Saturday, March 28, 2015

new direction

oil on panel

oil on panel

Oh my goodness, I think I've found my calling.
I've always admired thick, juicy, impasto paintings.
I never thought that one day I would be painting them.

I am learning by trial and error and reading about how to paint with a knife.

I absolutely can't wait to get out on location and see what happens....

Thursday, March 19, 2015

always looking

I know people who like to travel.
Anywhere. Anytime.

All over the world.
Not me.

I DO love traveling.
But I keep my traveling close.

I can (and will)spend the rest of my life traveling all over this beautiful state of New Mexico.

Painting, taking photographs, 
and hopefully hanging out with people I love.
 Or alone.

I find it hard to travel with people 
when I paint.
I need quiet. I need to think.
I need to find that perfect composition.

But other times, I love company.
I love traveling with relatives or friends 
to Chimayo or Abiquiu:

 enjoying Monastery road

 having lunch at the Abiquiu Inn

 Enjoying Ghost Ranch and Pedernal

 meeting new friends

 and finding new, mysterious places

Then, there are other times 
I just really like being alone.

 to ponder the beauty of creation

 To sit and enjoy a spring day 

 to find sacred places

 to find hidden painting spots

 to see beautiful things
Fellow artists, we are not normal.
Not me anyway.
I am caught between two worlds.

In one world I need companionship, relationships, and people.

And in the other world, I need quiet time, alone time,and solitude.
For thinking, planning, and creating.

And sometimes, I just really need to hold my graddaughter.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


oil on canvas

It's evening and we have a few rain 
sprinkles happening right now.
It's so nice because it's not really cold.
Just soft and enjoyable.

I am making nachos for dinner (right now!).
Here is the easy recipe:
Saute organic chicken breast. Chop.
Warm organic black beans
Heat sesame blue chips

Put a layer of chips on an individual plate.
Add chicken, then black beans. 
Add onion, and as much 
nacho sauce as you want.
Add chopped lettuce, tomato,and avocado.

The above painting makes me excited for
spring - and the official beginning of
spring is in just a few days.

Can't wait.

I will spend the next few days painting, 
shredding papers, 
and working on taxes.
Lucky me.
On the painting, anyway.... 
Not so much on the taxes. 


oil on panel

I LOVE palette knife paintings. 
I mean, REALLY love them.
When I'm perusing an art magazine, 
I can spot the knife paintings straight away.

So, I thought this would be so easy - 
my first palette knife panting. 
It was not.

I didn't know how to start.
I didn't mix enough paint and would have
to keep remixing. 
I was working on a 6x6" panel 
and felt like I needed something MUCH bigger!

I put paint where it didn't go.
I kept forgetting to lay down one color,
then wipe the knife and lay down the next one,
so the colors kept blending
 and I would have to wipe everything
 off and start again. 

I want this to be my lifelong passion, 
so I realize that I need to 
practice, practice, practice.
My goal is to be a really good plein air palette knife painter.

I do realize that if I do really large paintings, 
I will need trowels!

Wish me luck! 
And if there are any knife painters out there, send me your tips.

Monday, March 16, 2015


Finally, I was able to go on a paint-out, even though it was close by,
to the village of Placitas,
which is about 15 minutes away from my house.

I also went to Algodones and Bernalillo.
Nothing is green yet, but everything was still beautiful to me.

 This are the Algodones plateaus with beautiful winter color.

 A tumbleweed acequia. 
Empty but ready to be cleaned and filled.

 A pretty cross at San Antonio church,
the pretty little old Catholic church in the heart of the village.
I look forward to going again when the roses
are in full bloom.

Looking at the the Placitas Loop road in 
the foreground, the Algodones plateau in the
middle ground, and the Jemez mountains
in the background.
And those clouds!

 A closer look at the plateau.
Can you image that cottonwood in full bloom?
And those grey trees in the back will be
spring green shortly.
What a nice life for the horses living there!

 The cemetery in Algodones.

 A really cool hand-painted fence!

 Well, if it only had wheels?

 A roadside descanso.

 This is a beautiful but dry arroyo 
near the plateau.
I was drawn to the dark golden bushes on the right.

 Okay, someone has to go to Algodones and tell me what this is!
I know it's a cross, but what's on it?
I'm going to take binoculars next time!

