Saturday, March 11, 2017

new paintings, new pictures, new events

I've been working on my 150 CHALLENGE paintings.
I have 46 more to go and I should be finished by 
the middle of April, if all goes as planned,
Which is good, because I have a lot of fun things coming up!

Here are the three newest paintings:
(When you're done reading this blog,
if you're interested in one of
these paintings, 


This is from a beautiful photo I took of the 
Sandia mountains at sunset.


This is from a bouquet hanging on a
barbed wire fence at a cemetery in Taos.

One of my favorite scenes in the whole world,
the Rio Grande Gorge near Taos, NM

So, these past two days, 
I've been going around looking for some signs of spring.
And I found them!

These tulips are in my own yard and I didn't even know they were up.

 They bloom a beautiful light pink.

 I also have blue hyacinth blooming and din't know it!

 And of course, the wonderful dandelions.
So great and first food of spring for the bees.

 One of the peach trees at the back fence.

 This is actually what a peony looks like
at the first sign of spring.
Not nearly as pretty as those beautiful showy flowers!

 This is a spent peony flower from last year.
If I was an efficient gardener, I would have removed these last fall.

My pups in a line.
Do your pups do this? 
Mine lay the same direction, almost always.

 See what I mean?

 Flowering plum blossoms

 Beautiful little trees against a green fence

 One of the Corrales ditches

 Flowering quince bush
Isn't this gorgeous?
It does have thorns though, 
so you have to be careful handling it.

 A pretty old wooden shed


 I think this is a flowering pear.

 I think this is my favorite picture.
I love the yellow of the grass,
The green of the little tree by the house,
the orange of the house itself,
and the blue of the mountains.
A future painting!

 A little orchard

 A railroad car partially hidden by fenceline.

 The front porch of Casa Vieja,
a beautiful old adobe and event center in Corrales.

 Fruit tree at my favorite garden in Corrales


 Prickly pear cactus.
The blooms from last year are spent.

My cornfield that is for sale.
I don't want it to become a row of houses.
I am going to take weekly pictures
and paint it as often as possible.

 No water in this ditch yet.

 Beautiful blossoms

 An irrigation gate

 An old building as seen through barbed wire.

 Now THIS is a compost pile!

 Adobe wall
Notice how the top has a layer of mud or concrete so that 
the adobe doesn't disappear when it rains.

 Acequia coming to life

 No water in this one yet.

 More daffodils in shade

 Beautiful scene
Mountains, adobe, blossoms, fenceline
And shadows


I don't know what these are.
Can someone tell me?

My trip to Corrales has inspired me.
It's easy to find inspiration in such a beautiful place. 

Now, on to other things.
I have some great events coming up this spring and summer!



APRIL 28 - May 6

Five day paint-out in Jemez with PAPNM and 
a group exhibition of completed paintings 
at the Jemez Fine Art Gallery
Reception May 6 1-3pm



Painting for the Corrales Garden Tour
with a group exhibition at Corrales Fine Art
Details forthcoming


JUNE 22-24

Two days painting in and around Questa, NM
with a group exhibition at OCHO Gallery in Questa



Join me for a fun-filled event
Details coming soon.
Limited to first 75 registrants.
Free food, music, prizes, and more!



Also, lots of day trips to Taos, Chimayo, Abiquiu,
and southern New Mexico.
Stay tuned....

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

perils and paintings

The Perils of Painting a Truck

Man, I had a heck of a time with this truck painting.
This is a photo of an old truck from Corrales.

I hate lines. And perspective. And composition!
I don't like to grid anything.
I hardly like to sketch anything.

But when I'm faced with a building or a vehicle,
I freak out.

And I don't want to figure out all of those little
details that make a painting spectacular.
I just want to record my feelings and memories about 
my subject immediately using the biggest brushes I can.

I will probably paint this old truck a few more times
this week. 
I know I can do better.

It does look kind of chunky and whimsical...

Here is the original image:

So now you see what I mean!

After I finished painting the truck, I was determined to create 
something using the last of my paints before squeezing
out a new batch.

Since it's almost spring, here is "FONTINA", 10x8" oil:

To view these paintings and all of my 150 CHALLENGE
paintings, CLICK HERE.

