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Five Wise Things

Beneath Baker Mountain on our recent road trip

I’m writing a book on the first year of marriageit was a wild ride! Besides the “primary research” of experiencing matrimony for the first time, I’ve also researched by reading a lot of books. A lot. And most all of them were filled with gold. In fact, I dog-eared so many pages, I couldn’t even make a stack of the 30+ books—it was too lopsided.  

I’ve since gone back through, freed the folded edges, and typed up some of my favorite quotes. My wonderful problem right now is deciding which of the 20-pages of quotes to include!

 

For now, I’d love to share five wisdom-chunks that will likely make it into the final draft. May they bless you the way they’ve blessed me: 


 

“I believe one of marriage’s purposes is to teach us how to forgive.” 

 

—from Sacred Marriage: What if God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More than to Make Us Happy?  by Gary Thomas.

 


“I thought of how helpful it would have been to have learned, early on in my marriage, that not every problem can be solved and not every irritant can be negotiated away, that a good marriage is a mixture of delight and disgruntlement, that unhappiness comes from expecting it to be otherwise.” 

 

—from It Takes One to Tango: How I Rescued My Marriage with (Almost) No Help from My Spouse—and How You Can, Too by Winifred M. Reilly.


 

“[T]he best way to work on ‘us’ is to start with ‘me.’” 

 

—from Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, & Switzler


 

“The trick to achieving the kind of connection you want is to develop the advanced relationship skill of binocular vision, the artful ability to see your partner’s perspective as well as your own.”

 

—from How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It by Patricia Love & Steven Stosny

 


“Marriage is the perfect opportunity to improve yourself. No other single setting in life can form more character.”

 

—from Two Become One by Dr. Harold R. Eberle

 

Roxanne Evans Stout New Stencils + Mixed Media Workshop!

Roxanne Evans Stout - Find the essence of your creativity

Hello you beautiful, artistic souls! I wanted to tell you about the magic brewing here at River Garden Studio. I have some excitement to share!

I love this new stencil creation, and it is ready to share with you at last!
Look at all of these new stencil designs on the sheet called ATC Mix-Up Stout #1!

The time has finally come for me to share my new stencil designs

Just-Released Stencil Designs at StencilGirl Products!

I have two whole sheets available with brand-new stencil creations! Each 9″x12″ sheet has 9 unique images including animals, landscapes, and symbols. Take a look at the options on both sheets, only $14 each! Not only are they fun to use, but they are sturdy and the quality is amazing!

These were made with so much love and inspired by my own work, including my paintings, collages, and pages in my artist books and art journals. You might recognize some of the images and marks that I use so often.

Thank you to StencilGirl Products and MaryBeth Shaw for what you do for artists and art makers around the world.

I have 30 other sheets of stencils available on StencilGirl! They are a variety of sizes and priced $5, $7, and $14. Stencils make a great gift for yourself or a loved one!

I put so much love into each of these new stencil designs! This is from the sheet called ATC Mix-Up Stout #2.
Another precious new design for you from me!

I am so excited to co-teach in our upcoming Zoom workshop

The Illuminated Scroll!

This three-day workshop will happen in real time on Zoom with myself, Seth Apter, and Lisa Agaran. We have a limited number of live spots available and options for those who cannot join us live.

Registration includes all three days of the workshop, daily recordings available for 3 weeks after the workshop has ended (recordings will not be available for downloading), plus our Meet the Instructors Night event the evening before the workshop begins. Get all of the details and register here!

Won’t you make three Illuminated Scrolls with us?!

People have created scrolls to record beauty and magic since ancient times…

In The Illuminated Scroll, you will connect with history and the elements as we make three unique mixed-media scrolls on each of the three days. This is a special opportunity with Lisa Agaran, Seth Apter, and I each teaching for one whole day of the workshop!

I teach the first day and will guide you through your first Illuminated Scroll! Together we will create an enticing piece out of fabric treated with layers of gesso and paint and then embellished with a blend of collaged fabric & papers, stitching, and gatherings from nature. I will also show you how to incorporate an easy weave into your scroll to hold sticks and other found objects.

Here is a sample of my own Illuminated Scroll, which I will teach you to make! It has my new horse stencil on it.

For a special touch, we will also be using my newest stencil designs! I’m so excited for you to use them. All of my stencil designs are available at StencilGirl Products! You will see the newest stencils first!

Your majestic scroll will be a stunning work of art both when rolled up and opened to be hung on the wall, revealing your visual stories.

I am in love with this Illuminated Scroll I made, and I cannot wait to see what you make!

