Award winning painting. En plein air at the Santa Fe River after the rains. I was concentrating on the flow of the river as it made its way around and over the rocks, creating patterns in the water. The water usually is not flowing here so this was a real treat. Golden rectangle proportion.
Painted "en plein air" one early morning far out on the Monastery Road at an Oxbow on the Chama River. This is my favorite painting venue, worth the long, hard drive down a single lane washboard road. A painting friend had a flat time but fortunately for her a monk came along and helped. This road is well worth visiting the the continuous most specagular cliffs and rock formations in new Mexico. An amazing place and river.
Studio version and largest in a series of my new favorite place in Santa Fe to paint. The river is rushing right now after heavy rainfalls. I love to sit by the river, listening to the sounds of water flowing and the laughter of children and barking of dogs as they splash around in the river, the way we did when we were children.
Painted during the Santa Fe Plein Air Festival, at my favorite painting spot on the Chama River, out near the Monastery. It was a beautiful time of day, late afternoon. I have seldom painted that late there since I always want to drive back on the precarious road before dark.
The mighty Chama River can be passive and muddy or active and colorful. Painting at this spot on the Chama River is my favorite painting venue. Painted "en plein air". Juried in to the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico 8th National Juried Members Show. Sold by the Purple Sage Gallery in December 2017.
"En plein air" at one of my favorite painting locations. This area called Georgia O'Keeffe to New Mexico and it continues to call me to its beautiful grounds frequently. Golden ration proportion. Sold through the Purple Sage Gallery, www.purplesagegallery.biz, January 2016.
Painted "en plein air" at the beginning of Monastery Road, just up the road from Ghost Ranch. We were looking north at the wondrous cliffs formed so long ago during various geological ages. The light was playing in and out of the clouds, but it was fun to try to capture it anyway, waiting for the light and the shadows to return. Painted without a paint brush, with a paper towel and palette knife. I intend to touch it up slightly, perhaps with a paintbrush, providing a little more detail in the foreground. I have to wonder a bit about the prominent cliff structure. It's one of the 'muffin-top' cliffs that are ubiquitous along the Chama River in this part of New Mexico. But a viewer thought it was a hole in the mountain. Perhaps I was trying to see through the mountain to the beginning of its formation! I've decided to leave it as is; I rather like the ambiguity. Sold Dec 2015 at the Purple Sage Gallery, www.purplesagegallery.biz.
Painted in winter; begun out doors but completed in the studio, but still looking at the winter scene through the window. Sold Jan 2, 2016 at the Purple Sage Gallery, an auspicious beginning of the year.
Small, more colorful version of painting done "en plein air" of the cliffs from Monastery Road near Ghost Ranch ("Chama Striations"). In a floating frame. Sold at the Purple Sage Gallery, www.purplesagegaleria.com.