Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Lime Green

Lime Green
oil  6" x 8"
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When we were in Mexico this winter we saw, and had served to us, so many limes!  We couldn't believe it!  We saw trucks filled with limes up to the very top.  Plates of lime slices were on almost every table for every meal.  

One of our favorite meals in Mexico was pork tacos (tacos de puerco.)  I think that we ate these at least twice each week, sometimes three times each week.  Every taco stand and little restaurant had their own version, but every one came with limes.  And, at about 16 pesos to the dollar when a taco was 10 pesos we were eating for under $3.00.  Upon our return we googled Mexican pork tacos and made them three times before we came up with a version that we liked.  And, of course, we had to have limes.  The lime juice really adds great flavor to the tacos.  Since we've had so many limes around the house lately, I just had to paint them!

Since the 1950s Mexico has been the world's largest producer and exporter of limes.  There are two popular varieties of limes grown in Mexico, key limes and Persian limes (which is what we here in the States call "limes".)

Most of the limes are grown in the warmer southwest, which is where we spent most of this past winter.  No wonder we saw and ate so many limes!





Sunday, May 22, 2016

Shades Of Blue


Shades Of Blue
oil  11" x 14"
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This painting was done partly plein air and partly in the studio.  With plein air paintings you have to paint quickly and not chase the light and shadows.  But, with all of these elipses the drawing part of the piece took quite a long time.  Consequently, the light and shadows (which I had blocked in) had changed so much after several hours that I knew I needed to stop.  I had taken a picture when I started, so I had my choice of being like Monet and going back to the same spot another day soon after, or heading home and finishing in my studio.  I chose the later.  Being like Monet will have to be another time.

Friday, May 20, 2016

In The Greenhouse


In The Greenhouse
plein air oil  9" x 12"
$295.00 + $10. s/h


Last week my plein air group, Garden Artists, was scheduled to paint at Summerland Gardens.  It was a windy morning, so painting in the out door nursery/garden area would have been challenging.  But, the weather in the greenhouse was perfect!  What a great place to paint!  And, for those of you who live in the Colorado Springs area, be sure to stop in the Upstairs Gallery!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Old Yeller

Old Yeller
plein air oil  6" x 8"
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This is a plein air piece done one April morning in Old Colorado City, an older neighborhood filled with charming homes and stores, here in Colorado Springs.  I loved the bright morning light shining on the east side of the house.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Spring Blossoms

Spring Blossoms
plein air oil  9" x 12"
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I'm lucky to live in such a beautiful place!  Every where you look is another painting.  Our house sits next to Bear Creek Park, an almost 700 acre county park.  If you looked about 50 yards to the right of this tree you'd see our house.  So, one nice morning a few weeks ago I went practically right outside our door for this painting.

As artists do, I left out what was not necessary (I guess that's what's called artistic license).  In this case a straight cement sidewalk.  At first I changed it to a meandering crushed stone path.  But, that too got removed.  It wasn't need and was distracting.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Just Before Planting

Just Before Planting
8" x 8"  oil on cradled panel
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I had some pansies, these and a few others, all ready to plant.  I had to stall the planting until I did a painting of this one still in the black plastic store container.  I love pansies.  They're hardy enough to with stand Colorado's spring weather.  One spring day can be beautiful, sunny and 65 degrees.  The next day can be snowing with freezing weather at night.  But, the pansies survive no matter what we get!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Puerta Numero Dos

Puerta Numero Dos
Oil  8" x 6"
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Paintings From Mexico

This is another of the colorful, fun doors from San Miguel de Allende.  I could paint a big series of these!

And, a few more door photos!




Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Puerta Numero Uno

Puerta Numero Uno
oil  8" x 6"
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We spent almost two weeks in San Miguel de Allende this past January.  Friends of ours have moved there permanently and we house sat for them while they went to the beach.  San Miguel, in the state of Guanajuato, is a colonial era city in Mexico's central highlands at an altitude of just over 6,000 feet.  It's known for its baroque Spanish architecture, its thriving art scene, and its population of North American ex-pats.  In the city's historic cobblestoned center is the neo-gothic church Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel.  Its dramatic pink towers rise above the main plaza, El Jardin (the Garden.)  For me the most interesting part of the city's architecture were the old doors of all of the homes.  I loved the colors of the doors and walls, but I really loved peaking into the homes when the doors were opened.  One never knew what amazing home & court yard garden was hidden away.

Here are some of the colorful doors & walls of San Miguel:








Monday, May 2, 2016

Shady Palm & Sea Turtle Rescue


Shady Palm
plein air oil  8" x 6"
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Paintings From Mexico

This is another palm tree from the garden of our hotel in Barra de Potosi, Mexico.  It provided just a little bit of shade where I was able to stand and paint.

