Wednesday, October 29, 2014



6x6 palette knife painting on gessobord
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Lherm Lavender Field
Lavande de Lherm
in the Lot Region of France produces some of the finest quality of Lavender oil in France
It is a small farm but truly a painter's paradise.
Click on the link above to read about the farm and its owners.

Before lavender is ready for harvest, the color is more magenta than lavender.

Thursday, October 23, 2014



I have embarked on a fun project of painting from my photos taken while I was in France in June.
I wish I could have stayed there for a month of painting! 

The countryside of France seems so unique
 rolling hills 
small quaint villages
and stone buildings 
 private gardens and ditches for irrigation

I took photos of my painting steps which I thought you might enjoy.
Village Farm, France
12x12 oil on gessobord
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Block in with think transparent colors

Adding some opaque colors to buildings and trees

More development of buildings 

Starting to develop the sky

Progressing in covering much of the block in colors especially the sky
Working on foreground field and bale

Using palette knife to give the effect of straw left in the field

Thursday, October 16, 2014


MEET NEW ARTISTS and get to know them through their BLOG!

At the end of the introductions I tell you a little more about myself in answer to the questions blog hoppers (pun intended) are asked.

 I was introduced by

who lives half the year in France and the other half in England. She has become my friend. I am honored that Marion chose to include me in the Blog Hop. Here's one of Marion's awesome paintings. Click here to see more.
Nodding Sunflowers by Marion Hedger

I am excited to introduce you to

Dee Sanchez
Dee is also a friend, but I met her right here in my community.
Dee Sanchez - Biography

Dee Sanchez lives and works in the village of Alameda, New Mexico.

She is an intuitive colorist and paints in the alla prima style, completing every painting in one sitting, whether it be a small 6x8"canvas of sunflowers or a 60x60" large painting of a Santa Fe landscape.

Her subjects include grand vistas, cloudscapes and skyscapes, huge, chaotic masses of native wildflowers, and the small villages and people of her state. She is most known for her paintings of sunflowers. 

Dee is also a plein air painter and a member of the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico. As Dee likes to say."I absolutely love painting in the studio but my greatest passion is traveling through New Mexico on short day trip adventures, painting luscious oils out of the back of my car."

Dee is a juried member on, one of the largest daily painting websites in the world, and also a member of DailyPaintworks, a fantastic website showcasing artists from all over the world.

Dee was the poster artist for the 2012 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and has just finished a huge project called RETRO CHALLENGE.  Dee painted 150 paintings in 150 days for 150 dollars each.  They flew out the gallery door, Weems Gallery, yet some are still available.  Contact the gallery or Dee.  Follow Dee's blog.

Red Sunset by Dee Sanchez
Duet by Dee Sanchez
18x36 SOLD

I also want to introduce

I found Linda on our blogger website and follow her regularly.  She posts interesting sharing of information type of blogs.  Linda lives in Connecticut with her culinary artist husband and their three beautiful children.  She is opening a new gallery and studio.  Wow!

                                       Artist infused with an Entrepreneurial Spirit

At a very young age Linda loved to draw and create with pencil and magic marker. In third grade she began drawing dog portraits. By high school, she had completed both beginning art and business classes. With a few months of training from a local professional artist, Linda began designing, painting and selling t-shirts to her friends, family and campers during the summer months.
During Linda's college years, when she studied Business Administration, she signed up for as many art electives as she could and from that point on creating ART would play a big part in her life.  For the next 10 years Linda continued to weave together both her love for creating art with a business mindset to forge a career in the marketing, advertising and graphic design world. Linda’s business, Image Express, worked with both local and nationally known clients such as the Screen Actors Guild of New York, CRN International and Masonic Charity Foundation.
An “al a carte” art education from various universities and local art schools led Linda to a position in the education department at the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, CT where her love for art history, the study of contemporary artists and teaching art blossomed. 

Dairy Farm Along Route 24 by Linda S. Marino
12x24 oil

And now here is
 who has been compared to Dr. Seuss, Gustav Klimt, and the Gumby animator Art Coakey.  Susan and I met on-line when she started following my blog.  Her work was so unusual and fun we have remained blog friends. Follow Susan's blog.

Susan currently resides in a small rural town in RI, a mere three houses from the ocean.
She has been making fantastical watercolors for over 35 years. She is inspired by her love of color, a sense of playfulness and whimsy and a passion for painting. She creates one page stories that take place in imaginary worlds.

She is currently exhibiting at Galerie Spirale and Chateau de Waroux  in Belgium,  The Artful Heart in Arlington, MA,  and the South Coast Artists Studio Tours.

