Wednesday, April 18, 2018

exciting happenings!

Hi all,

I've been really busy but I needed to blog tonight~

I wanted to fill you in on what I have coming up in the next few months:

THE CORRALES PAINT OUTS
THE CORRALES ANNUAL GARDEN TOUR
THE SHOW AND WET PAINT SALE AT 
CORRALES FINE ARTS

These things are all happening in May and June!

May - May is paint out month for twelve of us plein air painters 
in and around all of Corrales for our upcoming 
Corrales Garden Tour and Show.
We will be painting some fantastic gardens, fields, 
wineries, and more all during the month of May 
for exhibition at Corrales Fine Arts.



June - The first Sunday in June is the annual
CORRALES GARDEN TOUR
We will each be painting at two beautiful gardens, 
one in the morning and another in the afternoon.

As soon as our morning paintings are done, we will
deliver them to Corrales Fine Arts for the WET PAINT SHOW AND SALE.
Then we will head out to the second garden and do the same thing.

All of our wet paintings will be exhibited outside the gallery
in the "WET PAINT" tent.
 There will be refreshments, so you can head over starting at 
NOON UNTIL 6PM.
The show of all paintings runs through the month of June.

Corrales Fine Arts

A 100 Online Challenge Show is Coming!

June 5 - I am working on the details for an online Challenge Show of
6x6" and 6x8" oil paintings starting on June 5.
The show is titled, "FOR A SONG"
and will have it's on special blog so you can see and
purchase the paintings as soon as they are posted.
100 paintings - 100 days - $100 each



Details coming soon.....

MOUNTAIN ROAD BANNER

One of my paintings has been chosen to be made into a banner 
that will hang, along with 20 others, up and down
the Mountain Road corridor!!
This is a unique honor, especially since I used to live on Mountain Road.

There will be some special events associated with the hanging, 
along with a banner walk.
I will keep you posted and maybe you can join me on
the walk or at the Artist Reception.


DEE'S ANNUAL SEPTEMBER ART PARTY!

My annual ART PARTY is happening this year on
Sunday, September 2, 2018.
Free and delicious Mexican food - catered and homemade, 
music by my favorite local band, Mezcla Latina,
and a special Studio Sale.


The event is free but is limited to the first 75 people  
who register by:

Email: dshadowtail@aol.com
Phone: 505-792-1030

We already have 20 attendees on the list, so register early!

NOVEMBER SHOW

14 members of the group I started several years ago,
"LET'S PAINT NEW MEXICO!"
will be exhibiting their paintings at the Matrix Gallery in
the Nob Hill area during the month of November.
There are members from all over the US, 
although most are in New Mexico.
These artists get a challenge image every two weeks from somewhere in
New Mexico and everyone paints their own rendition of it.
This will be a GREAT show, so stay tuned.
The show will open on Friday, November 2, 2018.

Examples of Challenges

That's it for now, lots going on!!

Sunday, April 08, 2018

whirlwind trip

My Bro

My brother Pete came for a visit!
Pete hasn't been here for about two years and 
I really miss him. All the time.

He's my only sibling (and younger).
I pretty much tortured him when we
were growing up.
But, times have changed and I hope
we are the best of friends now.

I asked him what he wanted to eat while he was here.
He said, "El Pinto, then some more El Pinto, and
finally, maybe let's try some El Pinto.!"
Well, we did eat at El Pinto and a lot of other good places too.

I also asked him what he wanted to do
while he was here. He listed off a few things, 
like go to Old Town and get some NM T-shirts,
meet up with some of his old buddies, etc.

But he said, what he really would like to do it
GO ON A DAY TRIP WITH ME.
The one who tortured him.
Being stuck in a car with me ALL day.
He even said he would drive!
Now, I really am not used to being a passenger
but I agreed and around 9am on a Wednesday morning,
we set off.

The pics are in no particular order:

 Headed out

Headed towards Chimayo
Pete had never been there.

