Tuesday, December 28, 2010

a new year awaits...

Sunset on Christmas Day in Los Lunas, New Mexico
Wow, I cannot believe that 2010 is almost over! I hope everyone had a great Christmas. Mine was hectic, as usual, and as soon as Christmas Day was over, I caught a cold and have been on the couch ever since.
My oil paints from Gamblin arrived today, I'm SO excited. I decided to start out with the smaller tubes of color and chose 19 of them. After I've used them for awhile, I will cut it down to about 9 or 10. They are so beautiful I don't want to mess them up!
Okay, I'm gonna go and rest some more but I will have a post tomorrow. Happy New Year to all!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

A present for my sweet Lalie, "REMEMBER THE TIME", her wedding bouquet, 36"x36"
Love you girl!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas Eve

We took a day trip to Madrid, NM, on Tuesday - just to get away from the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, etc. It was awesome! We ate at a place called "THE HOLLAR", which if you can believe it, has delicious southern food. We had fried pickles for an appetizer and a wonderful locally brewed root beer. This photo is a view on the only main street running through Madrid. For more info on this quaint little town, click here.
This old house looked like it was abandoned, but there was a Christmas wreath out and it said "Merry Christmas" on the front door. Hmm....

This is the little adobe Catholic church at Golden, NM. It has been restuccoed a few times and I have painted it when it was also solid white. It was so cute, they had red bows on the doors. This will be a painting one day!

This is my boy Roy half asleep with his head on the door going down into my studio. I think he's patiently waiting for his Christmas bone!
I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed Christmas and eat lots of great food, and enjoy to company of friends and family. Love you all....Dee

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

"LET IT SNOW" last daily painting of 2010

This will probably be the last daily painting for this year - a beautiful setting of Santuario de Chimayo at Christmas time. Purchase information is below:

Friday, December 17, 2010

let it snow...I think

We had about 4 or so inches of snow last night. Much needed moisture - but this tree didn't think so. The weight of the snow collapsed it right out of the ground. My birds will be disappointed to see the flowing plum go. They had a nice hanging bird feeder that will have to be relocated.

My 2 year old Bella hasn't seen a lot of snow. She's looking out over the back field and I can just imagine her thoughts, "What is this wet, mushy stuff, where do I pee, and how soon can I get back into the studio and a warm blanket?" She did have a lot of fun bounding around though.
In other news: prayers for my cousin Stacy, whose dad passed away this morning - love is flowing through the wires.
I have done NO Christmas shopping yet and just want to stay inside and snuggle. I also have studio work to complete by this weekend, so better get some breakfast and get to work. Have a wonderful day and thanks to all who snapped up paintings in the STUDIO SALE.

Thursday, December 16, 2010


11"X14" on board
$99- free shipping
I have cleaned my studio and am offering several paintings at great prices plus free shipping.
There is a Paypal button under each one. If you wish to purchase, please click on the button, and you may pay with your Paypal account or a credit card. Thank you and I hope they find nice homes.


$65 - free shipping


8"X10" on board
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10"X8" oil on board
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I am cleaning my studio and I found this quote, which is perfect for the holiday season when we all tend to get stressed and overwhelmed and want to do too much and make everyone happy:
Ring the bells
that still can ring
Forget your
perfect offering
There is a crack
in everything
That's how the
light gets in

Leonard Cohen

Let the light and beauty of Christmas, family, and togetherness into your life.....enjoy serenity, peace, and joy and forget about the perfect present.
This painting is already finished and delivered, but I can't post the things I'm working on right now because they're gifts and I can't show them until after Christmas! I just finished this poppy painting last week and I think it turned out really nice. What you're seeing is the rough stage. Lots to do this week - I put up my Christmas tree last night. It looks beautiful - all twinkly. I'll post a photo tomorrow night. I still have not bought one Christmas gift yet. Some people may be getting New Year's presents this year!

Monday, December 13, 2010

a found painting...

