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Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation ASCEND 2019

Are you endeavoring to become the best YOU as a young artist or musician? Mark your calendar now for June 17 – 21 and join us at

A West Coast Convergence of Young Artists & Musicians

Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation is partnering with The Story church in Ashland, OR to host ASCEND 2019, a four-day artist and musician conference in the heart of Ashland.  Young artists and musicians, ages 15-30, from up and down the West Coast will engage in great vision-building, inspiration, and technical instruction by an incredible team of professionally trained and experienced artists and musicians.  Participants will gather in morning and afternoon sessions in specific learning tracks, plus engage in morning and evening all group devotions and worship, inspiring featured speakers, and lunches and dinners.  This will be a week packed full of inspiring connection and unforgettable community!

(above: Rhaspody in Orange by Frank Ordaz, Jim Wright by Ryan Moon, Chalk Art by Cathy Gallatin)
– STUDY TRACKS –
ENERGIZE THE INTERSECTION OF YOUR GIFTS AND YOUR FAITHENJOY THE CAMARADERIE OF OTHERS PURSUING EXCELLENCE IN THEIR CRAFT

SET YOUR SIGHT ON A NEW AND VIBRANT TRAJECTORY TO BECOME THE NEXT GENERATION OF INFLUENTIAL ARTISTS AND MUSICIANS

     ART       |       MUSIC

art
| Frank Ordaz |

Oil Painting: Figurative| Ryan Moon |
Oil Painting: Portraiture

| Cathy Gallatin
& Mera Oliveria |

Mural & Chalk Art

| Jennifer Garrett |
Digital Drawing/Art

With our team of highly experienced, professional artist instructors, you’ll gain a vast range of in-depth, inspirational teaching as you’re guided through these hands-on workshops and discover  a broad scope of technical skills, a brief history of the impact of Biblical art throughout history, and the impact artists can continue to have  in His story of reconciling people to Himself!

music
| Steve Hopkins & Matt Combe & Jeremy Oliveria |

Worship & Songwriting| Zachary Sprunger |
Keyboard/Piano

| Michael Farley |
Intermediate & Advanced Guitar

| Jennifer Davis |
Vocals

| Jim Abdo |
Recording Studio

Our team of Spirit-filled professional musicians and songwriters are collaborating to bring a rich learning experience to each individual student, as they will venture through the foundations of music, theory, technical skills, and the importance of music in bringing the Kingdom of God!

| SCHEDULE, LODGING, DETAILS |

Activities from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Morning and evenings  devotions, worship, and featured speakers. Morning and afternoon specific track interests (i.e Oil Painting: Portraiture, Keyboard/Piano, etc). All lunches and dinners provided -breakfasts not included.  Ends Friday a.m. at 10:00 a.m.

COST

$260 — Early Registration before April 15
$250 — Register with a group before April 15 ($10 discount per person)
$280 — Registration after April 15
$270 — Register with a group after April 15 ($10 discount per person)

* Registration fee does not include lodging. See lodging recommendations below.

Masterpiece has reserved lodging at the Ashland Commons Hostel, just within walking distance to The Story. This accommodation is $40/night; reserve a place through the ASCEND 2019 registration form.
Alternatively, Masterpiece has also reserved a block of campsites at Emigrant Lake County Recreation Area, just a 15 minute drive from The Story. This accommodation option is $20/night per site for up to 8 guests–group sites are available. Mention group name ‘ASCEND 2019’ when reserving your place. Contact Emigrant Lake County Recreation Area to book a site (541) 774-8183.  Or reserve another fine Ashland lodging establishment of your choosing.

Please visit ascend2019.com for full information and details.
Contact us with any questions:
[email protected]
541.601.7496

SEE IT ALL & REGISTER! @ ASCEND 2019 WEBSITE
We hope to see you this summer at ASCEND 2019!

