Sunday, September 26, 2010

Dreams of New Mexico

I usually spend time in New Mexico in October but this year it seemed that the trip would not be possible. So I was not planning on it. However, several things fell into place such that I am able to make a short trip this year. One of the big motivations for the trip is that I have two paintings in a show in Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos and the opening is the same weekend when several of my good friends will already be there. So in 2 weeks I can spend time with them and also see the show. God is good.

Friday, September 24, 2010

juried into Gallery of Artists 2010 Landscape Show

Taos Gorge Overlook  11x14  oil
Tomorrow I bring in two paintings juried into the "2010 Landscape Show" at Cary Gallery of Artists.    The painting above is one of the two paintings.  I painted this last summer at the Taos Gorge Overlook just south of Taos, NM.   Right after I finished this painting a huge summer monsoon storm travelled across the mesa with long lightening bolts that went from sky all the way to the land.  So exciting to watch roll in - the cloud formations were amazing.
This Landscape Show will be a fun show; the opening is Friday Oct 1, 2010.  Stop by!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Two Paintings juried into the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico's Annual Juried Exhibition at Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos

Yesterday I got the news that 2 of my plein air paintings were juried into the show "The Spirit of Place".  This is the annual Juried Exhibition of the Plein Air Painters of NM.   The show will be held at the wonderful Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos, NM.  One of the reasons I was hoping to get into this show is because this museum is one of my most favorite places; the setting is amazing and the collection of Spanish religious icons, jewelry, and other historic northern New Mexico treasures is fabulous.
Opening Reception and Awards Presentation: Saturday, October 9, 2010 5pm – 7pm
Exhibition Dates: October 9 – November 14, 2010

A letter from Millicent Rogers to her son echos many of the feelings I experience when I spend time in northern New Mexico:
"Darling Paulie,
Did l ever tell you about the feeling I had a little while ago? Suddenly passing Taos Mountain I felt that I was part of the Earth, so that I felt the Sun on my Surface and the rain. I felt the Stars and the growth of the Moon, under me, rivers ran. And against me were the tides. The waters of rain sank into me. And I thought if I stretched out my hands they would be Earth and green would grow from me. And I knew that there was no reason to be lonely that one was everything, and Death was as easy as the rising sun and as calm and natural - that to be enfolded in Earth was not an end but part of oneself, part of every day and night that we lived, so that Being part of the Earth one was never alone. And all fear went out of me - with a great, good stillness and strength.
If anything should happen to me now, ever, just remember all this. I want to be buried in Taos with the wide sky - Life has been marvelous, all the experiences good and bad I have enjoyed, even pain and illness because out of it so many things were discovered. One has so little time to be still, to lie still and look at the Earth and the changing colours and the Forest - and the voices of people and clouds and light on water, smells and sound and music and the taste of wood smoke in the air.
Life is absolutely beautiful if one will disassociate oneself from noise and talk and live it according to one's inner light. Don't fool yourself more than you can help. Do what you want - do what you want knowingly. Anger is a curtain that people pull down over life so that they only see through it dimly - missing all the savor, the instincts - the delight - they feel safe only when they can down someone. And if one does that they end by being to many, more than one person, and life is dimmed - blotted and blurred! - I've had a most lovely life to myself - I've enjoyed it as thoroughly as it could be enjoyed. And when my time comes, no one is to feel that I have lost anything of it - or be too sorry - I've been in all of you - and will go on Being. So remember it peacefully - take all the good things that your life put there in your eyes - and they, your family, children, will see through your eyes. My love to all of you."

Monday, September 6, 2010

New Painting - Bryce Canyon National Park

Hoodoos at Bryce Canyon 24x18 oil

I tried this new, challenging technique today.  I've been wanting to try this for years and I'm glad I finally did it.  But it was very challenging.  Next time I need to spend more time drawing before I start to paint.  And, as usual, I need to work out my value plan first and then stick with it.  All in all, I'm satisfied with this first attempt.  Pure colors, thick paint, no greys, and a bold statement.

Featured Artist at artSPARK Gallery 2010

Today I pick up and mail out the postcards for the artSPARK Gallery 2010 - I can't wait to see these postcards in person!  The team running SPARKcon is doing a great job of crafting and promoting this fun weekend in Raleigh, NC.

New Painting - Golden Hills of California

Golden Hills  20x16  oil
Some Labor Day weekend painting results. Painted from a series of photos I snapped from the car while driving through central California. Love those golden hills.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

new plans - a Solo Show in January 2011

Taos Gorge, Summer  11x14  oil
In January 2011 the Town of Cary will host my solo show entitled "A Passion for the Western Landscape"! This will be a show of large works that I will be creating in the next four months - I'd better get started!