Mother’s day flowers

Here’s a glimpse in my sketchbook. This was a  loose contour drawing of the bouquet which included calla lilies which are unusual in a bouquet. Then I painted in quick washes.

Canyon Cliffs

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This was another yupo piece I did at the demo and I like how this initial wash came out with the runs and color blending portraying jagged mountain edges and rocks and I’m calling it done!

Don’t Ruin the Jellyfish!

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Under the Sea? Yupo demonstration

Doing the Yupo demo was such fun on Sunday!  lots of people were there, and stopped by to ask questions, watch the painting and lend their support. I talked to probably a dozen or more people about the art they do, where they are in their process, and also to nonartists who appreciate art.  I started putting on paint without a plan and started demonstrating what the paper could do, and we were off and running. What do you see in the above painting?

I had people say, OK, add some darks but whatever you do, don’t ruin the jellyfish!  I think that’s in the top right corner.

The top left froth and foam was made by spritzing rubbing alcohol and letting the paper and paint “do its stuff”.  As with other art on paper, it’s fun to see what happens if you cut and crop. The first is the froth.  The second, what do you see in it?

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It’s important to note that even with yupo, you can overwork a painting and lose the freshness and texture you had, and I’m sure that happened here.  But all in all, it’s a fun freeing way to paint!

And I was pleased that my painting Spring Morning had a mini bidding war and was purchased!

 

Going…almost gone? Auction ends May 14th!

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KCOS TV , our public TV station, has an online auction site where they continue the bidding and sale of artwork donated to support their operations.  Here’s the link for my piece:  https://www.32auctions.com/organizations/32457/auctions/39190/auction_items/1016371 and you can see the bids updated as they progress.  Kind of like ebay!

The auction closes on Mother’s Day, May 14th at 6 pm.  Take a look at it, and if you’d like, place a bid on my plein air watercolor that commemorates a part of El Paso history. Bidding starts at $140 for this 18″ x 22″ framed original art painting.

YUPO demo today @ IMA

Quite a last minute reminder I know, but I will be doing a demo of watercolor on yupo paper today at the International Museum of Art on Montana Street during “Elevate your Art” an afternoon of fun from 1-5 today to raise funds to repair this historic building’s elevator.

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There will be a silent auction from 1-4 of small masterpieces donated by local artists, and tons of other fun.  Here’s complete info: 

ELEVATE YOUR ART 8X10 SILENT Art AUCTION
May 7, 2017 1pm – 5pm
Bid on a wide selection of art by outstanding El Paso artists to repair the elevator!
Bids begins at $35 and close at 4pm
Go home with a masterpiece!

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT WITH RECEPTION & MARGARITAS
1:30 PM THE DESERT DIAMONDS – Barbershop quartet
2:15 pm TIM THOMPSON
3:00 pm CLIFF SEAMAN – THE TEXAS TROUBADOR
SIX GUNS AND SHADY LADIES

ART DEMONSTRATONS BY CandyMayer – Rachel Murphee – Judy Hampton

HAVE YOUR PORTRAIT DONE Charcoal Portraits By Manny Guerra and Pastel By Barry Martin Suggested minimum donation $10 – all proceeds to museum

Childrens’ art activities with Carmen Navar

International Museum of Art
1211 Montana Ave, El Paso, Texas 79902
Lots of free parking!

My plein air painting Spring Morning is available at today’s auction:

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Spring Morning. Plein air watercolor framed to 8 x 10. 

KCOS Art Auction update

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Plein Air Photo Op

As it turns out, Gone But Not Forgotten: Globe Mills will be auctioned off tomorrow, Sunday, April 30th from 5-5:30 along with other wonderful artwork.  You can see the line up here.

Above is the newspaper spread when our group went out to paint this beautiful building before it was torn down last spring to make way for highway construction.  Yours truly happened to be in the right place at the right time, and it was on my birthday weekend to boot!

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Gone But Not Forgotten: Globe Mills plein air watercolor

Here’s the painting that I did plein air (in the open air, not in the studio) that is framed to 18″ x 22″ and the bidding starts at $140. All proceeds go to benefit public TV in our community. I hope you can tune in and bid!

 

Going going gone…

Sorry I’ve been “gone”  from my blog recently, but I have a very good excuse.  I was on a murder jury for nine days, my first jury experience, and it was eye opening, hard, and I’m glad I had the experience.  It certainly messed with my schedule though!  I planned on spending many studio hours reinforcing skills I learned at the three days workshop in the end of March, but that didn’t happen!  I did spend my free time at lunches sketching outside in our redone downtown park, and also read Jan Hart’s fabulous color book during down times.

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I found out when my piece Gone But Not Forgotten: Globe Mills will be auctioned.  It will be this Saturday, April 22nd, from 6-6:30.  You can see the piece and others that will be auctioned that evening at this KCOC TV page.  Bidding starts at $140.   This is my second time to participate in the auction and I hope that it sells well! You can read about the auction process details here.

This beautiful historic building was torn down early last year to make new highways.  I hate when that happens.

 

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Contemplation. 16″ x 20″ framed. $250.

 

I also found out that my piece Contemplation was accepted into the New Mexico Watercolor Society’s spring show in Albuquerque!  The show opening is May 6th from 1-4 at the Expo-NM fairgrounds and is free and open to the public.  In previous years I’ve attended and it is a LOVELY show!  well worth attending if you are in town.  It runs through May 28th and is open Thursdays-Sunday 10-4 pm.

Please share my blog post with anyone you think may be interested in either piece or in following my art progress! and thank you for leaving a comment…

 

 

My KCOS Auction donation

Gone But Not Forgotten: Globe Mills is my donation to the KCOS Auction this year.  The framed size is 18″ x 22″.   I blogged about this last year and you can read about it here

 My number is 76 on this page that shows all the art on auction to benefit public TV. Next week I will know what time my piece will come up for bidding and I will let you know. 

The auction hours are Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23 and 29-30 every day from 5-9 pm. 

I blogged about last year’s auction which I was happy to see resulted in a bidding war. I hope something similar happens this year so KCOS makes good money!

Russian Sage Cottage

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Here’s another painting from the workshop I was fortunate to take last week from Ruidoso artist Patsy Blasdell.  Again, this was from a photo I’ve taken in the northeast of El Paso and I’ve been fascinated by the image, and the challenge of it, but never got up the courage to actually try it.  At the workshop I decided that I would challenge myself to try those kind of paintings, and I’m happy I did!

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Apples a la Blasdell

Apples a la Blasdell

This was done in the last day of Patsy Blasdell’s workshop put on by the NMWS Southern Chapter. The apples are made from a variety of oranges, reds and red purples with spots of turquoise in them in fact.  Fun fun! Colors are used throughout the piece to give it harmony.  This is a half sheet, one of only several I’ve done in that size.

I learned the most this day by watching how she paints, and hearing her thought process as she proceeds.  Because the paper is wet thoroughly both front and back, and put on a glossy surface, it stays wet for an hour or two, less when it’s really dry in the room.  I was focused on how she blends on the paper and thoughtfully places a stroke, evaluates, it thinks about the patterns of lights and darks she wants, and then places more strokes, mingling the colors on the paper.  She works top to bottom with the board and paper almost on a vertical on an easel.  I used that position to make the drips along the bottom portion of this half sheet.

There is so much more to say about what I learned in this workshop, but frankly, I have to get painting again today!  so more later…thanks for stopping by!