Sincerely,

JEANNE RANDALL
President & Founder
Masterpiece Christian Fine Arts Foundation

With XAVIER BRASSEUR
Head Pastor @The Story
And the entire Ascend 2019 Team

mcfineartsfoundation.org
[email protected]
541.601.7496

Getting Your Art Out to the Public, Part 1

So, you want to be an artist…Don’t just sit there…

Do something!

Journal entry February 16, 2019

This week we were hammered by storm fronts one after another with very cold temperatures and lots of moisture creating very deep snow. The snow was so deep that we were snowed in for two days making it impossible for anyone to make it up to The Grand View Ranch for a campfire or even an evening around our cozy fireplace at the ranch house. I love to rest on my Craftsman couch in front of the fire and sip a cup of homemade cinnamon cocoa with whip cream and marshmallows. I often find myself in quiet thought reflecting on the conversations that I had with my students during the week and think about what I would like to write about to share with you.

The Fragmented Art World

Of all the ideas that came to me, it seemed like it would be most helpful to write about some of the steps that artists should know about before venturing out into the confusing and fragmented art world. Most artists have very little knowledge about how to approach galleries or produce social media, art shows, and art competitions. They may not know how to establish a collector base that they can count on to support them as they launch their art into the art marketplace. In the next few blogs, I will offer my own personal insights from my experiences being in the art world for 40 years and successfully launching my own PBS show. These conversations or Blogs that I’ll be sending have insights that I have shared with students who I coach weekly.

To be Successful Share With Others

I believe if you are serious about marketing your art, it is essential to have a coach who you can check in with every week. I hope that sharing my insights will inspire you experience the exciting journey into the professional art world. To be successful, artists should have the desire to share their art with others. It’s why people create art, after all. If a book is never read, does it even need to be written?  Painting is a visual expression of the desire to share with others what you find beautiful, interesting, or of interest to you. Art is communication and in order to communicate, you must have an audience. Building this audience is in itself a business and requires some time to do. So, relax. The fear you are feeling at this moment is actually the feeling of excitement. The two emotions feel similar. Use that “excitement” feeling as you go through your journey. It will make a huge difference in how you market your art. Before we go over the steps that will transform you into a self-promoter of your art, there are some things we need to talk about.

WILL MY ART EVER BE GOOD ENOUGH?

I’m amazed how much fear most artists have when they venture out from the safety of their immediate families and studios with images of their work. Many artists are paralyzed with the thought of posting their art on social networks for the world to see. They are waiting until they create something that is “good enough,” and are constantly reinventing themselves to fit some ideals or invisible goals that they think they need to complete before they can move forward and get their art out of the studio.
These artists are stuck. They are not even making an effort to show their work because the invisible “Not Good Enough” message that screams in their heads gets louder with every improvement they make. And, every improvement they make just opens new conversations that they have so much to learn to be a great artist. GET USED TO IT! YOU WILL NEVER BE GOOD ENOUGH! There will always be someone better, brighter, or more talented than you. THE TRUTH IS…
The truth is even your worst efforts will be admired because as an artist, you do something of value when others are caught in the trap of quiet desperation, fearing that they are living their lives with little personal value except working and paying the bills. They are afraid to try to do something that might expose that they are frauds to the world. Sound familiar?
To make things worse, the Internet makes it more challenging when
the public is given instant power to like or dislike something – with Thumbs up, Likes. Emojis, and Comments! all out-there in the World Wide Web for the public to see. These instant reactions hit the heart of the artist, confirming what everyone has been saying to you since you where 4, “You’re not good enough to be an artist”, “You’re going to starve… get a real job… do something of value.” After all, “Art is the class you take if you want an EZ “A”.” No wonder art instills fear in anyone wanting to succeed as an artist.

WHAT IF EVERYTHING YOU BELIEVE IS NOT TRUE?

It is the nature of being human that we all want to look good, and we fear looking incompetent or ignorant. From an early age we are constantly trying to do what is good and avoiding anything that might bring negative attention that makes you look bad. Posting your work for others to see or introducing your art to a gallery can be intimidating because of the old tapes in our heads that tell us that we may not be good enough. I am amazed that many of my students have no problem posting daily what they had for dinner or sharing photos of their cats. But, if they are asked to share their art pieces for others to see, they become paralyzed and afraid of what people might think or say. I have worked with students who almost pass out from fear before hitting the “share” button to post one of their paintings.

