Saturday, May 21, 2016

#117 "THE FLOWER TRUCK"

#117
"THE FLOWER TRUCK"
8x10"
oil
$150

I loved painting this old vintage truck.

It actually lives in this yard and has
tiny twinkle lights attached to it,
which I chose not to paint.

I sometimes get myself into trouble 
because I hate to render an accurate sketch.
Perspective is so linear!
For me, a touch of whimsy is always in order.

I hope you like it.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

let me take you on a little trip....

I will admit - 
I get a mad craving to go on a day trip every month.
Sometimes it's not so bad and other days it's like if I don't
hop in the car and go for a drive SOMEWHERE to
take photos, I'm going to lose my mind.

So my friend Jane and I decided to do just that. 
We hopped in the car and headed out to 
Chimayo, Truchas, Penasco, and Dixon.
And if we have enough time, we would also visit
Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch.
Jane had never been to any of these places, 
so it was fun for me to see her "seeing"
places that I love to photograph and paint!

 Our first stop was Chimayo.
Jane went into the church but couldn't
go into the room with the spiritual dirt
because they were having Mass.
Chimayo was green and beautiful.

 Pretty cross in the church courtyard.

 Jane in front of my favorite little store.
I bought a silver cross, some Chimayo heirloom red chile,
and some sun-dried medium red chile.
The smell inside the little store was heavenly.
The owners were cooking bolito beans.

They said bolito beans come
 from an heirloom supplier in Colorado.
They are smaller than a pinto and cook up creamier.
So of course I came home with four little bags
 to make my own bolito beans. Yum!

This is Jane in front of the old gas pump.
I always like to take a pic of this pump on every trip.

 A cool old gate

Leaving Chimayo and heading to Truchas,
we passed through Cundiyo,
where the fields were green and the cows were well fed.

 The river - not sure which one.

You can barely see the Truchas peaks.

 The horses were not sure about us.

 More shades of green!

 A beautiful cross with Truchas Peaks in the background.
And big, puffy white clouds.

 I love this scene.
It's the village of Truchas on one side
and a drop down into pine-covered forests on the other.

I call this "COYOTE CROSSES."
I photograph it every time I come to Truchas.

 Did I mention that there were lilacs everywhere?
Did I also mention that we snipped one little flower and
it made the inside of my car smell like Heaven?

 An old, ramshackle adobe with lilacs

 Jane grabbing a pic of the back of 
an old Chevy pickup truck 

 Truchas Peaks in all their glory.

 An old cemetary

 Driving along, we came across this field
of purple flowers.
I wish we could have gotten close enough to see
what kind of flowers they were.

 As I zoomed in, I saw three dogs
bounding around in the wildflowers. 
Boundng! One pup was laying
on his back with his legs up in the air.
Too bad I didn't get any video.

 Even though the trees in Albuquerque have already gotten
 their green leaves, not so up in northern New Mexico.
the apple trees were in full blossom and so pretty.

 Fields of these yellow wildflowers took our breath away.
I'm not sure what these are either, so if anyone knows...

 Pretty scene in Penasco

 I took Jane to the Sugar Nymph Bistro in Penasco for lunch.
Actually, she bought my lunch, so I guess you could say
that she took me!
This is an old car piece (hood?) hanging on the wall.

 The Sugar Nymph Bistro has green chile cheeseburgers to die for.
I am not kidding.
They also make their own bread for the buns.
And they have cake.
Yes, BIG slices of chocolate cake, carrot cake,
lemon tart, and pumpkin bundt were the flavors of the day
when we were there.
Their $6 pieces of cake can feed four people.
They also have a Sunday brunch that
features homemade scones.
Yum.

After lunch, we headed toward Dixon.
No photo adventure in New Mexico would be complete 
with at least one descanso.
This will make a beautiful painting.

 An old car "sculture" out in the fields.

Views of the hills and mountains coming home.
The layers of blues in the mountains in the distance 
were incredibly beautiful and awe-inspiring.

Layers of New Mexico as we head home.

We never made it to Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch.
Another trip for another day.

I hope you enjoyed our little trip through northern New Mexico!

This week, I am busy painting, and mailing out paintings.
I am gearing up for another adventure and
this one involves plein air painting.
Stay tuned.....

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

in the zone

I am definitely in the painting zone now.

I've been averaging two paintings per day
and painting like this really strengthens your skill
because you are going, going, going.

Just pick your top three reference photos
for the day and GO!

Good things happen to those who paint every day!
At least I hope so.

These are my two newest paintings:


  "SUNNY WINDOW"
8X8"
#120

One of my favorite scenes - 
flowers inside, flowers outside!

"GORGE VIEW"
10X8"
#119

The Rio Grande Gorge near Taos.
Ever-changing, ever-magical.