“Medyn is gifted with a color sense as savory as fresh fruit and an imagination capable of setting genetics soundly on its ear. She gives life to an astonishing wonderland of beasties, plants and totemic trees, part vegetable, part animal and part apartment house for a diminutive universe of creatures. At times her work superficially recalls such diverse artists as Paul Klee and Dr. Seuss. Yet her work is decidedly her own; it has remarkable ability to appeal to virtually every level of sophistication.” – Noel Suter, Metroland

                            Now my answers to the blog hop questions

  What am I working on?
     2014 included more than the usual amount of travel, all of it for art: painting, workshops and photography.  I took four paintings trips this year;  two were MAJOR and included sightseeing and photography, and plein air painting.  Now I am in the process of creating a series of paintings of France based upon my time there. Additionally I spend a lot of time marketing my art on-line through my website, my blog, and even Facebook. Beginning in January 2015, my art will be represented by Weems Gallery in Albuquerque.

 How does my work differ from others in its genre?
        I am working very hard to paint with more intense and lively colors, yet still be a representational artist.  The use of pure colors brings more excitement to me and my paintings.  Even when painting in plein air, I like to push color a bit and widen the value range.

 Why do I create what I do?
    I can't not paint. Like an addict, I can't stop because I absolutely love to paint and to push myself to constantly improve. I create and surround myself with beauty: in my home, my yard, and my wall art. I believe when my paintings find a new home, they provide beauty and lift up all who view my work.  

  How does my creative process work?
    Beauty is everywhere.  When I see it, I want to paint it.  The challenge for me is to narrow down my subject into an actual painting.  I don't know how painters of the Grand Canyon do it.  I have to zero into a smaller area, one that doesn't include a 30x60 inch canvas.  I use my creative process as an excuse (a very good excuse) to travel to interesting locations not only near me, but in various other states and even abroad.  
    After sketching in the image on the canvas, I block in the colors using only transparent dark paints.  Then I develop all areas with opaque paints.  I leave the highlights and some dark touches for the third and final step; sometimes called the "eye candy" of the painting.  


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

ABIQUIU, NEW MEXICO....gorgeous Georgia O'Keeffe Country


Fall in New Mexico
 and time to paint outdoors in the clear mountain air
Northern New Mexico Georgia O'Keeffe country  

My husband and I spent a wonderful day in Abiquiu visiting many artists' open studios.  Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch are favorite places of mine.  The Pedernal mountain was something Georgia O'Keeffe loved to paint.

Georgia O'Keeffe is well known for her love of New Mexico as depicted in her art. She came to New Mexico in 1929 as a guest of Mabel Dodge Luhan who was part of an arts and literary circle in Taos. 

Beginning in the mid-30's she lived and worked at her home at Ghost Ranch. In 1945  she purchased a second home down the road in Abiquiu. She walked in the desert and painted the New Mexico landscapes until her failing eyesight forced her to stop in 1984. She died, in Santa Fe, in 1986.

Abiquiu is believed to have been settled by Indians from Mesa Verde who abandoned the area in 1500. By the mid-1700's, Spain colonized the region by deeding land grants to the Christianized Indians who were affiliated with the Spanish. It is believed that parts of Georgia O'Keeffe's home may date back to this period, perhaps 1760.

The adobe home in the village of Abiquiu has been left much as it was when O'Keeffe lived there. When Georgia O'Keeffe purchased the property it was in ruins. The walled compound is set on the edge of a mesa and the view, itself, is worth having a home in that location. Over the next three years, O'Keeffe worked with her friend, Maria Chabot, to renovate the property. She added gardens and innovative architectural detail.

The cottonwood trees hadn't completely turned yellow; my hope is to find a day in my painting schedule to return to Abiquiu within two weeks when fall is in full glory.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Painting and Website Do-Overs

Painting and Website Do-Overs

I just spent more than a week rebuilding my website with FASO 
a company I always loved but left.  
Many artists don't need as much tech help as me so going it alone, or nearly so, works well for them.

Now that heavy work week is behind me and I am happy.  
Please check it out at

Here are a four paintings with which I was not happy.
  Let me know what you think about the do-overs.

First Painting of Rural Life in France
Played too much with color
Second Painting of Rural Life in France
More accurate color representation as field wasn't ready for harvest
Cut off 3 inches;
Now a 9x12
First Painting of In the Garden
Direct sun coming through trees with no sky in view
caused light to blow out
Reworked Painting of "In the Garden"
Invented a sky and minimized tree with white blossoms
First Painting of "Renaissance Flowers"
Bottom right didn't please me
Reworked Painting of "Renaissance Flowers"
Now bottom right more clearly shows container edge
First painting of Natchez Poppies
Paint strokes seemed choppy
Reworked painting of Natchez Poppies

There is always so much to learn with painting, technology, marketing 
that sometimes I get really weary.

How do you keep up with all the change and learning?