Thursday, July 30, 2015



with Dee Sanchez, Artist and Great Driver

Heading north toward the Sangre de Christo mountains,  the initial bluffs are dry and scrubby.  Clouds are building.

In Chimayo, we loved this gate and religious wall mural on a typical adobe wall

The old Vigil store, now know as El Potrero Trading Post

Sancturario de Chimayo
I wasn't able to go in as mass was being held

In Chimayo, this small town is most famous for Sanctuario de Chimayo.  This shrine, a National Historic Landmark, is famous for the story of its founding and as a contemporary pilgrimage site.

Rancho de Chimayo Restaurant has wonderful Mexican food, great for indoor and outdoor dining.

New Mexico is out of our long lasting drought in this part of the state. It was lush and green.

Wildflowers, intersting fence posts create angles worthy of paintings

Sunflowers in full bloom, Ponderosa Pines on hillside

Whose house this is I do not know
It is within the village though

We are high...over 7000 feet
Dee's photo of sign at our lunch restaurant in Penasco.
 We had the best green chili cheeseburger of a lifetime, so good both of forgot to take a photo of it. The Green Chili Cheeseburger had a thick crisp slice on bacon on a homemade focaccia roll with crisp warm edges..

The above several photographs were taken rolling through the countryside and villages including Truchas, 
Las Trampas, Cordova and Penasco.  
The gorgeous dark clouds continued to build as we continued north to within 23 miles of Taos.

Las Trampas San Jose de Gracias Church
A Historical Site
Photo courteous of Wikipedia

(Following information and photograph from Wikipedia) 
 "Straddling a high ridge, the community began as the Nuestra SeƱora del Rosario, San Fernando y Santiago del Rio de las Truchas Grant, a Spanish land grant in 1754 and, due to its geography and location, remained a relatively unchanged outpost over the centuries. The land grant is commonly known as the Truchas Land Grant, gaining its name from the river that provides the water for irrigation of the land. Truchas is the Spanish word for trout."
Dee and I talked about our reading and seeing the movie "Milagro Beanfield War" while we were in Truchas.  The novel was written John Nichols.  Robert Redford directed the movie.

Now it is time to paint.
Stay tuned!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Hot July Newsletter covering my four Painting Processes plus Six Bonus Tips

Complete July Newsletter on

By now you, my Blogger and Google Subscribers, may have noticed it has been a while since I have posted any updates here.  My Fine Art Studio Online website  has so many wonderful features as well as its reach, I regularly post there.  My website always includes new art work as it is finished.  

Many of you get my Newsletter on my website.  For those of you who do not receive it and would like to, click here.

The July newsletter is so full of information I titled it 

an unfinished book in one newsletter.

You will find illustrations and directions for my four painting processes
 as well as six very important tips.

Adobe Charm
oil on canvas