 San Antonio Church
I've painted this scene several times.

 A really cool old truck

 Cholla cactus before it blooms that beautiful fuschia color.

 A winding wash in Placitas
with the Sandias as a backdrop.
Last year, on a windy day, I lost my
canvas down this little wash.

 This is the side of a pretty old church in Bernalillo.

 View of the Sandia mountains and pretty clouds.

My only painting that came from that day.
It's funny, I haven't been out on location
for a while and I forgot some basics:
my umbrella, my hat, my sunscreen.

I had a blast.
I got so many reference photos and
it was so nice being out in the mountains
with only the wind and the birds 
for company.

Friday, March 13, 2015



Can you tell I'm excited?

I am SO ready.
And we haven't even had a bad winter!
I bought new ratchet lopers, new clippers,
and as soon as I get a big block of time,
those hedges are getting a haircut.

On another note:
I am working on a commission similar
to the above photo.

I spent all last week cleaning out my studio
and now I want to have it painted.
It;s funny how one thing leads to another.

More tomorrow...

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Art on the brain....

Oh man, I am getting spring fever.
I woke up at 4am the other morning, and started thinking...
about art.
Everything art!

About what i want to do this year, next year, 
the next five years.

I seriously got up, 
went in the living room,
got out my phone, 
and entered every thought I was thinking.
Before I forgot it all.

This is my newest painting:

oil on panel
Black Mesa

So, I am going to start implementing some of my plans
and will share them with you as they come about.

Keep making art, loving art, and sharing art, everyone!

Go to art events
Get to know other artists
Comment on other artists blogs when you like their work
Comment on artist's facebook pages when you like their art
Don't be stingy with your praise and don't be afraid to share what you know.

Love you all....

Friday, February 06, 2015

New Paintings

This was the beautiful sunset over my house yesterday.
Gorgeous gorgeous.
I am having the hardest time trying to work - the outdoors has really been calling my name.
Our weather here has been in the high 60s and I just want to go outside and start pulling weeks and cleaning flower beds.

Speaking of flower beds, here is one of my newest paintings:

oil on panel

And a painting of the village of Valdez near Taos Ski Valley: 

oil on panel

This is a beautiful rainy cloudburst. 
The panel was textured a bit, so you can see it coming through:

oil on panel

And this one actually started out to be something else entirely.
I wasn't happy with it, so it got scraped off, except for the orange and yellow foliage at the bottom.
Now, I think I'm in love with it!

oil on panel

 On another note:

Two days ago, I went out to feed the pups and almost stepped on
some really beautiful frosted leaves on the ground.

Funny, how we sometimes don't notice the beauty of
what is right in front of us.

Oh and last, but not least:

oil on panel

If you are interested in any of these paintings, email me at

Tomorrow I will be working on finishing up two commissions
and working on a sunflower painting for the blog
and facebook page for Let's Paint New Mexico.
Check it out:
Facebook Page: "Let's Paint New Mexico!"

Tuesday, February 03, 2015


oil on panel

Oh, how I love this place.
This is the little village of Valdez,
which is near Arroyo Seco and Taos Ski Valley.

So beautiful in any season! 

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15-13 "REACHING"

oil on panel
$99 plus $10 shipping

Can you tell I'm ready for spring??
These poppies are ready too.

After painting a couple of pieces yesterday
and getting a little tired of landscapes and pears - 
I just had to paint something thick and juicy! 

This is my end-of-the-night-go-for-it wild meadow!

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Sunday, February 01, 2015



I love the wall, the bricks and the way the light hits these flowers.
Feel free to crop, rearrange, etc.
I have to tell you, when I went looking through photos searching for this one - 
I came across SO many other good ones!
Not just sunflowers, but so other many great NM subjects....
I can't wait to see what everyone does!

Friday, January 30, 2015

oil on panel

My  newest entry into the group,

A photo image of somewhere in New Mexico is posted 
once a week and a group of artists paints their version.
So fun!

To see all of the images so far, click HERE.
There is also a facebook page by the same name.

The image was really hard to work from because
it's winter and there is a lack of color in the landscape.

I had to create my own color
by looking deeper into the photo and thinking about the values.

i also tried to be loose and painterly.
I hope you enjoy!