I bought some of these guillardia ( I probably didn't spell that right) to plant in my yard. Yep, went to Lowe's and got these, along with some coreopsis, pinks, an oak tree, red climbing trumpet vine, two iris plants, Mexican evening primrose, a bunch of little pots of lavender, oregano, basil, morning glory, and four-o'clocks. Now I just have to plant them! I like the light on this painting, you can see it coming in from the top left.
Wow, I am finally in the single digits. This was taken from a photo we took on a recent trip through the backroads to Mountainair. This is the old Shaffer Hotel. We had a fantastic meal in the restaurant and my mother-in-law knew everyone there, Mountainair being near her hometown of Willard, NM.
I guess I could've also added "with purple window" in there too! This is a nice juicy painting, I was just going for color and texture and I lathered the paint on with a palette knife at the end. I think it has a nice, soft, serene look.
I've painted this once before, but not in a rectangular format. It's weird, you just have to kind of squint at the original to cut it down to the essence, because Van Gogh painstakingly put all of these little tiny tiny marks of paint - man, that guy had patience. I hop you like my version.
This painting is from a "Taos Fall" photo I took last year - it really doesn't do justice to the colors I was seeing through my camera lens. There was also a white horse in the original but he proved to be too distracting to the composition and the color scheme. This will also be $150 at the show.
This is the largest painting that will be in the 150 Challenge Show. It is 16x20 and will also be $150. All of the paintings will be framed in this wooden floater antique crackle finish frame. This looks [rettier in person.
I think this is my second sunset painting from Elena Gallegos. This photo was taken at the perfect point and with a little bit of zoon, so I got more of an intense view. I actually am digging the sky above the sunset.
Interestng story behind this one - I found three boxes of old slides at a thrift store a long time ago. I had no idea what was in them, but thought I'd take a chance. Well, they were from what looks like travels all over the world. Some of the slides were old and faded but a few looked pretty good. This looks like it was from maybe Spain or Guatemala. I'm still not sure about the face, I may play with it a little bit. But I like all of the colors.
My first dancer of the group - I think they turned out well. I had to think a little more about placement for the stripes on the dresses, rather than just slapping paint around all over the place. There are a few more coming!
This is the image I have in my mnd when my family does the annual hike in Taos every year and I always end up driving all over Taos, taking photos and visiting galleries. They always call us from tht top of the mountain and tell us how magnificent the view is, but I don't think you can really know unless you're up there at the top.
I shot this photo one evening, maybe on the way home from the Lavender Festival. The sun was setting and the sky had a really pretty glow that just looked golden - the way it touched the trees and the buildings. This is my simplified version.
Those of you who drive to Santa Fe all the time - you know these hills. They are on the right hand side of the road about halfway between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. They look mystical and mysterious. I always feel like I want to get closer to them, but can't.
Wow, yesterday was a hard day. I went to Curves, went by the photographer's to pick up some paintings, went all over town to drop off postcards, and was heading home to paint when I ended up going to Lowe's to help buy plants, grass seed, sprinklers, fencing, a tree, etc. When I got home, all I wanted to do was take a nap. But I didn't.
I painted two paintings, but I worked until 11:30pm last night and work up tired this morning.
So, another Curves work out today, then in the studio to varnish about 28 paintings, put them in the garage to dry, and back to painting. This is the time when I always let everything go but the WORK I am living and breathing art right now. Help me! Just kidding.
More roses! I was planning to go to Corrales yesterday to take some photos because everyone's roses are blooming like crazy, but there was no time. I'm going to try to get there on Tuesday. This is from a photo I took last year when they were bursting out all over the place.
Yay, I am in the 20s, the home stretch! Good thing because I only have 10 days left to get all of my paintings completed and framed and ready to deliver. I am itching to get started on my dancers, but I still have some snow to paint and a buffalo.
This is from a photo I took at a hotel in Santa Fe. I painted it once before and it sits in my brother-in-law's house in Taos, over the fireplace. Makes me want to go and sit by that fire.
I love calla lillies - they are one of the most beautiful, sensual flowers in the world. I am not happy with this, but it will do. It's really hard for me to make a calla look pretty and flowing while using a big brush. And I have no patience. Since these are "first impression" paintings, I am trying not to redo any of them, but this was an exception. The lillies started out being in a vase, but I didn't like it at all. The vase was clear and I didn't want to overwork it trying toget it right so I just scraped it and started over.
Okay, most of you know about my great love for Taos, New Mexico. Especially Taos in the Fall. And Valdez fits right in there. The most beautiful little valley you pass as you go towards the ski valley. The colors last fall were incredible. My version.
This painting is from a photo I took at Santuario de Chimayo one evening as the moon was coming up. The sun was still out and shining on the mountains. I know, it's a weird angle, but I think it gives it a real mysterious quality. It's the only way I could get the church, the mountains, and the moon in the photo.
I am looking at this painting online and I just realized that I forgot to write the name of the church, "San Antonio" on the front of it. I knew something wasn't quite right. I will fix it tomorrow. I also need to take a short drive ti Placitas because I bet those roses are in full nloom right now.
This is a small version of a larger painting I sometimes paint for shows, called "Canyonlands." I've never painted it square before but I like the composition and the depth of field I see. And the colors!
I've had a resource photo of this beautiful Van Gogh painting laying around forever and I just knew I had to try to paint it for the 150 Challenge. I think it turned out pretty well. The first thing I realized when I tried to paint my first impression of it is that Van Gogh spent a lot of time painstakingly mixing colors and applying them 'just so', even though it looks like he just haphazardly laid on brushstrokes. A genius.
True story - last year we took a little trip up to Taos. We stopped by this wonderful fruit and veggie stand in Velarde and ended up talking to the couple who lived on the property behind and ran the stand. We bought homegrown dried apricots, pears, apples, fresh homemade honey, and probably a few other things I can't remember.
Anyway, we stayed a couple of days in Taos and came back by the fruit stand. As we pulled up, we couldn't even see the stand for all of the red chile ristras. They were everywhere. I snapped a bunch of photos and this is the painting from one of them. I can imagine being back there right and smelling all of that fresh chile. I think my son ended up buying a gift basket of pistachios roasted with red and green child. Yum.
I think one of my new favorite things is painting vases of flowers. Especially with thick paint. Just a quick loose composition and lots of imaginative bushwork - cutting in between flowers, laying on thick highlights. Juicy!
While I'm looking at thei typical New Mexico sunset, I realize that I need to paint the foreground just a little darker. I normally don't mess with any of the paintings and do them alla prima, or all in one sitting, but this just needs a tweak.
I remember this day, it was a few months ago and we had planned to go to Chimayo for a paint out. It ended up being really cold, so we just decided to go exploring. We ran across this lovely little dirt road near Truchas, with all of these little old houses and a stream running right beside the road. This is one of those houses and that is the stream on the left.
Now that I am seeing this painting on my blog, it looks like a big storm is rolling in over the mountains. The greys in the clouds were wonderful to mix; titanium white with three different blues ultramarine, prussian, and cerulean), cadmium orange, cadmium red light, even a little dioxazine purple.
Yay, I am in the 40s now! I am starting to get sad. I love this painting, the jumble of colors, the happiness of it.
I sat down this morning and chose every single image for every canvas I have left. There are over 50 and I only need 48, but 5 of them are larger; two 11x14s, one 12x16, and two 16x20s. Those will also be $150. A steal for sure.
I still have images I want to paint that I won't get to, but I will save those for the next show.