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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.



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

Saturday, September 3, 2016

August Transition

"Hovering Beauty" oil on 10x8" canvas
"Gorgeous Gorge" oil on 10x8" canvas
The month of August was one of transition for me with the closing of Essence Gallery and Boutique in Old Town. Rather than frantically busy myself trying to decide whether or not I needed to try and find another gallery right away to show my art I decided that maybe this would be a good time to take a pause and relax and enjoy the summer along with regrouping and reevaluating what my priorities are.

Right before finding out the gallery was closing I decided that rather than have my paintings on gallery wrapped canvas hanging I wanted to frame some of them as I feel like when I, myself am buying art, I love to feel like I'm getting a really quality piece of artwork and the "complete package". For me that means I like framed art to hang on my walls. My first art instructor helped train us in picking out just the right frame to showcase a particular painting. Through New Mexico Art League I heard that "the frame guy" was coming to town and went and bought quite a few frames.  Here are some pictures of paintings I framed. I think they look so much better framed and now have them available for purchase.

 
"My Acoma" oil on 10x8" gallery wrapped canvas
"Folklorico Fun" oil on 8x10" canvas
"From Sandia Pueblo" oil on 8x10" canvas
"New Mexico Beauty" oil on 10x8" canvas
"Grazing Deep in the Caldera" oil on 10x10" gwc
These are only part of the paintings I had framed. I didn't want to overwhelm you so I will continue to update tomorrow in another post updating on some exciting coming events as well as newer paintings.

Monday, July 18, 2016

June and July 2016 Update

Wow, seems like a lot has happened since my last blog post on May 30th. Essence Gallery and
Boutique in Old Town Albuquerque owner Jillian Maresco has decided to close her gallery and not renew her lease as of August. It is a beautiful gallery just off the plaza in Old Town and I have been exceedingly happy with the representation and work Jillian has done in representing me and my art for the past year. The last opening and featured artist was Robyn Wellman for this month of July and I loved gathering with other artists and friends of the gallery the beginning of the month and even bought one of Robyn's beautiful paintings (shown here to the right).


Paintings I've been working on I will post photos of, some finished
and some still in the process. First I'll post those that are finished. We have had some of the most awesome sunsets and storms in these past couple of months which have helped me to have quite a bit of resource material and photos to choose from along with creative ideas coming straight out of my head onto my canvas. I reevaluated some recent paintings and reworked a couple shown here to the right of a sunrise and to the left of the Valles Caldera. Lastly I finished a very small gallery wrapped canvas of a landscape scene that came from my head, photo posted to the right.

I have been painting more original paintings and am a little behind on my "Let's Paint New Mexico" paintings for this year's challenges although here is one to the right I did finish. Unlike most of my more realistic paintings, I had some fun with this challenge painting going from abstract to what my husband commented looked a little outer spacey (smile).


I mentioned in my previous post that I am painting a small study in preparation for painting a larger triptych for my cousin and his wife in Arizona of a Cancun sunset they experienced while there. Even this smaller study oil painting is still a work in progress though I'll post the latest photo of it here to the left. I have not painted on the larger triptych which I primed earlier in the month though plan to start on that toward the end of July beginning of August.

The painting I am currently working on is also a work in progress. It is a larger oil painting with the initial painting photo to the left and the current oil on my easel still in progress photo is to the right.


I am so grateful to live in such a beautiful place and have so many reference photos of the amazing sunsets, storms, landscape and most recently because of Essence Gallery and Boutique closing I took quite a few photos of Old Town Albuquerque that I'm certain will become some paintings in the future.

I will be picking up my paintings from Essence next week and wish Jillian all the best with any new venture coming her way. It has been an honor and privilege to have her represent me and my art and I have been continually amazed at her energy and work ethic. To the left is my "Bosque Cranes" oil painting on 10"x8" canvas that was sold most recently from Essence. Lastly I'll post a photo collage of the paintings still at Essence this week, if interested in any you only have a week to buy them in Old Town as if they are not sold I will be bringing them home for now until I decide when and where I might be showing my work in another gallery.