Saturday, August 28, 2010

Karen and Richard,
Thanks so much for a wonderful and delicious evening at El Pinto restaurant. It is so nice to meet people that I talk to online all of the time - you guys are as sweet in person as I knew you would be. Enjoy the Grand Canyon and wow - thanks to the internet for allowing me to be blessed by so many nice people I've met from all over the world.
I will be working on finishing up a few projects over the next several days so I will be buried in my studio, but I may poke my head out from time to time.
Also, you can read my new weight loss post at:

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Iris painting I'm working on....

Monday, August 23, 2010

guerilla painting box for sale!

Hi all! I am cleaning my studio and have decided to sell my 9"x12' guerilla pochade box. It's only been used twice - I bought a smaller cigar box that fits my small paintings better and I want to buy another one. The guerilla paint box is from Judson Outfitters and comes with a tripod mount, an adapter for 6"x8" and 8"x10" paintings, a palette extention kit, slip-in easel for taller panels, and a poly pro palette (better than wood). This all retails for $293.95. The box I want to buy is $175. That's what I will sell this box and all accessories for, if anyone is interested, please email me. Shipping would be extra. The painting on the easel in not included! I will put the guerilla box up for auction on ebay, probably Wednesday, if not sold by then.

I went to the Corrales Grower's Marker this morning - it was awesome! So many people selling such wonderful things! I didn't have much cash on me so I just got a couple of ears of sweet corn, some heirloom tomatoes (which I ate before I got home) and some Cipriana sweet onions. More pics to follow.

This was only one of the many booths at the market. they were roasting green chile, selling breakfast burritos, they had music. Wow, fall really IS in the air!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

8"x10" work in progress
I painted this at the Los Poblanos Lavender Festival. It was from a photo of the beautiful gardens, which we didn't actually get to see because of casita construction going on. My daughter snatched it up immediately and she redid her room today and brought it back to me. I am willing to part with it, but I really want it to go to someone who loves my paintings with no lines. I love this piece, with all of the shadows, the soft out-of-focus colors, and the warm background. I just don't think this one wants any lines. If you're interested, please email me.
Also, a couple of new posts on my online weight loss journal:

Friday, August 13, 2010

new daily painting

I decided to try something a little different for my first daily painting in a while. I was shuffling through photos I've taken and this wooden Indian jusy popped out at me. The lighting in the picture is really cool, almost white, coming in from the right. And the idea of him having to stand next to a sign that says, "Wild West T's" is so ironic. I think he's holding cigars, but I'm not sure. I tried to capture the boredom on his face in a whimsical fashion - he wants to be on a horse somewhere, riding the flatlands of New Mexico. Purchase information is below:

Thursday, August 12, 2010

This says it all - LOVE makes the world go round. Enjoy!

My two small 5x7 paintings "HARVEST" and "ALAMEDA" were accepted into the Plein Air Painters of NM show at the Albuquerque Open Space, "LITTLE GEMS." More details to follow. I have a new online journal blog post at this link:
Also, I REALLY love taking photos, so I am going to start adding a new photograph to the right of your screen every few days...I hope you enjoy the little snippets of things that intrigue me and capture my attention in this beautiful Land of Enchantment.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

You guys,
As you've probably noticed, I've been playing around with my blog, trying to make it better and more readable. If anyone has feedback, I would appreciate it. Is the red background too much? Anything else?
work in progress
This is my first painting for Artfest! I just really needed to do something totally wild and crazy to get myself back into painting mode. And especially "line work" mode. I really like this. It will be finished tomorrow and will become Artfest painting #1.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


I've had this painting in my studio in a frame for a while now. It was hanging in my daughter's room for about a year and then she redid her room and it ended up going back to me. This is from the very first paint-out I did on Canyon Road with the Plein Air Painters of NM. It is very spontaneous and has no lines.

Over the weekend, I went to the Turner to Cezanne exhibit at the Albuquerque Museum. Of course, I went on the last day, so there were about 50 people in line ahead of me to get in. It was worth it though. Very nice! I saw a Van Gogh, two Monets, a Pissaro, about four Turners and several Cezannes. Also a lot of other artists whose names I didn't know. This collection was owned by two sisters and was just beautiful. I am always so amazed by the luminosity of the works created long ago when painters didn't have access to the materials that are at the fingertips of today's artists. I loved it. I went home and looked at a few of the paintings I had in books and it was nice to see them in print form too.
I am thinking about going to a drawing class tonight - again, to get out of my comfort zone. I've never actually been to a drawing class. especially with a live model, so it will be interesting. Of course, I really should be painting, I have SO much to do. But life calls in other ways too and sometimes, you just gotta heed the call.
Oh, a new blog post on my online journal, click this link:

Saturday, August 07, 2010

This is another small painting on board. If I remember correctly, this was at the Alameda Open Space near my house. The road is actually a bike path and right past the greenery on the right is a waterfowl area that is home to numerous ducks and other critters. It looked like it was going to rain that day but never did. Purchase information is below. Also, if you're interested in my online journal, go here: Happy weekend!

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Price: $75.00 plus $10.00 s/h
Or, send me an email

My new online journal starts tomorrow - if you want to follow the posts, go to:
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Thursday, August 05, 2010

Plein air paintings




These paintings are all on hold for an upcoming juried show. Aren't they cute? I'm sorry, I just love these sweet little pieces. The top one is from the Elena Gallegos recreation area near the Sandia foothills. The middle piece is a setting sun from the Alameda Open Space and the last piece (my favorite) is near the large Open Space Visitor Center near where I live. They will be available for purchase at a later date and will be framed with antique gold plein air frames.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

in progress
Hello, I am back to work, as you can see - this is from my most recent trip to Taos. I love these old adobe buildings and that same old truck is ALWAYS there! You have a slight view of the Taos Mountains behind the store and a view of the Pottery shop. I should finish this tonight and post it for purchase tomorrow. If you want first pick, email me!

Monday, August 02, 2010

The valley right below my relative's home
Quick trip to Taos - it is BEAUTIFUL there right now. Even though my favorite time there is still autumn. I am going back in September AND October! I was going to paint but forgot my apron so had to satisfy myself with taking lots of photos. Which I did! It rained there off an on the whole time we were there. I have lots of subjects to choose from for inspiration and am back to work today, so look out!
I am getting ready for Artfest now, which is in November. I am also planning a show for next June in Old Town called "THE 200 CHALLENGE." This show will be 200 framed plein air paintings all done on location at my favorite beautiful places throughout New Mexico. Sizes will range from 4"x6" to probably 16"x20." Maybe a few a little larger. And they will all be $200 or less! We will have a big reception for the show and you may buy online the day of. The new blog will start in January, so stay tuned for that. I think my new goal is to become the best plein air painter in New Mexico!
I am in the process of rebuilding my website, so watch for that - hopefully by Artfest.
I am starting the second half of my weight loss and am starting a fresh blog for it also - to give me new motivation. Watch for that too! Fall is my favorite time of year, it's coming up soon, and I am GETTING MOTIVATED!

Man, the sky was just beautiful in Taos. As were these wild sunflowers

This is a view of El Salto peak after a rain