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! 

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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!

A Christmas Fair: Feliz Navidad y’all!

Good friends of mine are associated with Junior League and their Christmas Fair in early November is their largest fundraiser and a huge draw in the city.  When I was approached to donate artwork to help fund their good works, I was happy to do it.  These are the three I’ve chosen.   I’m in the process of matting and framing them, so the first two are taken without the glass in so there isn’t the glare.mountain_flowers_donation_christmas_fair_rachel_murphree_watercolors

This is called Mountain Flowers and I’ve written about the process of creating it at this blog post if you’d like to take a look.

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I’m calling this one “Commision Study of Charley” and I’ve written about this little pup and the process of doing the commission before.  The commission is finished and owner and Charley are happy!

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The third piece I’m donating is “Fall Hillside” in the muted colors of a late fall day in the mountains.

Christmas Fair  “Feliz Navidad, y’all!” runs the first weekend of November at the El Paso Convention Center. At this point I’m not sure when or how the paintings will be auctioned, but I can find out and let you know.  Drop me an email at rcmurphree@outlook.com if you’d like more information or if you’d like to discuss having a pet portrait done!

Heart Palpitations over the Auction

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I am thrilled to announce that Red Bird of Paradise had different people bidding on it and sold for $180, more than I had on it for the suggested price.   This is my first donation to the KCOS auction, and as I watched other pieces before me go without bids, it was more and more stressful to wait my turn.  I thought I was getting heart palpitations!  After the bidding started, it was such a lovely feeling to watch the bids go up and to know that someone will enjoy my piece of art.  Makes me very happy.  And it’s a great donation to public TV which is important to me!

I don’t know if I will be told who purchased it in the end, but if you’re reading and you won the bid, I’d love to know your name!  Just for kicks, this is a photo of the piece in process….

Reeds: From sketch to study

For today’s post I thought I’d show a sketch in pen from my sketchbook and how I translated it into a small watercolor study.  It’s fun to play with colors that aren’t always quite THERE when you look in nature, for example the blues in this, but they add a level of complexity and interest.  I like the suggestion of what’s behind the reeds in this, and also how the rocks are suggested but not clearly defined.

While doing this I remembered several other points I learned in last week’s workshop with Carol Carpenter.

  • If you want to emphasize the whites or lights, put a dot or two of dark next to them.  I did that in this piece.
  • A palette tip on paint placement:  often the wells that hold one’s paint have slanted sides, and I put my blob of paint at the bottom and use the edges to wipe off the  brush.  What Carol does is place the paint blob near the top, on the upper edge and then she can swipe down the paint into the well and mix with water so you control how much water is mixed with your paint.  As the colors on my one palette in particular run out, I’m going to give that a try.

If you are local and are interested, please remember that my Red Bird of Paradise is going for auction at the local PBS station this Saturday, the 16th, from 3-3:30  Bidding starts at $60.

Thanks for stopping by!

KCOS Auction: Red Bird of Paradise

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Red Bird of Paradise. Original in private collection but prints and cards available.

I’m excited to announce that I will have a piece of art in the KCOS auction to benefit our local PBS station.  I’ve been a member of the El Paso Art Association for over a decade, and every year I got the call or letter, asking for art donations.  With my hectic life raising kids and all that entails, I never had work to offer.  But this year was different!  so exciting…

The auction will be held next Saturday and Sunday on Channel 13, and you can preview all the art and see the time it will be auctioned at their site.

Red Bird of Paradise will be up for auction on Saturday, April 16th from 3-3:30.  The starting bid is $60.  I hope you can tune in to support this great cause!