Those who know me know that I love birds. One morning I was over at the Bosque by the Rio Grande in Mesilla, looking for birds. There were lots of Meadow Larks, and then there was this: A female Northern Harrier. She was big, and silently gliding over the tops of the grasses, swooping and diving in her search for food. And then there was a second one. They would meet and then divide again. It was glorious. Here is my version of those wonderful moments.
Another 30″ x 40″ oil on canvas. I’m liking this size!
Since we moved to NM and found a home we like, the view out back is rather incongruous. Here we are in the desert, but on the other side of the wall it is green, green, green. And yes, we get golf balls in the yard daily. It’s scary out there.
The homes are adobe, and the skies are big and colorful. The rains are all around us, but seem to skirt us most often. I feel like I can reach out and grab them, but they remain just beyond my fingertips.
This scene looks south towards El Paso and Mexico.
You know how you think something is finished, and then those feelings creep up inside and you know the painting isn’t really done? Yeah. That’s been happening lately, so before I start a new painting I needed to fix a few. Three today. One was minor, but the two I will post here were major. The first one was the luminarias that I did at Christmas time. The foreground seemed to be floating, and the piece didn’t look right up on the wall. Well, now it is done, and it feels right. More grounded, excuse the pun.
The second piece I hadn’t yet posted, But now I am posting it. It is finally done. The painting is of the Organ Mountains that we see every day. And every day they look different. Guaranteed, there will be lots more Organ Mountain paintings!
This painting was done after attending the festival of the lights, the luminarias that are lit on Christmas Eve in Old Mesilla, NM. The church had a blue light on it, and the town square was full of people walking around in awe. The Basilica San Albino. It was a beautiful sight to behold. This painting is oil on canvas and measures 30″x30″.
After leaving Florida and moving to New Mexico a year ago, I finally have a few new paintings to show. It was a long, arduous journey, with not much time to paint. I am ready to really get going again. Hopefully, there will be no more interruptions.
I’ve been pretty busy lately, doing some Colorado scenes. Two of the three were commissions. I feel like I’m back there. My studio is full of beautiful colors as the paintings dry. What fun. 30″x 30″ the first two, and 30″x 40″ for the third.
I had gotten tired of oil on paper. So I did a new piece on canvas, and it sold right away. I put that money into new canvases, new paint and some new brushes. Wow! What a difference. Motivation was there and it feels great to be working.
The small piece (20″x24″) was meant to be a light hearted piece, sort of a study. I used linen, and it was so beautiful that I had to let it show through. It was integral to the painting, to keep the earthy feel. These small banana trees are scattered around the yard, and yield delicious fruit. So much better than what is in the stores. This is how they look when they are still forming. It’s all new to me.