Double shot of watercolor

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A reminder that my painting “In the Spotlight” will be at the NMWS Spring show of the Las Cruces/Southern Chapter which opens this Saturday, March 31st from 5-7.  Hope to see you there!

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Across the street at the Dona Ana Arts Council’s new gallery will be another watercolor show by a NMWS signature member, Arlene Tugel. Make an arts evening night out in Mesilla with yummy restaurants nearby!



WIP watercolor on Yupo

I had to share this beautiful piece painted by Martha Keim, and done on YUPO. I’m getting excited researching all one can do with watercolors on Yupo and can’t wait to get back to working with it today.

Using my beloved QoR watercolor, this is Michael in his element

Source: WIP watercolor on Yupo

Guest Artist: Jacques Barriac


Two Ducks in the Lotus Patch by Jacques Barriac

My friend Jacques Barriac has three paintings that were accepted into the Sunbowl Exhibition that will have its opening this Wednesday, November 9th, from 5:30-8.  Congrats Jacques!!


Bearded Iris by Jacques Barriac

I believe Bearded Iris is my favorite. aren’t the color blendings beautiful?


Fleur de Tournesol by Jacques Barriac

I am embarrassed to admit that the deadline for this show completely passed me by!  but I will hopefully remember to submit entries for it next year.  Here’s the complete info on the show.   Bonne Chance Jacques!!

5:30 to 8:00 pm.

      Each year, the International Museum of Art sponsors the Sun Bowl Art Exhibit, a juried competition featuring the top artists from all over the country. The exhibit is held in conjunction with the Sun Bowl  festivities, and typically runs from November to December. Since the International Museum of Art is along the Sun Bowl parade route and houses the Sun Bowl sponsor parade viewing party, this exhibit provides an opportunity for all involved in the Sun Bowl festivities to see this yearly show. There is free general admission while the Sun Bowl Art Exhibit is on display, the public is welcome to come and view. All items on display in the exhibit are available for purchase. Appetizers and refreshments will be served. Please join us for an exciting event.  

Tony Conner watercolor, or how lucky am I?


No, these are definitely NOT my watercolors — I only wish!  They are painted by Tony Conner, a watercolorist whose newsletter I subscribed to this spring.  It’s been fabulous to get postings several times a week on his paintings done plein air in watercolor and to learn from his technique and experience.  Be sure to check out his site:  His work is gorgeous, so rooted in place and light.

He randomly chooses a subscriber once a month to win a limited edition print, and I am SO lucky to be the chosen winner for May!  I had to pinch myself and read the email several times before I comprehended what it meant.  And then it was SO hard to choose.  Tony gave me permission to post pictures of several of his paintings on my blog for you to enjoy.
In the end I chose the Afternoon Farm painting on the left, but the very close runner up was Quiet (on the right).  Aren’t they both serene?  wow.  You can see the beautiful selection from which I chose  on his Limited Edition Prints page.


Local Arts scene: Jacques Barriac and Plein Air Painters

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The Lotus, The Bird and the Butterfly” watercolor by Jacques Barriac.

I will start by honoring my friend Jacques Barriac who painted this award winning painting:  “The Lotus, the Bird and the Butterfly” in watercolor.  It won 2nd place at the Art of Flowers show going on through May at the El Paso International Museum of Art.  If you get the El Paso Times, look in yesterday’s art section or see here.

Also, the first page of that section is all about the Plein Air Painters show opening this coming Saturday, May 14th from 5-7 at the Sunland Art Gallery at the Placita Fe shops on Doniphan. The full page spread in the newspaper included paintings by Candy Mayer, Dorian Clouser, Krystyna Robbins and Judy Crumley.

I will have four paintings in that show, all painted outdoors, or in plein air.  Those of you that follow my blog will see that I made some changes to the last one with the mountain view.   If you click on the photo you will see a larger view of the painting.

From left to right they are:  Walk with Me, White Geranium, Spring Morning, and Balcony View.

I hope you can stop by and see the show and enjoy some wine and cheese with us this Saturday night.  Thanks for stopping by.  I enjoy hearing from you!

Guest Artist: Jacques Barriac

Ferocactus Emory ss rectispinus. Watercolor by Jacques Barriac.

Ferocactus Emory ss rectispinus. Watercolor by Jacques Barriac.

I’ve blogged before about my friend Jacques Barriac who taught me the matting/framing process. He runs the informal transparent watercolor group in El Paso, and does a fantastic job finding teachers and videos from which we learn. He has been painting for five years, and does precise excellent work! I’ve been wanting to put up some of his beautiful paintings for awhile.

The first two were accepted into the Arts International show this coming Saturday, October 3rd and running through the month of October.   This is the signature event of the Art Association and includes 68 works selected from 145 submitted.  The gala opening is this Saturday from 6-9 pm at the Art Junction, 500 W. Paisano (near the baseball stadium).  The show runs through October, open Tues-Fri 11-4, and Saturdays 11-3.So please come down and check out the show!

Two Echniopsis hybride. watercolor by Jacques Barriac

Two Echniopsis hybride. watercolor by Jacques Barriac

Jacques will also be participating in the Members show in November, also at the Art Junction, where he will have a good number of beautiful watercolors for sale.

If you would like to send him comments on his work, he can be reached at

Japanese Eggplant watercolor by Jacques Barriac

Japanese Eggplant watercolor by Jacques Barriac

Great Scape!

Isn’t it funny how things just seem to come together?  Last month I started working and blogging about scapes, and how really cool they are, and today I was working on finishing touches on the painting and this FABULOUS blogpost Great Scape came up on my reader.Please click on it to view a gorgeous photo of a “rollercoast” of scapes from the blog Leaf and Twig (which I totally enjoy reading daily!)

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Almost finished this 11″ x 14″ watercolor of a farmer’s market collection of scapes, pepper, and kale.  Click on image to view larger.

So after spending a good deal of time yesterday on the business end of painting,  it was nice to get in painting time today.  Please let me know what you think.  I need some fresh perspectives on it.

This won’t be in next month’s show, but the deadline is rapidly approaching (mid August) for submissions to Arts International, the juried show put on annually by the EP Art Association.  So I will be working on it and others hoping to have some ready to submit for that show.  It’s  a busy summer here!

And with traveling, putting together frames/mats/paintings, ordering cards and business cards, I have been remiss in keeping up with reading art blogs…so that’s next on the agenda.  I so appreciate the support of other bloggers, and artists in particular, and I miss keeping up on what y’all are doing!

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art show in El Paso, Texas.  Click on image to view larger.

Lighthouse stamps

20131119-110349.jpgAren’t these gorgeous? I don’t use a lot if stamps but i fell in love with the colors of these at the post office. And they are forever stamps which is great.

Fabuous colors and textures

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Bluebird present for me

I recently purchased an original watercolor from Jeannette Jobson in Canada, and it arrived yesterday. It’s BEAUTIFUL. even lovelier in person than on her blog, which I follow. Here’s my little beauty at the top of her recent sales page