Monday, March 10, 2014
Georgia's Casa and Pedernal.
Georgia loved the mountain called Pedernal and reportedly
claimed God made it just for her. As she requested, her ashes
were spread at the top of it.
I had to take my references from over the wall which
surrounds the O'Keeffe home on Ghost Ranch.
I have been having the dickens of a time painting something
which satisfies me. I hate to think how many wipers
I had with this one. I will share some of the painting
journey with you.
I took of a view
of the house in
Thought it would be
prominent. That was
Wiped it off.
Did it again and
wiped it off...
three times in all!
Just like the song, Georgia on my Mind, I still felt
compelled to say something relating to O'Keeffe
with paint so I found more photos, location sketches,
and using the same board wiped clean...
off between the distance
of foreground to house
and bush in front
looks too much in
the house smaller.
Bush at side larger...
Oh boy, house looks
like a school bus!
That mountain called
Pedernal, is very,
Noticed too much of a
row lined up at bottom,
Added more sky and
tested grey cloud
Scraped off bottom
weeds at front. Enlarged
casa a little bit, but now
I have the darned house
ending in the dead middle!
- take gun and pull the
trigger someone. Put me
out of my misery.
Here is what I settled on.
(heeello...is there a house in there!)
I shortened the edge of the
house to prevent it being on
a tangent with the center by
making the bush into a
I suggested a path of dirt from the front up. I placed some more
clouds in the sky and made them appear further away by making
the shadows lighter.
I am going through some emotional stress at the moment and can see
how it effects my art. Everything is a struggle.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Tea and Pears
8x6in watercolor on aquabord $125. SOLD
Protective coating added
I have a new teapot. I am still having fun
trying to figure out its different viewpoints.
After FOUR WIPERS trying to paint
a landscape of Georgia O'Keeffe's house
on Ghost Ranch...I took a deep breath, decided
not to ram the palette knife through my heart
and changed my media.
I know...you have all been through it and
surely do understand and sympathize.
This is the second painting done with
watercolor on the Ampersand Aquabord.
I am exploring the different ways to use
the fracturing technique on this surface.
The Aquabord intrigues me as you do not
have to put the watercolor under glass
as long as it has a protective coating.
The surface is different. It has a fine pebbly
tooth. I like the way you can place
flowing wash or dry brush using the texture
of the surface.
I recommend this video tutorial from
Friday, February 28, 2014
Blue and White Porcelain
5x7in watercolor on aqua board $100. SOLD
This one was an experiment.
I was trying some new methods and was
surprised how this turned out. All transparent
watercolors on Aqua Board by Ampersand.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Georgia's View - Ghost Ranch, NM
6x8in oil on canvas panel $125. SOLD
Ghost Ranch near Abiquiu, NM. is a wondrous place
for an artist.
A painter friend and I would stay a full week and we
did it for several years in a row.
It is a place where you can rent
a cottage or room and meals are provided, another big draw!
Georgia O'Keeffe owned two houses. One on the ranch
and the other in the small village of Abiquiu, NM.
The above painting is from a plein air sketch I did a
few years ago and is one of the many fabulous
views O'Keeffe would see from her home on the ranch.
Below are a couple of my photos taken while at
Ghost Ranch. Be prepared for jaw dropping moment
if you love the colors of the desert.
click to enlarge.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Sunset on the Bosque.
6x6in oil on canvas panel $100. SOLD
A beautiful sunset reflecting on water and snow.
Sometimes it is nice to do a small painting
which does not fight back.
One of the blogs I follow, Conservatively Bohemian,
showed this wonderful PHOTO
I wrote and asked Sherry if I could use
the photo and being the lovely person she is...
of course she said yes.
Thanks again Sherry!
The photo is full of mood and is of a sunrise.
As always, once I start painting it takes on
a life of its own and soon it became a sunset
reflecting on the water at the bosque.
