Monday, September 05, 2016


It was Labor Day so I decided NOT to labor.
We took a drive to Jemez instead.
I hadn't been for quite a while and some of my kids 
went camping up there so we went to find them.

 It had rained the night before and there were a lot of 
beautiful, white, puffy clouds.
I also got a cool picture of ducks flying alongside our car.

 Look at this gorgeousness!
I know some people don't see anything special in this,
but my husband got sick of me saying, "Oh, wow, look at those clouds,"
and rolling the window down every two seconds to take a photo.

 The Jemez mountains

 Look at all of the different colors.
This would make a great painting.

 .An old adobe

 Man, I just can't get over the vistas.
I could imagine this as a 36x48" painting.

 Driving down into Jemez, the rock starts to turn red.

 Beautiful. Soon these leaves will be turning gold.

 I was trying to get shots of this yellow green little bush.
There were fields of it in certain spots.

 Los Ojos bar in Jemez.
It's been there since I was a teenager.

 The side of Los Ojos is pretty!
Some steer horns and sunflowers.

 Mountain asters starting to bloom

 Enjoying the scenery

 I think this is mullein and wildflowers

 We found the campground pretty easy and got treated to
ribs, baked potatoes, and smores. Yum.

 Penny's first time camping

 Mondo and his friend David chopping wood
Mondo is my new son-in-law and he knows a lot about camping.
Actually, he knows a lot about everything.

 Mac and Mondo

 Mondo making smores for us

 The camping group

 After eating we said good bye and started our trip home.
The grasses are SO green here.

 Love this old Chevy

 Sun just hitting the top of these peaks

 The Jemez River
Check out the red dirt.
The water is muddy because of rain.

 An almost dry arroyo

 This is what it looks like when the sun shines on these red hills.

 Clouds and sky, red and orange, hills and ridges,
greens and yellows.
Sorry about all of the telephone poles!

 Light on a beautiful old house.

Light on the Sandias on our way home.
Coming back in a week or so with my cousin,
so I will see these sights again,
And hopefully more!

Also next week - more plein air painting in Corrales!

Saturday, September 03, 2016

digging the plein air lifestyle!


I've been doing a lot of plein air painting lately with a group of artists.

We are called ARTISTS PAINT CORRALES! and every week for nine weeks, 
we are painting in this beautiful village.
At the end of the these paint outs, we will have an exhibition 
showcasing all of our completed paintings at

And on that note, I am happy to
tell you that I am the poster artists for the festival.
Here is my winning poster:

The poster is onle for sale at the Festival, but I
will be offering it for a limited time through this blog.
The poster is $25 plus shipping.
If you would like one,
Please email me at and I will put
your name on my list.
All payments are through Paypal.

 On our first paint out adventure, we went to North Beach.
North Beach is at the end of Corrales, 
down a little dirt road next to the acequia.

 This is North Beach.
Beautiful, isn't it?

 The pink of the setting sun in the distance

 Then the fire started to glow.
 Wow, I have lived here a million years,
and I have never seen the Sandias with the glow.

 And a rainbow at the end!

My completed painting of North Beach.
I wanted to paint the brilliance of the sun setting on the mountains,
but ran out of time.

 Our next paint out was at the old church.
This was the scene I painted.

 Light and shadows on the adobe

 My completed painting

 Our next painting was at Milagro Vineyards.
I don't drink wine but I LOVE this beautiful winery.

 My initial rough sketch

 My palette


My completed painting

 One of my chosen painting setup areas

 My second completed painting

 I stayed home one day and completed this commission,
a walled rose garden with the Sandia mountains in the background.

 Beautiful hills around North Beach

 Morning glories in the sun

 My second painting of North Beach.
The water was definitely on the brown side, due to rains the night before.

 We went for an evening paint out at the Milagro Vineyards.
Man, what a scene!

 Painting progress

My completed painting

A couple more paint outs coming up next week, 
but this is Labor Day weekend,
so I'm not going to Labor!

Enjoy and I will be back....

Oh, and to check out our Corrales blog,