Saturday, November 21, 2015

Women Artists of the West - 45th Annual National Exhibition - Tucson, AZ

What a wonderful time I had at the opening of this beautiful exhibition, at the Tucson Desert Art Museum.  The WAOW women really showed their talent, and the Museum was beautiful and welcoming.  I am proud to be a part of this wonderful organization of women from all over the country.  Over the weekend it was so much fun meeting old friends and making new ones.  My friend and artists, Barbara Parish drove there with me, and we enjoyed the time together.  

I was so surprised and honored when I walked into the gallery to find that my painting, Palms II had a beautiful award, "Best Pastel" , also to my right is my other painting juried into the show.  

"Sabino Morning" 9x12 plein air pastel.
During the weekend, there were a number of events planned.  One was to paint in the beautiful Sabino Canyon Recreational Area.  These are my two paintings I did the moring we went.  Such a beautiful place.  I do love to paint these cactus!!

"Sabino Guardians" 12x9 plein air Pastel.
My second painting of the morning, in Sabino Canyon.

One of the other events they had planned is to visit La Rienda Stables and ranch. They had a hurd of cattle, that they used for the cowboys to come and practice their ropeing.  Wow, so much fun to see this event.  I took loads of photos.  Who knows, maybe I'll start painting cowboys again!!  

I don't know if you can see this little cattle dog working.  He would run after the cattle, and send them into the pen on the other side of the corral.  He was great, I really loved seeing him at work.  Wish I had gotten better closeup photos, but had to share this!!  
Thank you cowboys and to La Rienda Stables for allowing us to take photos and enjoy the ranch.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Ft. Bragg and Mendocino painting week - So much fun!

August 10 to 15, 2015 I spent a fun week painting in the Ft. Bragg and Mendocino area painting with good friends, and attending the Mentoring program with the great Albert Handell.  I always grow when I attend these mentor-ships, as Albert knows where I need to improve, and pushes me in those directions.  

My friend Maryann McGraw and I arrived in Ft. Bragg two days before the mentor-ship started, for a couple of days to paint.  This is the first location we painted at, which is a beach that is visible from the Lodge we were staying at.  

The Noyo River and fishing village that was next to where we were staying.  One of the views we had from our room, from the Harbor Light Lodge.  

My good friend and artist, Maryann and I, enjoying our painting time together.  

My first painting before the mentor-ship.  Rocks of the jettie on the Noyo River.

One of the vistas I painted with fog rolling in and out.  

Early Morning Splash - 12x16 Plein Air pastel.

Albert started the week with a oil painting demonstration in the studio at the hotel.  Makes we want to paint in oils again. 

After the demo we painted in one of Albert's favorite spots, where old ceder trees surround a little intimate area overlooking the ocean.  Just a magical spot.  My view from inside the grove.  

Russian Gulch Vista - 12x16 plein Air Pastel

Russian Gulch Foggie Vista - 

Noyo River fishing village and the view from the room.

Maryann and I decided to paint a nocturne of the vista from our room.  This was my interpretation of the view.  

View from the room after dark of the fishing village.  As you can see, we had to start at dusk to get some of the feeling of the view from the room, but after dark you can see the lights and reflections in the water.  

Lighthouse Vista, 1

Lighthouse vista II

Lighthouse vista III

Lighthouse Vista IV

Entrance to the Noyo River 

Rocks again 

My very last painting of the week, done at Hukehandle Park.  I was standing close to the edge of a high cliff, and towards the end, the wind started to get strong, and I had to hang onto my gear and painting to compete the painting.  

Monday, August 3, 2015

Painting beautiful Santa Catalina, again....

"The three Amigas"  Me, Terry d Chacon and Nita Harper.  We all have so much fun painting together.  Catalina is always the highlight of our painting excursions.  I think this is my 7th or 8th year painting in Avalon with these ladies.  It is always a great time of painting and discovering this lovely island.  It is such a great escape in the summertime to get away from the heat of the mainland.

The first painting after getting of the boat and settling in our condo. 

Pebbely Beach Morning"  one of our favorite spots. The only issue here is that it is near the helicopter landing area.  In the past the small helicopters that land are not a problem, but this time, a Sheriff helicopter flew in and when landing, it blew away some of our gear.  I did manage to hold onto my pastel box, but our hats and other things that were not inside our packs blew down the beach.  Oh well, the fun of plein air painting.   

"Eucalyptus Grove of Mt Ada"  this is one of my favorite spots.  The eucalyptus grove is old and it overlooks Avalon.  

"There was a Crocked House"  Seems like everything was a little off in this painting.  Oh well, sometimes the paintings work, and other times they don't.  

"Colors of Avalon"

"Beach and taco stand on the pier"

"Moon Over Avalon"  night painting is always one of the fun things we do here in Catalina. 

This is our little golf cart that comes with the condo we stay in.  It has liberated us while on the island to go anywhere we want to paint.   

Good by beautiful Santa Catalina, until next year....

Friday, July 17, 2015

Plein Air Santa Fe 2015

On June 6 to the 13, I was honored to participate in the Juried Plein Air Santa Fe Festival.  After leaving beautiful Monument Valley, my friend Nita Harper and I drove to Santa Fe, for the week long event.   The paint out is coordinated though the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico.  There were about 50 artists from all over the US  participating in this fun event.  During the week we painted in and around the greater Santa Fe area.   At the end, there was an exhibition of the paintings at InArt Gallery, in Santa Fe, however one can still see the paintings on the website of PAPNM.  The exhibition is now down, but my paintings are available to you through Purple Sage Gallery in Albuquerque, NM, or from me personally.  

"Piedra Lumbre Morning" - 12x16 Plein Air Pastel-
Available through Purple Sage Gallery.

"Morning on Monistary Rd" 11x14 Plein Air Paste.
Available through Purple Sage Gallery.
"Early Morning Ghost Ranch Vista"  11x14 Plein Air Pastel.

"Red Rocks, II"  8x10 Plein Air Pastel-
Available through Purple Sage Gallery.

"More Piedra Lumbre" - 11x14 Plein Air Pastel.

"Sunset at The Opera"  9x12 Plein Air Pastel.

SOLD - Sunset over Santa Fe - 12x16 Plein Air Pastel.

The last day of the paint out was the "Quick Draw"  which was along the road by the Arroyo park area in Santa Fe.  The Quick draw was from 9 am to 11 am.  During that time, we had rain for about the first hour of the event, but everyone did complete their paintings.  This is my way of keeping dry out of the rain, which worked.  Below is the painting I completed during the quick draw.

"Dodging Raindrops" 8x16 Plein Air Pastel.
Painting available through Purple Sage Gallery.