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!

Russian Sage Cottage

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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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At the beach

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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.

Another moonlight piece

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?

Cactus by Moonlight

This is a product of a class I’m taking with Laurel Weathersbee,  a fabulous watercolor painter from Las Cruces.  It’s the first time I’ve painted a night scene, and I’m really liking the challenge suggesting dark shapes and soft edges and then highlighting the focal point.  I think this is done but I’m open to suggestions.  wwwhat do you think?

End of Winter day 30

I made it!  30 paintings in 30 days, and it was fun! Hope you had fun too following along.  This is also done on yupo. 

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Today’s yupo painting is a more controlled one, rather than playing and spritzing and rolling around the pigment, I went in more purposefully. The time flew by.  Yupo may be a very good stress reliever and there are many of us that need a little of that these days!

The Summit — Day 14

This morning I sketched storm clouds over our mountains while waiting to pick up my daughter, and this afternoon I tried to express it in paint. The mts got away from me so I tried some palette knife texturing.  It is what it is…LOL

Breaking through — day 12

Breaking through was painted from a photo I took of the Rio Grande around Bernalillo area at a time the weather seemed to be changing.  I painted it wet in wet as long as I could, and yadded details onto dry paper later. Hope you like it! Please leave a comment and thx for stopping by.