My intent: capture the unusual light and color in the dramatic White Place, a favorite of O'Keeffe. It is now the sacred home for an Islamic group, and so is difficult to paint "en plein air". I took many photographs on a beautiful day with sun and stormy clouds. and enjoy reliving the experience while painting.
Palette knife only. Golden proportion. I am enjoying these palette knife works utilizing geometric shapes but inspired by the forms in the landscapes. Close-up view of the cliffs seen in Chama River Cliffs Alight.
Water-based oil with palette knife. New direction. Sold at the annual Las Campanas Charity Auction, this year on June 30, 2018. Sold to customers with 4 of my older paintings. We had a lively conversation about this new direction. To be continued...
Painted "en plein air" during the 2018 Santa Fe Plein Air Fiesta Paintout Competition. Location: Ghost Ranch Education Center parking lot. The clouds began to roll in while painting the cliffs facing east. Then I turned around and saw this scene. I had to paint it! So I began a new painting.
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. My grandchildren fell in love with this painting so I gave it to them as a gift for their new home!
Natural geological formations result in patterns that attract the viewer. These striation patterns appear throughout the cliffs around Abiquiu, Ghost Ranch and the Chama River in northern New Mexico, forming a natural landmark on a par with the most spectacular of the world. Selected for the Biologique Exhibition at the NM Art League in October/November.
En plein air at the 2016 Plein Air Convention. We painted every day in Catalina State Park. I was never bored painting variations of this beautiful area. Juried in to the 2016 Plein Air Artist of Colorado Annual Member Show.
Painted "en plein air" along the Animas River. The roar of the water as it overflowed the usual river banks still fills my ears. Juried in to the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico 8th National Juried Members Show.
A favorite venue, down Buckman Road, a few miles from my Santa Fe home as the crow flies. But the washboard road requires a little time to reach. Weekends are busy with hikers - or shall I say, rock climbers. One of my fondest memories (the extent of my climbing days) is of climbing up and down the steep mountains in Manoa Valley, Honolulu, with my Hawaiian boyfriend while in high school. We even slid down some of the steepest gullies/ridges on ti leaves! Diablo Canyon is out on Buckman Road to the north and west of Santa Fe on a washboard road. However, it's easier to navigate than it once was. I was able to drive 40 mph and reached the canyon in 22 minutes from my house! I shall return.
Taos Gorge is one of New Mexico's iconic landmarks. The inspiration for this series of paintings came from a plein air piece painted during a storm. The lighting was unusual, leading to many possibilities for capturing this scene.
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.
"En plein air" at the Rancho de las Golondrinas, a stage stop and watering spot along the Santa Fe Trail. It is now a museum and working farm. Golden rectangle proportion. Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
"En plein air" after the rains in the Madera Canyon of the Santa Rita Mountains in Green Valley, Arizona, south of Tucson. Sitting by the river, listening to the babbling waters is a real pleasure. In Arizona home.
"En plelin air" while on Martha's Vineyard. We trekked out to the pond early in the morning in order to capture the morning shadows (and be able to paint in the shade). Inquiries: email@example.com
Painted at a Plein Air Painters of New Mexico Paintout in Taos, New Mexico, on location just after dawn from the Monte Sagrado Resort. I woke up at dawn and painted this on a cloudy day. Contact artist, firstname.lastname@example.org
A fractal is a curve or geometric figure, each part of which has the same statistical character as the whole. Fractals are useful in modeling structures (such as eroded coastlines or snowflakes) in which similar patterns recur at progressively smaller scales, and in describing partly random or chaotic phenomena such as crystal growth, fluid turbulence, and galaxy formation. This is the first in a planned series of cloud paintings to demonstrate fractals, and in general the affinity between nature, painting and mathematics. Note also the focal point at the golden mean, where also the lightest shape meets the darkest part, with the clouds forming a golden spiral. Selected for the NM Art League at its October/November Biologique Exhibition.
Study of O'Keeffe's techniques with a copy of her "Ghost Ranch Cliff" painting. Careful attention to paint strokes gave way to my usual palette knife techniques. See Dry Waterfall for more successful 'copying'..
"En plein air" at the Madera Creek in the Santa Rita Mountains. Usually this creek is dry so I took advantage of the melting snow and the unusual rainfall to paint here several times. This was the first one.