Welcome Along on My Journey -- Please Enjoy & Come Back Again

Welcome and enjoy. To look at any painting or photo please double click on the picture to take a closer look and if you'd like to purchase please email me at neelygomezartist@yahoo.com

I welcome your comments and hope that as we journey together you will find, as I do, that it's more fun making a journey along with others and with each new work or adventure there is also growth and expansion. Come back again soon.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

April and May Update

April was a month of rest and recuperation although I tried to keep the creative juices flowing by doing some sketches.

The Blue Portal in Old Town Albuquerque advised me they had sold some of my art I'd placed there so in preparation of needing to replace items I painted this mini oil painting on 4"x4" canvas and it's little easel (shown on the right). I call this one "Sacred Chimayo", it will be delivered to The Blue Portal after this Memorial Day holiday next week.

I'm still working on my new website hosted by FASO and am in the process of uploading more of my artwork there and updating all my social media online sites.

Spring arrived with our first hummingbird siting April 7th this year. We enjoyed some beautiful songbirds as well as Western Tanagers shown in the photo to the right.
We've also had quite a bit of rain this past year bringing quite a lot of green and beautiful bright colors to our yard.

In May I got back to painting trying to catch up with "Let's Paint New Mexico 2017" and it's challenges. I started out with Challenge 6 "Trucking in Seco" an oil painting on 8"x10" canvas panel shown to the left.
Challenge 7 (shown to the right) was fun and I enjoyed painting the shadows and light cast on our Sandia Mountains overlooking Albuquerque. Aptly named "Sandia Shadows" this is an oil painting on 8"x10" canvas.

Next I did some sketch studies for Challenge 8
because in all honesty I was not very inspired by the photo sent which led me to "go small" for the actual painting done and submitted for this challenge. So to the right is my oil on 6"x4" canvas I mounted to a watercolor postcard. The title for this one is "In Memoriam".

Just this weekend I have completed two more challenges for LPNM, the first for Challenge 9 is an oil painting on 8"x8" gallery wrapped canvas with the sides painted black which is titled "Fall Along the Jemez River" (shown to the right).  Also done this weekend was Challenge 10, an oil on 8"x10" canvas titled "Jemez Valley Vermillion" (posted to the left).

Thank you for visiting my art blog, come back again soon. If interested in purchasing any of my artwork please email me to arrange payment, visit Dr. Brian Dennis' DDS office, The Blue Portal both in Albuquerque, The Range Cafe in Bernalillo, NM or online at Fine Art America.

Monday, April 17, 2017

April Update

My transition to my new website hosted by FineArtStudioOnline (FASO) is now complete and I have been amazed at the wonderful support they have offered in helping with this transfer. This process was started two months ago so I am grateful it is now complete. All is still available through my www.neelygomez.com website though I will now be adding and revamping my website, my email address of joanne@neelygomez.com is also now working properly.

The past month (really just three weeks) has been full of travel, family and helping transition my mom from life in her own home in Oklahoma to living with family in California. It has been one of the busiest times I've experienced to date though I am so grateful for the help of so many wonderfully supportive people both family and friends and to my Creator for blessing me with my mom and every resource and gift I've been given.

During our travels the past three weeks we were amazed at the beautiful spring bloom while driving from Arizona through the desert of Southern California. Here are some of the pictures taken of the spring bloom, what a gorgeous and welcome sight and the blessings from very wet and welcomed winter with overdue rains after a prolonged drought.
Spring has arrived in New Mexico also and with it the arrival of hummingbirds to our backyard feeders. I am looking forward to some wonderful new paintings to come after some much needed rest and resettling.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Update on New Opportunities and Opening Doors to Expansion & Growth

Since my last update I have a few updates about where you can view and purchase my artwork.

First I now have some mini original paintings with display easels and some framed prints and original art at The Blue Portal  at 2107 Church Street NW in Old Town Albuquerque (conveniently located next to the famous Church Street Cafe and one street north of the Plaza).

