos from my three workshops at Art Unraveled here.

Artist Book by Helen

 

Artist Book by Chrissie

In each place I got to spend time with old friends and new and be amongst other women who know how important it is to nourish themselves. 

One of the things I love the most about teaching is when I walk away from someones worktable and then return after awhile the amazing surprises I encounter!

Victory Shield by Laura

 

Blessing Sticks by Helen

  

That Time In Between

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Mandala with Blessing Sticks from Art Unraveled…

These are the days between midsummer and late summer. Here in my perch above the Klamath River the flowers are reaching as tall as they can before they go to seed.

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I am nestling in the way I always do after I travel… especially when I teach. I have been to Colorado where I taught with my dear friend Leslie Marsh in the vacation home of my other dear friend Hasty Pearl, (Laura Roberts). Such an inspiring setting with rugged cliffs above the jubilant singing Crystal River. And such inspiring students as they created with all of their hearts and soul. See photos of Crystal River book arts here.

 

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Pages in Progress by Marline

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Student Artist Books

And I taught in the mountains where I helped raise money for the wonderful Klamath Outdoor School… this is the land of blue-green spring water and ponderosa pines, long lush grass, wildflowers and butterflies. This workshop included nature walks and talks by my friend, Marjorie Glass, a wildlife biologist. We slept in a big yurt and the stars were amazing. Please see photos of "Nature in the Mind's Eye here.

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Artist Book by Christine

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Kandis Artist Book Pages

And lastly I taught three workshops at the amazing Art Unraveled in Phoenix, Arizona where I was welcomed with open arms, encountered my first Monsoon and realized again just how strong the pull of art Is. Please see photos from my three workshops at Art Unraveled here.

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Artist Book by Helen

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Artist Book by Chrissie

In each place I got to spend time with old friends and new and be amongst other women who know how important it is to nourish themselves. 

One of the things I love the most about teaching is when I walk away from someones worktable and then return after awhile the amazing surprises I encounter!

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Victory Shield by Laura

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Blessing Sticks by Helen