I found this little painting when I was rearranging my canvas and I can't even remember its name! I think I painted it for a plein air event. It was from the Elena Gallegos area up near the tram. If anyone is interested, it's available for purchase for $65. I think it's 5"x7" and is acrylic. Email me, let me know, and I will send you a Paypal invoice. Shipping will be $5.
Also, I have some birthday photos to post, but lots of things to do this morning, so that will be later. Enjoy this beautiful Monday!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Wow, I am 56 years old - well, technically not until 8:42pm this evening, but I am going to enjoy
the day fully. It's funny, I am REALLY happy right now. I may not be the perfect size, there may be things I want to accomplish that I haven't, but I am healthy, and my family is healthy, and that's all that matters. I love the quote, "Just to be is a blessing...just to live is holy."
I LOVE Christmas - today I'm getting my tree, meeting up with my daughters, art store, maybe a favorite thrift store, exercise, maybe going to dinner or having dinner in. Tomorrow we'll decorate the tree, then do massive amounts of shopping over the next two weeks (well, not too massive). Then on Christmas Eve, we'll put up luminarias, get some tamales, and just hang out and enjoy the season. I want to thank everyone for all the wonderful birthday wishes I got when I opened up my computer! I LOVE you all - family, friends, collectors, you make my life complete. I'm going to capture the day on camera, so I'll post some photos tonight. Bye!

Friday, December 10, 2010

The Chimayo painting is SOLD.
If you would like one created for you, I am painting a couple more for people in the next few days.
Send me an email and I will send you a Paypal invoice.


I finally fit in the time to paint a Christmas painting! This is Santuario de Chimayo, one of the most beautiful churches in the world. I would love to see it in snow and I would love to see it on Christmas Eve. Someday. Purchase information is below. If you are interested, click on the Paypal button.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Los Ranchos Holiday Shop and Stroll...

The cute little screech owl at THE FAT FINCH shop.

My little prissy hat at the junk store

A little old antique tricycle. We had a great day! I bought a cross (for my birthday) - I'll show it later. I also bought three felt stuffed birds to go on my advent wreath, three bird ornaments, and a soup pot that had a ladle and six little soup bowls. It was so interesting and I just couldn't pass it up. I'll post it later too.

what a fun day...antiquing!

A barn owl at THE FAT FINCH shop - he was absolutely beautiful. They also had a little screech owl. I'll show him later. The trainer said he really doesn't screech at all. Beautiful shop.

My cousin and I went to this little store - it was actually more a junk store than an antique store. We started trying on hats and started laughing and could not stop. I had tears coming out of my eyes. Everyone should have a good belly laugh once a week!

I can not describe how beautiful this was. This is at Alameda Greenhouse near my home. They had several rooms like this, it looked like a FIELD of ponsettias. They also had white ones, pink ones, and some lemon and orange trees - with FRUIT ON THEM! It was fantastic and really put us in the Christmas spirit.
Click on the photos for a large image view.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

a good day...

I went to Albuquerque Museum today to attend the Plein Air Painters of NM Annual Business Meeting, which included an artists' materials swap, a nice luncheon, elections, and a painting demonstration by artist Robert Kuester. It was fun! I sold an easel and some paints and bought these two art books. The business meeting was nice because we only do that once a year and catch up on everything.
We also got a great update on our new, much more interactive website that is really going to streamline everything plus give members much more scope to add input.
The lunch was nice; homemade potato chips with dip, salad with "real" greens (I always judge a place by their salad), three types of sandwiches, and little mini cupcakes for dessert. And we have 191 members! That is just awesome, especially considering that we are only three years old. I met some people I had only talked to online before and saw some old friends and met some new ones. These meetings always leave me so inspired and energized -just knowing that there are like-minded people out there who give their heart and soul to make art and work to encourage others with this great plein air group. Let's go paint!
Tomorrow...it's all about antiques!

Friday, December 03, 2010

new work...and ramblings


Hello everyone! I would've posted sooner but darn it, I came down with a cold three days ago and have just been laying around. I took some homeopathic ZiCam (this stuff that you spray in your mouth every three hours) and today I feel a lot better. I actually got some work done.
The paintings above are works in progress and have no linework yet. Two are spoken for and one is available. If you are interested, email me. I will probably have the lines completed tomorrow.
It feels really nice to get back the small paintings - I do really miss working on them every day.
I made an advent wreath too! I bought a grapevine wreath at one of the hobby stores for half price and went around the yard today, cutting small pieces of rosemary, holly, pine trees, Japanese bamboo and a few other things. It looks nice and smells really good. Now all I need are advent candles.