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.
I’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!
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.
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??
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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…
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!
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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No, my excuse for being away from my blog was NOT that I was “at the beach”….if only that were true! This was from a class exercise this past week done from a photo provided by the teacher. It was fun to do, playing with my favorite colors of blue and orange. In this case those colors in particular were cerulean chromium and quin burnt scarlet and quin burnt orange.
This has been a busy busy month for me with extra pressures coming from all sides: gathering together my figures and setting up an inventory for tax season in my first year of selling art; having some kind of flu that knocked me out for much longer than usual, or I expected, and parenting stuff…oh yes, and painting and framing for two shows.
But I’m back, and on April 19th I’ll be doing a presentation on my 30 in 30 painting challenge experiences for the local Rio Bravo Watercolor group so I’m going to rev up and do a “mini” challenge: 15 days of the 30 in 30 so that I have new work to show. So stay tuned for that.
This was a fun piece done in a class where we wadded up the paper while dry to get texture, even tears, in the surface. We then wet it and worked wet in wet. I like how the wrinkles helped add interest to the mountains. Other elements that work well are the papa, mama, baby bear size and details of the flowers and lost and found edges.
What do you think?