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#121 "SANDIA SHADOWS"

"SANDIA SHADOWS"
8x8"
oil on cradled board
$150

This scene is a huge field of ripe ears of corn
 in a Corrales, New Mexico cornfield.

The corn takes second place to the beautiful shadows of
the Sandia mountains in the background.

They talk about the "watermelon" colors of the Sandias
 before sunset but these morning shades of blues and purples
 are also spectacular in their own way.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

#122 "SPRING FLING"

"SPRING FLING"
8x10"
oil on cradled board

Fun, fun fun!
I love these spring colors
and if you click on the painting to enlarge,
you can see some of the rich texture.

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Friday, May 13, 2016

#122 "OVERFLOW"

"OVERFLOW"
8x8"
oil on cradled board
$150

Mmm, I'm kind of in love with this painting.
I love poppies anyway and even the initial block in was fun.

My favorite parts of this painting are the textured 
brushstrokes between the flowers.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

#123 "SECO PEACE"

"SECO PEACE"
8x8"
oil
$150

This little church is nestled right in the heart
of Arroyo Seco, one of my most favorite places in visit.

It is small, sweet, and quaint.
If you're driving through Arroyo Seco,
you can't even see it from the road,
which makes it even more special.

Those who know me
know that I hate straight lines and painting buildings.
I will make an exception for this one.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

#125 "ARROYO HONDO BACKROADS"

"ARROYO HONDO BACKROADS"
8x10"
oil on cradledboard
$150

I posted on facebook that I was going to be painting trucks today
but I couldn't find my reference photos, so I opted for a 
beautiful Taos landscape instead!

This is a scene on the backroads in Arroyo Hondo
headed toward the John Dunne bridge.
The drive is gorgeous.
Fields and fields with the stream running right through.
Horses and cows and mind-boggling mountain views.
The chamisa is just starting to turn.

I'm printing out new old truck photos tonight!

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Saturday, May 07, 2016

#126 "BAILLA"

"BAILLA"
8x10"
oil 
$150

Three folklorico dancers waiting to perform.

This seems like it would be easy to paint, but it's not.
At the beginning, I always really want to do a super accurate
drawing, but I never let myself.

This is why I'm afraid of figures!
I always want to sketch too tight.

So I make myself draw the top line where the heads are 
and just the basics of each skirt.
When I start painting, it's just a matter of
putting down marks of paint.
I try to be as loose as possible and also
to make as few marks as possible.

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#127 "TURQUOISE WINDOW"

"TURQUOISE WINDOW"
10x8"
oil on cradled board
$150

My newest 150 Challenge painting.

I am starting to feel like I'm more "in the zone" now.
As I'm choosing images to paint,
I'm getting more and more excited about
the whole process - it is just so much fun.

A challenge for sure.
I stare at what feels like millions
of blank canvases just waiting for my paintbrush
and it feels really intimidating.
I guess that's why it aptly called a challenge!

This painting is a beautiful old adobe wall
with an equally old turquoise window.
There are three pots sitting in the window and
the only flower I can really identify are the geraniums on the left.

This painting is really pretty in person.

IN OTHER NEWS:

I am getting calls for reservations for my upcoming
ART DINNER PARTY.
The list is at 20 people right now and limited to 60. 
Please call or email to register soon if you want to come.
It's a free evening of music, food, and a fabulous studio sale.
Sunday, July 17 and you MUST register and have a ticket for entrance.

I'm not sure what I'm doing for Mother's Day yet.
I kind of feel a need to take a day trip somewhere.
Abiquiu, are you calling my name?

I'm headed to Taos soon for a little retreat.
I am going to take photos, paint, read, sleep, and eat good food!
I will blog as I go, so stay tuned for pics of finished paintings.
Oh, and I'm also going to visit the Blumenshein Museum,
of which I am a new member. I can paint there too!

The world is full of possibilities right now 
and I hope you are going to enjoy your summer 
as much as I plan to!

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Friday, May 06, 2016

Paypal buttons


PAYPAL DETAILS FOR 
THE 150 CHALLENGE 

Hi all,
Someone emailed this morning that
they tried to purchase a painting and the Paypal button
link wouldn't connect. I checked and they were right.

I checked them all one by one, and redid two.
 They all seem to be functioning properly now.

The link does take a second to load.

If you run into any problems at all,
please email me at dshadowtail@aol.com
and I will send you a Paypal invoice.

In other news, the postcards have been mailed out!
I am starting to receive calls from people 
wanting to attend the Art Dinner Party.

I have a list of 20 so far, 
and my limit is 60 people.

To all of you moms out there,
only another mom knows just how hard you work 
and how dearly you love your little ones.
You deserve a nice, relaxing day.
Happy Mother's Day!


Wednesday, May 04, 2016

new 150 Challenge painting

"MOUNTAIN POPPIES"
8x10"
oil

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