Almost immediately as one drives on Monastery Road the cliffs to the right draw the artist and demand to be painted. Palette knife only. Available at the marigold arts gallery, www.marigoldarts.com, on Canyon Road in Santa Fe.
The Chama Cliffs and the River continue to draw me in. So I paint different aspects to try to understand them better. Palette knife only. Golden proportion. At the Marigold Arts Gallery on Canyon Road, 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.
Available at the Marigold Arts Gallery on Canyon Road, http://www.marigoldarts.com.
Studio from plein air studies.
For painters: Initial block-in with brush. Then palette knife. Water-mixable oils. Standard somewhat limited palette colors: (cobra primarily) cad lemon, cad yellow medium, cad orange (Utrecht), vermillion (to replace cad orange), madder lake (in place of alizarin crimson), yellow ochre, burnt sienna, ultramarine blue, viridian, sap green and titanium white. Trying to see if I can remove the cad orange and use the vermillion only. Mixed 'blacks' and 'grays' from a mix of the ultramarine blue and orange or (cooler) from a mix of alizarin crimson and viridian. Also darks mixed form sap green and burnt sienna.
View of the Sandia Mountains from Albuquerque at sunset. Water-based oils (Cobra) with brush and palette knife. The first wash was thin (water plus oil color). Then the paint was applied more thickly with a palette knife, with a brush used at times. Available at the Marigold Arts Gallery on Canyon Road, http://www.marigoldarts.com.
Water-based oils (Cobra) with a thin wash at beginning. Brush and Palette knife used throughout. View of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains from Santa Fe (abstract). As the name indicates they blush red at sunset (blood of christ). Available at the Marigold Arts Gallery on Canyon Road, http://www.marigoldarts.com.
On the drive along Monastery Road in the late afternoon, the shining cliffs suddenly appear - always a welcome sight, magical in their splendor. Studio painting. Available at the marigold arts gallery, www.marigoldarts.com, on Canyon Road in Santa Fe.
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 golden rectangle proportions. At the Marigold Arts Gallery, 424 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501
My intent: capture the unusual light and color in the dramatic place, one of the places O'Keeffe liked to paint. It i now the sacred home f an Islamic group, and so difficult to paint "en plein air". I can see this location in the distance from my favorite suite at the Abiquiu Inn. I took many photographs on a beautiful fall day with sun and stormy clouds. and enjoy reliving the experience while painting. I will be painting more scenes. Available at the Marigold Arts Gallery on Canyon Road, http://www.marigoldarts.com.
A larger studio version of the plein air painting, As the Chama Churns. A favorite venue, 12 miles out on the Monastery Road. Sold by the Marigold Arts Gallery Sept 2018 to a couple in San Francisco!!.
Started this with a sketch based on an older painting of the Chama River. Completed using a sunset photo using palette knives. The end result might lead to a new style. Sold May 2, 2018 at the marigold arts gallery, www.marigoldarts.com, on Canyon Road in Santa Fe.
What joy it is to capture the feeling of the New Mexico Landscape with the afternoon or evening light - along the Chama River, one of my favorite rivers. The river is often a rusty brown and green so the few times it has more color are the times to capture. Sold Oct 2018 by the Marigold Arts Gallery on Canyon Road, www.marigoldarts.com.
This is a view along the Monastery Road, a one lane dirt road that leads past spectacular cliffs along the Chama River toward the Christ of the Church Monastery less than a mile from this vantage point. Sold by the marigold arts gallery, www.marigoldarts.com, on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, Jan 18, 2018.
"En plein air" at one of my favorite painting sites, down a long dirt road near our house. This site is marked for development, but it at least will be open to the public. Sold Apr 30, 2018 at the marigold arts gallery, www.marigoldarts.com, on Canyon Road in Santa Fe.
"En plein air" at one of my favorite venues, Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. I wait for the clouds in order to capture the most dramatic effect on the cliffs. Painted from the top of the mesa. Sold March 2018 at the Marigold Arts Gallery on Canyon Road, www.marigoldarts.com
Begun as a plein air during the PACE 2018 Convention at Ghost Ranch. Adjusted in the studio to add more sparkle to the otherwise gray painting. I consider this a plein air piece since at most 20% was done in the studio. Sold July 28, 2018 to a university professor in New York at the Marigold Arts Gallery on Canyon Road, http://www.marigoldarts.com.
Painted from a dramatic photograph I took of a mesa at Ghost Ranch, just as the sun was about to set. This is near Georgia O'Keefe's backyard. - an enlarged version of the 5x7 Ghost Ranch Mesa Sunset Small #1. Commissioned by a client of smaller paintings.Sold by the Marigold Arts Gallery on Canyon Road April 2018.
"en plein air" facing the cliffs above Georgia's Ghost Ranch House, when the sun creates its strongest shadows. Due to my recovering knee I stayed by the car on the road. Sold at the Marigold Arts gallery Mar 2 2018.
.This is not the quintessential Ghost Ranch scene. Only when the viewer goes up to the mesa will these cliffs unfold. When I gaze at the painting online I am particularly reminded of an aged tapestry; this then is a tapestry of the Ghost Ranch cliffs. Sold March 2018 at the Marigold Arts Gallery on Canyon Road, www.marigoldarts.com..
Exclusively palette knife with water based oils. Golden rectangle proportion. Small horizontal studio version of a plein air from a few years ago. Sold by the Marigold Arts Gallery July 25, 2018 to a honeymooning couple.
When I gaze at the painting online I am particularly reminded of an aged tapestry; this then is a tapestry of the Chama River cliffs. Painted "en plein air" behind Ghost Ranch. Golden Ratio proportions. Sold Dec 2016 at the Marigold Arts Gallery on Canyon Road, Santa Fe, http://www.marigoldarts.com.
This is a first in a series of more impressionistic, primarily palette knife work following the colorist style of Hensche and Hawthorne. Sold June 2016 by the Marigold Arts Gallery on Canyon Road, http://www.marigoldarts.com.
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. I am doing a series of these. Sold at the Marigold Arts Gallery on Canyon Road, http://www.marigoldarts.com, on 6/16/2016. This is the first of the "Return to the River" series at the Santa Fe River.