My goals for the new year are to sketch and paint daily. No pressure, right?? LOL. I know I won’t succeed every day but I believe in aiming high.
New Year Pomegranates ink sketch with watercolor wash
As you can see from the buckling pages, this sketchbook isn’t made for wet media, but these pages aren’t anything precious. Just daily practice in drawing and noting the pigments that were used.
Happy New year to all! May it be one of peace and enjoying the daily goodness of life.
If you’re looking for a unique gift for that special someone, occasion, (or even for yourself!), consider having a commission painted of your favorite pet in watercolor. I work closely with you, meet the pet if possible, and work from your closeup photos. All along the way, I will send you update shots and get your thoughts on background. Your satisfaction is guaranteed; if you don’t love the painting, your deposit will be refunded. I want you to love the painting that’s on your wall.
Paintings are matted and framed and delivered. 11″ x 14″ paintings are framed to 16″ x 20″ and are $325. References provided upon request.
Come visit us Sunday, December 17th from 12-4 at the Marketplace’s Customer Appreciation Open House! The entire store of unique and special and antique gifts is all discounted that afternoon only….I will have magnets, cards, prints, and ornaments for sale and look forward to seeing you there.
Heart of the Matter
Charley with background. 8 x 10 size
Chile Wreath #1. $95
Summer Lantana. Original in private collection. Prints and cards available.
I’m really pleased to announce that I’m having a one woman show at the Woman’s Club of El Paso during the month of December. I will have a dozen or so paintings showing there, and the hours the beautiful historic building is open to the public are Monday through Thursday 9 am – 3 pm. If you are coming down to see the show, I’d recommend calling first: (915) 532-6131. I will be giving a brief talk at the member/guest luncheon on Wednesday, Dec 20th and having a table of things to sell.
I haven’t decided for sure which paintings I will display but these three are top on the list:
Heart of the Matter
Prints and more available at my online store.
These three paintings are available in cards, prints and magnets, and even in jewelry at Rachel Murphree Watercolors store.
Other things I’m working on this week are painting a Holiday card for a swap, and painting for two upcoming shows that will be held in Las Cruces, and working on lessons to teach new students …oh yes, and I am adding more jewelry to my online store, and working my way through considering how much to add to the chorus of Black Friday frenzy going on right now. It’s really not my style! So as usual, there’s always something going on at Casa Murphree!
I’m always happy to hear from you, if you are inclined to write a comment….
I have been busy working behind the scenes in getting photos of my jewelry up on my online store, and also making more jewelry to bring to Queen of Peace’s Holiday Bazaar going on this weekend. I’ll be in the main hall and look forward to seeing you there!
For those of you who don’t live in El Paso, I now have an online store where you can purchase jewelry, cards, prints, ornaments, and the magnets are coming soon! I can also take special orders and deliver (in town). You can see some of the assortment below.
And you can now shop in person at the Marketplace @ Placita Santa Fe, 5034 Doniphan, El Paso, inside the Magic Bistro restaurant.
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.
I’m pleased to announce that I again have a physical place in town to show my work on a daily basis! I’ve joined a booth of other artists at the Marketplace @ the Placita Santa Fe, which is a large gift shop with an eclectic mix of special things for gifts or for yourself! We’re located inside the Magic Bistro restaurant at 5034 Doniphan Dr and open every day but Monday. I have prints, magnets and cards in the shop, and I will be there this Wednesday afternoon, October 25th, so stop by for yummy food and say hello!
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!
ATC frames by Seven Gypsies work perfectly for this purpose
I have had these frames for artists trading cards since the time ATCs were all the rage, and I am glad I held on to them. They are perfect to display my watercolor magnets. Wish I had at least another one. I have to see if they are still for sale.
Today I am going in to set up some prints, cards, and magnets at the Marketplace @Placita Santa Fe. Excited about this opportunity. More on that later! We will have an open house at the end of October. Hope to see you there!