Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Gall Bladder emergency

Hi everyone -
I just wanted to let you know that I had a bad gall bladder attack starting Sunday morning at 5am. Went to the emergency room at 1pm and found out that I had pancreatitus, which is an inflammation of the pancreas caused by the gall bladder problem. I was admitted into the hospital and the doctor had to get the pancreas inflammation under control before he could do any surgery. I finally had surgery today, which is Tuesday, and they actually let me go home tonight, which is also Tuesday! Amazing what they can do nowdays. I guess a gallstone passed, got stuck in the duct and the pancreas enzymes had nowhere to go, so...anyway, I have 4 tiny little 1/4 inch incisions and am feeling okay. I had three gallstones total. I just have to walk a lot so there's no chance of blood build up in my legs. And eat a low fat diet until my body adapts. Sorry about the details. I will be back to work as soon as possible. but I have drugs for the pain and you get ABSOLUTELY no sleep in the hospital, so I'm hoping I get some sleep tonight. Please bear with me if I have a commission for you, and I will get back to it as soon as possible. Love to you all.....Dee

Monday, March 22, 2010

Miss Evalina Kelley

Miss Evie
passed away in her sleep early this morning from complications of acute leukemia.
She was one of the funniest, nicest, strongest, and most positive people I have ever met in my life. I will find some way to make her memory live on. Miss Evie, I love you.....

Saturday, March 20, 2010

"SAN ANTONIO" Placitas

"SAN ANTONIO", Placitas
Wow, it has been a busy week. I have been going through a million or so papers, shredding, and getting ready to organize for taxes. I've been saying for a few years that I wanted to do this and finally, I'M DOING IT! Of course, my studio is kind of a disaster now because I brought all of my business paperwork in here to start my new files.
This is a commission of the San Antonio old mission church in Placitas, New Mexico. In the summer, it has the most beautiful roses blooming right in front of it.
Tonight is the Casa Esperanza annual fundraiser - my bookshelf will be auctioned off to support this wonderful organization. I will take my camera and try to get some video of the action.

Friday, March 19, 2010


Another painting using new GOLDEN OPEN acrylics. It's strange but they scan differently and the colors show up on screen with more vividness that I anticipated. The actual painting is a bit softer. I am really looking forward to going on a paint-out next month (there are some really good ones coming up) and trying them out.
Tomorrow night is the Casa Esperanza fundraising event. I will take my video camera and catch some of the action! Have a great weekend...

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Unwanted Post

Hi everyone -
I just wanted to let you know that someone hacked into this blog and posted a message that should not be here. It was sent out to everyone on my email list.
The problem has been fixed (by my wonderful brother) and you should not receive any more posts like this.
Thanks and please let me know if you receive any other posts like this.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

New acrylics

I went to the art store yesterday and they had these new acrylic paints called GOLDEN OPEN ACRYLICS. They work just like oil paints and stay wet longer than regular acrylics, which is good for plein air painting and getting out of my comfort zone. I bought a limited palette; titanium white, alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, and cadmium yellow primrose. And I painted these iris! I love them - how soft they are, how I had to use my imagination and really think about mixing the pigments to get the colors I wanted. I painted this painting last night and this morning it was just barely dry enough to put under the scanner for a few seconds. I am going back today to get a few more. I couldn't mix a purple or orange that I liked, so I will look for those. This painting is available for purchase, just email me.
Happy weekend!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010


I was aiming for an ethereal, other-worldly feel in this painting, because I wanted the cross to feel sacred and "not of this earth.". I remember when my mom passed away unexpectedly over 10 years ago. A few days afterwards, I was watching some sad music video on TV and they were showing majestic mountains with clouds that were being viewed from an airplane. I just wondered if my mom was up there in those clouds and how could she really be gone? That is how I feel about Miss Evie. I'm not ready for her to go. Purchase information is below:
You may also scroll down to see another completed daily painting. AND, you may also see my newest Artfest painting at www.artfest2010.blogspot.com

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Such a warm painting - it's cold outside tonight and this painting makes me feel toasty. It is very Santa Fe, which always has colorful windows filled with outdoor displays of all kinds of flowers, but usually geraniums. It just makes me feel good.
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Also, I just found out that one of my dear friends, Miss Evie, has the kind of cancer that doesn't go away and they have told her she only has 2-6 weeks left. Doctors don't know everything, they're making an educated guess, but Miss Evie is 87, so I will be spending as much time as I can with her. She is one of the most positive, strong people I know, and I wish everyone would think of her over the next few days and send lots of love her way.

work in progress....

work in progress.....
I hope to have several small daily paintings finished by tonight.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

"ALONG CANYON ROAD" in progress

It's taken me a while to get back to painting...lots going on. But I am excited! I have four small works in progress and hope to finish this one tonight. It's a couple of lovely geranium pots in front of a Canyon Road window in Santa Fe. Stay tuned and thanks for being patient.

Sunday, March 07, 2010


This may look a little different from my normal work - that's because it is! This is on a thick watercolor paper and it is watermedia with lines. It's for an upcoming fundraising event in May for Legacy Art and the Art Has Heart Foundation. This is the tenth anniversary and they are making a book to auction with the original paintings of 40 artists inside! This is my contribution. If you'd like to read about Legacy, please go to www.legacyartabq.org.
I will be back to painting tomorrow - I have two small commissions to finish and am working on some larger pieces. Happy weekend.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

My cousin Kay Byrd's work. It was so interesting, this painting is for an upcoming event for Casa Esperanza, and she brought it to my studio for varnishing. I left it sitting on the easel and when the sun hit it in the morning, the yellow glow showed through the back of the canvas,
highlighting the moon. You can't even hardly see the moon if you look at the painting on the wall. I just thought it looked awesome.
You'll probably notice that I haven't posted in a while, I've had some gall bladder issues and have been sidelined by that. I may have to have surgery but am not sure yet. I will be feeling fine and then have these attacks that are just so painful.
But I bought a couple of art magazines to get me motivated and inspired and they have worked. I will be in this weekend, finishing up two commissions and a piece for a new book to commemorate Legacy Art's 10th anniversary of their annual fundraising event. Stay tuned and if you'd like to read my weight loss blog, go to: www.dees100pound.blogspot.com.