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For those of you who have been eyeing these particular prints,…

For those of you who have been eyeing these particular prints, here’s a heads up that there are only a few left in my limited edition run. Five of the beetle and three of the Passion flower. I won’t be making more so get em while you can! 💜
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Another Story from my Upcoming Book

Here is another sample story from my upcoming book, an example of the true (and sometimes pretty harrowing) stories that will be incorporated into my memoirs. I’m so excited about this memoir editing project and hope you will visit my GoFundMe campaign to learn more!

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A Invitation from Silvia Trujillo to Paint en Plein Air!

Lupines & Poppies by plein air painter Silvia Trujillo

Hello there artist friends,

 Now that summer is coming to an end, here’s a chance to sharpen your painting skills and enjoy the remaining warmth before Fall and Winter set in. Hosted by the Rogue Gallery, a workshop in plein air painting is being offered for beginners to advanced artists who would like to learn more about atmospheric perspective, how light effects color, and how to compare values for accuracy. We will be painting Table Rock and Rogue River at a location near Tou Velle Park in Medford on Sat, Sept 23 from 10am -4pm. I promise a fun and informative time for all… join us if you can ;)

 Also coming up is a plein air workshop hosted by The Lassen Art Center in Shingletown, CA. This location is at the base of Lassen National Park which is a great place to visit during the Fall season for sight seeing, hiking, and just relaxing.The date is set for Oct 21 &22, and if weather permits painting will be conducted outdoors to capture the Fall scenery. In case of rain we can paint indoors while looking out at the lovely grounds of the center.

 I know for many of you in the Rogue Valley it’s been one long, smoky summer. Personally I was unable to get out to paint on location as much as I would’ve liked so now that the smoke has cleared I’m planning on making up for lost opportunities. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to join either of these workshops or would like to set up a private session or two.

Wishing you well,

silvia

Billings Pond plein air painting by Silvia Trujillo

Billings Pond plein air painting by Silvia Trujillo

Paschal's Winery plein air painting by Silvia Trujillo

Paschal’s Winery plein air painting by Silvia Trujillo

Art & Soul Gallery Featured Artist for October – First Friday Event, October 6th, 5-8PM

Join Kat von Cupcake and me during Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk for a celebration of the animals at the “Love Rhymes with Everything” Art Show on October 6th from 5 – 8PM!

 

This show features a mix of original paintings & framed prints paired with poetry by Kat von Cupcake, written from the animal’s perspective – as well as our book with the same title, published by local boutique publisher, Ashland Creek Press.

 

The opening reception includes select poetry readings and discussion about the animals behind the artwork at 6:30PM. Kat and I will also be available to personalize books – which would make the perfect holiday gift for the animal lover in your family!  And, of course, there will be wine and snacks too.

 

100% of sales proceeds from this show will be donated to Sanctuary One, a non-profit care farm & animal sanctuary in Jacksonville, OR. Sanctuary One t-shirts and sweatshirts will also be available for purchase during First Friday.

 

This show runs through October 29th if you are unable to make it in for First Friday.

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The Fine Art of Painting With Palette Knife with Stefan Baumann

The Fine Art of Painting With Palette Knife Inspiring Millions to paint outdoors This video is about Touch Move and Inspire. Get a free Book at his website www.StefanBaumann.com. The paintings of Stefan Baumann reveal the true spirit of nature by transporting the viewer to distant lands that have gone unseen and undisturbed. With the huge success of Baumann’s weekly PBS television series “The Grand View: America’s National Parks through the Eyes of an Artist,” millions of people witness for themselves the magic Stefan portrays on canvas, his passion for nature and the American landscape. By distilling his love of nature into a luminous painting of brilliant, saturated color that transcends conventional landscape and wildlife art, Baumann has captured the hearts and imaginations of a generation. Each painting becomes an experience rather than merely a picture – a vivid manifestation of his special and personal union with nature and the outdoor world. Through his mastery of light, color and artful composition, Baumann invites you to experience nature in its purity. It is no wonder that for many years distinguished American collectors, including former presidents and financial icons, have sought out his work.

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New Work: Fawn’s Early Light

Stefan Baumann

Artist of the American Wilderness

“Fawns Early Light”

24 x 36 Oil on Panel By Stefan Baumann

Gallery in Mt. Shasta $9,000

-Journal Note June 13, 2017
 
“If you want to see the world for the first time, take a walk with an artist!”
I’m inspired every time I take walk in the forest located behind The Grand View Ranch and I’m always surprised at what I encounter. Often I see a family of Red Foxes running about. Once in a while I have come face to face with a black bear as he walked aimlessly through the woods, unaware of my presence until we see one another. It is an artist’s creed to live a life in harmony with the rest of the world including the animals in the forest and to experience the little effects and details that often get missed by the general public.
 
