Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Best in Show Award - Enchanted Lands: Celebrating NM Public Lands

"Piedra Lumbre Morning" 11x14 Plein Air Pastel.
I was so honored to be awarded the Best in Show award for this painting, at the above named show with the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico.  The juror for this show was Richard Prather, an award winning artist and signature member with PAPNM, and OPA.  
Thank you also to the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico for this great show opportunity and the award.  The exhibition is at the Open Spaces Visitors Center Gallery, at 6500 Coors NW Albuquerque NM.  Open Tues. to Sunday Sep. 6 - Oct. 26, 2014.    


Friday, September 5, 2014

Painting in Beautiful Abiquiu, NM - I know why Georgia O'Keeffe loved These Vistas so much!!

Last week I painted in one of my favorite places, Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch,  New Mexico.  The time of year could not have been better, as the monsoons have left the desert a-blaze with wildflowers and green grass.  The contrast between the greenery and the red rocks are fabulous.  I was painting with Albert Handell with his paint-a-long Mentor-ship group.  It was a fun and creative week with six other artist from Colorado and New Mexico.  These are most of the paintings from that week.

"Piedra Lumbre Splendor" 7x18 Plein Air Pastel.

"Piedra Lumbre Again" 12x16 Plein air Pastel.

"Clouds Over Ghost Ranch" 12x16 Plein Air Pastel.

"Rim Lighting" 12x16 Plein Air Pastel.

"Abiquiu Morning" 11x14 Plein Air Pastel.
"Abiquiu Morning Clouds"  6x18 Plein Air Pastel.

"Red Rocks and Chamisa"  11x14 Plein Air Pastel.

"Albert's Inspiration"  12x16 Plein Air Pastel.

"Cottonwood" 12x16 Plein Air Pastel.

"Shadows of The Shinning Rocks" 14x14 Plein air Pastel.

Thanks for following my blog, I'd love to hear from you, and let me know what you think of my work.  Enjoy, until next time.   

Current Openings; Two Exhibitions:

I have paintings in the following two exhibitions, both opening soon.  If you are near either location, please stop in and see the show, both will be worth it.  Let me know what you think if you are able to go.

"Piedra Lumbre Morning"  11x14 Plein air Pastel.

"Diablo Canyon Morning" 11x14 plein air Pastel.

"Cliffs of the Back Bay"  11x14 Plein air Pastel.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Painting on beautiful Catalina Island once again

Last week I spent another magical four days painting with great artists and good friends in beautiful  Avalon, in Catalina Island.  Each year three other artist, Terry d Chacon, Nita Harper and Joan Coffey and I venture to this island for our fill of plein air painting, morning to night.  The light there is just magical, even if it is a foggy morning, which it can be at times in the summer.  This is my 7th year going there in August, and Terry and Joan's 9th.  We never seem to tire looking for new locations, and painting new scenes in familiar  locations.  Here are my paintings for this trip and a few photos of the fun.  Enjoy!!

Each year after we arrive we always stop here for a great Mexican meal and get ready for the painting adventures.

"Pebbly Beach Morning" 9x12 plein air Pastel.

"Early Morning Calm" 11x14 plein air pastel.

Morning painters!!

"Casino Shadows"  9x12 Plein Air Pastel

"Catalina Cactus"  7x12 Plein Air Pastel. 

Zipline Road" -  11x14 Plein Air Pastel.

My Painting buddies, Nita Harper, Joan Coffey, Terry Chacon, and our little golf cart.

"The Green Pier "  8x14 plein air pastel.

"Another Vista of the Green Pier"  7.5 x 16 Plein Air Pastel.

Great meals and beautiful views.
Good by beautiful Santa Catalina Island, until 
next year!!  It is always a fun time here in Avalon.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Point Lobos and Monterey, CA.

July 3rd to the 7th I spent another 5 days painting in one of my most favorite coastal areas of the country, Carmel and Monterey area.  Painting these coastal scenes are so much fun.  I also enjoyed painting with my painting friends from the Albert Handell mentoring group, including Albert and Jeannine.  In addition there  was also an opening at the Mountainsong Gallery, in Carmel by the Sea, from our Mentoring paint out last May.  You can  see my painting on the Mountainsong Gallery site on  

My first painting of this trip,  was in a beautiful spot, looking through this arch.  I loved the shine on the water  and the beautiful sunlight, it was just perfect.  "Point Lobos Arch" 12x16 plein air pastel.  

My view this morning... Point Lobos.

Painting by the coast in the summertime means changing conditions quickly, such as one minute the sun is shinning on your view, and the next time you look up, the fog rolls in, and away goes the view.  

Here comes the fog bank, can you see it rolling in?
The view is all gone, you just have to sit down and wait for it to roll back out or just make it up.  I do better when I wait to see what is out there.
"Bird Rock Afternoon Vista" 12x16 plein air Pastel.
Rolling, Rolling, Rolling..... 10x21 plein air pastel.

"Piney Cove Vista" 12x16 Plein Air Pastel.

"Mustang Sally's View" 12x16 Plein Air Pastel.

Point Lobos Vista, 7x18 Plein Air Pastel.
"Carmel Beach Vista"  12x16 Plein Air Pastel.

"Dunes of Carmel Beach" 12x16 Plein Air Pastel.

"Carmel Beach Afternoon" 12x16 lein Air Pastel.

Thanks for following by blog.  Next weekend I will be teaching  a two day Pastel Workshop for Mountain Arts Network, in Lake Arrowhead, CA.  I'm sure it will be loads of fun.  Until next time.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Plein Air Santa Fe - PAPNM

June 7 to the 13th, I had a great time painting with the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, for their 2nd annual Juried, Paint Santa Fe.  There were 49 artist from all over the US, and  during the week, we painted at various locations surrounding Santa Fe.  On the last day, Friday morning, was the "Quick Draw", which was in Santa Fe along Alameda Ave and the Santa Fe River Park.  That evening was the opening reception for the exhibition at the beautiful InArt Gallery on Delgado Ave, in Santa Fe. Each participating 49 artist submitted 2 finished paintings they had completed during the week long competition.  Here are my paintings from the week.

"Ghost Ranch Morning Vista" 12x16 Plein Air Pastel

"Clouds over Abiqui Lake"  11x14 Plein Air Pastel.

"Pecos River, II" - 9x12 Plein Air Pastel

"Pecos River, I" - 11x14 Plein Air Pastel

"Piedra Lumbre, III" - 12x16 Plein Air Pastel.

"Cayote Fence" 6x12 Plein Air Pastel

"Ghost Ranch Morning Vista"  12x16 Plein Air Pastel.

"Diablo Canyon Morning" 11x14 Plein Air Pastel

"Cayoto Fence Morning Shadows"  9x12 Plein Air Pastel.
Quick Draw Painting

It was truly a fun week, it is always one of my favorite places to paint, but the addition of painting with 49 other great painter, the event was truly great.  I also enjoyed the company of my two painting and travel  buddies, Terry d Chacon and Nita Harper.  Until next time, thanks for following my blog.