Lets Start NOW!!!

When students step out of their “fear of sharing” response about their work and start marketing their work to as many eyes as they can find, they are amazed that the response they experience is always positive. They may start first with family members and friends and then market to complete strangers who respond to their work positively. However, before an artist is ready to approach a gallery seriously, there are steps that must be in place before making the first contact, before showing your composition, before having your first show, or approaching a collector, a buyer, or the owner of a gallery. In the next blog I will discuss all the insights artists must have before you go into the public arena and present your art to galleries and collectors. Here are the first steps that you must take before we move on to the next blog. 
  1. Get a Web Domain or URL address
  2. Open a Facebook account
  3. Open a Twitter account
  4. Open an Instagram account
  5. Open an Linked in Account
  6. YouTube account

The Must Have

You must have all of these social media accounts and they must all be linked together
Step by Step instructions on linking up these accounts are on YouTube
Next week, you will start stepping out of your comfort zone and begin experiencing the feeling the excitement when sharing your art with the world. It is going to be exhilarating. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I will try to respond as best as I can. [email protected]
Information about coaching is located under the heading Coaching on my website www.StefanBaumann.com. If you are interested in coaching, give me a call at 415-606-9074 (my personal cell number) and we can talk more about how coaching will enhance your knowledge, capabilities, and growth as an artist.

American Pine Martin By Stefan Baumann

I have coached many students over the years . My goal as a coach is to help students discover their own style by instructing with a method that allows them to grow as they are. If you want increase your knowledge and skill to bring your art to the next level, I invite you to watch my YouTube videos, consider phone coaching with me, or attend a workshop in Mt. Shasta where we discuss art, passion and life with other artists around the campfire. All the information is on my website,   www.stefanbaumann.com .

The post Getting Your Art Out to the Public, Part 1 appeared first on Stefan Baumann – The Grand View: Paintings by Stefan Baumann.

New Exhibit in the Main Gallery – Dianne Jean Erickson & Barbara Martin

Feb 26 artblast Erickson 2
Detail of “Red-Brown Stack” by Dianne Jean Erickson
Beginning Friday, March 1, 2019
IN THE MAIN GALLERY

Adventures in Experience: Imaginative Works
by Dianne Jean Erickson & Barbara Martin

March 1–April 12, 2019

Erickson Stripe Stack and Martin Dont be the Bunny
left to right: Dianne Jean Erickson, Stripe Stack; Barbara Martin, Don’t Be The Bunny

Reception:  Friday, February 15, 5:30-8:00 pm

Portland artists, Dianne Jean Erickson and Barbara Martin, create highly imaginative contemporary works. Erickson creates encaustic monotypes and mixed media prints. Martin uses acrylic, oil pastel and pencil in her mixed media paintings. Their work is infused with energy and expression.

4TH ANNUAL CELTIC CELEBRATION

SUNDAY, MARCH 17, 5:30-7:30 PM

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Rogue Gallery!

The Rogue Gallery celebrates the Art of Celtic Tradition with art, food and traditional Irish music. The evening includes:
  • Irish food and beer
  • Musicians performing traditional Celtic music including “Pat O’Scannell and Friends” and the “Southern Oregon Scottish Bagpipe Band”
  • A singing competition to select the best rendition of the Irish classic, “Danny Boy” with the winner receiving a $100 award
  • An Irish themed art show with awards given to the “Best in Show” ($100.00 award) and “People’s Choice” ($50.00 award)
  • The Irish tradition of good cheer and laughter
At the Rogue Gallery, 40 South Bartlett, Medford, Sunday, March 17, 2019, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Be sure to purchase your tickets early. This events sells out!

