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Open Studio Tour Weekend

This weekend I’m participating in the Ashland Open Studio Tour, Saturday and Sunday October 13 and 14 from 11 – 5. Location: Project Space 106 Talent Ave #5. Behind Kindred Spirits.

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I’m doing a painting demo at noon on Saturday. I’m painting an egg and discussing the difference between values and light effect. I’ll talk about light and shadow and have an instructional handout for participants to take home. The demo will last about 45 minutes to an hour.  Come early to snag a seat and bring your coffee or tea.

In addition I have lots of paintings on display, both new and older.  If you’ve been thinking of buying something this would be a great weekend – there are lots of pieces to compare and all sales are 30% off! Plus there are some secret deals and giveaways and that you have to show up to find out about… I hope to see you this weekend!

Fire and Smoke

This year Southern Oregon experienced weeks and weeks of thick, oppressive smoke from wildfires.  We often experience smoke in the summers because we are in a valley surrounded by vast forests.  Thunderstorms in July usually spark wildfire and now, due to drier, hotter years along with decades of fire suppression creating more underbrush to burn and cause bigger, hotter fires we now have regular major conflagrations that burn hundreds of thousands of acres each year.  Our part of Southern Oregon, the Rogue Valley is as it is called – a valley and high pressure weather systems trap the smoke in our  cities causing us to have densely smoky gray days along with hundred degree temperatures.  This will last for days usually and this year lasted WEEKS and WEEKS. I’m trying to find stats for how many days we had what the DEQ calls Unhealthy, Very Unhealthy and Hazardous, because we had A LOT. It’s truly brutal. Our time outdoors during this summer had to be majorly curtailed.  Sore throats, headaches, malaise were the norm for residents.  So, the Ashland Gallery Association (of which I am a board member) decided the cover issue for our Gallery Guide in 2019 would be a collage of art work around the theme of Fire and Smoke.  We had other choices, but the board all felt a cathartic exploration of the topic was needed.  In addition to the physical tribulation of the smoke, our local economy and by extension our local artists and galleries all depend on tourism in the summer.  This year tourism was drastically reduced causing economic hit along with anxiety about the future economic prospects.

All that being said – my contribution is pretty upbeat.  I don’t make dire illustrations but sometime I wish I did! I should try to depict the fuchsia sun during dense smoke sometime.  I’ll probably get a chance next year!  However, I have however always wanted to paint a campfire so the decision to use fire and smoke for the cover motivated me to finally do it.  Here is my cheerful contribution to a very serious subject.  Camp Fire I

This first one had a pretty cute fire and nice representation of smoke, but I wanted to catch the glow in the ring so ……

CampFire II

round two.

New Landscapes



 

My local ditch trail never fails to inspire.  And I finally finished this craggy tree in the Cascade Siskiyou Monument – two or maybe three years in the making.  All were painted – or finished – this summer – late June.

 

Unconditional Love

Unconditional Love Roses in Vase

The name of this rose is actually Unconditional Love – you can click that link and find out more.  I grow these roses and I’ve painted them before.  And I guess I’ve painted the vase before too.

This painting feels like it belongs in an Alfred Hitchcock movie. I love the the clothing and decor in his movies.  Sparse, clean, well tailored, quality material, so sharp and normal. I’m not sure if it means anything, but I like the connection – even if it’s just in my own mind.  And I’m not at all trying to convey anything dark or surreal.  Just the plain fullness of life which is good but not perfect and is sometimes very bad, but overall wonderful.

Railroad Tracks and Clouds

Railroad Tracks with Clouds

Painted back in the spring from when the grass was green and the air was clear.  Railroad tracks that run near my neighborhood.  I’ll show it in September at Project Space, along with a bunch of other new paintings.

Music Brown and Other Browns

I’ve been getting pretty excited about the nuances of earth tones.   I’m really enjoying the range that comes from careful mixing of earth colors, aside from the dandelions, which require a punchy cadmium.




 

Of course when it comes to going outside the paintings have only blue and green…. and I promise I will post some new landscapes ASAP….. which for this blog means not very often.  🙂  Thanks for looking though!!!!

AGA First Friday Art Walk, April 6th from 5 to 8 pm

Ashland Gallery Association Art Exhibit Openings & Artist Receptions

First Friday Art Walk, April 6th from 5 to 8 pm

Stroll the galleries and take in the visual delights in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District.  Enjoy this free year-round community event, filled with a diverse array of artwork, live music, artist demonstrations, refreshments and lively conversation!

