I’ve donated “Stumbled Upon” to the KCOS Art Auction this year. It will go on auction Friday April 27th in the 5:30-6 slot. Get full information here: https://www.kcosartauction.org/april27
This is my fourth year donating to this great cause, I love public television, and I hope that you’ll check out the auctions and take home some lovely artwork.
These are the last three paintings I’ve donated to the KCOS Art Auction! The big sunflower (Flor del Sol) won the Juror Award in 2018.
Hello, and welcome to March! Today is the deadline to enter the New Mexico Watercolor Society exhibit of the Southern Chapter to be held in Las Cruces in mid May. I just entered these two paintings and I’ll hear mid month if either or both have been accepted. Fingers crossed because entry into this show will be the 5 entries needed in the time frame in order to have “signature status” in the membership. That means that from then on, I can sign my paintings with NMWS after my name.
The painting on the left is Apache Plume Morning (that’s the common name of the pink shrub in the foreground) and Standing Proud (flowers and seed pods — my favorite! — of the Yellow bird of paradise shrub.
These needed some additional tweaking this week and I’m happier with them than I was before. In the meantime I’m working on paintings for the Albuquerque show of NMWS also in May. Working more hours as a librarian makes finding painting time challenging, but I’m learning the balance…
Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. I’ll be sure to let you know what happens with these entries.
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…