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Water for Body, Water for Soul

At the end of summer, a simple gift of water. Blessings of refreshment to you!

Thinking of Trees

 As I finish compiling a collection of poems, I’ve had to let many things go, including some grand quotes about trees. Since I can’t squeeze all of these beautiful bits into the book, I thought I’d share some here:  



The one who’s lying on his back under tall trees

is also up there within them.

— Tomas Tranströmer, “Breathing Space, July”


The trees spoke of patience.

— Suzanne Simard, Finding the Mother Tree


[I]n the language of trees there’s no grammatical mood: questions, statements, or commands—it’s all song, stripped of anything like judgement, intention, or need. 

Carl Phillips, Then the War and Selected Poems


Day brings what is going to be. Trees—

wherever they are—begin to stand. 

— William Stafford, “Letting You Go”


But blessed are those who trust in the Lord 

and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.

They are like trees planted along a riverbank, 

with roots that reach deep into the water. 

Such trees are not bothered by the heat 

or worried by long months of drought. 

Their leaves stay green, 

and they never stop producing fruit. 

Jeremiah 17:7-8 NLT

Natural Acrylik Paint Has Arrived!

Our Natural Acrylik Paint Has Arrived!  Learn about Natural Acrylik Paint here! The first of it’s kind!
After five years of formulation and testing, Natural Earth Paint is excited to share our newest product! Natural Acrylik Paints – sold in tubes and as a set
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Free of carcinogenic additives and petrochemicals, this paint is made with a plant-based resin, natural pigments and bio-based ingredients. Shop Here

Natural Acrylik Paint: FAQ 

Q: How are these paints different from conventional acrylics? 
A:Conventional acrylic is made with a petroleum-based resin and a host of carcinogenic additives and preservatives (that give it specific properties and a long shelf-life). It also commonly includes petroleum-based or heavy metal pigments. Our paints are made with a plant-based resin, natural pigments, and bio-based ingredients while creating a final finish exactly like acrylic in that it is water-resistant, professional quality, and archival. 

Q: When will they be available in Canada, Europe, Australia/ New Zealand, and other countries?
A: Our distributors in Canada, Europe, and Australia/ New Zealand are making their orders now so they should be available on their websites in 1-2 months. All other countries can order direct from us!   Canada     Europe

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Customer Stories – Nadine Nadine shares her story of how and why she chose to switch from conventional oil paints to Natural Earth Paint. Thank you Nadine!

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Three Watercolor Studies Done While Camping

Greetings!  I hope this finds you enjoying your summer. One think I enjoy doing is watercolor studies while my husband and I are out camping somewhere.  And, that’s what I want to talk about today. From Classes To Traveling. To explain, after spending several months concentrating on my online class with the Art Students League …

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REMINDER! Silvia Trujillo Art Workshop Next Thursday

Mark your calendar!

Don’t miss my art workshop next Thursday — July 27 (1–4pm) — at Central Art Supply.  Come and join our fun and supportive group who enjoy all things art & painting related! It’s a small group (in a big room) which allows for a lot of personal attention. I’m there to consult and encourage, with many suggestions for new ways to improve your art skills 

 Bring projects you want to finish or start a completely new one under my guidance. I’m there to help!

 Contact me soon to reserve your space. The class fee is $25. 

Meanwhile, here are plein air paintings of Summer scenery – the result of painting outings in the hot sun, but so well worth it!

Questions about my art workshop next Thursdy? Contact me with one of the links below:
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AGA July Art Opportunities

Ashland Galleries
July Visual Arts News

July = Art Opportunities

We’re excited to share a handful of fun and diverse art opportunities that are being offered this month to foster your inner creativity. 

Gabriel Lipper, Harmony II, Mixed Media  Illustration for his Learning to See workshop at Grants Pass Museum of Art. AGA July Art Opportunities
Gabriel Lipper, Harmony II, Mixed Media

Grants Pass Museum of Art
Learning to See with Gabriel Lipper
Saturday, July 22, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Join the Grants Pass Museum of Art and Gabriel Lipper to learn more about how to harness the power of color and design. Offering a demonstration that outlines Gabriel’s entire process of merging abstract playgrounds with representational elements, individuals will have the opportunity to experience his creative process from start to finish while engaging in active dialogue.

