Saturday, September 20, 2014


Hi all - 
Here are several of the new larger paintings I will have at the show coming up this Friday.
I think I'm still missing two that I haven't photographed yet.

If you are interested in any of these painting, email me at






















Sunday, September 14, 2014

Retro Challenge paintings done!

All retro Challenge paintings are done!

Wow, what a wild ride it has been.
To see all completed Retro paintings, click HERE.

Now, i am working on press releases, another postcard mail-out, larger paintings, and ornaments.

More details about the show coming up.....

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Embracing Autumn


Last night was the first night I slept with the window closed in a long time.
I usually like to leave at least a little crack - it makes me feel like
I'm getting a little bit of fresh air, but it felt cold. And it felt like Fall.

In the midst of getting ready for a big show, I pay attention to nothing else.
Not the weather, not the house, not cooking, not paying bills, NOTHING.
It's all about getting the art finished and ready.

BUT - there is a certain smell in the air today that smells like autumn to me.
That smell makes me want to stop and just savor the day.

So, I am posting a few of my favorite pictures of fall in New Mexico.

I hope you enjoy.

In front of Weems Gallery Old Town working on a fiberglass balloon for Balloon Fiesta.
This was several years ago.

Corrales chile harvesters

I can't remember where this was!

 This is the ditch right near my house with the Sandia mountains in the background

This is a beautiful old cottonwood in my neighbor's yard.
I am sad to say that it fell down a couple of weeks ago.
It knocked over power lines, burned two fruit trees,
broke my coyote fencing, and destroyed my trampoline.
Sad to see that beautiful old tree go.

The Rio Chama near Abiquiu

autumn trees at Ghost Ranch

This is the village of Valdez below the road that goes to Taos Ski Valley. 
The road is at the top.
Colors in person were so incredibly beautiful.

Everyone's favorite Arroyo Seco truck.
Check out the dried hollyhock pods and the red Virginia Creeper.

Mac and I among the red chili ristras at Velarde.

Okay, so now that I have gotten myself out of the mood to work...
it's time to work!

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Almost Done!

I am nearing the end of the Retro Challenge and it's bittersweet.

It's been a lot harder than I imagined.
And it has also really helped my painting skills.

It's hard to paint in a style you don't do anymore.
And it's been seven months since I have picked up an oil tube.
I thought maybe I had forgotten how to paint in oils.
But I painted in Corrales this past week and it came back to me.

This painting below is #22, "TALL TREES" and I am starting on #14 today.

The RETRO CHALLENGE show opens on Friday, September 26, at 5pm.
The paintings are sold on a first come, first served basis.
As you come in the door, you will be given yellow stickers.

When you see a painting you want, put a sticker next to it with your initials.
If a painting has more than one sticker, we draw a name out of a hat.
Buyers from out of state will have their sticker put on by Weems staff.

We will have food and great music by Mezcla Latina.
Please come hang out with us, view all 150 paintings,
and maybe you'll find one you have to take home with you!

To see all completed paintings, click here.

Monday, September 01, 2014


I can't believe it's already here.
I have SO much to do before the 26th, it's not even funny:

finish the 150 - box
finish the ornaments
finish the large paintings
send out another postcard
prepare press releases - mail
prepare the back of all paintings for hanging
create a flyer/poster for Weems - deliver
make a list of food for the show - buy

I'm sure there's more, but right now all I
can think about it getting the work completed and ready to hang.

Meanwhile, I painted in Corrales this past week - plein air!
I was so excited to be back out in the field, it's been 7 months
since I touched a tube of oil paint.

I only got to go out three times for about two hours each time
but I came back with three paintings that I love.

One was painted sitting in a big field of sunflowers during the 
hottest part of the day, surrounded by bees.

The second was painted at the Corrales Winery during the last light of the setting sun.
what a beautiful and peaceful place - hanging out with 29 other plein air painters.

The last was painted at the Corrales mercantile portal.
I was sitting under the portal, looking at a big pot of flowers and also 
painting the little adobe across the street - which was separated from me
by a big main road of traffic.

These paintings are all available for purchase.

They will be going to the Corrales JAZZY STARRY NIGHT event in a few days.
If you are interested, email me at

Meanwhile, back to work!
Thanks for watching...