"En plein air" at my favorite painting site along the Chama river, 12 miles out on the one-lane Monastery Road. This location is 1 mile from th Christ of the Desert Monastery. As I was painting, colorful rafts flowed past. Someday I will include them. Not finished.
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.
Painted "en plein air" during the 2018 Santa Fe Plein Air Fiesta Paintout Competition. Location: from the back of the Abiquiu Inn. Grazing land but the cows no longer come to visit. Revising somewhat. Not finished.
"En plein air" in Borrego Springs, a small, established resort town 60 miles west of San Diego (90 miles south of Palm Desert). To get there I drove through a pass in the mountains in a snowstorm!! Fortunately the 3000 foot elevation of the town led to nice painting weather. Beautiful scenes in all directions. 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.
Painted plein air at Albuquerque's "Giverny" pond, Shady Lakes. The ponds and lilies rival those of Monet's garden. Too bad there's no bridge. Additional pond scenes can be painted upon request: email@example.com.
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 2015.
Painted plein aire during the 2009 Taos Paintout, overlooking the bridge over the gorge; primarily palette knife. The heat and the noise of the cars on the highest bridge in New Mexico kept the session brief.
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.
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.
Free brush strokes and mixing of colors on canvas. While painting, I was thinking of turbulent skies and water against the backdrop of the implacable cliffs. Work in progress. Local color (brighter) to be added to foliage with some brighter splashes in the water. No solvents used. Walnut oil/alkyd used as the medium. Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org.
"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: email@example.com
"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: firstname.lastname@example.org
. Plein air painting of a former monastery on Galisteo Road and Cordova in Santa Fe. Painted during the 2014 Plein Air Santa Fe paintout week at a Santa Fe park on Galisteo Road. Inquiries: email@example.com.
"En plein air" on a cloudy morning along the Rio Grande near Diablo Canyon. Chili loved playing on the sandy beach. Juried in to the 2014 Annual PAPNM Members' Exhibition at the Gary Kim Gallery in Santa Fe. Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
This was painted years ago (@2014?). I loved visiting the Tetons. But now that I am in Arizona during the winter, I realized that this painting could have been done here, right from our back yard facing the Santa Ritas, with different houses and perhaps an imagined creek flowing away from us as the snow melts. I will repaint this.
My painting, "Santa Fe Turbulence", oil, 10x16, won an award of merit at last night's (Sept. 1, 2026) opening of the Plein Air Artists of Colorado Annual show at the Mary Williams Art Gallery in Boulder Colorado. See www.karen.halbert.com for details (click on Available).