Join the instructors of The Illuminated Scroll… …for a fun and casual Facebook Live Event! Whether or not you are registered for the Illuminated Scroll yet, join us on Lisa’s Facebook page at 4 PST this Saturday, October 16! All three of us instructors will be there, and it will be a great virtual get-together!

Won’t you join us?!

Surprise! Stampington featured my IG account!

…in an article called “Inspired by Instagram: 5 Creative Instagram Accounts We Love!”

Stampington’s charming article for autumn features four other amazing artists whose pages and creations are most interesting. I was delighted to see how the author described my page and the images they chose from it. Here is the article to inspire you as well!

Here are some cute images they used from my IG for the Stampington article!

I hope my stencils inspire you, and I hope you can join us for The Illuminated Scroll!

Leland Struebig Printmaking Workshop at Central Art!


Space Is Limited!

Sign up NOW for a 2-Part Beginning Relief Printmaking Workshop with Leland Struebig!

Beginning Relief Printmaking – Exquisite Corpse
Instructor: Leland Struebig
When: Saturdays, November 6 & 13
Where: Central Art Classroom
Time: 1-5pm
Fee: $80 (For 2 sessions)

Class Size: 6 to 12 students (12 max.)
Registration Required. Click here to register.

Learn the fundamentals of Relief Printmaking while participating in one of the time-honored traditions of fine art.  You’ll engage with your classmates through the Exquisite Corpse exercise to produce a fine art relief print that combines your hand cut linoleum plate with that of two other students.  At the end of this workshop you’ll have the knowledge and experience to design and produce relief prints as an independent printmaker.


*For more information, including a complete supplies list and class registration, visit centralartsupply.com

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The Illuminated Scroll – Workshop with Roxanne Evans Stout

Roxanne Evans Stout - Find the essence of your creativity

Hello you beautiful friends and artists!

I hope you are well and happy. May this newsletter find you creating magic! I love connecting with you, and I’m so excited to tell you about an upcoming opportunity for us to create together online!

Create mixed-media magic with us in The Illuminated Scroll! Here is the open scroll project I will teach, and Seth and Lisa will make completely different scrolls with you!
Create Mixed-Media Magic With Us In… The Illuminated Scroll!
People have created scrolls to record beauty and magic since ancient times. In The Illuminated Scroll, you will connect with history and the elements as we make three unique mixed-media scrolls on each of the three days. This is a special opportunity with Lisa Agaran-Sand, Seth Apter, and I each teaching for one whole day of the workshop!
I teach the first day and will guide you through your first Illuminated Scroll! Together we will create an enticing piece out of fabric treated with layers of gesso and paint and then embellished with a blend of collaged fabric & papers, stitching, and gatherings from nature. I will also show you how to incorporate an easy weave into your scroll to hold sticks and other found objects.

For a special touch, we will also be using my newest stencil designs! I’m so excited for you to use them. All of my stencil designs are available at StencilGirl Products!

Your majestic scroll will be a stunning work of art both when rolled up and opened to be hung on the wall, revealing your visual stories.
Here is a semi-rolled view of the scroll above, which I will guide you in making on the first day! You won’t believe the beauties Lisa and Seth have in store for you on the other days!

Won’t You Join Us!

The live Zoom sessions for The Illuminated Scroll are Thursday-Saturday, November 11-13. Registration also includes a pre-workshop Meet the Instructors Night event, daily raffle giveaways gifted by the artists, and daily recordings for later viewing. There is also a non-live option! Get all the details and register now!

Won’t you make Illuminated Scrolls with us?!
Here is a sample of the scroll I will teach you to make in The Illuminated Scroll. Seth and Lisa will teach their own secrets and techniques on their days!

Sending you blessings of creativity and joy!

Won’t you join us for The Illuminated Scroll, live on Zoom Nov. 11-13?! Or join us for the non-live version!



NEW 4-Week Colored Pencil Intensive! with Lara Strazdas

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Space Is Limited!

Sign up NOW for a 4-Week Colored Pencil Intensive with Lara Strazdas

Get Real with Colored Pencil – A 4-Week Intensive
Instructor: Lara Strazdas
When: Fridays, October 8, 15, 22 & 29
Where: Central Art Classroom
Time: 1-4pm
Fee: $180 (for all 4 sessions)
Class Size: 6-8 students (8 max.)
Registration Required. Click here to register.

In this 4 day workshop, I want to take you beyond coloring books and delve into realistic colored pencil techniques to create this beautiful Snow Leopard. I will show you how to build numerous layers to create realistic textures and 3-dimensional forms, and we will create a soft blurry background so our Snow Leopard looks like it is ready to come off the page!

