and other things....
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
I am back in the groove of painting in the studio for a few days.
So different from plein air painting!
These are the things I love about my studio:
a ceiling fan
windows and french doors
decent lighting (could be WAY better)
my computer is next to me
great cds to listen to
all supplies at hand or nearby
bathroom just a few steps away.
TV in the other room if I want a break
art magazines on a table if I need inspiration
my puppies can join me
nice comfy chairs
can go read or take a nap if the mood strikes
A little different from plein air painting:
no gas or car wear and tear
no lugging of painting gear
no dust or sand
no bugs no potty
no sun beating down
no deciding where to go
no "forgetting" of equipment or paint
no paying for food at expensive restaurants
no having to look for a place to stay
The moral of the story is that no matter where an artist works,
whether it be in the field or in the studio,
we spend a lot of time alone.
Too much time sometimes.
But we need that time to come up with ideas.
To get motivated and inspired.
To plan for shows and paint outs and events. I live art. I breathe art. When I'm on vacation, when everyone else is enjoying themselves, I am scouting. Scouting locations. Scouting compositions. I can't turn it off. And not everyone understands that.
One of my favorite things is to get together with a group
of artists and just hang out. Just chill.
Talk about art.
Eat some good food.
Talk about marketing.
Talk about sales. Or lack of sales.
We're just hanging out, being ALONE together.
And it's a nice place to be.
So if you see someone out painting
and feel moved to do so.....
Stop and say hi and say, Nice work!" Or say, "It's coming along." Or, "How long does it take you to do that?"
That will keep us going for at least a week. That's all us artist loners need.
One person being interested in the work. One compliment goes a long way for a loner.
P.S. If you are interested in either of the above paintings, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sometimes it is good to turn your brain to new things.
When my daughter asked me to create a logo for her new business,
she knew exactly what she wanted.
I was busy with all kind of plein air things at that time,
and had to STOP what I was working on
and thinking about and turn my attention back to drawing.
I admit, I don't draw very much anymore.
Just loose sketching for my paintings.
So I thought it as going to be difficult.
This was total fun for me.
We started out with seven flower pods (too many),
went to three (too few), and ended up with five (just right).
I also had much more root material at the bottom, so,
as per her instruction,
I toned it way down and ended up with what you see above.
I think it's very pretty!
I will post the final and beautiful business card as soon
as it is back from the printer.
Now, on to other new things:
My next event is a three-day plein air trip
to northern New Mexico.
My favorite place in the whole world!
I've never painted at this location and am SO excited!
It's out of my comfort zone, but hey, "out of my comfort zone" is a place we should all go sometime.
I am also using this time as a brainstorming and
planning time for my next series.
I'm almost done with my 150 CHALLENGE paintings
(I know, it's taken me FOREVER),
and I want this new series to be something that I'm
totally uncomfortable with so I can be challenged.
I'm thinking it's figures and nudes.
Ugh. Scary to think about.
I want to think of these paintings as beautiful
"people" landscapes and not as a face or body.
Excited to see what happens!
When I get back,
I will be painting on a regular basis at
Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm.
Which is new for me.
The Inn is just about the most beautiful place in the north valley.
It's almost time for the lavender harvest and I hope to catch that.
The lotus pond
Someone wearing my poster T-shirt
Selling my paintings at the Festival several years ago
AND LAST, BUT NOT LEAST:
Start thinking about attending my annual
ART GARDEN PARTY!
It's happening on Sunday, September 3rd from 4-8pm
and features Mexican food, music by Mezcla Latina,
and a Studio Show and Sale.
It's free and limited to the first 75 people who register
and you MUST be registered to attend.
To register, email Dee at email@example.com
or call me at 505-792-1030 Get on the list now.... Also, if you haven't checked out the plein air show at CORRALES FINE ARTS, please do it before it's over. Some beautiful work there! Corrales Fine Arts 4685 Corrales Road Corrales, NM 87048 Also, if you haven't seen my website, it's been up dated a bit. To view, click HERE. And, if you want to see all of the 150 CHALLENGE paintings completed thus far, Click HERE. Lots of "clicking!"