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.
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: email@example.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).