Last September I participated in the Umpqua Plein Air juried competition. If you’ve never been to the Umpqua Valley of Oregon, these paintings are a great way to get a sneak peak. This area holds some of the most beautiful and undiscovered landscapes of Oregon, and I love painting here. Take a drive with me!

Our first stop is at an ordinary pumpkin field, quite majestic thanks to rolling hills and pristine sky. Nothing says “fall” like bright orange on my palette, and I love how these playful squash in the foreground contrast with the dark blue hills in the background.

© Copyright 2015 Silvia Trujillo Art

© Copyright 2015 Silvia Trujillo Art

Arriving Pumpkins
Price: $300
Media: Oil on wood panel
Size: 8″x10″

Next we pause along Highway 38 to stare agape at the beauty of the river herself. It’s tempting to jump right in but instead I pull out my palette knife to capture the rocks, clouds, trees and the slight churn in the water. This painting is one of two that were selected for the top “Awards of Distinction” category by the jury.

© Copyright 2015 Silvia Trujillo Art

© Copyright 2015 Silvia Trujillo Art

The Mighty Umpqua
Price: $300
Media: Oil on wood panel
Size: 8″x10″

Finally, we visit the elk reserve on Dean Creek. Elk roam free here in the Umpqua Valley, but there are certain places that they love to congregate. None out here on this mist-shrouded day — or wait, is that a face peering out from the far tree line?
This painting also was given an Award of Distinction.

© Copyright 2015 Silvia Trujillo Art

© Copyright 2015 Silvia Trujillo Art

Dean Creek (Elk Reserve)
Price: $300
Media: Oil on wood panel
Size: 10″x8″

Thank you for accompanying me on this journey though one of my favorite hidden treasures in Oregon. The Umpqua Plein Air competition is a great way to get out there and paint. I encourage all artists to participate next year! Need to brush up your skills? Check out my offerings for art instruction on my website.