Saturday, August 31, 2013

"for the dogs"

I am painting fast and furious, working to finish my 145 Day Challenge 
and am also preparing for my upcoming dinner event on September 29.
I invite you all to come over for this wonderful fundraiser for the group, NMDOG.
Tickets are $49 per person - half goes toward your dinner experience, half benefits the animal group.
You get a private tour of my studio, a wonderful dinner, door prizes, 
a chance to win a $2000 Dee Sanchez painting, 
plus you get to hangout with cool people who like art. And dogs!
Space is limited and the deadline for registering is September 20.

Check future blog posts for information


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

 My Newest Paintings

I am in work mode and the zone now!
I know exactly how many paintings I have left and how many days to finish them.
For some reason, this is the most exciting part for me 
and I think I do some of my best work.
I'm one of those crazy people who works better under pressure.

 To see all 145 Challenge paintings:  click HERE.


  •  Click on the "CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW" link under each painting.
  •  This takes you to the Paypal site.
  • You can pay with a Paypal account or any major credit card
  • Email me at - I will process your credit card
  • Call me at 505-792-1030 - I will process your credit card.


I will be painting on location in Corrales from September 2-7 
A five day paint out with a Quick Draw competition and exhibition.
More on that tomorrow.

I am gearing up for the New Mexican dinner at my home on September 29.
If you haven't signed up yet, there is still time.
$49 per person, half of the proceeds benefit NMDOG,
Space is limited, so if you want to attend, send a check to:
Dee Sanchez
403 Camino del Bosque NW
Albuquerque, Nm  87114

If you want more information, email me at

Saturday, August 24, 2013



I am back, my friends.
Life has been hectic, but now it's back to painting daily.
99 paintings to go in 38 days.
Here we go.....
If you would like to see all of the completed 145 Challenge paintings, click HERE.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Catching Up!

Catching Up

I have been busy.
With painting. And with Life.

My oldest daughter just got her Master's Degree.
She graduated and is now a Doctor of Oriental Medicine.
Free acupuncture for life, here I come...

I am SO proud of her.
Four very long years of hard work and
I'm so happy I don't have to quiz her on Chinese herbs anymore.

In other happenings:
 This scene has been happening a lot around Albuquerque.
It's unusual and we are loving it!
Cascade sheets of rain just falling down in certain areas.

 Beautiful rays of sunlight shining through the clouds

 The sunflowers are starting to bloom and they are so happy and gorgeous, as always.
I really want to take a drive down the Bosque del Apache, 
the wildlife sanctuary near Socorro.

I've always wanted to see the sunflowers blooms against the water there.

 Some of my 145 paintings on my wall shelf.
I have been getting ready for the graduation party 
and working on commissions -
I am sort of behind!
I have to finish 100 paintings in 38 days.
Can I do it??

 Some cool Day of the Dead women I saw at a local antique store.
Not sure what they're made out of.
Kind of looks like paper mache.

 Another one.
Very interesting....

 A pic of downtown Albuquerque.
It's very cool, I think.
Downtown Albuquerque, not the pic.
The pic is just fair.

I'm using my new little Panasonic Lumix camera and
I REALLY miss my old Canon.

 I took a trip to Old Town the other day and I saw this guy 
just leaning against a tree, playing music.
I think this is a banjo...

 Isn't this so pretty? 
Old Town is one of my most favorite places.
The old adobe buildings, the church, the galleries.
My favorite gallery, Weems, is right around the corner.

 One of the cool little patios off of the main street in Old Town.
There are several of these - so colorful!

 My favorite antique store - The Antique Co-op.
What a way to spend the day relaxing and treasure-hunting.

 My sunflower still life painting for tomorrow's event for 
Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation's "Laughter is the Best Medicine."
I hope it bring some good money for a great cause.

 This was taken out of the window on a recent trip to Corrales.
We always love to eat at Hannah and Nate's,
then drive up and down streets, looking at all of the cool houses.

 One of my grocery store pears.
It's a little past its prime, you can kind of see it
wrinkling in the upper left corner.
This will become a painting.

 One of my pieces for the Weems Uptown Black and White Show
that is running for another couple of weeks..
They have six of my black and white paintings, all 8x8" framed.
For information, call Weems at 505-293-6133.

 Making 120 cupcakes for the graduation party.
I think they're all sad and tired....
and sick of cutting marshmallows.

 I bought 60 avocadoes to make homemade guacamole for the party.
I don't want to see another avocado for at least a month.

 Me....mashing avocadoes.

It was worth all of the hard work to get all of these
beautiful ladies together!
In the middle is Auntie Francis - our oldest aunt at 90.
She is followed by my husband's mom, Dahlia, on the left.
She just won the Gold Medal in the National Senior Olympics. In basketball.
Her group is the 80-85 years olds!
On the right is Auntie Alice.
In the back is Auntie Nellie, and on the back right is
Auntie Melva, the baby of the family.
These women are the glue that holds our family together.

So, that's pretty much what I've been up to.

Tonight I start painting again - finishing my 145 Challenge paintings.
I also have four commissions in the works.
September 2-7, there is a fun paint-out with an exhibition happening in Corrales.
September 29 is the special dinner at my home to benefit NMDDOG.

I will be posting more about that later.
Anyway, thanks for hanging with me, reading my blog, and now, let's paint!

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Aspens and Sunflowers


 I just finished this painting as a donation for the 
Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation's event "Laughter is the Best Medicine."
This is a yearly event that I have participated in for at least ten years.
The painting is large, 30x30" and is titled "SUNFLOWERS IN BLOOM."
It will be auctioned off in a silent auction.
Let's hope it makes them lots of money.

This is a painting that is almost finished
and I am showing my beginning process.

It's a 16x12" commission to replicate a painting of mine titled "HIDDEN ASPENS."
I started sketching it in my usual loose paint, but I lost my field of
perspective and didn't want to do a grid line.
Too many tree trunks were making me dizzy!
So I decided to use white acrylic paint as my guideline.

I got it under control, finally.
It is very hard to duplicate the heaviness and somberness of these aspens.

I will show you the finished painting in a few days.

Tuesday, August 06, 2013


To view, click HERE.