Wow! Happy Fourth of July

Amazing how time flies when you are busy and busy it has been. We took a two week driving vacation to visit family  and new great grand kids [that was a real adventure)  through Utah,  Idaho, Oregon and Nevada…3100 miles later..but worth every bit of it!  This was in the  middle May….first show right around the corner.. Ah ha. I was on top of the game and had been working in the studio burning the mid night oil before V Day (vacation day).. Here are some of new pieces….

 

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This stone had such lovely colors with a hit of orange and yellow..perfect canvas for a prickly pear cactus with the species Magnificent Hummer found in the arroyos of Arizona. This piece is at the Gifted Hands Gallery in Madrid New Mexico. If you have never been there, this is a charming area …back way from Santa Fe to Albuquerque..unique and rich in history of the Turquoise Trail.

 

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Any one out there a Garth Brooks fan??  Love his song..Wild Horses Keep Callin’ Me Away…so that is the name of this painting which is on a fabulous piece of Picture Jasper. This was a commission and is in a private collection.

 

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While visiting the park and Royal Gorge in Canyon City, Colorado, I took this photo of a young Mountain Sheep..the Polk a dot  Jasper was the perfect canvas..Enjoyed painting this as it brought back the memories of a long run a way week end …The weather was cold and windy..but that is Colorado Rocky Mountains for you. This piece will be shown this week end at the Quality Inn..Pagosa Artfest..July 19th and 20th..hopeful for fair weather..

 

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Fun and frolicking on the pond..that’s what beavers do! This piece is paint ed on a Blue Brazilian Agate, which gives the impression of water and a complimentary color with the golden aspen leaves. Beavers are really a fun animal to paint. This piece is sold and in a private collection.

Summer has been cool and rainy with lots of thunder storms..every show…but tents are good and weights held in the wind. This week end should be clear and sunny..so if you are in the area, visit us at the Quality Inn…..

 

 

 

 

That’s My Story and I’m Stick ‘in to it..Springtime in the Rockys

It has been a challenge to paint lately with our changing weather..one day sunshine, then windy, blustery and snowy.

The desk is full of show schedules to decide on, gallery orders are coming in, and my new rock shipments have arrived. Time to roll up the shirt sleeves and press in to start paint all the wildlife that lives among the stone canvasses.

I have a charming  little boutique gallery in Madrid New Mexico called Gifted Hands..here are a few New Mexico style paintings that are being shown …

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Hummingbirds are attracted to red..so I played with a little color on  color with red-toned jasper and Hot Chili Peppers..this was a fun piece to do. I created this while it was snowing outside..warmed my day.

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Prickly Pear Cactus is a real draw to Hummingbirds in the New Mexico Territory..

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The Agave Plant is a native to New Mexico and Dragonflies are such a beautiful sight to see as they dance around the blossoms. This piece was painted on Brazilian Agate. The wings of the dragonfly have several layers of color glazed over each other to create an air of transparency.

Madrid New Mexico is rich in Spanish Heritage and the back doorway into Albuqueque. History is alive and well!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Changing Colors on the Rock..Spring is on the way…

Days are starting to warm, and the sound of Spring is in the air..Canada Geese flew over the house yesterday and a jaunty Red Poll bird was just  at the feeder. My paintings are warming up and the colors are changing as so goes the season.. I just finished my annual wholesale order for the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show..it was fun with lots of new pieces… Now I am doing some wolves..one of my favorite subjects to paint… 2014-02-19 155246 This wolf is painted on a wonderful piece of jasper with copper in it. I named this the Copper Creek Wolf. It is going to travel to Gifted hands Gallery in Madrid New Mexico. If you have never visited Madrid, you are in for a real treat..it is quaint and full of history.. 2014-02-17 160323 Chrysacolla is the canvas for this portrait of a wolf. This piece is sold . I enjoyed painting this wolf as the stone was the perfect compliment. 2014-02-13 150152 New Mexico Wolf..painted on an earthy colored piece of Brazilian Agate..I imaged him living in the Sheep Springs Area of New Mexico..but then who knows, he could be in your back yard???? He is sold and will be living in a private collection in New Mexico. 2014-02-11 122058This is not a stone I would normally use for the canvass for this wolf, but the colors seemed to lend themselves nicely for the background as the seasons are changing..from the cold snow of winter to the beautiful colors of spring…this stone is Ocean Jasper and this piece is going to the gallery in Madrid..Gifted hands..