Artists are passionate about capturing insights within their soul as they ponder, digest, work through, and interpret a view that is different and often contrary to what the general public sees. Artists help others look at life differently and develop new ways of seeing what it is to be human. One can only see when the mind is open, and being present requires solitude, to travel slowly, and to absorb fully with all the senses. To see, listen, smell, and touch requires one to be comfortable with oneself. To be able to turn off the internal dialog and be one with nature requires continuous practice, and it is important to me that my paintings reflect the feelings that I feel when I go for a walk in nature.
 
After surviving a winter that kept sending us huge amounts of snow, I was impatient for spring to come and reveal the secrets hidden under the cloak of snow.  And, I’m always concerned to see the damage created by the heavy snows that weigh down the boughs of our Dogwood trees. Fallen bird’s nests remind me of the life that lived high in the branches last spring are now are scraps of straw at my feet. Spring brings renewed hope along with birds above that busily create new homes for their new families. Soon the cycle will start again.
 
Morning sunrises at The Grand View Ranch are magical. The sunlight makes its way through the fresh green leaves causing brilliant dappling effects on the forest floor. The light makes patterns that give me ideas for future paintings to create in my studio. My eyes dart over the forest floor searching for interesting natural objects to bring back to my studio to include in my wildlife paintings. I walk along a well-traveled deer path that loops around our ranch, when something catches my eye. I wander through the fallen snags of trees that could not survive the weight of the snows, stepping carefully while searching for clues that would explain what I saw.
 
Suddenly, I saw a young doe that had just given birth to twins. I watched as the mother cared for her new born fawns and played in our newly finished pasture made for our horses. It seemed that they enjoyed the new open space and I laughed as they raced from end to end playing a little game of Catch Me, Catch Me. Every year I see fawns but this is the first time that I found their lair.  Apparently the mother had ventured away to get some greens, and one of the fawns was left to hide from predators. Fawns have no sense of smell and can hold still even when confronted face to face. The dappled white spots that were on the fawn’s body mixed with the dappled light of the sun provided a great camouflage to hide in plain sight. Motionless, I stood there observing the fawn and her desperate fear for her survival while making mental notes of the setting so that I could recreate the scene on my canvas. In the distance I could hear that the mother was agitated because I was so near her fawn so I retreated into the forest. I hurried to my studio with my newly found treasures and inspiration and began this painting inspired by a baby fawn called “Fawns Early Light.”
-Stefan Baumann
Your questions and comments are always welcome!
For information on acquiring paintings, call 415-606-9074 or email: [email protected]
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GoFundMe.com Campaign to Fund a Book Editor

Hi Friends, Family and Collectors!

I have just started a GoFundMe.com campaign. Through this campaign, I hope to find an editor for my memoir and to raise the funds I need to pay him or her. Please read on to find out why this is so important to me, and why I need help to complete this project.

Wendy’s Memoir Needs an Editor

I have been working on a book for many years. Many people have asked me to write a memoir, and I want to tell my story.

As a jewelry designer and artist, I had a fantastic career in the 1970s–1980s. Many said I was number ONE in my field! I was on Oprah Winfrey’s show as her favorite jewelry designer, had more than seven Vogue covers, and enjoyed tons of press all over the world. The Walt Disney Company gave me a license to produce the characters from Disney as jewelry, scarves, and more. In 1990, we were making 3 million dollars a year and I had 45 employees. Disney also granted me a license for the Wizard of OZ. Creating these pieces was so much fun and the collection sold out. We designed a Wizard of OZ scarf which I still list on eBay.

All the details of my amazing rise to success and why we went out of business is in my book. I even tell the story behind my invitation to appear on the Oprah Winfrey show.

GoFundMe.com campaign to raise funds for Wendy Gell's autobiography

A few years ago, Vera Wang called and asked me to do a tiara for her perfume princess. It appeared in many print ads as well as on TV. It was a rental, so after the shoot was over, they returned my crown and I sold it to a girl—also named Wendy—in Australia through eBay.

GoFundMe.com campaign to raise funds to pay Wendy Gell's autobiography editor
Why Wendy Needs Help to Pay for a Book Editor

This year I got very sick. I had an intense surgery with many complications and was in the hospital for a whole month. For three weeks I was on a feeding tube in my stomach. At one point I had a hemorrhage in my esophagus and violently vomited blood. All I could think of was that I never finished my book, and what would happen to all my art and jewelry, for which I had never made arrangements?

I didn’t know then if I would live or die.

My emotions were so close to the surface that all I could do was write. I filled up several spiral notebooks, writing about my life and my dreams. After returning home from the hospital, I started organizing it into chapters. Now I am ready for an editor.

