Painted during a 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. Available at the Marigold Arts Gallery, www.marigoldarts.com, on Canyon Road in Santa Fe.
“En plein air” from my patio facing Las Campanas’ Black Mesa. Golden mean proportions. Palette knife (plus some towel effects).
Available at the Marigold Arts Gallery, www.marigoldarts.com, on Canyon Road in Santa Fe.
Exhibited at The Wilder Nightingale Gallery in Taos: July 17-Aug17. www.wnightingale.com. sponsored by the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico. I enjoyed capturing the feeling of the New Mexican clouds during monsoon season. As I painted I let the watercolor take shape, moving and blending as is it desires. - with a little help tilting the paper. Years ago I began painting using watercolors, my first love. In the intervening years I have concentrated more on oil paints, the medium of masters. Oil paint is more forgiving and it’s easier to achieve rich colors. But watercolor still calls to me. And here’s one of my first results after these many years. I will do more watercolor!!! And will have it with me whenever I travel or venture out onto distant paths.
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. This version is based on two smaller paintings also with golden rectangle proportions.
This wilderness area is a Northern New Mexico secret and one that continues to compel me to paint! The painting's sides are in a 5:8 ratio (think Fibonacci Series, 1,1,2,3,5,8,...). The limit of the ratio of subsequent elements is the Golden Mean, 1.6...., an irrational number. The Golden Ratio has been hailed since antiquity by artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci as the most beautiful, perhaps because it can be seen throughout nature (galaxy and fern spirals, Nautilus Shell, the human body, etc.).
I've painted this a few times "en plein air" when the Madera Creek overflows and creates a nice foreground for this special Arizona Sycamore Tree setting. This was painted in the studio based on the plein air studies and photos. I intend to paint at this location many times.
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. Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beginning a new series based on last year's Blowin' in the Wind painting that won an award. Impressionistic. See the Studies' page for a few painting steps. Or soon we will have a blog post on karenhalbert.blogpost.com documenting this series.
Available at the Marigold Art Gallery on Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM. www.marigoldarts.com. 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.
I think that my love of the woods comes through in this painting. This was up at the Big Tesuque Campground near the Santa Fe Ski slope. No, I no longer camp out, but it was tempting. And painting this brought back may childhood memories. Inquiries: email@example.com
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. Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org.