Tickets $35. Purchase tickets  HERE>> 

or call (541) 772-8118

. . . . . .
Call to artists for the Celtic Art Show

We invite artists to submit a work of art for this event that is inspired by Celtic art and/or by Ireland. No charge for members to submit, non-members $10. All styles and media are welcome. A $100 prize is awarded for Best in Show and a $50 award for People’s Choice. The exhibit runs March 8–March 22, 2019. Drop off artwork March 1 & 2, 2019, pickup March 23 & 26.

For two-dimensional work, maximum dimension in either direction including frame is 40 inches. For three-dimensional work maximum dimension in any direction is 40 inches and maximum weight is 35 pounds.

Inventory & Artist Agreement and Art Labels

CLASSES IN THE ROGUE STUDIO

FOR ADULTS

THIS WEEKEND!

Color with Ilene Gienger-Stanfield
All skill levels welcome
Two Day Workshop
Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2, 9am-4pm

Color does not have to be confusing or avoided. Ilene will explain and demonstrate properties of color  in oil and pastel. Artists will be equipped to create and modulate color in their artwork. The class will work from still life and photo references.

Get the MATERIALS LIST HERE>>
MEMBERS $185 NON-MEMBERS $195, MATERIALS LIST*
Register Here >>

MESSAGES FROM OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
2019 marks the 47th annual Corvallis Fall Festival; a 2-day event on September 28 and 29, 2019 that is created to serve, support and showcase the community of Corvallis and to help local arts thrive. Each year the festival fills the beautiful, tree-lined, downtown Central Park with 180 art booths, over 30,000 guests, 19 food booths, continuous live music and a vibrant Art Discovery Zone for children of all ages to engage in and create their own artwork. All artwork selected to be featured at the festival is considered original from concept through completion. Proceeds, after expenses, from the festival go toward supporting local arts and community enhancement projects chosen by the volunteer Corvallis Fall Festival Board of Directors. Corvallis Fall Festival is a 501(c)(4) not-for-profit organization.

Application information can be found at www.corvallisfallfestival.orgor  https://www.zapplication.org/event-info.php?ID=7044

. . . .

CALLING ALL POETS, WRITERS & VISUAL ARTISTS
Britt Music & Arts Festival wants to put your creativity on display in the 2019 Britt Festival Orchestra Souvenir Program. The 2019 season is built around the theme ‘The Sound of Nature’. They are looking for original poetry, short stories, or visual art that relates to music & nature for their publication. How does music reflect nature? Where do we find music? How does nature inspire the creative process with regards to music? How did smoke from various fires last summer impact the making of music? Explore these topics through your written or visual artistic expressions. LEARN MORE AND SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY

. . . .

The North Valley Art League 2019 Regional Juried Photography Show
Call to Artists

April 30 – June 1, 2019, NVAL Carter House Gallery, 48 Quartz Hill Road, Redding, California 96003
This show is open to all photographers residing in Northern California and Southern Oregon as follows: Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Yolo, Sacramento, El Dorado counties and all counties north to the California border, and the southern Oregon counties of Coos, Douglas, Curry, Josephine, Jackson, Klamath, Lake, Harney, and Malheur.
Images previously accepted into a NVAL Juried Photography Show are not eligible – with the exception of images accepted into a NVAL International Juried Photography Show as a Silver Selection.
All forms of photographic expression are encouraged, with the stipulation that all images must be the original work of the artist, i.e., both capture and post-processing, excluding resizing and printing.
FRAMING PROGRAM  $15 to rent one of NVAL’s frames and have NVAL frame your matted print.
Work may be shipped or hand-delivered to the NVAL Carter House Gallery.
AWARDS — $1000
• First Place — $500
• Second Place — $250
• Third Place — $100
• 3 Merit Awards — $50 each
• Honorable Mentions at the discretion of the juror
• Only juror-accepted work submitted to the Carter House Gallery exhibit is eligible for awards
JUROR — We are very proud to have Roman Loranc, an internationally known fine-art and conservation photographer as the juror for the 2019 show.
ENTRY — Entry period is open now.
• Entry deadline is Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
• All entries will be online.  The procedure is quite easy and is explained in the Prospectus online at the NVAL website (see below.)
• You may enter as many images as you wish
• Entry Fees — $33 to enter three images, $8 each additional
FOR FURTHER DETAILS and to ENTER
The full prospectus is here.
Or, go to the NVAL website, www.nval.org — select Shows, Photography, Regional, 2019 Regional Photography Show Prospectus.
The entry link is at the bottom of the Prospectus.
QUESTIONS — Contact show chairman, Bonnie Lampley.
• Email — [email protected]
• Phone — 530-604-3380 (please leave a message)

