Thursday, July 17, 2014

ROLLING ALONG

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.
Contact weems@weemsgallery.com or check out www.weemsgallery.com.


Friday, July 11, 2014

Life

WHAT'S GOING ON

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

finally

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....

Monday, June 09, 2014

simple things

Hi all - 

I am not writing about art tonight.
I drove around town a couple of days ago for about an hour 
and took pictures of anything that struck my fancy.

I have been mentally kind of under the weather since January 
and I just needed some simple (and beautiful) things to life my spirits.

Flowers will do it every time.

I'm making them extra large because that's how I saw them.

 Pear cactus in my neighborhood
Even the spent blossoms are interesting.

 cholla cactus  
The yellow is the old stem that held the flower. 

a yard full on Coreopsis near the Rio Grande Nature Center

 beautiful hollyhocks near Old Town

and the metal mariachis - so cool!
If they don't put you in a good mood, then I don't know what does!
Back to art tomorrow...

Saturday, May 24, 2014

RAIN, FLOWERS, AND LOVE

RAIN

We have rain guys!
It has rained on and off all last night and today and
all I can say is, it is HEAVENLY.

We get excited about raindrops here -
mostly because we're in a drought and it is dry.

But this is beautiful.
It means I don't have to hand water the tomatoes.
It means my car got washed off.
And everything outside is a lovely shade of spring green.

And it is cool.....

stream right outside Santuario de Chimayo

I was going to paint today but I think that's out.
This is reading and sleeping weather.

hollyhocks from last year

Next week I am planning an in-town day trip.
To take photos of flowers and especially hollyhocks.
Old Town has some beautiful varieties and so do different neighborhoods.

Memorial Day means a backyard barbeque, of course!
I am going to attempt steaks, corn on the cob, and baked potatoes.
Normally I don't grill anything but burgers and  hot dogs, so this will be a stretch.

I don't really care about the food, I just want to hang out with my kids,
my new granddaughter, and enjoy life.

What will you be doing?
Have a safe and happy Memorial Day!!

Friday, May 23, 2014

New Retro Challenge paintings


Hi all - 
I have just finished three new Retro Challenge paintings and
I will soon be out of the 100s and into the 90s. Yay!

It has been fun so far and i hope that you all plan
on coming to see the show in person on Friday, September 26, at Weems Gallery Uptown.

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


"HUMMER"
10x8"
#107

Sunday, May 18, 2014

"SPLENDID V"

"SPLENDID V"
6x6"
oil on hardboard framed
$185

To purchase now, click HERE.

This is one of my favorite floral scenes.
The yellow/orange flowers against the contrast of the purple - 
and all of the little notes of color thoroughout,
just makes me happy.

I am thinking about putting some of my oils up on auction
 while I am working on acrylics, so stay tuned!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

"IN THE POPPIES"

"IN THE POPPIES"
6x6"
oil on panel, framed
$185

While I'm working in acrylics these days, 
I am posting some of my available oils.
This is a thick and textured painting of a field or meadow of spring poppies.
It looks much richer in person.

To purchase, click HERE.

Friday, May 16, 2014

"SOFT FUSCHIA"

"SOFT FUSCHIA"
6x6"
oil on panel framed
$185

Since I'm in the acrylic "zone" these days, I haven't had time to paint any oils.
And I do miss them.

There's just something about that juice texture that I love.

It is almost hollyhock season here!
This is a stand of hollyhocks against a grey adobe wall.

What makes this painting work for me is the overall soft effect and the juiciness of the negative space between the flowers.

This painting is available for purchase by clicking HERE.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

"AROUND THE TREE"
8x8"
acrylic
framed