Monday, February 20, 2017

new 150 CHALLENGE paintings

Hi all,

Here are my two newest 150 CHALLENGE paintings.

It is nice to get back into the groove.
I have 50 paintings to complete, but for some reason,
it doesn't feel like a lot.

I'm not under a deadline and I can paint whatever and whenever I want.

Yesterday, I really felt like I had to paint a still life.
I don't know why - I was just drawn to painting flowers and vases.

I finished CORNER WINDOW, and I was really happy
with the sunlight playing through the window and around the flowers.

Then Jemez called to me.

Maybe because I am itching to take a little day trip there
but I'm waiting until I can see at least a little
green in the landscape.

I hope you enjoy these two and today,
the door is open for me to paint ANYTHING!

I have a new Challenge image for our group,
It's an old truck, so I may paint that.
Here is the image:

Here are my new Challenge paintings:

oil on cradled board

oil on cradled board

P.S. If you are interested in purchasing either
of these paintings, you can click on the link HERE.

Friday, February 17, 2017

new paintings, new challenges....

My newest 150 CHALLENGE painting:

oil on cradled board

I love this painting.
I don't paint Canyon Women very often, 
but I love this one!

These women are walking to the top of the hill 
to get a nicer view of the beautiful full moon.
The oranges in the landscape contrast nicely with
the blues of the women.

I have 53 CHALLENGE paintings to complete
and I am taking my sweet time finishing them.

I am also working on some gifts and commissions.

My next project is in the planning stages and I
will let you know as soon as I know for sure!

In other news, I already have a show scheduled for 2018.
Keeping it under wraps for a while.


I am hosting an ART PARTY in later Spring!

I'm working out the details now,
but I'm thinking the middle of May.

This will be a free event limited to the first 75 registrants.
The food will be free (you can bring a dish if you like),
the food will be Mexican and the fun will be fantastic.

Carlos and Mezcla Latina will be playing again,
there may be dancing,
and I will also open up the studio for a special


 stay tuned for more details and get ready to PARTY....

For purchase information on the HAZY MOON,

Thursday, February 16, 2017

catching up

Hi everyone,

I don't know where the time has gone, but it is almost spring.
I've been busy but not blogging as much as usual.
And that's sad, because blogging is one of my favorite things to do.

So, I am catching up here today.

I just finished my taxes and what does an artist
do after she finishes her taxes?
She takes a drive to Corrales, of course.

It is still technically winter
but I found a couple of signs of spring.
Or things that made me think of spring.

I had no idea that in some places,
the forsythia is already blooming!

And this this beautiful wall with the cool mailbox and sun shadows
is right around the corner from me.
Check out the hubcap mailbox stand.

A view of my favorite cornfield is below.
This cornfield and I have a history.
And what made me very sad today is that
it has a FOR SALE sign on it.

The sign says that 12 acres are for sale.
I can just picture a big developer coming in and 
creating an urban-looking subdivision.

I want my cornfield.
I photograph and paint this field in every season:



 Plowing time

 Red chile time

 Corn growing time

 Early morning time

 Duck time

 Crane time


 Morning glory time

Sunflower time

I have even painted this field a few times

One of my favorites

I guess you can't stop progress.
BUT - I can't imagine losing all of those sunflowers,
 morning glories, cranes, ducks, and harvests.

I hope they grow corn this year.
If they do, I'm going to take photographs every day
and paint it at least ten times.

Meanwhile, I came across a couple 
of cool bike photos:

I've also been busy painting:

And these are from Taos.
These paintings make me think of spring 
and plein air painting.
And Taos!

Going back as soon as the blossoms are out!

I've also been painting for my facebook group:

I didn't care for the composition in this one,
so I painted another:

The concept is I post a photo of somewhere or something
in New Mexico and a group of artists from all over the 
US and Canada paint their version of it.
It's such fun and it's so cool to see how the
artists interpret the photo.

You can check out the LPNM blog at the end of this post.

And boy, do I want spring to come soon.
We didn't really have much of a winter,
but spring is my thing!

Day trips, paint outs, and green things!!

I will write more tomorrow.
To see the LPNM blog, CLICK HERE.