Thursday, August 14, 2014

new Retro Challenge paintings

Hi all!

The Retro Challenge 2014 started because I needed a new challenge.
Something that would be hard for me.
Something that I maybe didn't want to do.
Because if it wasn't hard, then everyone would do it, right?

So what better challenge to do than create small paintings,
big paintings, and ornaments in a style that I don't do anymore.

I now paint in oils - big, loose and buttery. Plein air and studio.

To go back to my old-school style that is tight, refined and tedious?
Could I do it? Would people be appreciative?
We'll see!

To see all new Retro Challenge paintings, please click here.

Friday, September 16, 2014

150 paintings $150 each
50 ornaments $40 each
20 larger paintings


1.Jot down the title and painting #s you want
2. Call or email Dee or Weems Gallery with your picks
3. On opening night, if no one else chooses your painting, it's yours for $150. Easy!
4. If two or more people want the same painting, we draw a name out of a hat.

You do not have to be present to purchase paintings.
We just need your purchase information and painting numbers.
BUT - you should be present because we are having a party!!!
Dee Sanchez  
Weems Gallery

Dee Sanchez
Weems Gallery


Friday, August 08, 2014

it just happens

You can plan. 
You can sketch.
You can paint.

But, sometimes, something just happens when you're working on a painting.

This is not from a photograph or any one place in New Mexico.

It started as a road and just evolved into a beautiful 
somber painting that makes me want to sing.

One of those serendipitous moments that rarely happen.

My eye runs from the red in the road through the curve of the landscape
and up to the little spot of red on the tree on the far right.

This is what makes painting worthwhile to me.
That sweet little moment of saying to myself, "Wow, I did that?
And then thinking, "Wow, I really did that!"

To see the five new Retro Challenge paintings, click HERE.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Three new paintings finished!

To see all three paintings, click HERE.

Life is passing by way too fast right now.

Here's my schedule though Christmas:

63 small paintings to complete
50 ornaments
20 larger paintings
Exhibition opening on Friday, September 26
Commission for a large painting for a new Dion's pizza
8 day paint out in Corrales 
Weems Artfest in November

Makes me tired just looking at it in writing!

My motto is just keep at it.
Small increments every day and it gets done.
Well, we hope.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

I am almost into the 50s on my upcoming Retro Challenge show. Yay!

I've been trying  to put in a full work schedule
 but things (procrastination) keep getting in the way:
Real Housewives of New Jersey (saved on dvr)
lunch, snack time
talking to pups
organizing closet
organizing recipes (which I never use)
facebook, Instagram, checking stocks, anything on computer or smartphone

My goal is to eliminate at least one distraction this week.
I'm thinking biking....

Below are three that I'm working on now:

To see all of the completed Retro Challenge paintings so far, click HERE.

Friday, August 01, 2014

Two new Retro Challenge paintings.
To view all completed Retro paintings, click HERE.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

I have four new Retro Challenge paintings!
to view, please click HERE 
or go to

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

finally...a little vacation

We just had our 37th wedding anniversary
and decided to celebrate by going to our favorite place,Taos, New Mexico.
We rented a house and spent two nights.

I have put the images in large format so you can better view them.
Please let me know what you think.

Taos and the surrounding area is always beautiful, even in the height of summer.
We got rained on coming in to the canyon and this was our view of the 
Rio Grande Gorge after horseshoe curve.
It was very misty and mysterious.

Arroyo Seco was beautiful too. 
Lots of puffy rain clouds and beautiful mountain shadows.

The house where we stayed had these beautiful horses 
running around in the field next door.
We found the secret to getting them to come and talk to us - apples!

A beautiful sunset on Blueberry Hill.
This so reminded me of an ocean wave - I almost expected a surfer to emerge!
I just painted my version of this, #74 on my upcoming Retro Challenge show.
I had to eliminate the telephone wires from the panting.
To view on the Retro Challenge blog, please click HERE.

As usual, Arroyo Seco is beautiful.
I really want to live there!
I envision having art retreats and painting workshops in my little adobe casita.
The picture below is a little shop full of colorful scarves, red chile ristras, 
and that old beautiful truck.

I took a drive through Valdez one morning.
This little village has a beautiful view of Taos mountain.
This is a cute little hacienda driving through the main road.
I loved the orange color of the wood on the roof mixed
with the turquoise windows and the brown of the adobe.

My favorite Taos horse.
This guy lives on the road to the Taos pueblo.
I have painted him several times.

 A thistle in bloom.
There weren't too many left but lots of spent blooms.
I think if I had come a week earlier, 
I would have seen fields of thistles in full bloom.

I drove into town to take a few photos.
My destination was a row of hollyhocks along the main street.
This truck happened to be in my way!
There was a grower's market going on and this was about 6pm in the evening.
I loved the sign!

One of the hollyhocks next to the truck.
Love the dark deep burgundy color.

Another favorite horse.
Actually, he was a new friend.
Look at all the beautiful sagebrush and chamisa surrounding him (or her).

 The beautiful village of Arroyo Seco.
We got breakfast burritos from Abe's the morning that we left 
and ate them by the stream.

A scene painted on one of the adobe walls in Arroyo Seco.
Not sure what's going on here, but I do see Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The most beautiful village of Valdez along the toad to the Taos Ski Valley.
I love the shadows on the mountains in the back!

