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.
One oil on linen, one oil on paper. They have been done for a bit, and a new piece on paper is already started. Time is spent between painting, gardening, reading and cooking. Oh yes, and let’s not forget cleaning and maintaining a house. It keeps things moving right along. There never seems to be enough time. But I try to fit in as much painting as possible. So here they are. A sky. Oil on linen. What beautiful colors each evening presents. And the other piece, a pileated woodpecker that landed on the royal palm one morning as I stood there gawking. Actually, there were two of them. A mating pair. Pileated woodpeckers are, to me, royal birds. How fitting that they landed on the Royal Palm. So much beauty in the world, trying to offset the negative. I am thankful for this beauty, and want to share my interpretation of it. Enjoy.