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 joanne@neelygomez.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.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Mini 4x6" original oil painting "Spring Bouquet"

"Spring Bouquet"

I bought quite a few small wooden boards and this is the first "mini" painting on one of those.  I am finding that as I paint more consistently, even in the midst of alot of things going on in my life it IS becoming easier to just get in there (my art room) and paint.  My husband has built a wall of shelving across one side for storage and tho it isn't finished yet I am so appreciating all his hard work and love feeling so much more organized and inspired.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Original Neely Gomez Prismacolor Pencil Drawing "Hopeful Roses"

"Hopeful Roses"
My husband sent me these beautiful roses for my 60th birthday (which was on Thanksgiving), our 28th wedding anniversary and also as a cancer survivor  honoring breast cancer awareness.  I am so blessed with all the gifts I've been given, the most precious being life itself and the plusses of having good health, wonderful loving and generous family and friends, a home, food, all the necessities of life and more abundance than I ever hoped for.  So looking forward to the Christmas season as it is the most blessed time of the year and most fun for me.  My husband is building me storage shelves along one wall of my artroom and is almost done -- they are wonderful and so useful.  Been working on a pastel drawing of Thanksgiving flowers my brother sent & finishing a mini oil floral ... pictures to follow.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

"Spring Bouquet" Pastel Sold & On it's Way to California

I'm always happy when someone says "I just LOVE _____ ".  A friend from California really loved "Spring Bouquet" the pastel drawing I did on pastel paper and bought it so it is now on it's way to it's new home in California. 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Original 9x12" pastel "Spring Bouquet"

"Pastel Spring Bouquet"
I thought I'd try my hand at pastels even tho I've had no instruction with them at all.  I started this little drawing yesterday (12 November 2011) in the morning and decided to try and finish it this evening.  I hope that as I try to paint/draw on a more consistent basis my work will improve also. 

Had good news as the tests I'd been taking the past three weeks gave me pretty much a clean bill of health.  Drawing and painting during this busy time took my mind off of tomorrow and kept it in today -- ALWAYS a good thing for me (smile).

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

"The Lewandowski Children" Drawings of a Special Family

"The Lewandowski Children"
Yesterday, November 1st, I went thru some old pictures and found one of three special, beautiful children of dear friends of mine and remembered that I've always wanted to try and capture their happy, glowing, loving spirits.  I'm happy with most of the drawing altho wanted to really capture the middle child's joy at life which I didn't feel like I totally did.  Still I'm happy with the overall drawings and am realizing that, yes, my drawing is improving as I draw and use my creative abilities more and daily if I can.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Pencil Drawing of an Owl

Owl Drawing in Pencil
To the left is a pencil drawing I did last night, Sunday, October 20, 2011 of an owl from a picture.  I'm trying to draw daily or as much as possible these days.  It is true, for me, that the more consistently I draw the better my skills and results are.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

"Bright is My World Blessed is My Life" Prismacolor Pencil Drawing

Original Pastel 8x10
"Bright is My World
 Blessed is My Life"

Funny how my artwork reflects my mood and my mood affects my artwork. I drew this pastel a few days ago, Thursday, October 27 after having some x-rays done and while waiting for the report from my doctor. I am usually a sunny and optimistic person yet these days I truly enjoy living in the moment and think this drawing in pastels sums up how I feel about my own life and mortality. I am SO blessed and grateful for each life experience I have and/or have had.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Abstract acrylic floral on wooden board - Gift to a Friend

"Abstract Floral on Wood"
Life holds many changes and I'm happy to say my husband and I have always loved and embraced change.  Recently I thought I'd paint a floral and this was the result.  A good friend fell in love with this and so it is gone already as a gift for her upcoming birthday.  I've been painting little artsy crafty things (a couple birdhouses), one for my mom's birthday and one for another friend.  I love painting these birdhouses and just keeping my creative juices flowing.  Hopefully soon I can try some plein aire painting and maybe on a larger scale again.

Monday, October 10, 2011

September 2011 "My Garden" Gouache on Canvas Panel

"My Garden" Gouache on Canvas Panel
September is beautiful in New Mexico and thought I'd try something new and different with using gouache and it's bright colors to represent my garden.  Fall is my favorite time of the year here with Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, which is attended by people from all over the world, and many different celebrations and art events going on. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

8x10 Original Oil Painting "Ant Exploring Hollyhock" Minus the "Ant"

original oil on 8x10 canvas panel
"Ant Exploring Hollyhock - Minus Ant"
This little oil painting is completing the study I started titled "Ant Exploring Hollyhock".  The first in the series was a prismacolor pencil drawing, second was watercolor with pen & ink embellisments and this last one is the oil rendering.  The day that I painted this was the day of the funeral service for a dear man thus the reason that the "ant" is missing in this last in the series, somewhat symbolic.  So I dedicate this painting to Mr. Dewey Wright of Seminole, OK and trust that today he has rejoined his beloved wife, Eloise and they are laughing and dancing in heaven. 