I will also share with you:

  • other techniques that can be used on different surfaces
  • why using more than one brand and type of pencil can improve your artwork
  • the differences and similarities between wax-based and oil-based pencils and how to use them together
  • different blending techniques
  • when and how to seal your artwork
  • and much more.


*For more information, including a complete supplies list and class registration, visit centralartsupply.com


September Love

This is to let you know about a couple of upcoming events.  

Since the “Improve your Painting 101” mini-workshop at Scrappy Craft was so well received last month, I’m continuing it on a monthly basis. Next week – Thursday, Sept 30, (1-4pm) is the next class. There is still room if you would like to join us! Contact me directly to reserve space, or if you have any questions.  

I’m also looking forward to teaching another plein air workshop on Saturday, October 9 (10-4) at Lone Ranch alpaca farm! The workshop is sponsored by Rogue Gallery Art Center; sign up with them; either online or by phone. * attached flyer for more info

May you enjoy the beauty of Fall and its crisp, bright days!

Website:       silviatrujillo.com
Instagram:    https://www.instagram.com/artistsilviatrujillo/
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Plein Air at Lone Ranch with Silvia Trujillo

Beginning through advanced painters welcome.  All media welcome.

Saturday, October 9, 10 am-4 pm

Experience painting and drawing in the great outdoors.  Enjoy painting the beautiful surroundings of Alpacas at Lone Ranch in Eagle Point, Oregon.  Landscape artist Silvia Trujillo will guide you in depicting the beauty of the landscape, creating interesting compositions, and capturing a moment in time.  Please bring water, a lunch, and light snack, if desired.

MEMBERS $95 NON-MEMBERS $120

To register and to see more adult classes go to roguegallery.org/home/education/adult-classes

September Opportunities for Art from AGA

Ashland Galleries
September Visual Arts News
September = Art Opportunities

We’re excited to share a handful of fun art opportunities that are being offered to foster your inner creativity, whether it’s getting out and about or enjoying from the comfort of your own home. 

Art & Soul Gallery
Image Credit:
Lynda Hoffman-Snodgrass, Sprites, Watercolor

Art & Soul Gallery
Give-Away Photo Contest! 

September 15 – 30, Anytime 

To celebrate Art & Soul Gallery’s newly featured wall, they are hosting a giveaway and photo contest. To enter, visit Art & Soul Gallery, take a photo of the wall displaying a splash, post on Instagram and/or Facebook, tag Art & Soul Gallery, and use the hashtag #SplashOnTheWall. 

1st Prize: Best Overall Photo, $75 Gallery/Framing Credit 
2nd Prize: Most Artsie Photo, $50, Gallery/Framing Credit 
3rd Prize: Most Original Photo, $25 Gallery/Framing Credit 

Winners will be notified during the first week of October. 

Fiber Arts Collective
Image Credit: 
Tanya Bemis, Untitled, Pop-Out Book

Fiber Arts Collective
Miniature Pop-Out Book Workshop with Tanya Bemis
Sunday, September 26, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Join Fiber Arts Collective and Tanya Bemis for an afternoon of miniature bookmaking. Learn how to make a pie-shaped pop-out book with a secondary secret function. During the workshop, you will have the opportunity to create one book in class while receiving materials to make an additional book at home. 

Space is limited. For those who are interested in attending, please click here

Grants Pass Museum of Art
Image Credit: 
Marianne Nielsen, Daisy, Watercolor 

Grants Pass Museum of Art
Watercolor Pet Portrait Workshop
Saturday, September 18, 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Join the Grants Pass Museum of Art and Marianne Nielsen to learn how to paint your favorite animal and/or pet using watercolor and your own reference photo. This is a wonderful workshop if you’re someone who loves animals. Watercolor experience is required and registration is $50.00. 

For those who are interested in participating, please click here

Dews
Image Credit: 
Dews, Untitled, Ceramic

Dews
Making Sculptures with Modified Coils, the Magic in Details
October 1 – 3, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. / 9:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. / 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


  Join Dews for a ceramic sculpture workshop at Bloom Pottery. The workshop will focus on making sculptures using modified coils. Ideas include making animals, people, urns, planters, abstracts, and more. Beginners are welcome. Don’t forget to stop by Hanson Howard Gallery to view some of Dews’ work for inspiration. 

For more information, please click here.

