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
Monday, March 28, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
BACK TO WORK
Okay, I'm back to work now. I think I just needed a little breather before I kick into the spring/summer/fall season of shows and exhibitions. I got to take some really nice day trips and am back with great photo references. It will be a long time before I need to search out more inspiration, although, there are quite a few exciting paint-outs coming up with PAPNM....it's easy to be inspired when you're working out in the New Mexico landscape!
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
boy, what a day trip!
Umm, can you move, sweet cow?
This is a black and white view of Pedernal, the mountain that Georgia O'Keefe loved to paint, and thought of as her very own. It was a great day. Now I can only procrastinate one more time, then I REALLY have to get to work. I had new large tubes of paint delivered today, so I know, once I start, I won't stop until November! More photos below...
What a wonderful day...
This was our wonderful find of the day. We turned on a little road outside of Abiquiu that said, "Monastery, 13 miles." The road was dirt all the way and the scenery was so incredibly beautiful. The Rio Chama ran right alongside the road with majestic and colorful outcroppings and hills - they were pastel-colored and reminded me of candy or colored chalk. Cows were grazing in the middle of the road. When we got to the end, the image above is what we saw. This is a church built by a Japanese architect, and there are also all of the monks' housing and a guesthouse. Everyone is welcome here, no matter your religion. They have a beautiful gift shop (they make everything they sell), the whole site is off the grid and uses solar for power. We got to sit in the church for one of their prayer services. To learn more about this serene and beautiful place, go to: www.christdesert.org.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
a couple of adventures....
Friday, March 18, 2011
A Painting to Help Japan
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Long beautiful day trip to northern New Mexico
Okay, it was cold and cloudy and we were searching for a driveway to get into the little church at Truches. This little old house was right next to the church and this cute little elderly lady was out chopping wood for her fire. The pinon firewood smell....ah, there's nothing like it. More photos below
more day trip photos
The winding main road through the tiny village of Truchas. The house on the right sits on the edge of a drop off to the deep canyon below. Truly a unique little village.
A cute little old adobe home. I thought it would make a beautiful painting, the grey against the blue and white of the sky.
lunch with Ali , well sort of....
Beautiful flower arrangement and Our Lady of Guadalupe at Chimayo
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Day trip to Palcitas, Golden, Madrid, Cerrillos
Sunday, March 06, 2011
I promise you Auntie, I'm coming to Willard in the spring! Get the beans, chile, and potatoes ready....
Friday, March 04, 2011
"VIVA LA SUNS"
Thursday, March 03, 2011
new sunset photos from Elena Gallegos
On this one, I pulled over as close to the side of the road as I could get and jumped out to capture the scene (well, I didn't really jump out). Love the purple of the mountains and valley in the background. Everything looks so peaceful.
The sun was almost gone and down below the horizon line. Wow, look at the clouds up in the sky! I don't think a painting could do this justice. I'm loving my new camera!
Oh, I didn't want to take the time to resize these, so if you click on them, you're going to get some LARGE images.
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Daily Paint Works Challenge
I've been wanting to take part in a new weekly challenge put on by the group Daily Paintworks. Someone from the group puts up a photo and a challenge and people paint their version. The challenges so far have been things like; painting a Zippo lighter using only three colors - white, burnt sienna, and ultramarine blue, painting a rose, dividing a canvas into parts and giving yourself ten minutes to paint an object in each part...fun things like that. This one I believe is called the One Stroke Challenge. A blast to paint and I think it ended up looking just lovely.