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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.

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