Monday, September 28, 2009

Check out my new ARTFEST 101 paintings!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Check out this baby dancing to Beyonce's "Single Ladies!"
My feel good "art" moment for the day!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Good morning everyone!
I am on painting #39 now, slowly working my way through the paintings I want to get done now before I start my "in the zone under pressure" painting! These are the sizes I will be taking to the show:
5x5, 5x7, 8x8, 8x10, 9x12, 11x14, 6x12, 14x18, 16x20, 18x24, 24x30, 24x48, 30x30, 36x36, 30x40, 40x40, and two huge 48x60s. October will be medium to large works. I am also painting a 30x40 inch sunflowers with red as a donation piece to the Weems Artfest Auction. I believe there are 12 artists participating in the auction.
I have the same booth spot as always. It's amazing how attached we get to out particular spot! You see the same artists next to you every year, and for that weekend, they are like your family. This year I have added a beautiful antique podium on rollers to my booth to keep track of all my paperwork and supplies. I have also added an old turquoise trunk on rollers on which I will display smaller paintings.
I may have a painting giveaway at the show, something small, perhaps an 8x10. Hopefully that will entice you to come out and see me, see the work, and just have a great time. Stay tuned for info on that!
I am also in the process of creating magnets of paintings from my last shows, especially the 150 Challenge paintings. Those are fun but time consuming to create. They will still be $3 each.
After Artfest, I have some new plans coming up. They involve live model drawing and painting, very large "drip" paintings, more plein air work, and a new blog. Also, I will be the poster/ print artist for WEEMS ARTFEST 2010. At that show, I will unveil a "new" me. Stay tuned!
Well, I guess I better get to it. For all of you who follow my work, collect my work, and offer nice comments and great feedback - you are what keep me inspired and motivated and keep me heading into the studio every day. I thank you!
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Calla lillies are one of my favorite flowers. I wish they grew in New Mexico. I have a friend who has over 300 (I think) flowers growing in his backyard in California. The photos are spectacular. These are actually white lillies but I was cold in my studio, so I gave them a warm glow.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Antique Store Hollyhock - work in progress

work in progress
I feel like I am revisiting some of my works - trying things in a new way. This hollyhock was out in front of the Antique Co-op in my neighborhood. The turquoise color was actually an old chest or pie safe. I'm still thinking of painting with the actual chest behind it. Should be finished tomorrow and I should also be finished with a couple of commissions I'm working on.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

work in progress

work in progress

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Artfest 101 painting #31. To see all of the new paintings, please go to


Yea, my blogger is working again! I don't know what happened but I know I feel really lost without it. I will write more later. I have a lot of new paintings to show you!

Sunday, September 20, 2009


Check out new Artfest paintings on my blog, ARTFEST 101 - pictured here is "DOUBLE BLOOMS.

Friday, September 18, 2009

I'm starting to play around with clouds again - I love sunsets. As I said in my Artfest 101 blog, the first time I painted this particular subject, the canvas was 30"x30" and the oranges against the blue was pretty spectacular, especially from a distance. Purchase information is below:

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The second in a series of paintings of the same photo. The photo is a beautiful sunset on the way home from Santa Fe. The sunset is over the hills in Algodones and what you're seeing are dark clouds in the middle and foreground and blue sky fading to dark above. I am trying to incorporate fuschia into the midline horizon above the clouds. You will see many more of these and probably a huge one at Artfest. Purchase information is below:

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New Daily Paintings for sale

I spent today painting "twins." I created doubles of each painting for today - one daily for sale, one for Artfest. I have two small easels set up on my table and the painting process is simple; I decide on the subject, sketch each one, block in the basic shapes and colors, and then put one away and finish them one at a time. That way, they each are truly unique unto themselves. I am also working on an 8"x24" and several commissions. Let's just say that from now until November 15th, I will be glued to my studio. In a good way! Purchase information is below:

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Price: $99.00 plus $10.00 s/h
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