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Call the Gallery for more info: (541) 772-8118

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The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is the Rogue Valley’s premier non-profit community art center founded in 1960 to promote and nurture the visual arts in the Rogue Valley. The Art Center showcases emerging and established artists, presents fine crafts by area artisans, and offers a broad range of visual art classes and workshops for all ages.

Rogue Gallery & Art Center is located in downtown Medford at 40 South Bartlett Street. The hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. We are open every third Friday until 8:00pm.

Betty Barss Exhibit at Rogue Gallery: An Oregon Love Story

       

 

 

 In the Community Gallery

Exhibit Reception: An Oregon Love Story: Watercolors by Betty Barss

January 18 – March 1, 2019

Rogue Valley artist Betty Barss is an accomplished and versatile watercolor artist. This exhibit showcases a wide range of subjects from her beloved state of Oregon.

Betty Barss has been painting for close to five decades. She taught fifth and sixth grade art in the Medford schools for twenty-five years. Her painting expertise is with watercolor paint. She is a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, Southern Oregon Society of Artists, and the Artists’ Workshop. She has received several awards and has exhibited throughput the Northwest. Her work is exuberant in color. Barss describes her use of color in her work, “Color is an element I can’t live without. For that reason, many of my paintings are vivid and might have unusual colors. My palette consists mostly of transparent watercolors, which I use for my common themes of landscapes, wildlife and flowers.”

Betty Barss watercolor painting

In the Main Gallery

Capturing Beauty: Paintings by Sheri Dinardi , Ilene Gienger-Stanfield, and David Terry

January 11 – February 22, 2019

Artists Sheri Dinardi, Ilene Gienger-Stanfield, & David Terry create luminous works in the time honored tradition of oil painting. Their paintings of people, structures, and landscapes beautifully capture a moment in time and the essence of the subject. The Capturing Beauty exhibit features three artists who paint in the traditional oil medium. Creating figurative oil paintings requires talent, training, skill, and perseverance. The process of creating an oil painting requires many hours work due to the slow drying time and the paint properties required in layering the colors. The paintings in this exhibit reflect the expertise of these three artists. They are rich in luminous colors and are of profound beauty. While many of the works are reminiscent of great paintings from the past, each of these artists has developed their own artistic style.

Refreshments from Harry & David will be served at the reception.

The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is a non-profit community art center, founded in 1960 to promote and support the arts in the Rogue Valley. The center exhibits a wide range of artistic styles and mediums from local and national artists. Programming includes art educational opportunities for children and adults. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from       11 a.m. to 3 p.m.Call (541)772-8118 for more info or visit www.roguegallery.org.

So, You Want to Be an Artist?!

Silvia Trujillo teaching at Rogue Gallery & Art Center

Here I am with students I mentored in 2017.

 

Every year the Rogue Gallery Art Center connects creative teens with professional artists through the Teen Mentor program. I’ve participated in the Teen Mentor program for five years now and always feel just as inspired by the students as they do by me.

The mission of the program is to not just teach teens practical art skills, but to also give them some idea of what it’s like to be a professional artist. I’m honest, so I may have scared away one or two by now! It’s certainly not an easy job. There have been many points in my career that I’ve almost given up — and I think it’s important to be able to admit that. Life is not as it plays out on television. Sometimes you feel as if you’re taking one step back for every two steps forward.

