Wednesday, February 24, 2016



Last week we had 70 degree days and sunshine.
Yesterday, we had SNOW. SNOW!
In February!

Did I mention that we have gotten spoiled this year in New Mexico?
We've had a really mild winter and even so,
I am ready for spring and all that it brings.

I have noticed the beginnings of little sprigs of
green grass at the edges of people's yards.
Some neighbors' forsythia bushes are already
filling up with yellow flowers.

So I know spring is right around the horizon.

For now, I am staying in the studio.

I've started my 150 CHALLENGE SHOW paintings for

Those of you on my mailing list will be getting postcards 
soon announcing the show and a link to the new blogsite,

In between 150 paintings, 
I am working on several commissions and a design 
for my daughter's wedding invitations.

I was also please to meet a very nice couple
from Minnesota this week, who came to the house to meet
me and check out my studio.

They took home a couple of paintings of Taos 
and I also sold a painting to a
nice lady from Ohio who used to live here and is
coming for a visit in June and wants to meet me and hang out.
I painted the painting below and wasn't really happy with it.
I was thinking about scraping it off and said so, and
she emailed and said, Please Don't Scrape It, I want to buy it.
And she did. 
I swear, I have met the nicest people on faceboook.

oil on panel

oil on cradled board 

Tonight I worked on Challenge painting #148.
This is a Canyon Woman, working in the fields.
I love the peacefulness of this scene.
I will look at it in natural light tomorrow and decide if
I want to make any changes.

Life is going full force right now.
I am painting almost every day
and babysitting my little ones a couple of days a week 
so their parents can finish house painting 
and get them moved into their very first home.
So excited for them!

I can't wait to go on day trip excursions
and spend whole days plein air painting.
Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch are first on my list.

I hope you are as ready for spring as I am.
I think we're all going to have a great one!

What are you going to do this spring and summer?


  1. I see why the Ohio woman wanted to buy Soul Woman. I'm so glad you didn't do her in.

    It's been strange and changeable winter here in Indiana as well. But things are greening up and crocus and snowdrops are up and blooming so spring surely can't be far behind. Daylight Savings time starts March 13th and that is only two weeks away and if only psychologically that makes a huge difference (for me at least.) I have plants ordered and seeds to sow so I am really ready for some reliable warm weather.

  2. Vic,
    I can't believe that daylight savings time is almost here - it seems so early!
    Our trees are budding out already and allergy season has arrived.
    Thanks for the comments about Soul Woman, I hope to get much looser and free with the brush on figures. We'll see!