The Range Cafe in Bernalillo at 925 S. Camino del Pueblo now have available for your viewing and purchase two of my paintings (shown here to the left and the right). Stop in the gift shop to find out where they are hanging after having a meal there, I would
personally suggest for breakfast their country fried steak with green chili gravy and eggs and for lunch or dinner their blue corn enchiladas (with cheese or spinach or your choice of meat). To the left is a picture of their blue corn enchilada plate with chicken I had just last week.

Other news is I am trying out a new website that I have listed to the far right on this page of websites I am associated with. It is through FASO (Fine Art Studios Online) and so far I am enjoying it. I will list the link here also for your convenience. Not too much listed there yet though I look forward to adding more in the future if it works out. http://joanneneelygomez.faso.com/

Thank you for your interest in my art and if you are local and interested in purchasing art at reasonable prices you can save on shipping costs by contacting me direct or visiting these local venues.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

February and March News

John Force & Courtney Force 
Since my last update my husband and I made a quick trip to California to attend the finals day of the NHRA Winternationals at the Pomona Fairplex Sunday February 12th. This was the first time we've been to the Winternationals since moving to New Mexico ten years ago and being the huge race fans that we are we totally enjoyed ourselves as seen in these pictures. We also enjoyed some great family time with my brother-in-law and sister-in-law and my brother and sister-in-law and niece while there.

A few days after our return to New Mexico I got a surprise visit from the UPS man delivering packages my brother sent us. These beautiful flowers are still continuing to bloom and are more gorgeous each day we have had them displayed.

I am very happy and honored to announce that a grouping of
my paintings are now hanging in the office of Dr. Brian Dennis, DDS, 8400 Osuna NE #6A in Albuquerque. Dr. Dennis was voted "#1 Dentist" in Albuquerque numerous years by Albuquerque Magazine and has been our dentist for ten years. We always enjoy our visits to the dentist because of the skill, professionalism of Dr. Dennis and his staff and highly recommend them. If interested in purchasing my artwork talk to Lisa who can assist you.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Busy Beginning of 2017

Since my last update life has been busy and I'm happy to
report that I have been painting quite a lot and have actually found it hard to stop myself to enjoy all the other aspects of my life (smile). I guess I've kind of been on a roll with my painting and that is an extremely good feeling. I began by painting Challenge 2 for "Let's Paint New Mexico" I decided to call "Along the Snowy Path", it is on 8"x10" canvas and painted on the canvas I textured about a month before. I really liked the effect of the texturing and then found a beautiful older frame so will post a closer up photo of the painting to the left and the framed one on the right. This painting sold at a silent art auction I chaired for a local non-profit and the buyer was very pleased to find a place of honor in their home to welcome it.

Next I finished my 16"x20" oil painting "Beauty North of Abiquiu" and once framed this will be showcased in a prominent place at the office of Dr. Brian Dennis, DDS off Osuna in Albuquerque. Dr Dennis has graciously offered to display and offer my artwork for purchase in his office and I am forever grateful for not only this but his expertise and care as our personal dentist along with his staff.

Next I enjoyed the beauty of New Mexico and one of it's
classic native flowers as my Challenge 3 for "Let's Paint
New Mexico" in painting my oil painting "Heavenly Hollyhocks" on 8"x10" canvas. Here are some photos of it's progression from it's beginnings

to final submission to LPNM. I love painting New Mexico and hollyhocks.

I have been a participant for a few years with the
#twitrartexhibit where artists globally submit a postcard size piece of artwork to benefit a chosen worthy charity. These art postcards are then sold at an exhibit held in a gallery changing locations each year in different parts of the world for $25 each with the entire proceeds going to charity. This year the exhibit will be held to benefit Molly Olly's Wishes in Stratford Upon Avon in Warwickshire, UK in April. In the past I have sent watercolor and acrylic postcard art but decided this year I would paint in oils and affix my canvas to a postcard. This was sent off in the mail just last week. Usually Twitter Art Exhibit will tweet and email me when my postcard arrives so I am excitedly awaiting notification which could take up to almost two weeks because of the distance from the U.S.A. to UK and postal delivery. I have seen that they have in excess of 1500 postcards this year, which is a wonderful testament to the artist's spirit of generously supporting global charities and also David Sandum, founder of the exhibit for beginning this event and his oversight.