It’s a wrap for 2013..Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Pagosa Country

This is my time of year to  reflect on the art work, check my supplies and get see what critters will be living on my stone canvasses.

Below is  a new little guy…the friendly Beaver..

2013-12-23 175011.He  is painted on Picture Jasper and is ready to find a home to dwell in. Size is approximately 5″x7″ . $70.00. Includes easel. Beavers are really very interesting and comical animals to watch as they are always busy doing something either building dams, gnawing on trees or just splashing a round. After observing these little guys, I realize where the old saying came from…”Busy as a Beaver”.

2013-12-31 135713This Bald Eagle is looking at what?? I will leave it to your imagination. He is painted on a piece of Red Jasper and will be wing it to Tucson Arizona to the Gem and Mineral Show at will be displayed at West Coast Gem and Mineral Gallery.

2013-08-01 123233This Bull Elk is in the rut..Just think hunting season is several months away..This piece is on Amethyst Sage which has a background of trees and earthy formations . This piece is sold.

2013-12-04 170721Play day in the snow..? Painted on Amethyst Sage and Chalcedony.This wolf piece is at home for the present time, at the Damselfly Galleries in Midtown Kentucky. Check out their website for a unique gallery.

Well I am off to the studio as I just received several boxes of new stone to paint on..like Christmas in January..Take care and my the Good Lord watch over and keep you in 2014…

 

WARM INDIAN SUMMER DAYS IN PAGOSA COUNTRY

Wow!! where has the summer gone..fall came so quickly this year, but when you are busy doing  art shows, it makes for a short time frame.

Summer in Pagosa Country was cool and wet with lots of thunder storms  during the shows. Thanks to all of you who came out and shared with all of the artists. You are appreciated.

In October the newly formed Pagosa Art Makers had a wonderful art show at the Pagosa Center for the Arts and Shy Rabbit. It was very professionally done with all sorts of arts, crafts and fabulous entertainment. Watch for the next show…it is amazing at the number of artists that call Pagosa home.

I have been putting in some long hours in the studio, but enjoying every minute  creating  wildlife on new and different stones. I love to look at the rock and say “I wonder who lives here”..

2013-08-17 155148This Appy is painted on a newly acquired stone called “Rolling Hills”. It reminded me of  the Book Cliffs near Grand Junction Colorado..lots of wild horses there.

2013-09-10 170159Brrrr,,nothing like a little Polar Bear Fun…This piece will be debuting in Tucson at the Gem and Mineral..with West Coast Gem and Minerals. It was a fun piece to do.

2013-10-17 131842Fun time with the Chick-a-dee..This stone was the perfect canvas for this little clinging bird. They love to fly in and grab a sunflower seed from the feeder and take off and hide in the nearby Pine Tree in our front yard.

2013-10-26 105149Rocky Mountain High where the Bald Eagles soar. This canvas I use is a stone called Coral.

2013-10-30 140303This is a special piece of Brazilian Agate that made a home for Wolves on a Snow Day. This piece was a labor of love and  will be shown at the Xmas Baazar November 2 1013. Approximate size is 15″ oval.

2013-10-23 143056Last, but not least, the infamous Rufus Hummer..

It’s a wrap for the night, and snow is expected…Show time is November 2 at the Community Center in beautiful downtown Pagosa Springs.  Next show is the Holiday Shopping Affaire at the Comfort Inn Suites, Pagosa.

