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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
Saturday, April 11, 2015
oil on panel
I don't know if you've noticed, but I am working my way up in size.
I started with 8x8s and this is a 12x9.
I can't imaging using a knife with a 30x30 or 48x48!
My painting life has become exciting again.
For a long time (almost a whole year),
I lost my painting motivation and mojo.
It took learning a new skill,
leaving a gallery that I had been with almost 14 years
(that takes a whole lot of courage),
and choosing a different path for myself.
I almost feel like I had to reinvent myself to go on.
So, I am learning the palette knife.
I've joined a couple of palette knife groups on facebook.
I've gone through and read my old books on knife painting.
I've checked out the paintings of artists whose work I admire.
I am even attending a palette knife painter's demo and
I have never done anything like that before!
I am also back on a quest to lose weight so my knees aren't so painful.
So I can walk farther and hike a little to get to those
scenes that I can't reach right now.
I have signed up for what feels like a million paint outs to places like:
Bosque del Apache
Sante Fe and Canyon Road
Pilar and the Rio Grande
These are just a few of the cool locations!
I will also be painting at homes during the
Corrales Garden Tour coming up in June.
I am also participating in an invitational Garden Show
in Albuquerque coming up this summer.
So if you see me out in the landscape
with a knife in my hand,
looking a little lost -
come on over and say hello.
Maybe we can sit in our chairs, enjoy a snack,
and take in the lovely view of my painting location..... and I think my old buddy Tom would be proud that I have taken on this new and exciting direction.