Why the bosque? Most likely because I have
recently been painting it and it was fresh in
my mind. I have also painted the sunset
at the bosque quite a few times so the colors
and reflections are in my memory buds.
Funny how I can forget the grocery list but
remember the visual stuff.
Anyone out there who can relate?
Thursday, February 20, 2014
6x6in oil on canvas panel $100. SOLD
This is influenced by a photo I took in Abiquiu, New Mexico
of the back of the Georgia O'Keeffe house...
looking over the wall with a zoom lens!
I was concerned about doing too much of a likeness as they
have copyrighted absolutely everything related to Georgia.
A visit to the home on tour is worth all the security and
scolding if one steps away from the strict directions. I loved
seeing her studio, kitchen and view.
I went back on a different day to explore the surroundings
and took lots of photos and painted color samples.
In my last post I showed how I use glass to explore options
when using a photo for reference.
Here is another way I find it INVALUABLE when showing.
artists options for improving their painting.
This painting below is by an artist friend who had copied an
old etching in oil and added color.
Placing the glass over it made it easy to explore some
changes before working on the canvas itself.
I like this method of showing the many different ways
the painting can be improved. FEARLESSLY.
row of bushes
and not having
them all on the
of the straight
The brush flows smoothly over the glass and it makes
wish all canvas felt the same way!
Easy to lift off with the paint scraper and I use a
Clorox wipe to clean it off completely.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Santa Fe Adobe
6x8in oil on canvas panel $125.
The color of the adobe clay is extra marvelous
in the snow. Adobe comes in many different
shades of earth colors according to the area and
type of soil it is made from.
I always place a piece of glass over a photo reference
to make sure it can become a painting beyond just
copying a photo.
Here are the steps I took in developing the painting above.
This old adobe has had
added to the top of the
house. The vigas -
(wooden posts) show
where the original roof
must have been. yes,
they pop tops in the old
adobe houses too!
Placing the glass over
the photo I paint the
roof line where
I want it to be.
Next I turn to the
I am establishing
the colors of the
Then the gate color
I can easily wipe off
and try something else.
It is important for me
to use my imagination
and try different colors
From this last one I
arrived at the one above
changing to the horizontal
format and adding snow and
I sometimes bring out other reference photos if I am
not sure. On this one I had some pics of the foreground
chamisa plants in the snow.
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Colors of Winter
5x7in oil on canvas panel $100.
Bosque Del Apache, New Mexico
Once again a mix from photos and imagination.
I prefer this scene with winter colors rather than
the greens of summer. When out painting plein air
I always find green difficult to get the right harmony
and it is a real struggle to achieve a natural appearance
of the many subtle, different shades in front of me.
If I go more decorative then it can be fun and bright,
but if I try to mix what I actually "see" then all heck
happens and I have many frustrating attempts.
Back in the security of my studio I can work with green,
but then I lose the freshness I value from the outdoor
sketches. Any solutions or suggestions will be gratefully
My outdoor/travel palette is:
Cobalt blue or Ultra Blue
Transp Oxide Brown
I mix my purples from the alizarin and ultra
My ochres by adding purples to the yellow
from black and yellow or ochre
blue and yellow plus red or T brown.
(Phyllis - can you spot it?)
Thursday, February 13, 2014
A Day of Love and Memories
6x8in oil on canvas panel SOLD
On Valentines Day I like to sit and think about all the
different types of love in my life - past and present
and definitely Pets
I feel blessed, and I am grateful.
A love filled Valentines Day to you all.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Sky and River
6x6in oil on canvas board $100.
A painting from memory and photo.
Below are the awesome Sandhill Cranes which
winter at Bosque Del Apache, N.M.
Only a 100 minute drive north of where I live.
Thanks for all the thoughtful inquiries about my
lack of blogging. Nice to be missed.
Thank you also for the beautiful comments on
my being included in The Art Room feature
on Artists Who Blog.
Many interesting and wonderful artists are
being interviewed and I highly recommend it.
The link above is for today's piece.