Next, I began my Challenge 4 for LPNM, starting out
in acrylics on 8"x10" canvas panel and finishing up in oils. To the left is the beginnings in acrylics and to the right is the finished submission in oils that I call "Golden Fields of Taos". I really enjoyed painting this piece as I love painting the beautiful nature and natural pristine landscapes of our state of New Mexico and it's gorgeous changing skies and clouds.

Earlier in the month of January I primed an 8"x8" gallery wrapped canvas to do another painting of the Abiquiu area and Super Bowl Sunday I finished painting in oils my original "Abiquiu Rock Formations" just in time to clean up and catch Super Bowl 2017. In finishing up this painting I framed it on it's sides by black which, I think, makes the actual painting somewhat stand out when hung on a wall.

And here, to the right, is the painting I finished and
posted yesterday called "Catching Color" on 8'x10' canvas panel which started out in acrylics and gouache and finished in oils for Challenge 5 of "Let's Paint New Mexico". Honestly the photo I received I didn't think showed much color and I wanted to convey the beautiful colors and natural beauty of even a very non descriptive grass covered orchard in the springtime in New Mexico when the full color has not yet emerged.

With new opportunities and doors opening for me I am excitedly looking forward to more time painting, changes and improvements in my online presence and enjoying my friends and family exploring our beautiful state of New Mexico this year. I hope you decide to come along with me as I begin this new "leg" of my journey.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Saying Goodbye to 2016 and Welcoming in 2017

Early in December we visited Winter Spanish Market in Albuquerque. We also visited Old Town and Albuquerque Museum to see the Mabel Dodge Lujan & Company exhibit. We went to the opening of artist and friend Barbara Clark's new gallery "Corrales Fine Arts". Mostly we stayed home and enjoyed decorating our home, watching old movies, visiting with friends and the closing out of 2016.

As a participating artist with "Let's Paint New Mexico" I received the first "Challenge Painting" for 2017 and to the right is my submission. It is "Last Colors of Fall" oil painting on 8"x10" canvas panel. You can visit the "Let's Paint New Mexico" website online to view all of the submissions. We have received our second "Challenge" and I will be making a submission for that in a few days after I complete cleaning and reorganizing my art studio.

2017 will be a year with more focus on my art and painting as I finish up a couple of commitments for a non profit organization and update and make changes to my online artist presence. My husband and I are looking forward to more relaxing day trips and vacations gathering resource material for my painting and his creative enterprises. Here we were in December enjoying
some relaxing time out and about. We're both excited and happy to ring in 2017 healthy and inspired by all the art and beauty around us. Here was our view from the Open Space yesterday in Albuquerque, too bad most of the Sandhill Cranes were not here when we visited though we enjoyed the beautiful weather in the 60's before the storm that is coming with colder temperatures and snow and rain.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

December Update

We had a wonderful time at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum Arts and Crafts Fair last month and were amazed at what a well organized, beautiful event it was with many different crafts people, visitors to New Mexico and great sales for both my husband and myself. Here are some pictures of the event. It was so successful that we are planning on being there next year, so hope to see many new faces then.

November was a very busy month and December busy too, although it has also been a somewhat winding down and relaxing time. I love this holiday season and Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year. I got the house all decorated and a tradition we've had since we moved to New Mexico ten years ago is to pick out our favorite old movies and during the month we watch them snuggled up and enjoying popcorn and hot chocolate. We've already watched "Lonesome Dove", "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", "Jerry McGuire", and various music videos featuring Eric Clapton, Motown, actually so many I can't remember them all. I have done some painting, here is a sample of something I just started but am taking my time on finishing.

