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Silvia Trujillo Workshop Updates

Silvia Trujillo Workshop Updates:

There is still time to enroll in one or both of these workshops!

If you’ve never been to Bridgeview Winery, it’s one of the loveliest in the Valley, and well worth the drive.

Date: Saturday September 17 from 10am-5pm
Location: Bridgeview Winery – 4210 Holland Loop Road Cave Junction, OR 97523

All skill levels are welcome! Beginners will get a taste for the process of plein-air, and more advanced artists will get a chance to hone their skills in a beautiful new location.

The workshop fee is $100 and includes a drink ticket that may be redeemed for your choice glass of wine. We have one 50% off scholarship available. If you’d like to apply, please email [email protected] or call 541-592-5019.

 Bridgeview Vineyard & Winery specializes in German varietals such as Riesling. Currently, it has a gold medal award-winning Oregon Pinot Noir that has received an 89-point rating with Wine Spectator. It’s a great value! Wines will be available for tasting and purchase throughout the workshop. Please bring a water bottle and packed lunch.   

Silvia Trujillo Workshop Update: Rescheduled!

Alpacas at Lone Ranch Plein Air Workshop

Sponsored by Rogue Gallery & Art Center, Medford

 Due to the heat wave last Saturday, the workshop was rescheduled for September 24. All the same info, just a different day : )

 Looking forward to a great outdoor painting day on the 24th! Love to see you there! 

Alpacas at Lone Ranch (in Eagle Point) is another favorite spot for plein air art.

Sign up through the Rogue Gallery to reserve your space. 

Call 541.772.8118 or visit Website: www.roguegallery.org

Suitable for beginner through advanced painters. All media welcome!
I look forward to seeing you on Saturday, September 24, from 9 am–3 pm and painting with you!

Recent plein air scenes by Silvia: vineyard & flower fields

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Website:    https://www.silviatrujillo.com/

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/artistsilviatrujillo/

How to heal the world…

…give thanks, take joy

Southern Oregon Guild Plein Air Workshop

Southern Oregon Guild of Artists & Artisans presents a Plein Air Workshop with Silvia Trujillo at Bridgeview Vineyards and Winery

An August Nod to Machado

Some Antonio Machado magic for these dog days of summer:

And the golden bees
were making white combs
and sweet honey
from my old failures.

From his poem, “Last Night As I Lay Sleeping,” translated by Robert Bly

Blooming Through

O the courage of yarrow, 

impossibly blooming through 

abandoned asphalt. Yarrow—

meaning healing & love, 

meaning even the thickest lid 

above the wild seed of our hope

cannot contain tenacious life.  

    

ASCEND 2022 Creatives Conference in Jacksonville

Oil Painting, film making and production, and musical inspiration. Join other creatives from across the West Coast at ASCEND 2022 creatives conference and workshops July 14th (early bird classes), 15, and 16th in Jacksonville, Oregon! And sign up early as some class sizes are limited. Inspiring professional instructors and captivating speakers, with 4 major FOCUS PATHS to choose from. Oil Painting with Frank Ordaz, plus see his original works with Lucas Film and so much more.   Filmmaking with Jeff Bates from The Chosen. Thrive in your craft, impact culture, and confidently forge ahead while being energized by fellow creatives!  Use SOAR coupon for $25 discount. Register at AscendWestCoast.com by July 10th.

Quinceañeras & Everyday Unicorns

Fifteen summer solstices ago—give or take a matter of hours—I wrote my first blog post here on Wordbody. There have been many books and paintings since then. Many things lost and a few things won. I’ve shared most all of them here. Some posts are long, considered essays. Others are the equivalent of a photo and caption. Some I think about for weeks. Others pop into my head the day I decide to post, inspired by a word or image. Like this one. 

 

You can easily guess at my inspiration. I came across this stuffed unicorn on my walk. It was much larger than it looks: almost five feet long, lying right there on the shoulder of our country road. I couldn’t help but wonder who had lost it, dumped it, or left it. 

 

These days, a unicorn is often a metaphor for a uniquely successful start-up or entrepreneur. But once upon a time—back when the equivalent of television was stained glass and tapestries—it represented qualities like purity, freedom, gentleness. 

 

I don’t have a grand plan for this post—it’s one of the quick ones. But to honor my blog’s quinceañera, I wanted to give her a gift. Not the dirty stuffed unicorn but what that mythical being once represented. Actually, I’d love for the world to give itself those gifts. Purity doesn’t have to be unique. Freedom doesn’t have to mean a financial boon. Gentleness doesn’t require a horn growing from the middle of our heads. Really, it’s a gift to know we can cultivate these things right where we are. 

 

Happy birthday, Wordbody. May the next fifteen years be full of everyday magic, too. 

 

Online Study Through The Art Students League Part 1

Hi!  Off and on over the past two years I have been taking online classes through the Art Students League of New York.  And, it has been quite the learning experience. Before I go any further, though, I would like to share my personal recommendation for online studies through the Art Students League. Also, I …

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Speck-Sized Faith

O sweet seed—

you small not yet,

smaller already.

The final flower waits

in speck-sized faith.

Come forth—unfurl 

the gentle petals

of patience.

Oh, the Places We Go!

Ten springs ago, I walked the hills of Wales. I was in the middle of making a choice, and this little pedestrian path sign seemed like the perfect metaphor for choices. 


It also reminds me of these lines from the Dr. Seuss classic, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!


You have brains in your head.

You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself

any direction you choose. 


That day on the path, didn’t know that I’d make a really bad decision later that year. Nor that I’d make a really good one not long after.


Interestingly, all those Welsh paths eventually led back to the same trailhead. 

 

Interestingly, all of our choices—bad and good—lead us right where we need to be. Even if we feel lost in some landscapes and seasons.

 

I guess this post is a kind of blessing on our choices—a reminder of the great gift choice is.   

 

Happy trails, happy choosing,

 

Anna