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New Works, Summer/Fall 2018

The secret to creating the illusion of great distance in a two dimensional painting is… well you’ll just have to take one of my workshops to find out! This piece was a demo for my Depth and Distance workshop through the Sacramento Fine Arts Center this September.

© 2018 Silvia Trujillo

“Hill Song”
Oil on 12×16″ canvas
$295

 

The fascinating thing about painting in plein air is that extra elements are incorporated into the work, sometimes without the painter knowing it. Returning to this piece on a cold winter night, I’m transported right back to the lavender fields in Oregon’s Applegate Valley. I smell the sun-baked earth and hear the hum of bees. I wonder: Is there perhaps some lavender pollen embedded in the paint? Is there still a summer breeze wafting from the distant trees? I can feel it. Can’t you?

© 2018 Silvia Trujillo

“Lavender Fields Forever II”
Oil and sunshine on 16×20″ canvas
$495

 

Sometimes it’s the painter’s job not just to capture the beautiful moments in life, but the difficult ones, too. Here in southern Oregon we survived eight weeks of dense, unhealthy smoke in the late summer and early fall. When the sun did appear it wore this red disguise — like a warning light, asking us to change our ways.

© 2018 Silvia Trujillo

“Summer Sun, 2018”
Oil and smoke on 12×9″ canvas
$195

Don’t Fence Me — or my feet — In

Every year the Rogue Gallery & Art Center in Medford puts on a Members’ Only Show. They have a great theme for it this year — “Don’t Fence Me In”. The show runs just a couple more weeks, until December 21, so while you’re out there doing your holiday shopping be sure to stop in the gallery and check out all the great art! Eighty members contributed this year, with everything from watercolors and oils to sculptures and photography.

My contribution to the Don’t Fence Me In show, titled Autumn Notes, is pictured below. I went a little bigger than usual for my plein air work, composed it in an abstract style and challenged myself to break out of my usual routines as I painted on a beautiful fall day at a friend’s property south of Ashland.

© 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

© 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

Autumn Notes
Oil on 24×18″ Canvas
$695

 

A Glimpse Behind the Scenes

As a little holiday present to my blog readers, I wanted to take you “backstage” on my plein air process. First, check out this quick video clip of me doing my work. See if you can find the “hidden technique”.

© 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

© 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

In the picture at right, the painted scene for Autumn Notes is in the background.  For the sake of the composition, I removed a few trees and tweaked the perspective.

Have you figured out my hidden technique yet? It’s going barefoot! If you’ve never tried it, you should! Taking off your shoes to paint (or embarking on any creative endeavor) is very grounding. I find that I can immerse completely in the scene I’m painting when my feet are bare.

The final image below is a close-up of the foundational stage for Autumn Notes.

I hope this inspires you to do some plein air painting in the coming year! I plan to host more outdoor classes in 2019 so stay tuned for announcements.

 

© 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

© 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

 

Haines and Friends Fund Grant: Update

As those of you who subscribe to my newsletter already know, I received a substantial grant through the The Haines and Friends Fund this fall! As an artist who has always relied on patrons and students to stay afloat, it was immensely gratifying to receive this gift.

In applying for the grant, I proposed to create some large-format works that recreate the immediacy and spontaneity of plein air work in the confines of my studio. As soon as I got the letter saying I’d received the grant, I looked around and realized that my studio is going to feel a bit smaller than usual!

Nonetheless, I ordered the canvases, all 30″x40″ and larger. Now that they’re here, they’re urging me to get to work. These paintings will be ambitious and time-consuming to complete but worth their while. As I’ve spent time this fall reviewing photographs and paintings I’ve done on my many excursions through southern Oregon and Northern California, I’m once again captivated by the landscape. My hope is for my paintings to make these places larger than life, so that many more people may fall in love with them and work to protect them.

The Haines and Friends Fund is a southern Oregon institution with several respected figures in the regional art world on its board. I am honored to have their blessing and support!

Be on the lookout this winter and spring for updates and show announcements featuring my larger works. In the meantime, I encourage you to give the gift of art this year. I am still accepting commission orders and many of my smaller works are on sale in my eBay store.

Eye-Opening Works for the Oregon Retina Center

Last summer I received a commissioned project for the Oregon Retina Center in Medford. They wanted three large abstract works to add color and energy to their halls.

Years ago, I worked primarily in large format and I’d forgotten how much I love the process. I stocked up on large brushes (like you would use to paint a house!), huge tubes of oil paint, and buckets of finishing varnish and set to work.

I think the project turned out nicely and the clients are happy. Most important, I rediscovered a passion for creating art that can really sweep you up and bring you into a landscape or abstract scene. Keep an eye out (no pun intended!) for more of these from the studio of Silvia Trujillo!

Could your home or office use more color or a calming nature scene? Contact me to discuss a commissioned work.

Silvia Trujillo with large-format painting for Oregon Retina Center

Here I am at the Oregon Retina Center with one of the three abstract oil paintings.

