Wednesday, October 17, 2012

"New Mexico Native"
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
Mornings here in Las Cruces are beginning to feel a bit like Fall, although the trees haven't yet changed color.  The foliage, especially in the Valley near the river will soon look like this native. 
The Daily Paintworks website offers a weekly challenge to their members, and to anyone else interested in participating.  This painting below is my response to their challenge, in which the artist is to depict an emotion.  I chose to leave that emotion to the viewer......could it be joy, passion, contentment, or even sadness if they are parting?  I may join the website, although a painting a day is beyond my expectations....perhaps three times weekly?
Oil on Canvas Panel

Lucie will be featured in the Friday, November 2nd column, "Critter Corner" in the Las Cruces Sun-News.  I suspect she'll be expecting us to begin the "Lucie Squires Fan Club" when that gets out.  She's already waiting for the newspaper delivery person......

Stay tuned...........

Monday, October 8, 2012

Eric Wallis Workshop on the Mountain

Yesterday, I participated in a plein air workshop taught by Utah artist, Eric Wallis, and organized by local artist and friend, Julie Ford-Oliver (thank you, Julie).  Eric was in town for the opening of his new show at a local gallery.  The location was at the foothills of our beautiful Organ Mountains in a natural-area park called Dripping Springs.  The morning (8AM-eek) was crisp and the light flat, so the early morning demonstration painting done by Eric was beautifully soft with a minimum of value changes. 
Here is a photograph of Eric's subject and his completed painting. 
 Following the demonstration, Julie's husband Jim treated everyone to a delicious "burger" lunch cooked on the grill on the mountain.......(thank you, Jim).  Linda Hagen brought a surprise guest, but it didn't hang around for lunch. 
I'll be working to complete the painting I started yesterday afternoon, and will share it in another post.
Lucie is feeling totally left out....she didn't get to go yesterday.
Stay tuned........

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Diez y Seis de Septiembre

Mexico Celebrates Its Independence on the 16th of September

16th of September Fiesta

Oil on Gallerywrap Canvas  16x20

For information on this painting, please contact the Gallery.

In Dolores Hidalgo on September 16th, 1810, Father Hidalgo launched the Mexican War of Independence against Spain.  Each year, this event is celebrated on the plaza in old Mesilla, our neighbor, with mariachi music and folklorico dancers like those pictured above. 
Images of my paintings of challenges #4 and #5 have now been posted to the "Let'sPaintNewMexico"  blog.  Please visit and let me know what you think about both the blog and my work.
It is Lucie's naptime (which we don't disturb under pain of death!), but I'm know she'll want to visit with you next time.

Stay tuned........