My daughter wanted to spirit this painting away from me as soon as she saw it. I want it for Artfest but we worked out a settlement of sorts; she is letting me paint a replica of a poppy painting she has that I did for my mom when I was 17, and I am letting her have this painting. Somehow I think I am getting the short end of the stick but it sounded good when she said it! i will paint another one or two paintings of this photo for Artfest anyway. The sunsets coming home from Taos and Santa Fe to Albuquerque are spectacular!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Artfest 101 #14
Well, I have four more paintings done, but not varnished. I had my first jury duty call today and I've already been picked as a juror and involved in a criminal trial that will last through the week. I have to be at court by 8:45am and am not let out until 4:30pm, so there will not be any painting done until Saturday. I will try to post the four finished paintings, one each day, if I can get them varnished by morning. So bear with me, and I will write more tomorrow. I think Ghost Ranch turned out nice! The other paintings are a fantastic sunset, a window with hollyhocks, sunflowers, and a landscape.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Ghost Ranch work in progress

in progress

Inspiration photo
Good morning! Gosh I can't believe it's Monday already. I'm working mostly on commissions this week and yesterday I finished the two larger paintings that I posted before as works in progress. I will post those later.
A couple of days ago, I printed out over 600 photos to use as inspiration fo my Artfest paintings. This is one of them. It's from a trip I took to Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch in early spring and everything still had it's winter coat on. The trees were bare and it was a little cool outside.
My painting is not finished yet, but looking at the two together, I see that I need to make the subject matter smalled next time and the sky larger, to show the grandeur of the scene. And I will defintely add a dark blue glaze to the sky. I will probably paint this a few times until I feel I've gotten it right. Have a great day!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

works in progress



Good morning and happy Saturday! The first hot air balloon flew over my house this morning so that means the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is almost here. I'm excited. There's a crispness in the air that makes me want to roast some green chile and go to the grower's markets. Instead, today I am headed to swim, then into the studio for the rest of the day.

I am still working on commissions as I work on Artfest paintings. "THE FIELDS" is a painting of some old barns with a nice patch of cosmos in the corner. I'm not sure yet what I want the eye to focus on, the cosmos, the fields, or the barns! Maybe all of them. The other painting, "AUTUMN BOUQUET" is one of those jumbled flower patches that I love so much. I've already started the lining process on both and hope to finish them today.

Last night I went to the artist's and private reception for the Albuquerque Open Space exhibit. The little paintings were all beautiful, if I had a few hundred dollars, two of them would be in my possession now. I got an email last night that my painting "ALAMEDA SUNSET" had sold, so that's exciting, it's cool because it has no lines. Less work! Have a great weekend and I will post these finished paintings tonight.

Friday, September 11, 2009

An Invitation

You are all invited to attend the juried art show, "LITTLE GEMS" which opens tomorrow at the Albuquerque Open Space Visitor's Center on Coors between Paseo del Norte and Montano NW. The show features 4"x6" and 6"x8" paintings of all the different Open Space locations in Albuquerque and surrounding areas and all paintings (I believe) are under $250. I dropped my painting off and stayed at the venue for 30 minutes, just looking at everyone else's work, they are all just beautiful. The reception opens at 1pm and as the paintings are sold, they can be taken, so if you go, go early to see them all! To read more about the exhibit, click on thie following link:

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Artfest #11
It's sunflower time! I have to include one every ten paintings or so because I start missing them. I love the ocntrast of the oranges and yellows against the purples and the green variations in the leaves. I have another painting blocked in, it's 8"x16", but I'm headed off to acupuncture - life calls. I will try to post the progress tonight.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

STUDIO Clean-out SALE!

"RIO"6"X8" $45 +$10 shipping

"CHAMISA CANYON"10"X8" $65 + $10 shipping

"AUTUMN ACEQUIA" 6"X8" $45 + $10 Shipping

"VALDEZ ON THE RIM" 8"X8" $60 + $10 shipping

"ORANGE MIST" 8"X10" $65 + $10 shipping

Be the first person to email me, I will send you an invoice, and the painting is yours!

