Early drawing/painting stage, establishing dark shadows and composition
Final stage, details laid in, notice door and lightpost shadows
So this is from one of my many trips to Taos, NM. I set up my easel on Ledoux Street, one of the most historic streets in Taos. I loved the character of the door and it was early in the morning. The shadows and lights were most apparent at that time. When you paint, you must own that scene and give it your all. Attack the painting like it was an animal, well not Mike Vick style (Go Eagles!), but like a lion hunting a gazelle. Just use your animal instincts and you’ll know what I mean. And I do love animals, I’d rather paint than eat them. Got that PETA? This painting used to be on the site, but was bought so I took it off to make room for others. Thank you all for looking, more to come in the future!
The Girls, Inc. artshow was a success in a nutshell. For the most part, it went quite smoothly. I quit the Loretto gig a few days prior, wondering if I shot myself in the foot and missing some opportunity. But there is a saying, “When one doors closes, another one opens” rang true. My friends Kate and Russ who asked if I wanted to share my booth and split the booth fee, would it be good for them, for me, for everyone? Turns out yes on all counts. I liked the energy and feel of our booth, and the location on the plaza was great. I didn’t like the tent, as it was as cheap as can be, the legs didn’t stand as straight, it was more like the leaning tower of tent. But the buyers did come, had a great Saturday with 5 sold paintings, and Sunday I sold 12 paintings. It was such validation and relief. I worked hard and it finally paid off. They were mostly small paintings I sold. I also did a dog portrait from a photo and people were impressed with it. I might get a commission or two from it, so I’m glad that doing a demo worked out. I got a bit tense (more like an animal though) while packing up, as I was overly tired and dehydrated. Later that evening, Russ, Kate and I met at the Coyote Cafe in Santa Fe for some margaritas and chow. It was a great way to end a successful weekend. By the way, we’re going to share a booth again, hopefully on Labor Day Weekend (3 days!) on the plaza. I sent in my application today, I can’t wait for that show.
My shared booth, 5×10 space at the Girls, Inc Show
Pathway to El Santuario, Chimayo
I wanted to show this painting I had done because I thought it symbolized the day I had today. I’m always outdoors when I’m at the Loretto chapel in Santa Fe. I had some of my best work to date and there’s all kinds of pressures to deal with. The skies are always changing, new cloud formations come out of the old ones. At one point, the sky was covered with light and dark clouds and there was one patch of blue sky, but it was in a strange shape near the cross of the church. The shape looked like a cross, then turned into an angel. I pointed it to my fellow vendors and tourists around me. I don’t think anyone had a camera at the time, the image of my “blue angel” disappeared in the clouds. An hour later, the hardest hitting of rains came and washed away the crowds. Just about everyone packed it in around 3pm and left. Almost every day it has rained sometime, but it’s monsoon season here, and I’m glad it’s almost over. In fact, I wish it didn’t rain the rest of the summer. It’s very frusturating when it rains, because it hurts business. But at the same time, it made me respect mother nature and its awsome power. Maybe this month of rain has tested my faith. If painting is like a religion, then my faith must be affected by mother nature. Mother nature protects you, nourishes you, is visually stunning. I think that to be a great plein air painter, you must have the upmost respect for mother nature before having the right skills. Of course I would love for one day not to rain, but what can you do?