 The trees were mostly still this beautiful grey.
I can see a bit of purple in there too.

 Look at these beautiful colors.
I can see some spring green cropping up in the trees.

 Beautiful gate at Chimayo

 Well, the trees are blossoming at Santuario de Chimayo!

 My favorite shop.
Great place to buy crosses and bolito beans.

 Driving through main street at Chimayo

 Headed towards Truchas

 The beautiful village of Truchas

 Even though this is not that green, 
it would make a beautiful painting.

 Old grey adobe house

 Another old grey adobe house

 Truchas Peaks

 The old adobe houses were speaking to me on this trip!

 Winter colors are still spectacular

 This would make a great 12x24" painting!

 More beautiful colors in the landscape

 Then there's the homeowner with a beautiful old car and A LOT of junk.

 Another 12x24" painting
I don't know what these trees are, they're golden.

 Could be Truchas, Las Trampas, or Ojo Sarco

I took my brother to one of my favorite 
places to eat in Penasco, The Sugar Nymph Bistro.

 We had to get the famous green chile cheeseburgers.
Pete got his with salad.

 I got mine with a mushroom rice soup.
Delicious!!

 On towards Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch.
Did I mention that this was a marathon trip?

 The old Gas Pump place near Pilar

 The beautiful river that runs along the road to Taos

 Blossoms in the background

I see so many colors in this landscape!

 Looking more like Ghost Ranch.

 Pete wanted to know why there are so many different colored layers.
I told him I didn't know.
He says don't tell him. 
We will take a tour next time and find out.

 Beautiful formations

 These are called Elephant something, I think.
If anyone knows the names of these formations,
please let me know.

 Ahhh, there's my Ghost Ranch.

 Still not very green.

 Abiquiu Lake

And we are done.
Do you see the horses in the background? 
Not a huge hunk of spring color, but very, very beautiful.

My brother is gone now and I miss him already.
Come back soon Pete!!

I'm going to TRY to start blogging in a more timely fashion.
I have a lot of cool things coming up,
so stay tuned....
Enjoy the nice windy day today!!


Monday, February 12, 2018

when one door closes.....

DOORS

Sometimes a door closes and you are a little sad.
For a minute.
Then you have to look at it as a good thing.
What's behind Door #2 is probably way better than Door#1.
Or maybe you will wait until Door #3 comes along!


This beautiful and fun show happened because I
was at loose ends and decided to do something I'd never done before.
Not artistically anyway.
Create a Challenge - paint 150 paintings in 150 days for $150 each.
I invited my favorite band, all
of my friends, family, and my collectors.
We sold over half of the paintings on opening night.
And most of the rest during the month after opening.

The show was so successful that I did it three more times 
(about two years apart, because it is ROUGH creating
all of those paintings).
At galleries, and once on my own, online.





As you can see, it is a lot of fun on opening night.

So, anyway, back to doors.....

I am planning a brand new adventure!

Guys, this is BIG for me!
A brand new big studio with space for workshops, classes,
art retreats, women's retreats, workshops by other artists,
gallery space, and much more.

We are just in the planning stages now.
I am hoping to have it ready by fall for my annual ART PARTY,
so stay tuned. I am SO excited!!!

Doors truly do open if you are ready for the adventure.

 In other news - 

We have started our "LET'S PAINT STILL LIFE" facebook group.
The first Challenge was a doozy, so hard.

 Challenge Image

My rendition - "THE BLUE BOWL"
I like it, but man, it was hard to get to this spot.

Here is Challenge Image 2:

I love seeing what other artists come up with using the 
images as their muse.

Oh, and I will be writing my personal blog 
post here every Friday starting this Friday.
I am working on a catchy title.

Okay, that's all I have for now.
Lots of painting and ideas to come.

And remember, keep those doors open.
Because you never know what great things are behind them....

Windows are good too!