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Artfest 101 painting
Please visit my Artfest blog to see all ten Artfest 101 paintings!
Tomorrow I do not have jury duty so I am making myself a promise that I HAVE to get the big landscape blocked in. I want to make a short video of the process too, so maybe....
Ornamants completed for a fundraiser in Cleveland, Ohio
Good morning. This seems like a Monday to me - yesterday I kept wanting to go get the Sunday paper, never mind that I already had it! Fall is definitely in the air today, I have little yellow leaves falling all over my back patio.
Today is it on with work, a few commissions, starting to block in a large painting, organizing, etc.
I have a new blog coming out, unrelated to work - but related to life and getting healthy. I know, I started one before, but this time I'm going to persevere. If you're interested in reading the new blog, email me. I don't want to just throw it out there, I want people who are genuinely interested, and maybe wanting to change some aspect of their own lives - whether it's weight, dreams, goals, etc. Enjoy your day!

Monday, September 07, 2009

My aspen painting is done! Man, I am moving slow...I think I have fall fever or something. I just completed 4 ornaments as a fundraiser for a friend in Ohio, will get those shipped out tomorrow. Still a few commissions to work on too. I am getting photos made of scenes I want to paint that I have stored in my computer, lots of beautiful photos that hopefully will become paintings.
Flowers at Bobcat Bite's
Today is the day before Labor Day and I sure haven't done much labor today!
I did go to the Corrales Grower's Market this morning and this is what I got:
a dozen ears of white sweet corn, one Arkansas Traveler heirloom tomato, a loaf of homemade pumpkin bread, four beautiful apples with no name, a loaf of cornbread and a jar of local honey for my friend. Then I came home and went to the gym. After that I did pretty much nothing except catch up on recorded shows (HGTV Design Star, Project Runway, and Randy Jackson's America's Best Dance Crew). Talk about escapist TV! I did make dinner too, so I guess I did do SOMETHING productive today.
This week is work, work, work, with some gym time thrown in, and I am anxious to get started.
Happy Labor Day (don't do any labor)!

Friday, September 04, 2009

Two new paintings


Good morning! I am getting back into the groove of painting. The top painting is a commissioned piece from the 150 CHALLENGE show and is a stand of mailboxes in the cute little town of Galisteo, NM, which is on the backroads between Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
The new hollyhocks painting is an Artfest 101 painting.
I am trying to finish the aspens from Pecos and then do another 'organization' of canvas and research photos for Artfest to decide how many paintings I will paint, subjects, etc. I'm in a very unfocused frame of mind right now so I am giving myself until Monday to just chill and let the work onto the canvas without a lot of thought or schedules. I am not feeling the pressure yet, that's for sure!

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

works in progress

I was inspired by my Pecos trip yesterday to create these two aspen trees surrounded by tall pines - I think they were Ponderosas but am not quite sure. We were driving on a little tiny road with no center line and it was very curvy and near the edge, but very beautiful. I hadn't been to Pecos since I was a little girl, so it was all new to me. We also drove by the river where my friend used to camp with his family when he was a little boy. I hope to finish this tomorrow.

This painting is from a photo taken yesterday at a little general store outside of Pecos. The hollyhocks were planted in a planter about three feet off the ground next to a really old antique gas pump. Hollyhocks have already bloomed in my neck of the woods, so this was a nice surprise. At the angle I took the photo, it looks like they are towering over the tin roof of the store. There were also eight hummingbird feeders hanging from the porch at the store, and a sign which read "Hummingbird Crossing." Very cool.


The Pecos River, very low this time of year

High up in the aspens in the Pecos Mountains

The little Catholic Church in Macho

St. Anthony's Catholic Church right in the heart of Pecos . Check out the sky.

A stand of hollyhocks at a little store

This painting has an interesting history. It started out as three canyon women facing forward. It sat here in my studio for over a year because I didn't know what I wanted their faces to look like. I found it a couple of days ago and it just said "dancers" to me. They fit right in with the sky and background and they are nestled in their little canyon. And I still don't know what I want their faces to look like!
Yesterday I went on day trip to Pecos. We ate at Bobcat Bites, home of one the best green chile hamburgers in the world. We saw beautiful little New Mexico churches, streams, rivers, etc., and had a wonderful time. So wonderful I am having a hard time getting back to work! I will post Pecos photos in a few.