My husband Mac posing next to the little tower by the stream.
i don't know if you can see the water behind him but it was running strong.
I guess you're going to find graffiti everywhere.

This is the first day trip I have been on since my friend Tom passed away
and my cousin moved to Atlanta to be with her kids.
It just felt really weird. I just kept wanting some fellow creative person
to share my photo and experiences with.
My husband is as tolerant as he can be, but he'd rather be hiking or playing
frisbee golf or something that involves physical activity.
Anyway, I'm slowly getting back into the groove.

I want to than all of you who offered support when Tom passed away.
i miss him every day and know he would have loved to take this trip.
He was there in spirit.

Thursday, July 17, 2014


Here we are halfway through July and I am plowing along,
almost to the halfway point in my 150 Retro Challenge small paintings.

THEN I start on ornaments.

THEN I start on the 20 larger paintings.

I am feeling good right now.

Here is #88, "THE DAHLIA."  

 To see all of the completed Retro Challenge paintings, click HERE.

This is one of my entries into the one day Weems Gallery Show and Sale.
It's titled "FIERY" and is 30x30."

I'm going to try to get to the gallery about 10:30 - a little late, I know, 
but I want to see all of the great paintings and say hi to everyone.

I have about 28 paintings in the show, some large, some small.

The doors open at 10:00am and it's usually pandemonium for about
an hour and a half.

If you are interested in paintings, you can go to Weems and preview the show tomorrow.
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Friday, July 11, 2014



I have been remiss in not posting more often but 
i just really haven't had time.

I've been painting a lot, getting ready for the retro Challenge show.
To see all Retro paintings so far, click HERE.

 This painting is #89, "TAOS CASITA."

I'm also working on a large 30x30" painting for 
Weems Gallery's upcoming one day $285 show.
It's on Saturday, July 19, and everything in the show
is $285 or less.

I figured painting a sunset would be the easiest to do
and I love the colors in this one.

 I finally had time to run by and take pictures of my favorite field.
There is a gorgeous background of the Sandia mountains.
I went a little late in the day so the lighting is not great,
but I have never seen the field this green.
And the clouds were perfection.

One of the reasons I haven't posted so much is because of my granddaughter.
Man, I love this girl.
She just had surgery to repair her cleft lip and this is about a week after surgery
when her stitches came out.
She's not very smiley yet, because I think her mouth is still sore.
They also repaired part of her palette inside and I think that is sore too.

She has her next surgery to repair the palette inside her mouth in October.

I have my Retro show September 26 and Weems Artfest on November 13. 14, 15, and 16.
If I don't have any paintings for the Artfest show,
 I hope you will still come by and say hi - just kidding (I hope).

 I managed to get out to Corrales for about five minutes last week to take photos of
my favorite cornfield.
I also ran across this chile field at irrigation time. 
Love this photo.
I can't wait to take more pics when the chile is higher and ready to harvest.

 Here is a photo of the cornfield, it still looks really awesome, 
especially with the mountains in the background.

hollyhocks in my neighborhood on the same day

Well, I have lots of ideas rolling around in my head right now:

- finishing up the Retro show small paintings
 - painting 50 ornaments for same show
 - painting 20 large paintings for same show
- painting for Weems Artfest
- Sawyer's surgery in a couple of months
- knee replacement surgery in January and again in late April
- getting back to daily paintings for sale
- painting figures
- a new direction with plein air painting
- finding a little truck to facilitate my plein air adventures
- looking for a little house in Taos
- more date nights with my husband
- teaching some workshops
- starting a women's art group

And that's just the tip of the iceberg!

Please hang in there with me and if I'm not posting that often,
it's because life is calling!

Thursday, June 26, 2014


Back at it. Finally.

Hi all - 
I am playing catch-up here.
I've been working on my Retro Challenge paintings,
enjoying a visit from some nice out-of-town facebook friends,
photographing hollyhocks around town,
pulling weeds in the garden,
enjoying my granddaughter,
and everything else that goes along with summer.

Now I really have to sock it into high gear - 
I haven't even started on ornaments yet!

Please keep in mind that I am painting the Retro Challenge paintings 
for a big show that opens on Friday, September 26, at 
Weems Gallery on Montgomery NE.

It should be a blast!

If you want to know how to purchase Retro Challenge paintings,
please read the link to your right.

Have a great summer ya'll!
(Hint, hint, "ya'll)
Guess where my friends were from??

To see the newest Retro paintings, click HERE.

 This is painting #99, "AUTUMN AT BLACK MESA."

 These are a couple of shots of hollyhocks at a beauty shop 
near where I live. 

 Love the cool colors in this one.
It almost looks like fall with the rusts and oranges.
And fourth of July with the flag!

 This is my friend Connie from Fort Worth, Texas.
We had never met until she came for a visit and now I adore her!
She is so sweet (along with her husband John, and friends Claudia and Earl)
and we went on a day trip, ate lots of Mexican food, and had a great time.
I hope to see her again soon.
Taos Connie, remember??

On another note, this is a photo from my facebook friend Nicole,
who lives in France.
She posts the most beautiful photos and gave me permission to paint this.
And I'm going to!
Thank goodness for wonderful facebook friends....