 

© 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

Two of the three commissioned pieces, finished in my studio. © 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

 

© 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

The third work in the series. © 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

Sold on the Spot

As just about everyone knows, it’s not easy making a living as an artist. It’s definitely a job that must be done for the love of it, and with a certain amount of trust in the universe to connect each painting with its buyer.

Sometimes, this connection can take a while, but occasionally it happens with lightning speed!  While teaching a workshop in Sacramento this spring, I painted the demonstration piece below. As soon as I finished it, a student decided she must have it and bought it on the spot.

I’m teaching another workshop at the Sacramento Arts Center next month – contact me if you’d like to sign up (and no, I don’t expect you to buy my demo!)

  © 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

Demonstration for “Shadows and Reflections” workshop at the American River. © 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

Here are a couple more paintings that have sold recently at galleries and on my eBay store.

© 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

“The Pond” — SOLD    © 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

 

© 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

“Wildflowers” — SOLD  © 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

Head over Heels with Hills

There’s something playful about the rolling hills of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Like someone came along and scrunched up the landscape. It makes me want to lie in the grass and roll all the way down. But rocks and burrs – no thanks! I let my brush play on the canvas and spare myself the bruises.

 © 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

“Hill Sublime” Oil on canvas.  SOLD      © 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

 

 © 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

“Talented Hills” These poplars and oaks are just beginning to make their seasonal transformation into brilliant yellow and orange. Oil on 18″ x 18″ canvas.  $475    © 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

 

 © 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

These hills are carved from 100% solid butter! Not really, but they could’ve fooled me!  Oil on canvas — SOLD

Workshop next month in Sacramento!

If you’re in the Sacramento area, please join me for another fun and interactive workshop!

Silvia Trujillo Workshop Sept 2018

For the Love of the Rogue

Most people think of rivers as recreational sites but they’re so much more than that! As I roam the Rogue Valley, brush and palette knife in hand, I see all the ways that water brings life to this region. The images here are some of my recent favorites from these explorations.

© 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

“Ti’limokh Falls”   Knife-painted on a lovely July day at the Rogue River just outside the city of Gold Hill. I used a thick oil impasto which lends a fantastic sense of movement to the water. Oil on 10″x10″ canvas. $295  © 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

 

© 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

“Paschal’s View”  Although these hills are still enjoying the benefits of late-spring rains, when late summer rolls around water from the Rogue River will keep the grape vines green. Oil on 12″ x 24″ canvas. $475  © 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

 

© 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

“Lavender Love” Everyone knows the Rogue Valley as a world-class wine producer, but the lavender fields are equally impressive. You can almost smell those fat purple buds when you stand next to this painting! 16″ x 20″  $475    © 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

Cold Winter Still Lifes

Silvia here! I know it’s been a while and you are starved for some genuine Trujillo Art. Hopefully over the next few days I’ll get a bunch posted up here to share with you. Thanks for your patience!

It’s hot and smokey here in the Rogue Valley, so I thought I’d start with some of my “cooler” works that I did over the winter. Plus, a shot of my solo show at Art and Soul Gallery in Ashland last fall.

© 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

“A Study in Cool”   © 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

I love how an assemblage of like objects become a tribe unto their own. These vases are keeping it cool with subtle light tricks and mysterious shadows.

Oil on 12″x16″ canvas.

$200

 

© 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

“Brave Apple”  © 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

What I love about this work is that each element stands alone, yet they encourage one another in the space they share.

Oil on 11″x14″ canvas.

$225

 

© 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

“Fruit and Tea”  © 2018 Silvia Trujillo Art

I love to eat seasonally. When fall arrives with its harvests, the long summer wait makes juicy pears and apples such a treat.

Oil on 12″x16″ canvas

$295

 

I was the Featured Artist at the Art and Soul Gallery in Ashland last October. Images of Crater Lake, Table Rock and more.

Palette Knife Painting with Silvia Trujillo May 19, 2018

Last year’s palette knife class was such a huge success that I’m offering it again!

If you’ve never tried painting with a knife, it’s a whole new experience. Knife painting is very freeing – particularly for those of you who would like to loosen up a bit with your acrylic or oil paintings. You will achieve a richness of texture and color like no other. It’s a great way to explore your medium, expand your art language, and create something new, fresh, and different.

Saturday, May 19, 10:00 am–4:00 pm    

Silvia Trujillo teaches knife palette painting

Palette Knife Painting 
Acrylic/Oil
Discover the technique and secrets of applying paint directly onto canvas using a palette knife. With thorough instruction by Silvia Trujillo, you will develop skills that will enhance your work in value, design, and color harmony by adding luscious texture and rich color that will make your piece breathtaking.
MEMBERS $65, NON-MEMBERS $80

To register contact:

Rogue Gallery & Art Center
40 S. Bartlett Street
Medford, OR 97501
phone: 541-772-8118
website: www.roguegallery.org
Rogue Gallery & Art Center in downtown Medford Oregon promotes and provides for the study, development, exhibition, and appreciation of visual art. RGAC is a vital art hub in our community and offers regular exhibits and events, art classes and workshops for adults, teens, and kids. The Rogue Gallery and Art Center features the art work of artist members and offers membership and sponsorship opportunities.