For those who are interested in participating, please click here for more information. 

AGA July Art Opportunities: Catalyst Ashland Artist Talk with Beca Blake :  Beca Blake, Family Light Tree, Acrylic on Panel
Beca Blake, Family Light Tree, Acrylic on Panel

Catalyst Ashland
Artist Talk with Beca Blake
Saturday, July 22, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Join Catalyst Ashland and Beca Blake to learn more about her current exhibition, Road Food. Expressing performance art by draping themselves with novelty food blankets bought on Amazon, Beca and her family made a statement about survival in relation to consumption, place, time, and humanity in both rural and urban settings while traveling among artifacts of culture in the western states of North America. 

For those who are interested in participating, please click here for more information. 

AGA July Art Opportunities: Pamela Ourschalimian, Attitude Dancin', Acrylic and Watercolor
Pamela Ourschalimian, Attitude Dancin’, Acrylic and Watercolor

The Haines & Friends Visual Arts Grant Program
2023 Grant Cycle Application Available! Deadline to Apply: Wednesday, August 30

The Haines & Friends Visual Arts Grant Program is thrilled to announce that it will provide a 2023 Grant Cycle. Offering grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to visual artists and arts educators based in Southern Oregon, use of grant funds by these individuals may include original and new works of private/public art, the purchase of supplies and equipment for personal experiences, educational offerings, and more. 

For those who are interested in applying, please click here for more information. 

Paula Fong, Helleborus, Watercolor and Ink
Paula Fong, Helleborus, Watercolor and Ink

Ashland Gallery Association
Participate in Ashland Open Studio Tour!
Deadline to Register: Friday, September 1

Exciting News! Ashland Open Studio Tour is BACK! Now in its tenth year, and taking place on Saturday and Sunday, October 21 and 22 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., this is a fun and unique opportunity for visual artists to open their studios and workspaces to the public and show off their creativity. 

AGA Members who are based in Ashland, Talent, and Phoenix are eligible to participate. This includes Artist Members, Working Studios, Artists Represented by a Gallery Member, or Artists Represented by a Neighboring Arts Organization.

For those who are interested in participating, please click here for more information.

From Seed to Sky

When we built this house, I sprinkled a packet of wildflower seeds beneath the front patio. The first spring, mostly zinnias grew up. Last year, mostly poppies. This year, all Brown-Eyed Susans and some wild green thing that went to seed and grew taller than I. 


I marvel at how what begins in darkness keeps reaching for the light. From seed to sky, may we keep reaching. 


Blessings of Light to you,



JCCC Grant Opportunity

The Jackson County Cultural Coalition is now accepting applications for 2024 grant projects. The JCCC typically awards grants between $1,000 and $3,000. Eligible organizations must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, or have a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor. 

Submission and Deadline

All applications must be emailed to [email protected] by Friday, September 8, 2023 at 5 pm. If you are unable to email your application, please contact JCCC at least two weeks ahead of the application deadline. Incomplete applications will be rejected. Additional documents beyond those requested (including a cover letter) will not be reviewed.

Questions and/or technical assistance

If you have any questions about submitting a grant application to the JCCC, please contact the JCCC no later than Friday, August 11, 2023 at: [email protected]. Include your questions and best contact information.

The JCCC Grants 101 PowerPoint offers good information on completing many types of grants.

Guidelines and an application form can be found on our website. Please note the application form has been updated this year:

Sky Me

On finding an old photo of alpenglow

O clouds—

such brief beauty—

you sky me

with your glory. 

Watercolor & Wine with Anne Brooke and Lauren Card

Watercolor & Wine class with Anne Brooke and Lauren Card - logo

Two experienced fine artists and longtime fine art instructors, Anne Brooke and Lauren Card want to help you create your own piece of original art. Create with them in a safe, encouraging environment as you enjoy a glass of wine and learn about watercolor along the way. Each painter receives watercolor paper, brushes and paints, and a glass of wine for the modest price of $40 per person.

Anne & Lauren bring you a unique experience in a relaxing and easy atmosphere. It’s great fun regardless of your skill level. No experience necessary!

Watercolor & Wine has been very well received thus far. This is the third W&W after two previous events sold out!

For more information and to register, call Anne at 541-941-7057.

Every day is a good day when you can paint…and sip wine!