As I type this we are expecting a storm to arrive after having a couple of unusually warm days in the 60's bringing the temperatures way down into the frigid temperatures over the weekend. This time last year we had snow on the ground and much colder temperatures so we are looking forward to some normal December weather here in New Mexico.

I will be taking some more paintings into The Range Cafe in Bernalillo in the next few weeks along with delivering and hanging some in my dentist's office where they kindly asked me if I would like to display them for sale. If you are local and looking for a dentist I highly recommend Dr. Brian Dennis of Albuquerque, NM. He has been voted the Best Dentist in Albuquerque Magazine quite a number of years. I will be posting more along with some pictures coming up probably in January. Please stop back by to visit and thanks so much for checking out my art blog.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Busy Fall in New Mexico and November Update and Happenings

Wow, I got so busy this fall here in New Mexico it has been almost
three months since my last update.

I have still been transitioning after the closing of Essence Gallery and Boutique in Old Town Albuquerque where my paintings were on display and available for purchase. I've been taking my time, painting, relaxing, getting out and enjoying New Mexico and getting quite a few of my paintings framed in preparation for taking some to be displayed and available for purchase at The Range Cafe in Bernalillo in the next few weeks as well as Dr. Brian Dennis DDS' office off Osuna and Wyoming in Albuquerque. To the left is my original oil painting "Famous Church Street Cafe I painted and to the right is how it looks after having it framed. I also painted "Off Highway 4" shown to the left which is an original oil painting of the Jemez Mountains on 4"x4" gallery wrapped canvas.

Fall has been beautiful and unusually warm. To the right are my sunflowers found in Santa Fe blooming in mid October. We have still not had our first usual freeze as I type this November 12th, so the flowers are still blooming and though the leaves have started to fall and colors changing, some of the green plants and trees still look as if it's early October.
One of my dear friends moved back to California and I decided to paint her a little mini seascape to go in their home in Laguna Woods. Here to the left is a photo of it she sent me, it's an original oil on 4"x4" gallery wrapped canvas.

Before posting about our upcoming event tomorrow I wanted to
post some photos of some of those paintings I've had framed in anticipation of having them displayed at various places and available for purchase online. I had decided just before Essence Gallery and Boutique closed to get some of my gallery wrapped canvas paintings framed as well as many of the other paintings I had finished but not completed the framing process. I was very pleasantly surprised after getting them back from framing at how stunning some were with the addition of framing. I know I, myself, love buying a "complete package" and if I can get it at a wonderful price that's even better.

A dear friend sent me this picture of my painting hanging in her
home, as well as this painting she now also has these other two paintings hanging in her home. I love knowing that they have found an honored and treasured place in someone's home who appreciates all of the love and effort put into creating them.

Here are some pictures taken as
we drove around New Mexico the past several months. I am always very grateful that we moved to this beautiful state ten years ago and that New Mexico has become my home state in more ways than one. I love the cultural diversity, the historic and sacred places, the beauty of it's skies, clouds, sunrises, sunsets and landscape. I
never lack inspiration or feelings of being spiritually connected here. I encourage you to come visit if you have never been and come back again if you have. I love the laid back, no rush and relaxing, years ago feeling you have here if you are open and willing to look for the natural, the positive, the expansiveness and colorful character of our state.

Tomorrow is the 3rd Annual Balloon Museum Holiday Arts & Craft Fair. We hope you'll join us if you are in the area. I will have cards, prints, small paintings, a couple of larger ones, of which one will be donated to their raffle, so if you buy a ticket you may be the proud owner of one of my framed art pieces for a very reasonable price! There will be 60 vendors and get to enjoy being in their beautiful two story museum for free as well as shopping.

Wonderful New Mexico made items to kickstart your holiday shopping!

Santa Paws will be there to listen to all of your wishes!

Free admission & lots of easy-access free parking!

Bring the whole family, tour the truly unique Balloon Museum and shop until you drop!
Date: Sunday, November 13, 2016 - Sunday, November 13, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum