"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.
Palette knife only. Golden proportion. I am enjoying these palette knife works utilizing geometric shapes but inspired by the forms in the landscapes. Close-up view of the cliffs seen in Chama River Cliffs Alight.
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.
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 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.
En plein air at the 2016 Plein Air Convention. We painted every day in Catalina State Park. I was never bored painting variations of this beautiful area. Juried in to the 2016 Plein Air Artist of Colorado Annual Member Show.
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. Sold at the Purple Sage.
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 "en plein air" along the Animas River. The roar of the water as it overflowed the usual river banks still fills my ears. Juried in to the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico 8th National Juried Members Show.
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.
Painted "en plein air" along the Santa Fe River on Alameda. I am happy that I was there that day, joining my friend as she "cleaned the river" with her garden club. Only a few days later the water was turned off. I must return soon to see if it is flowing yet again. What a wonderful respite in the middle of the summer in Santa Fe. The river banks fill with children and animals enjoying the sound and the cool breezes off the river. How wonderful to "Return to the River". Sold Mar 2017 at 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.
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: email@example.com.
"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: 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.
"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: email@example.com
. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Painted during the 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.
"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.
Painted at the Leo Carrillo Beach along the California Coast. Yes, that's a whale in the distance, a rare sight in this area. And the next day, we were treated to a full beach production for a Coppertone ad. The painting's buyer liked the whale and the fact that this painting was at this particular beach. Leo Carrillo was one of his father's favorites: an "American actor, vaudevillian, political cartoonist, and conservationist".
"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 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.
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.
Painted in the studio several years ago based on photographs and memories of my trip to Molokai, to the "leper colony" (Hansen's Disease), a truly spiritual place. It is now a National Park. Limited Palette: chromatic black, yellow ochre and burnt sienna plus white. Inquiries: email@example.com.
Painted in the studio just after a trip to the sacred place of Kalaupapa several years ago, Molokai to visit the Hansen's Disease community, now a National Park. I am revisiting the memories in order to paint another scene to represent the peace found there., hoping to put aside the turmoil of the world at least temporarily.
Limited palette:burnt sienna, chromatic black, yellow ochre and titanium white. with extensive palette knife. Note how the burnt sienna appears ray and the aromatic black appears 'blue'. 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.
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.
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.
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).