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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge - Catching Up

To the left is my original acrylic on 10"x10" gallery wrapped canvas I painted late into the night/early morning I titled "That Last Beautiful Sunrise" as I thought of my best friend's mom. She passed away peacefully that morning.  I'm so grateful for being able to go over to her house and make tamales with her and her family just before Christmas and before my husband and I got sick with colds. I will miss her though she left quite a legacy with her children and family. This was painting Number 5 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge I decided to do beginning in January. Different circumstances caused me to fall behind and so in catching up I will post the different entries up to this point today.

To the right is my original acrylic and watercolor painting Number 6 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days and also my #twitterartexhibit entry/submission "Welcome to New Mexico". The Twitter Art Exhibit is being held this year in the beginning of March in New York City. All artist participants submit an original postcard size piece of art, they are sold at $35 each with the proceeds going to a worthy local charity picked before the show. The Twitter Art Exhibit board and members are all voluntary workers with a love of art and in the spirit of generously supporting worthy charities needing financial help and support.

Number 7 of 30 Paintings in 30 days is my original oil painting "Deep Into the Canyon" on 8"x10" canvas. Thank you to my friend Angela for providing me the photo she took and gave me permission to use to do a painting. I'm very grateful to my friends and supporters who continue to encourage me and show up at events in supporting my art. She and her husband are also collectors of my artwork having purchased an oil painting displayed at Essence Gallery and Boutique in Old Town Albuquerque which had been painted as a challenge painting for "Let's Paint New Mexico" in 2015. They both love the Tierra Amarilla and Abiquiu area and I believe the photo was taken in one of those areas.

Number 8 painting is my original oil painting "From Sandia Pueblo" on 8"x10" canvas, shown to the right. Painting this was a bit different for me though I felt totally inspired by the pueblo and it's people. Interesting to me that the large Sandia Mountain in the background was painted in a very loose and impressionistic style yet the foreground was more detailed and sharpened. As I painted it I remembered going to "feast days" last year with two friends and the wonderful hospitality, cultural depth and beauty I felt. I enjoyed the "challenge" also of doing three paintings in one night to try and catch up and this was the second of three paintings done that night.

Next is my original oil painting on 10"x10" gallery wrapped canvas that is of yet unfinished though Number 9 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge "Couse's Back Studio, Taos" which may also be my submission and donation piece of art to be auctioned off at the Taos "Hearts and Stars" benefit to be held in March to benefit the Taos Men's Shelter hosted by Rob Nightingale of Wilder Nightingale Fine Art. My husband and I were blessed by our visit to the Couse-Sharp House in Taos a couple of years ago and a tour with Couse granddaughter, Virginia and her wonderful husband, Ernie who passed away late in 2015. It was indeed an enchanted weekend we enjoyed in Taos exploring galleries, home studios, Harwood Museum, meeting and interacting with people such as Ernie and Virginia and making it an "art experience".

Staying up late and trying to catch up recently I finished the next three paintings in one night.  The first one, Number 10 to the right, "Young and Pretty" is a mini acrylic painting with silver pen embellishment on a small 4"x4" canvas.

My original oil painting "Roses on Red" on 8"x8" gallery wrapped canvas is shown to the left and it is Number 11 of my 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge paintings.

The last one would be Number 11 and my original acrylic with pen and ink on 6"x4.5" canvas sheet painted gold "Corrales Gold". This catches me up to this morning with my 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. I'm planning on doing quite a lot of painting in the next couple days and have just received my newest 2nd challenge photo for "Let's Paint New Mexico 2016" and will probably include that as both my challenge for LPNM and my 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. Funny how I thought I might slow things down in 2016 but I've actually revved them up (smile). Thank you for visiting and joining me on my artistic journey and for 2016!

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