Online store and Queen of Peace!

Queen of Peace Bazaar November 18-19

I have been busy working behind the scenes in getting photos of my jewelry up on my online store, and also making more jewelry to bring to Queen of Peace’s Holiday Bazaar going on this weekend.  I’ll be in the main hall and look forward to seeing you there!

For those of you who don’t live in El Paso, I now have an online store where you can purchase jewelry, cards, prints, ornaments, and the magnets are coming soon!  I can also take special orders and deliver (in town).  You can see some of the assortment below.

And you can now shop in person at the Marketplace @ Placita Santa Fe, 5034 Doniphan, El Paso, inside the Magic Bistro restaurant.

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Ardovino’s funky art garden

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I’m in search of a title for this second piece started en plein air at Ardovino’s Desert Crosssing and finished at home.  It’s mostly watercolor with some watersoluble ink.  I can be unimaginative in my titles, so I need your help!

If you are familiar with Ardovino’s you know of their fabulous landscaping and juxtaposition of cool features, art, etc. in the mix.  When you are there, everywhere you look is a scene just ready to be painted! Turning around 360 degrees gives you as many views to paint.

So the big orange flower in this painting is funky up-cycled art that is multiple layers of depression-ware glass plates on a metal stem with utensils for leaves.  I believe it’s created by Ben and Terry Avalos.  And of course the sink lives near by with a cactus growing inside it.

wp-15090582919161929534308.jpgI’m getting ready to frame this piece along with already framed Mecca Lounge Morning (above) to be in the Plein Air show at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing to celebrate their 20th anniversary.  The opening is November 8th from 5-8 pm.  Hope you can make it!

Mecca Lounge Morning

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I am thrilled that my plein air painting “Mecca Lounge Morning” was selected to be one of the postcards advertising Ardovino’s Desert Crossing’s 20th anniversary starting in November. The Plein Air Painters of El Paso will have an exhibit inside the restaurant of art painted on location or from that location. The opening is November 8th from 5 to 8 and the show runs through the end of the year. The food, of course, will be fabulous! And the art too. Hope you join us.

Marketplace @ Placita Santa Fe

I’m pleased to announce that I again have a physical place in town to show my work on a daily basis!  I’ve joined a booth of other artists at the Marketplace @ the Placita Santa Fe, which is a large gift shop with an eclectic mix of special things for gifts or for yourself!  We’re located inside the Magic Bistro restaurant at 5034 Doniphan Dr  and open every day but Monday.  I have prints, magnets and cards in the shop, and I will be there this Wednesday afternoon, October 25th, so stop by for yummy food and say hello!

Watercolor jewelry! 

At my last show a customer suggested I look into making my works into jewelry.  I thought it was a fabulous idea and so for Saturday’s show at Western Hills Methodist bazaar I will have keychains and pendants (which can also be Christmas ornaments– for those of you who think ahead!) 
The quarter is in the photo to give you an idea of scale. The pendants come with a 24″ chain and two ornament ribbons and are $15 and the keychains are $12 each.  I will work on getting these available for online sales too. 


Hope to see you Saturday at Western Hills, 624 Thunderbird or at Queen of Peace Bazaar, 1551 Belvidere, Nov 18-19! 

Magnetic Display

ATC frames by Seven Gypsies work perfectly for this purpose

I have had these frames for artists trading cards since the time ATCs were all the rage, and I am glad I held on to them. They are perfect to display my watercolor magnets. Wish I had at least another one. I have to see if they are still for sale. 

Today I am going in to set up some prints, cards, and magnets at the Marketplace @Placita Santa Fe.  Excited about this opportunity. More on that later! We will have an open house at the end of October.  Hope to see you there! 

Chiles en la Mesa

I am putting the finishing touches on this piece which will be donated to the Art Con Corazon fundraiser run by El Paso Human Services, Inc.  for their programs helping current and former foster youth.   

This is a first for me, not in donating, but in using watercolor ground to put on a surface, in this case a wooden board, to allow it to accept watercolors.  The ground needs to cure at least 24 hours before it can be painted on. 

I like how the wood grain surface shows through the ground which is the white background. The next step is signing it, putting a finishing spray on it, I believe, and getting it to the organizers. 

It has been a hectic couple of weeks so I am happy that I accomplished this and hope it does well in the auction. 

Art con Corazon will be held next Saturday, October 7th at First Baptist Church, 805 Montana Street, El Paso. It runs from 12-3 and the $10 entry includes appetizers, refreshments and music. Lots of beautiful art will be available for auction and all funds benefit the kids.  Hope to see you there! 

Autumn Art Fest this Saturday

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I’m excited to be in this show.  I’ll be there with originals, prints, cards , ornaments, and magnets on the patio.  Please stop by and say hello!

Here’s one of my latest paintings that I will have available as an original and in matted prints. I’m calling it “Feel the Glow”.

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Paint group begins

And we have a great teacher, Laurel Weathersbee, whose enthusiasm and encouragement to “just have fun” and “enjoy the process” sings to me.  These are two pieces done quickly, 1/4 sheets, focusing on mingling colors on the paper. 

The second one was planned to be rocks but perhaps there are buildings in there? What do you see??  

It’s magnetic!

I started playing with a new idea to make magnets from details of  prints of my paintings. I think these starter ones turned out cool. I have more glued and weighted drying, to cut and make tomorrow. I won’t have a lot of stock, but I am going to give them a try at the festival this weekend. What do you think? 
(And yes, that photo is me in my 20s with my glorious morning glories in my garden in New York. ).