.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..
Painted during the Paint Out Santa Fe week at a State Campground on the lake overlooking the Pedernal. The skies were bright but with impending storms developing. The wind and hail finally drove me to my car though I was under a cover.
Palette knife painting of view toward the Jemez Mountains. Since it was quite cold outside, this plein air piece was ccmpleted in the studio, but still while looking at the scene through the large studio windows.
"En plein air" at the Big Tesuque Campground near the Santa Fe ski slope. I was especially attracted to the Aspens' reflection in the pond created by the water flowing down the mountain. Profits donated to the Santa Fe Artists Medical Fund.
Sold at the InArt Gallery in Santa Fe. Painted during the 2014 Plain Air Santa Fe week-long paintout. I can't wait to get back out there and do this again, perhaps larger, perhaps during the sunset (or sunrise!). The Diablo Canyon is undergoing a major cleanup by various public land organizations. And I hope to capture it in its entirety before it becomes civilized.
Completed en plein air during cottonwood season under the Pedernal at Ghost Ranch. Begun as a demo for the Stringfellow Group in the studio. I think this was the building that was wiped out during the July 2015 Flash flood.
Painted "en plein air" during the week-long 2013 Plein Air Santa Fe paintout sponsored by the Plein Air Painters of new Mexico. Exhibited in the Juried Exhibition at the Gary Kim Gallery on Old Santa Fe Trail. The Wetlands are at a Santa Fe Botanical Gardens, one of my favorite painting locations. Sold at the Las Campanas Charity Auction, July 6, 2014.
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.
Forerunner of the other "woodland" paintings.. 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. Available at the Marigold Arts Gallery on Canyon Road, http://www.marigoldarts.com. This is the first painting of the "Return to the Rivers" series at the Tesuque Aspen stream (not really a river).
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.
We have 4 Palo Verde trees in our new home. This is my first Ariizona Spring and I have just been introduced to these beautiful trees, with green bark and magnificent yellow blossoms. Palo Verdes this year were supposed to be spectacular. Well, we'll wait for next year to compare. In the meantime I will have this painting (or photographs anyway, once it sells).
"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
"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.Sold March, 2017 at the Marigold Arts Gallery on Canyon Road, http://www.marigoldarts.com.
"En plein air" near Madera Reserve. The Palo Verde are in full bloom. What a majestic site. They remind me of the feeling when the Cottonwood are in bloom in New Mexico. Sold at the Las Campanas Charity Annual Silent Auction - July 2016.
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.
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.
"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.
My new favorite place to paint. This river is rushing due to heavy rains and the sound is soothing. Locals are enjoying the unusual swimming/wading hold. See recent works painted here. My friends suggest that I paint this photograph. Perhaps I will (with me in it!).
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).