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! 

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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

Autumn Art Fest Artists Sept 23, 2017

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”.

Glowing -- Red BOP

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??  

Getting Ready for an Art Fair

queen of peace setup (2)

This is my second year having a booth to sell my originals, prints and cards at art fairs.  I did two last year and will do four this fall.  The first is this weekend:  The Franciscan Festival of Fine Art at Holy Cross retreat center in Mesilla Park, NM.  I just got new business cards and the county license for selling today.  The countdown continues!

Here’s the set up at my first fair last year right after I got it all set up.  The fair was in prime shopping time before the holidays at Queen of Peace Holiday Bazaar.  I’ll be doing that fair again this year but will be in the main hall rather than in one of the smaller rooms.

There’s a lot of work behind the scenes to get there, and that’s what I’ve been doing the last several weeks. I thought I’d blog about this process for a bit because there’s a lot to explain.   There’s resizing photos and choosing ones to print, getting cards designed and ordered early so they arrive in the mail in time, having photos printed locally, ordering ma tboard and then cutting, cutting, cutting, followed by bagging and tagging. I have muscles in my right arm that I don’t believe have ever been used before!!

So here are photos of the cards as they came in the mail before being folded, bagged, and priced.  You can click on any of them to view it larger in a slideshow.

I’ve ordered more bags for my 8″ x 10″ prints and I’m crossing my fingers that they aren’t coming from the Houston area or they won’t arrive in time.  Here’s a shout out to my friends in Houston hoping they continue to stay dry and safe.

If you’re local and can stop by the Franciscan Festival this weekend, I’m in room 5 and would love to see you!

I was holding my breath!

matted heart of the matter in progress

As you may remember, this piece “The Heart of the Matter” is twice as large as paintings I’ve done before.  It is 15″ x 22″ and will be assembled in a 22″ x 28″ frame.  This means, since I mat and frame my own pieces, that I had to wrestle a piece of mat board twice as big and larger than rulers that I have on my cutter.  Because I like to double mat originals, it involved all the fiddly work of double matting, measuring  not once or twice but THREE times and cutting once!

I’ve put this off for several days since the huge mat board box arrived in the mail midweek, but it’s due ready to hang on Wednesday at the show!  so needs must…

I am thrilled that it came out perfectly!  whew.  what a huge relief.  as you can see from the shadows in this photo, it’s just lightly taped in without being secured, in process of being framed, but YAY, the hard part is done!

I have to give a shoutout to the new free border cutting app from Logan:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.logan.bordercalculatorapp  
it’s also available on Itunes.  It’s very easy to use, just put in inner dimensions of the frame and the dimensions of the hole for the painting and then choose single or double mat.  Easy peasy.  And I re-watched their youtube video on double mat cutting.

Franciscan Festival Sept 2-3, 2017

Franciscan Festival, Sept 2-3

And now I can take a deep breath!  and keep working on cutting mats and assembling prints into bags for the Franciscan Festival which starts a week from today.  I’ll be in room 5 at the Holy Cross Retreat which is in its 60th year of hosting this festival of fine arts.  It’s a really fun festival with great food, art and people.  I hope you can stop by and say hello! More on the print assembly process in a later post…

 

 

 

Four Fall Art Fairs

Postcard Franciscan Festival 2017

Hello all — Before time keeps flying by, I wanted to tell you the four events this fall where I’ll be selling my artwork, prints and cards.

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve been juried into the long-running Fransiscan Festival of Fine Arts located in Mesilla Park, just outside Las Cruces, over the Saturday/Sunday of Labor Day weekend.  I’ll be indoors in room 5 with fellow watercolorist Dorian Clouser. The hours are Saturday, Sept 2nd 9am – 5 pm and Sunday, September 3rd from 10 am – 4 pm.  Hope to see you there!

AutumnArtFest 2cols final

On Saturday, September 23rd we will inaugurate a BRAND NEW venue for art shopping.  The show originated after the Sunland Art Gallery closed and several of the members were looking for other venues to sell their work. Rachel Davis, a beaded cross artist, had always wanted to have a show at her home in the Upper Valley, which has a large, beautiful, shaded yard perfect for an art show.  So the Autumn Art Fest was born!

I will be on the covered patio with print, cards, and originals for sale and would love to have you stop by!  The hours are 10 am – 5 pm.

On Saturday, October 14th, I will be at the Western Hills United Methodist Church Fall Bazaar, 524 Thunderbird, El Paso,  which is a long running fun arts event.  The hours are 9 am – 4 pm.

On November 18-19th, I will have a booth at Queen of Peace’s Annual Bazaar, 1551 Belvidere Street, El Paso.  Saturday November 18th:  9 am – 7 pm.  Sunday November 19th: 9 am – 3 pm.

Rosy Oleanders

Rosy oleander study

I have continued to work on oleanders in various ways. In this study I was playing with colors, whether to include red in the  blossom and greens and grays in background. It helped me decide on colors: quin rose, ultramarine blue and hansa med yellow, along with pyroll orange. 

Oleander sketch

I added black micromarker lines around major forms to make transferring to watercolor paper easier using my lightbox. 

Here are the first stages of the next painting. The first layer was done wet in wet with front and back of paper wet first with clear water. The next two stages were done with wet paint on dry paper. 

My next step is to sketch foliage forms into paper and then paint the background including dark points, so that I can see how many layers are needed on the blooms, if any. 

What do you think? I would love to hear from you! 

Spurge redone

I’m working behind the scenes on several pieces for upcoming shows, including a watercolor collage of spurge blossoms which I find fascinating.  They bloom in January and February, a yellow green cluster of tiny blossoms and I’ve run across them intermingled with prickly pear pads and I love the feel of English gardens with blossoms all intertwined but here in a desert setting.  so here’s one of the clusters from the collage and more photos will appear in coming days…   I’ve painted the scene before and my collage comes from several less than succcesful attempts to paint it differently.  I’ve blogged about this earlier.

“Spurge Among the Prickly Pear” is on display at the Cottonwood Gallery of the Southwest Environmental Center’s Nature show which runs through the end of August.  The gallery is at 275 W Main Street, Las Cruces, and is open M-F 9 am – 6 pm.

spurge among the prickly pears

“Spurge Among the Prickly Pear” on display at SWEC until August 31.

More Oleander layers 


I am having fun doing this in a random building up way–i.e. without a plan. Perhaps not the best method, but we shall see. I am realizing I need to be sketching and doing value studies much more! Still it is gun to see what emerges.