Thursday, July 7, 2011

"Mixed Media Ant Exploring Hollyhock" - Second Installation - Original Neely Gomez Painting

Mixed Media
Ant Exploring Hollyhock
original 8 x 10
I made a post in June 2011 with a photo I took summer of 2010 of an ant exploring a hollyhock and next to that photo an original prismacolor pencil sketch with my interpretation of the photo and said my intention was to next do a watercolor painting of the same subject.  The photo presented here started out as a watercolor then I added some acrylic and lastly some silver pen.  Hopefully I can do the oil painting of the same subject matter before too long and post that so that they are somewhat in sequence.  The most important part of this little experiment for me has been in just having some fun -- and that is exactly what I did with this painting.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

7 1/2 x 7 1/2 Tiles Painting in Acrylic with Pen & Ink - Last Week of June 2011

Found myself not liking the commercial design on a couple of tiles I had hanging in the house and decided to try painting over them and painting on a different surface.  All went well until after painting the second (on the right) I discovered that I painted it upside down so decided that altho I could paint over it again I may just display it on a small easel.  Tile on the left is an original and tile on the right was painted from a picture from local newspaper published around Christmas time.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

June 2011 -- Study of Hollyhocks with Ant Exploring

My intention has been to first do a prismacolor pencil drawing of these hollyhock blooms with ant(s) exploring, secondly to do a watercolor painting of the same subject and thirdly to do an oil painting so I suppose this could be considered "a study". 

I'm grateful that an artist friend suggested me reading "Art & Fear" and I stumbled across this statement "Requiring perfection invites paralysis" as my art is definitely not perfect (I know where the errors/imperfections are) tho I am making progress in choosing to display knowing that in some mediums it's easier to make those corrections than in others.  So this is my first installment and I still have the second and third to present to you.

May 2011 UPDATE

Hadn't realized I got a bit lax in updating this blog.  These two paintings at the top are floral watercolors.  I had been wanting to do an oil landscape just to keep the creative juices flowing and in trying to paint more consistently.  I'm pleased that I actually have been doing more painting and still allowing time in my life for those other things that create so much joy and pleasure for me like my family and friends.
"Sunlit Acequia" - original oil painting

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Gourd Painting in Between Art Projects

 Just to keep the creative juices flowing and to be more consistent I tried my hand at painting gourds we bought while visiting family near Casa Grande, AZ.  Next time I think I'll try carving and etching the gourds before painting.  I've been reading the book "Art & fear - Observations On The Perils (and Rewards) of ARTMAKING" by David Bayles & Ted Orland and found the thought that "to require perfection is to invite paralysis" quite interesting.  Years ago when I began doing cross stitch I remember my dear friend telling me not to correct every mistake as it made it my own and an original.  I enjoy finding those unique and individual ways of expressing myself through art in a wide variety of different mediums.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Update on April & May 2011

"New Mexico Transplant"

Not for Sale
 My husband and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary of moving from Cherry Valley, CA to Rio Rancho, New Mexico this past week.  We love our life here in New Mexico and are both inspired by the beauty all around us.  The past two months I painted two of our interior rooms and did some drawing and painting tho nothing for sale, this is all in trying to do art on a more consistent basis.  I will post a couple things I did and some inspiration I find in my own backyard.  We saw some wonderful dancing, drumming and artwork displayed at the Gathering of Nations held at The Pit in Albuquerque a couple of weeks ago.  I'm hoping to be able to express my own cultural pride soon from pictures I took.
Notice the bee on the flowers of the picture on the right -- spring is here and the bees are a buzzin'.

Birdhouses Painted for Friends January 2011 - Not for Sale


Thursday, March 3, 2011

16"x20" Matted Unframed Original Watercolor "A New Day is Dawning"

Many personal changes marked 2005 for me and right around that time I painted this watercolor. I actually drew the pen & ink parts in first and then decided I wanted to finish it off with watercolor. The matting is cream colored with brown.

NFS "Welcome to New Mexico" - 11"x"14" When Matted Original Watercolor

I actually painted this watercolor in 2004 before we moved to New Mexico (we moved here in 2006) and because it has special meaning for me I do want to keep this one for myself.  When I have it matted and framed I will put a newer picture up. 

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

"Snow Aglow" Original Oil Painting on 11"x14" Gesso Board

Had done different versions of this one but last night decided to put the finishing touches on it to make this the final version.

Original Pen & Ink, Watercolor & Oils on 9"x12" Watercolor Paper

Initial Pen & Ink & Watercolor
 Thought I'd try my hand at some original abstract painting a couple of weeks ago and the result was the painting below

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy 2011 Everyone!!!

"New Mexico New Year's Day 2011"
Thought I'd try a little something new and painted this acrylic on 9x12  cardboard panel New Year's Day & evening adding the pen & ink finishing touches this morning.  I hope with this New Year of 2011 I can also paint more, blog more and live life to the very fullest as none of us are guaranteed tomorrow.  New Mexico is full of beauty, color and inspiring things & I just want to continue to explore & discover new pieces of creativity within myself.  Happy 2011 everyone!!!