Art Meditations Using Color Therapy

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Space Is Limited! Sign up NOW for a 5-Week Acrylic Pouring Intensive with Taffy Shahbozian

Art Meditations Using Color Therapy – An Acrylic Pouring Intensive
Instructor: Taffy Shahbozian
When: Saturdays, October 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
Where: Central Art Classroom
Time: 1-4pm
Fee: $250 (For all 5 sessions)

Class Size: 6 to 10 students (10 max.)
Registration Required. Click here to register.

Presenting a perspective of art that is beautiful and unique. With proper instruction anyone can accomplish beautiful works of art.

This 5-week series is an introduction to the basics of pouring paint, for beginners and intermediate painters. This is a fun and creative adventure, with many styles and technics to explore.

Course Outline

Week 1 – October 2
Preparing the canvas, working with colors and mixing the paints
Different swiping technics – 3 paintings

Week 2 – October 9
Color therapy, how it affects us. Swiping Sunflowers -3 paintings

Week 3 – October 16
Sun Burst paintings -3 paintings

Week 4 – October 23
Flip cup and tilt -3 paintings

Week 5 – October 30
Finish work and varnishing
Bring: Large black plastic bag, tweezers, & a paper bag for soiled paper towels

*For more information, including a complete supplies list and class registration, visit centralartsupply.com

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Art Classes by Charity Hubbard Coming To Central Art!

Central Art Welcomes Art Classes
by Charity Hubbard Into Our Classroom!

Central Art is pleased to welcome art instructor Charity Hubbard’s art education program into our classroom space this fall! Charity is a classically-trained artist in the Rogue Valley who has been teaching youth and adults to hone and improve their artistic skills for the past 14 years.

Classes will be offered Monday afternoons (youth) and evenings (adults). Inquiries and sign-ups can be directed to Charity via email. You may also visit her website, charityhubbard.com for more information.

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Peace Like That

 

I’m a metaphorical girl—I see connections everywhere. This year, I learned the word apophenia: the tendency to look for connections among unrelated things. I’m pretty sure I have a not-so-mild case of it. Whether through simile or metaphor, I am constantly comparing unlike things to better understand abstractions. 

 

In fact, here’s a metaphor: our marriage is a fascinating case of apophenia!

 

Which brings me to rivers. I spend A LOT of time on rivers since I married a man who loves them. And this spring, I’ve wondered about that metaphorical comparison of “peace like a river” in Scripture (Isaiah 48:18, 66:12).  Spend time on even a single river, and you realize that rivers are varied: once section might be placid as a pond. The next might be a white-water “boulder garden” your husband inexplicably wants to kayak through. 

 

Peace like which part of the river?

 

Like all of it. Like: peace in all the river sections, from frog water to Class V rapids. 

 

And peace in the snags—the fallen trees and root masses that accumulate along a shore. They can impede progress. But they can also create little eddies of stillness out of the fast current and give you a place to pause before you continue your journey. I kid you not, I had that snag realization by a river one morning, and that same afternoon, Jared and I got into a massive snag-fight. We got caught on the jagged edges of stuff we’d let accumulate along our shore, but once we pressed through, we found a pool of peace. Someday, we may even remember that there can be peace in the snags, too. 

 

I have an old hymn stuck on repeat in my heart: “When Peace, Like a River.” That song has always held power for me. It was originally titled, “It Is Well With My Soul” for its famous refrain: “It is well, it is well, with my soul.” But I didn’t learn why it was so powerful until last fall, when our friend came for dinner and played us the song on his guitar, telling the back story. 

 

Horatio G. Spafford wrote the hymn in the nineteenth century. He was a prosperous businessman in Chicago. He and his wife had a son and four daughters. Things were going well—until they weren’t. They lost their son to scarlet fever. Then, the Great Chicago Fire destroyed all of Horatio’s real estate, wiping out his life savings. He decided to take his family to England to try and start over. Right before he planned to leave, a business deal arose that could help his family, so he decided to send his wife ahead of him with their daughters. 

 

The boat carrying his family shipwrecked. His wife survived, but all of their daughters died. As soon as he received the news, Horatio took the next ship to be with his wife. At one point on the voyage, the captain told him they had reached the spot where his children had drown. And there—in the place of deep loss and sorrow—he wrote a hymn of peace. Here are the first lines:

 

When peace like a river, attendeth my way,

When sorrows like sea billows roll;

Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to know

It is well, it is well, with my soul.

 

Refrain

It is well, (it is well),

With my soul, (with my soul)

It is well, it is well, with my soul.

 

That man’s understanding of grace takes my breath away. It makes me game to learn the currents of peace like a river. 

 

I want peace like that.