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, April 29, 2013
DAY TRIP AND OTHER THINGS
Did you ever just need to get away for the day?
Well, I needed it. Badly. So.....
I signed up for a luncheon and two-studio tour last Saturday in Santa Fe
with a wonderful group of women from the New Mexico chapter of
To me, cleaning my studio is like cleaning and clearing my mind.
Getting ready to start something new and fresh.
Here are a few photos of my studio in the throes of messiness:
Things are kind of a disaster in the studio right now - I just got a big order of paints in,
you can see them on the counter, some boxes are opened, some are not.
There are papers everywhere, boxes on the floor, my photos are unorganized.
I'm not looking forward to this.
No, that's a lie.
I am looking forward to this.
Because once it's done, I will be able to just sit and focus
and think about the upcoming 145 day Challenge.
What subjects am I going to paint?
What day trips do I want to take?
Are people going to be interested?
What kind of yummy food am I going to serve for the meal
at the end of the Challenge? Hmm, that will take some heavy-duty thinking....
A close up of my new oil paints - Gamblin of course.
The only kind I use except for Old Holland's Violet Grey and Winsor Newton's Permanent Rose.
You can also see the containers of Gamsol, Gamblin's odorless mineral spirits.
Couldn't live without that stuff. And on the floor, is my small carry tray thingy filled with all of my plein air supplies. When I'm ready to go, I just grab it, a chair, an umbrella, and I can be off.
This is a shot of my ornaments in baskets on the floor that I keep saying
I'm going to paint and never seem to actually find the time to do.
Maybe one of these days.
You can also see the small easels I use for daily painting
(I have three of those and eight other easels).
Then, there are the boxes of Wipees I use to clean EVERYTHING, the purple latex gloves,
and the Kleenix (although any brand will do) that I use for wiping my brushes when painting.
And the mess of paper I always have laying about.
The panels are organized, the brushes are laid out.
The two large red canvases are going to be skyscapes for an
upcoming show at Weems Uptown gallery.
My roll-around cart of photos for subjects is basically straight.
I'm just waiting for 132 panels to come in and
145 custom ordered antique silver speckle plein air frames.
My car is ready, I will be on the road soon.
Paints are all organized and set up from light to dark.
One more view of my clean studio.
Sometime during the Challenge, I'm going to paint it a beautiful grey-green.
This is my ever-faithful cd cabinet.
It doesn't close all the way, so I have a hair tie looped around the two knobs.
The cabinet is packed with cds inside.
I don't think I will ever have a shortage of music.
and cares for
animals that are chained, or abused.
So come on out
and join us under the cottonwoods, enjoy some great food,
help out a
great animal charity at the same time! Here is your personal
invite - I have also sent
out over 850 postcards. I hope you will watch the process of the creation of 145 paintings. May you find one (or more) that speak to you. I also hope you will join me for dinner!
I've been working madly on my large paintings for the Weems flower show. I chose four large chunky canvases and started creating. This is canvas number two. I always start by toning the canvas in a very thin wash of orange/red.
Then I move to what I call, "making marks."
I sketch a very loose sketch of where I want to put in the main flowers and stems.
Then I start loading thin color on the brush and placing the main shapes.
I've worked a while and have the canvas covered.
Looking at it, I can see that I don't like the sky so dark and I am
unhappy with the dark green in the upper right corner.
This is spring - it needs to be brighter!
This is the finished painting.
It's been painted black around the sides (in acrylic) and varnished.
The painting is actually laying flat on my easel and I photographed it at a weird angle.
As you can see, I've lightened a lot of the color,
gotten rid of the dark green in the corner and added my sky color further down into the painting.
It is now at the gallery for the opening tomorrow of the Weems show,
"FLOWERS, FRUITS, AND VEGGIES."
I dropped my paintings off in a hurry yesterday, but I took a peek and the show is going to be fantastic!
"ILLUMINATA II" is 30x30" on a 3" deep canvas and is $2100.
Contact Weems at 505-293-6133 for details. They are located at Montgomery and Louisiana NE.