Monday, July 10, 2017

a look back to move forward


There are times in the life of an artist
where you don't paint.

You just don't.
It could be a creativity block.
It could be no time or energy.
It could be no motivation.
It could be that it's too hot or cold in your studio.

Anyway, I haven't painted since my
plein air trip to Questa, which was on June 24th.
That's a long time for me.

So, to get myself motivated, I thought I
would post some paintings I've done in the past,
mostly for commissions or fundraisers.

Some were painted in my old acrylic style and
I noticed that there are a lot of flower paintings.

It's interesting to see that I was doing more studio
work instead of plein air work.

Things just keep on changin'.

 a landscape commission

 sunflower commission

 working on balloon poster painting

 black and white dahlia painting

large sunflower commission

 starting a 150 CHALLENGE show

 fundraiser painting

 commission - ditches of Los lunas

 fundraiser painting - Chama River

 working on Weems Artfest poster

 birdhouse fundraiser

 Balloon coffee mug painting

 floral commission

 floral commission

 commission for Santa Fe hotel

 commission for a doctor's office

 hanging the tryptich

 another landscape/floral tryptich

 sunflower commission

 gate and hollyhock commission

 Sandia shadows commission

 hospital commission

 floral poppy commission

 Christmas commission of wedding bouquet

 fundraiser invitation card painting

 large floral painting

 sunflower commission

 Sandia mountain commission

 large floral painting

 another floral commission

 evening sunset over the Sandia mountains

 landscape commission

 painted chair for fundraiser

 Placitas commission

 large sunflower painting

 work in progress for fundraiser for New Day

 hospital commission

 Taos commission

 Chimayo commission

 ballet shoes for fundraiser

Finished shoes

 a show organized in San Francisco by my friend Tom

 Balloon Posters

Artfest Posters

 My friend Tom checking out paintings
(miss you Tom)

 Playing with postcard styles for my "Swept Away" show

 Little Michaela at my first outdoor show
(She is thirteen now!)

 Artfest paintings

Artfest Helpers - thank you!

 John Corbett at Artfest

Artfest Helpers - thank you!

 Set up for a show

Robyn and her painting

 Helpers at Balloon Fiesta - thank you!

 My first 150 CHALLENGE show

 My second 150 CHALLENGE show

My loyal followers - thank you Judith and June!


 getting ready for a studio tour

painting of Puye Cliff Dwellings
Gifted to the Santa Ana Pueblo for Balloon Fiesta

commission in the works

This is only the tip of the iceberg of everything I've done over
the last 15 years.

So if you ever get tired and think you can't do it - 
Guess what? YOU CAN.

Art is life, guys.
I'm going to pick up my brush and go make some.


  1. WOW!! Hope you start painting again, soon.

  2. Dee -- I enjoyed every painting in this look back! Thanks for taking the time to post all those photos! It was lovely! Your style of painting is so unique.

  3. Thank you guys so much, sorry it took so long to post this comment!