For more information about all of our exhibits and to download the April Gallery Tour map, please visit: www.ashlandgalleries.com  

April Spotlight Exhibits

A Taste Of Ashland Pop-up Show

Meyer Memorial Gallery in the Marion Addy Building, Southern Oregon University

Show on display April 24 – 29th

Art Sales during “A Taste of Ashland,” April 28 & 29, 12:00–4:00 PM

As an added attraction to A Taste of Ashland wine, food, and art festival, we have 15 Ashland Gallery Association artists that are participating in a special “Pop-up Art Show!”  There will be paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, printmaking and pastels from the following artists:

Michael Adams, Patrick Beste, Sarah Burns, Ann DiSalvo, Shoshana Dubiner, Elaine Frenett, Pam Haunschild, Tiffany Hokanson, Robert Koch, Margee Mee, Whitney Rolfe, Desmond Serratore, Denise Souza-Finney, David Terry

“A Taste of Ashland” Food, Wine, and Art Festival

Celebrating its twenty-ninth year, the Ashland Gallery Association’s signature fund-raising event, A Taste of Ashland takes place Saturday and Sunday, April 28th and 29th from noon to 4 PM.

Participants follow a map to 17 galleries discovering Ashland’s culinary delights and regional wines while enjoying the local visual arts.  AllAboard Trolley will offer rides to all galleries, but most are within walking distance. 

For tickets and more information visit: atasteofashland.com or call 541-488-0178

Denise Souza-Finney, Where Are We Going, acrylic and mixed media on paper, 22 x 30

Schneider Museum of Art

The Animated Image 

Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 11th, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

On View: April 12th through May 12th, 2018

The Schneider Museum of Art’s spring exhibition The Animated Image is in collaboration with the Ashland Independent Film Festival. The exhibition is co-curated by SMA Director Scott Malbaurn and AIFF Artistic and Executive Director Richard Herskowitz.

This exhibition features artists:

Matt Bollinger

Chris Doyle

Rick Silva

Stacey Steers

RoxyAnn Winery will pour wine at our opening reception for the exhibition

Chris Doyle. Still from Swell, 2017. 4K Digital Animation. Edition of 5 + 2AP. 10:12 minutes.

Chris Doyle. Still from Swell, 2017. 4K Digital Animation. Edition of 5 + 2AP. 10:12 minutes.

Score by Jeremy Turner, performed by Flux Quartet. Sound design by Owen O’Neill. Image courtesy of the artist and Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco.

Ashland Art Works

In April, we’re featuring our Associate Artist members in the main gallery. We’ll have weavings and textile pieces by Angelique Stewart, acrylic paintings by Suzanne Etienne, and hand-dyed scarves by Connie Simonsen. Our member artists will also have lots of new work to show in our other galleries, including outdoor metal pieces that are perfect for your spring garden, along with new paintings, ceramics, photography, woodworking, and jewelry.

Artist Reception – First Friday, April 6, 2018 5 to 8 PM

Come out and meet the artists at First Fridays!  Rodeo Flyer will be playing some great music, and we’ll also have some light refreshments.

April also brings our summer hours:

Wednesday & Sunday: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Closed Monday and Tuesday

Hand-woven scarf by Angelique Stewart

Hand-woven scarf by Angelique Stewart

Shepherd’s Dream

Rogue Impressions and Beyond, paintings by Silvia Trujillo

Silvia Trujillo paints the landscapes and scenery of Southern Oregon. Applied in oils, using an impasto technique, her paintings communicate mood with a sense of time by coloring the light and shadow of each season.  

Silvia exclaims, “I live, breathe, and sleep art.  Creating art is a way of life for me, and I consistently produce paintings that express a deep regard for nature.  Landscape painting is a natural extension of this love and it attracts me to the dramatic light that occurs during a storm, or at dawn or dusk, and my goal is to honor land, water, and sky in these works and help to create the need for preserving an area’s natural beauty.  I believe that my art appeals to those who share the same sentiments and to anyone with an appreciation of nature, color, and light.  As a painting/drawing instructor for over 25 years, it also brings me great joy to know that I’ve inspired and fostered expert work in many others over the years.  I believe that my art appeals to those who share the same sentiments and to anyone with an appreciation of nature, color, and light.”   

This exposition on display in our new location: 42 East Main Street, Ashland, OR.  For more information, call 541-941-0855, and follow us on Facebook.  Artwork displayed through May 2018.

Sylvia Trujillo, Wine Country Wandering, oil painting

Sylvia Trujillo, Wine Country Wandering, oil painting

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Rocks in the Sun

I’m getting ready to go to Arizona to paint for a couple of weeks. I’m excited to paint in more of an open, desert landscape. These rocks were actually painted on the Oregon Coast, but the colors and the sun are getting me excited to pull out the earth colors.   Stay tuned!

Rock in the SunRocks


 

Welcome to My Neighborhood

My House and NeighborhoodLeft to right.  First is our house, next door are our neighbors who have three boys, a goat and chickens.  They cut wood on the weekends and we often buy the wood. Then you can see the Parrotia we planted that Tom is so proud of (the orange tree in the center of the painting). And finally, the pink house is the neighbor who waves when we pass and always have their blinds shut and flies Oregon Ducks flags on their car and outside their house on what I presume are game days.  Who could ask for more! I love my neighborhood.

Lake of the Woods

Cumulus Clouds Lake of the Woods
Clouds at Lake of the Woods – painted this summer between bouts of smoke.
Oil on Linen Panel
12″ x 16″