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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.
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Monday, November 11, 2013
DP4 "ASPEN HILLS"
oil on hardboard
Available at Little Luna Gallery Madrid, NM
I've been feeling a mad craving to paint a really large aspen painting -
this is a small study to get me in the mood.
Our beautiful aspen color is almost all gone now.
Pretty soon we'll see nothing but beautiful grey branches against those mountains.
And those branches are still lovely - and so beautiful to paint.
For this piece, I started with no sketching.
The mountains were barely blocked in.
The darker reddish color at the bottom of the trees was placed.
Then the trunks of the trees.
I started shaping the aspen trees and adding color by looking at
the painting as a whole.
The sky was added halfway through the painting
and finished up after the trees were complete.
I would still like to get WAY loose and more abstract with a painting like this.
It does feel loose, but still controlled.
In other news -
I'm finished with my Weems Artfest auction painting and it will be delivered
today or tomorrow.
I will post photos later.
It's a big beautiful Elena Gallegos sunset and will be
offered through a silent auction at Weems Artfest
this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Expo New Mexico. The auction benefits three different New mexico charities. I declined doing any physical shows at all this year, so am not in the show, but I am going to go and see all of the fantastic art and artists.