and other things.... This is my daily art blog. I'm artist Dee Sanchez and I live and work in Alameda, New Mexico - the land of blue skies, red hills, and three unique cultures. What a beautiful place to paint! Join me on my daily painting quest, my plein air adventures, my video logs, my "getting ready for a show" preparations, my painting tips, and I may even throw in an opinion or two...I also document my struggles with getting healthy and my crazy family life
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
two new paintings available
"TAOS GORGE, SUMMER"
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
commission in progress...
This is the initial block in of the painting - a New Mexico adobe with hollyhocks and a flower garden, and a beautiful view of the mountains in the background.
Monday, January 17, 2011
the first oil of the 150 Challenge
I am using my Easy L paint box. It's mounted to one of my tripods and sits low enough on the floor that I can sit in a chair or stand up if I feel the need. It has a glass palette and I have placed a 12"x16" sheet of "GREY MATTERS" paper palette by Jack Richeson & Co. on top. Such an easy cleanup! I love the way that oils just glide around - so different from acrylic. I used Galkyd Lite medium made by Gamblin and Gamsol pure odorless mineral spirits.
my newest read, "the oil painter's biible"
Sunday, January 16, 2011
a quick getaway to Jemez
A friendly horse - we thought he wanted to go home with us. He was out in the middle of the road, just grazing away. We passed him on the way to the Gilman tunnels and decided to visit for a bit. He ate a whole apple! And did you see his reflection in my side mirror?
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Commissions completed, new iris painting
I've had my eye on painting these irises since last summer. I went on a wonderful garden tour in the north valley of Albuquerque. You can only imagine the flowers and garden art behind these adobe walls! On the painting you can see where the linework has begun. I love it at this point. My eye goes straight for the little orange/pink shapes - that's where I want to put my lines in first. I completely forget about the darker areas and have to stand back periodically and take a look. This will be finished tomorrow.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
"AN EYE ON THE SKY"
"OLD CROSS AT ABIQUIU MORADA"
Saturday, January 08, 2011
Friday, January 07, 2011
All works will be framed, 8"x8", 8"x10" plus a few larger 16"x20"paintings, also for $150.
One large painting will also be auctioned online during the Challenge to benefit the charity of my choice.
Thursday, January 06, 2011
These are Gamblin solvents and mediums. I'm so used to acrylic work that this will feel like Greek to me for the first couple of weeks. Even though I paint with oils on location, it's different with this 150 Challenge; a daily dose oil oil painting!
Oh, can you tell that I am procrastinating?
Wednesday, January 05, 2011
- I do like being alone. Sometimes too much. Being an artist is a lonely business sometimes, but we do need to get out and mingle.
- I don't like being alone. I love my family and friends; love having them over for food, great conversation, just hanging out. What a dilemma. Hmm, Jeckle and Hyde.
- I know a lot of trivia and am pretty good at games.
- If I wasn't an artist, my second choice as a passion would be photography and blogging about it. Oh wait, I kind of do that already. I also love organizing; photos, papers, you name it. BUT - I also don't put things back where they belong. Hence, the need to constantly be organizing.
- If I wasn't an artist, my third profession of choice would be one of those organic farmers who sells fruits and vegetables at the local grower's markets. I LOVE growing things and digging in the dirt.
- I love weird music. My daughter's shake their heads at my cd collection. Everything from rap and old hip-hop, psychedelic 60's, Tibetan, drumming, anything for spinning classes, Black-Eyed Peas, Hall and Oates, Mellencamp, nature sounds, birds singing, techno, etc. I love scouring thrift stores for unique music. And if you've ever watched Ellen Degeneres on her show when she dances, I want to BE in that audience, shakin' my groove thang.
- I collect Christmas cds and dvds. My favorite: Christmas in the Outback. Ashamed to say I haven't watched it yet.
- I want to take the open drawing class at harwood and brush up on my skills.
- My favorite Hollywood crush...Johnny Depp.
- Artists whose work I admire: OLD: Van Gogh, Sargeant, Homer, Cezanne. NEW: Karin Jurik, Halima Washington, Carole Marine, Stephen Goodman. These are all daily painters and very good at what they do. Loose, painterly brush strokes. There are SO many good contemporary artists out there now that it's impossible to pick just one. I love very abstract paintings, I love political pieces, I love realism! There's just no end to the inspiration out there. Magical.
- My favorite kind of painting: plein air. I wish I could just load up the car and be gone.
- My children are my biggest accomplishment and make me so proud.
- I want to make movies - the computer digital kind, where I can burn my own dvds and give them away to family and friends.
- I was in a spelling bee in 2nd grade. Lost on the word poetry. Left out the "r."
- I narrated a Christmas play when I was in elementary school. It was awesome.
- My family moved to a new town when I was in 5th grade. The beginning of a feeling of floundering and not belonging anywhere that is still with me sometimes.
- Both of my grandmothers had green thumbs, as did my mom. I'm glad I inherited that gene.
- I have killed a squirrel. It was necessary, she was suffering.
- I have lain naked outside and sunbathed on a trampoline. Okay, this was a long time ago, in the mountains where no one would come along, and I still get teased about it.
- I have been married for 33 years, together with my husband for 38. He is the be all, end all for me and always will be.
- The only bands I would go see in concert these days: Black-eyed Peas and Prince. In a heartbeat.
- A sunset, a sweet moment on tv, a wedding, someone doing something good for someone else - these can all make me cry and happy to be human. There is so much good in the world.
- I am a chocolate addict. As in big time. As in needs to eat more fruit and veggies. As in STOP eating for emotional reasons and out of habit.
- If I didn't have this blog, I would probably be writing THE BOOK in my spare time.
- I love connection - the feeling of letting people see who I really am as an artist. Artists sometimes put out this persona of who we want people to think we are, - gotta do the marketing, gotta make the sales, gotta do the shows. I live for the CONNECTION. When someone sees my work and it makes them feel something, that's what it's all about for me.
Sunday, January 02, 2011
Hello everyone and Happy New Year!
I hope your holiday was wonderful and relaxing.
I am working on lots of plans right now - the first one being the new url for my blog.
The new site link will be www.deesanchezpaints.com.
It doesn't really mean any changes for you- you can still google www.deesanchez.blogspot.com and it will direct you to the same place, but it will be better for the new marketing and branding ideas I'm working on for this year.
Wouldn't you know it? I have so many things I should be doing right now and I caught a cold the day after Christmas that has kind of knocked me down a bit. I am feeling better though, which is why I'm posting tonight. It's rather cold in my studio, since I haven't been in here and it's about 10 degrees outside. I'm not kidding you, it is BITTER cold outside right now.
I'm gearing up for the 150 CHALLENGE; got my oil paints, got my easel, got my tripod, got my palette, got my new Nikon camera. I don't have my panels yet, but I have enough to get started. I'm working on some cool ideas for framing too, which I will explain in the next few days. Anyway, I hope to start taking some photos to post tomorrow. I really have to get organized and quickly.
Oh, and I wanted to ask you about this text you're reading. I'm trying to make my blog as easy to read as possible. Do you think this color works? Or would it be more readable if it was lighter, like this? Or maybe if my background was lighter? I think my paintings look best against a darker background, but I would love some feedback!