The first person I thought might work out called me back to say she didn’t think she should take the job, as it was too avant garde for her.

Thanks G-d, I am getting well again, and starting to eat more solid food, so I am looking for an editor and the money to pay him or her.
GoFundMe.com campaign to raise fund to pay for editing of Wendy Gell's amazing life story as a high-end fashion jewelry designer

Behind the Scenes, Wendy’s Secret Battle with Mental Illness

The hidden undercurrent beneath this amazing career was my battle with mental illness. No one knew about this at the time. Living with bipolar disorder has presented many challenges, but under medication I’m quite happy and stable. Panic disorder and a suicidal nature complicated my life, and I was hospitalized twice after suicide attempts.

For many years, I was afraid to tell my true story, but now I want to. Many people have the same struggle and I am not ashamed about it any more.

I have experienced so much love and appreciation and live in gratitude for what I have. I’m so happy now and grateful for my life. I want to share my story with you.

Here is one of my classic folded cuffs, featured in a Detroit newspaper when I did a trunk show there. Wendy Gell GoFundMe.com campaign

Pictured here is one of my classic folded cuffs, featured in a Detroit newspaper when I did a trunk show there.

Help Wendy Pay an Editor for Her Memoir and Receive Her Book

Below is a pdf file of a chapter from my book. When you read it, you will see why I want so much to share the story of my life, and also why I need help editing the project.

Anyone who donates to my fund will get an autographed copy of my book and so much gratitude from my heart for being an important supporter of my project.

Love,
Wendy

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Southern Oregon Plein Air Competition, 2017

On the last weekend of June this summer, artists from across the region convened in the Rouge Valley for an annual frenzy of paint, camaraderie and friendly competition. They changed the rules slightly this year but what didn’t change was that all put out their best work and were deservedly recognized. Here are my three paintings from the event.

“Lupines & Poppies” © 2017 Silvia Trujillo Art

Lupines & Poppies

12.5×12.5
Oil on cradled hardboard
$495

 

 

 

 


 

“Drawn to Water” © 2017 Silvia Trujillo Art

Drawn to Water

12×12
Oil on cradled hardboard
$495

 

 

 

 

 

 


“Mountain Medicine” © Copyright 2017 Silvia Trujillo Art

Mountain Medicine

8×8
Oil on cradled hardboard
$195

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“The Beauty of Holiness”, oil on wood, 14×14. Life’s…

“The Beauty of Holiness”, oil on wood, 14×14.

Life’s explorations have led me to archangels, the first being, naturally, the peacock angel whose historical imagery and meaning has absolutely captivated me. Melek Taus is said to be an emanation of god, a benevolent angel who has redeemed himself from his fall, becoming a demiurge. The story goes something like this: Melek Taus was the first to emerge from darkness in form of the seven rainbow light. He first manifested as a rainbow around the sun and as a peacock sitting upon a pearl created by Lord Krishna. This pearl then exploded into the seven rays of rainbow to become the physical universe. From this array of colors, Melek Taus manifested from the color blue because blue is the color of the sky and heavens – the source of all colors. The remaining colors were then used to create the earth out of the substratum of the remaining pearl. Melek Taus blessed the earth with his rainbow peacock rays and endowed it with multicolored flora and fauna. He placed two pieces of the fragmented pearl above and below the earth. In one fragment he placed the sun, in the other he placed the moon. From the remaining scattered pieces he created the stars. I created this painting from imagery and colors received after deep meditation on this entity. In the future I plan to create more pieces using the literal imagery (rainbows!).

How to Build Better Composition By Using Light

in this video Stefan Baumann talks to his students about light and How to Build Better Composition By Using Light
Making a composition by creating will change the way you think about setting up a composition don’t worry about traditional thinking of how people painted in the pass just pile a wall of stuff with a theme and create interest with effects.

Inspiring Millions to paint outdoors This video is about Touch Move and Inspire. Get a free Book at his website www.StefanBaumann.com. The paintings of Stefan Baumann reveal the true spirit of nature by transporting the viewer to distant lands that have gone unseen and undisturbed. With the huge success of Baumann’s weekly PBS television series “The Grand View: America’s National Parks through the Eyes of an Artist,” millions of people witness for themselves the magic Stefan portrays on canvas, his passion for nature and the American landscape. By distilling his love of nature into a luminous painting of brilliant, saturated color that transcends conventional landscape and wildlife art, Baumann has captured the hearts and imaginations of a generation. Each painting becomes an experience rather than merely a picture – a vivid manifestation of his special and personal union with nature and the outdoor world. Through his mastery of light, color and artful composition, Baumann invites you to experience nature in its purity. It is no wonder that for many years distinguished American collectors, including former presidents and financial icons, have sought out his work.

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