I hope you enjoyed viewing some of my new paintings…look forward to seeing you soon..LIfe is good and I am so blessed by the Lord….

Springtime Snow in Pagosa Country

Yep, woke up to 4 inches of new snow and chicken feather flakes falling. It is definitely spring time in the Rocky Mountain State.

Tomato seedlings, peppers and herbs are now occupying my kitchen window sill and the green house is in shape ready to go ..already have lettuce and spinach up.

Today our bird feeders were packed with a surprise variety of birds from Common Red Polls, Sparrows, Juncos and Evening Grosbeaks. They were all taking turns..pretty funny to watch. On the ground we had Turtle Doves and of all things 4 big fat Robins..now that is a sure harbinger of Spring.

2013-03-13 143149.jpg1This painting on Brazilian Agate of a Prairie Falcon I spotted camouflaged in the branches of a group of Aspens near our county fairgrounds. This was fun piece to work. It is currently at home at Southwest Gallery in Downtown Pagosa.

2013-04-05 115156Ravens are very plentiful here where I live and Springtime seems to bring them into the yard. This piece of sand stone was a perfect background for this Raven. Take time and observe these remarkable birds..They seem to be very intelligent and always on the lookout.

2013-04-20 123649My newest water color with pen and ink. This is a painting of the American Avocets which migrate through our waterways in the springtime. They remind of sophisticated birds on stilts with their snooty up turned bills which allows them to scoop through the water in search of small fish and other critters. Wildlife near a pond is always rewarding although, sometimes the wait is long.

2013-04-08 152628Hear the sweet sounds of a bird? If you are near a pond or lake, chances are it is a Redwing Blackbird. these birds can sing and sing, and melt your heart, so that you can forget about all the stress in life. I painted him with water colors and some pen and ink work.

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Where does time go..Spring is around the corner…

November was my last post, then Christmas (busy doing shows), then along comes January, with bitterly dry cold winter weather, not much snow and finally we got reasonably normal in February.  Spring is finally starting to arrive in Pagosa Country as the weather is warming and yesterday I saw a beautiful Blue Bird in mating colors, several Canada Geese, lots of Redwing Blackbirds and the most incredible sight..a magnificent Prairie Falcon, nestled in a barren Aspen tree. His colors blended so well, I almost missed him. I clicked my camera and got a shot of him and he is now started in a new painting on a piece of natural colored Brazilian Agate. I can’t wait to work on him tomorrow.

I spent some time this winter in honing up my pencil work, along with pen and ink with water color washes. I have a new line of pencil sketch wildlife art cards and have been enjoying a change of pace.

2013-02-27 210847This was fun painting in a loose Czeanne style with a limited palette, pen and ink. Cards are 5×7″ hand slip into a standard frame.

2013-02-19 092316These are done in pencil and are also 5×7″ cards. I began by art career many years ago with a lowly pencil and piece of paper..still my first love.

Now on to the new stone work…

2013-02-28 155507 Amethyst Sage is the canvas for what I call “My Magnificent Bear” ..which are about and about in Pagosa Country.

2013-02-22 133313I am not sure what this stone is, but has lovely colors tones that reminded me of the Rocky Mountains where these mountain sheep live.

2013-01-27 134751This Loon is painted on a piece of Amethyst Sage and went to Tucson to the Gem and Mineral Show. I believe it has a new home at the Crystal Cache in Lakewood Colorado. This was a new challenge for me..I had never painted a loon..did them in pen and ink..

2013-01-25 181828 Wolves still are one of my favorite animals..new design..painted on Amethyst Sage.

Well so much for paintings..I will be doing 5 shows here in Pagosa starting June 22/23, July 6/7, July 20/21, August 3/4 and August 31/September 1. Tentatively schedule to be at the Quality Inn ( same as last summer). Will be looking forward to seeing all of you this summer in Pagosa Country by the Lake.

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