Why do art? For the true creative, there isn’t really a choice. We feel driven to translate the beauty of the world onto the canvas (or into the page, through the camera lens, etc). We are so lucky, sometimes, to get paid to do it.

The Teen Mentor program is not something I do because it’s lucrative, but because it’s rewarding to show teens that being a professional artist is a real possibility. The Rogue Valley may be small and out-of-the-way but I have seen some very talented artists come through the program. They are the future and you never know what these kids are going to do next!

You can support the Teen Mentor program by becoming a member of Rogue Gallery & Art Center. Or, you can support me, the mentor, by purchasing a painting or contacting me about commissioned work.

Thank you for your support which allows me to give back to my community.

FOTAS Rescued Bunny Adoption Event – February 9th and 10th!

Thinking about adding a bunny to your family? Check out this adoption booklet for additional information and please adopt!  Bunny Companion Booklet 2-6-17  

 

 

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Rogue Gallery Presents Capturing Beauty: Paintings by Sheri Dinardi , Ilene Gienger-Stanfield, and David Terry

       

     

 

Rogue Gallery New Exhibit and Reception

Main Gallery exhibit:

Capturing Beauty: Paintings by Sheri Dinardi , Ilene Gienger-Stanfield, and David Terry

January 11 – February 22, 2019
Reception Date: January 18, 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Last of Summer 18×24 oil on linen by David W Terry

Artists Sheri Dinardi, Ilene Gienger-Stanfield, & David Terry create luminous works in the time honored tradition of oil painting. Their paintings of people, structures, and landscapes beautifully capture a moment in time and the essence of the subject.

The Capturing Beauty exhibit features three artists who paint in the traditional oil medium. Creating figurative oil paintings require talent, training, skill, and perseverance. The process of creating an oil painting requires many hours work due to the slow drying time and the paint properties required in layering the colors. The paintings in this exhibit reflect the expertise of these three artists. They are rich in luminous colors and are of profound beauty. While many of the works are reminiscent of great paintings from the past, each of these artists has developed their own artistic style.

Jacksonville artist, Sheri Dinardi studied with Frank Covino where she honed her skills in Old Master oil painting techniques. She also trained with Dan Gerhartz, Michael Malm, and JoAnn Peralta. She has exhibited nationally and has won many awards for her paintings. Ilene Gienger-Stanfield has been painting for over twenty years and resides in Phoenix, OR. She teaches weekly figurative session, private lessons, and has taught workshops nationwide. She holds signature status with American Impressionist Society, Pastel Society of America, Northwest Pastel Society and master signature status with Women Artists of the West. David Terry is originally from Temple, Texas and now resides in Jacksonville. He is a member of the Salmagundi Club of New York, the Portrait Society of America, and the Oil Painters of America. He has won awards in two international contests sponsored by the Portrait Society of America. His work hangs in numerous public and private collections.

Refreshments from Harry & David will be served at the reception on Friday, January 18, 5:30 – 8:00 pm.

The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is a non-profit community art center, founded in 1960 to promote and support the arts in the Rogue Valley. The center exhibits a wide range of artistic styles and mediums from local and national artists. Programming includes art educational opportunities for children and adults. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (541)772-8118 for more info or visit www.roguegallery.org.

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Southern Oregon Society of Arts meets January 21st

Due to library availability, Southern Oregon Society of Arts first meeting of 2019 will be the THIRD Monday.

Just a heads-up!  Due to library availability, Southern Oregon Society of Artists first meeting of 2019 will be the THIRD Monday.

Don’t forget this will be a juried critique and the President’s challenge will be black and white drawings for the 2019 directory.  All SOSA members are invited to submit entries and all attendees will be asked to vote for their favorite.  Number one drawing will be used for the front of the directory and number two will be used for the back.

Southern Oregon Society of Artists

SOSA invites all two-dimensional visual artists to attend meetings held on the fourth* Monday of each month, January – October at the Medford Public Library at 7:00 pm. Be early – library doors lock at 7:00 pm!

*Due to library availability, Southern Oregon Society of Arts January 2019 meeting will be the THIRD Monday.

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