Down the beach and road from Barra was the area called Playa Blanca.  Late one afternoon/early evening we went to the Ayoticalli Turtle Rescue Center.  It's run by volunteers who comb the 6 mile stretch of beach at night looking for turtle eggs.  They protect the eggs until they hatch.  Almost every day from 5 - 6 they give a lecture on the preservation of turtles, the plight of the baby turtles and why conservation is important.  Then, everyone at the lecture participates in the release of that day's baby turtles who have recently hatched and are ready for their journey into the ocean.  Of 2,500 babies released, maybe 5 will live to come back to lay eggs on this same beach where they were born.  On average, 1 in 1,000 of the babies that make it to the water survive.

Here are some of the photos we took of our release:


Eggs are carefully collected by volunteers at night preventing them from being eaten by birds and crabs.  They are then buried in this protected, fenced environment until they hatch.  A female turtle lays about 80 - 100 eggs which she buries in the sand before returning to the sea.  Turtles have an incubation period of about 2 months.


New born babies are carefully removed from under the inverted and cut plastic bottles (seen in the sand in the first picture) where they were buried.  That days' new borns are put into a bucket, then each visitor is given one baby which we carried to the shore in a tiny plastic bowl.




Once at the shore, we released all of the babies and watched as they made their way to the ocean.  Sea turtles are born with the instinct to move toward the brightest direction.  On a natural beach, this direction is the light of the open horizon.  Sea turtles (those few who survive) can live 40 - 60 years.




Thursday, April 28, 2016

Pink Carnations

Pink Carnations
oil  20" x 16"
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I've been posting paintings that are from our winter in Mexico.  But, am taking a break to post some done this month since we've been back.  We had the most wonderful house sitter!  This bouquet was sitting on the counter when we came home.  There was another one on the mantel.  It gives you great peace of mind to know you have a well cared for home when you're away.  It's wonderful to come back to a welcoming house.  Not only were there flowers, but there was a basket of Mexican food waiting to be made into a dinner.  And, there was fresh bread, eggs, butter and milk so that we had breakfast the next morning.  That saved a late night trip to the store!  I can't thank our sitter enough!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Gardens & More Art Show


Last summer artists from my plein air group "Garden Artists" were invited to paint in gardens in the annual Fox Garden Tour.  It was a great painting opportunity, as well as a chance to see some beautiful gardens.  Additionally, I met many new people and, as seems to happen everywhere, ran into  friends who I hadn't seen in years.

We thought it would be fun to have a show using this event as a jumping off point.  "Gardens & More"  show cases art work from some of the artists who painted that weekend.  Paintings of any thing garden related, not just from those gardens, are hanging in the gallery.  Hope those of you who live in the Colorado Springs area can stop by Summerland Gardens Upstairs Gallery for the Opening, Friday, April 29th 4 - 7 pm.  Or, visit the gallery any time during the month of May.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Just A Light Breeze


Just A Light Breeze
plein air oil  8" x 6"
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Paintings from Mexico

This piece was done in the garden of our hotel in Barra de Potosi, Mexico.  I was very close to the palm so it created a wonderful view looking up.  Palm trees have so many colors in the fronds:  many shades of green, yellow, and oranges as they start to fade away.  

The picture below is actually from a different hotel, but I thought the palms looked like they were also blowing just a bit in the ocean breeze.


Friday, April 22, 2016

Down The Street


Down The Street
8" x 6" oil
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Paintings from Mexico

This house was right down the street from our hotel in Barra de Potosi, a little fishing/beach town about 20 minutes south of Zihuatanejo.  (I posted a few other pieces from there in February.)  We walked by this wall every day on the way to the store or the beach.  I loved how there are flowers every where in Mexico.  A beautiful, colorful benefit of living in a warm climate.


Only the main street in Barra de Potosi is paved.


Here's the above scene from the other direction.


I loved this wall of flowers near the entrance to town.  Maybe a future painting!


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Saturday Market

Saturday Market
8" x 6" oil
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Paintings from Mexico

One of the fun and interesting things to do in Oaxaca, and in many Mexican towns, is to visit the markets.  While in Oaxaca we went to many of the local and nearby village markets.  This woman was selling flowers at the Oaxaca Saturday Organic Market.  There were booths of flowers, crafts and clothes.  But my favorite booths were the food.  You could have fresh baked goods for breakfast as well as incredible tacos for lunch.

Here are a few photos from the Organic market:




Monday, April 18, 2016

Garden Wall

Garden Wall
plein air oil  6" x 8"
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Paintings from Mexico

This wall was at the church across the street from our hotel in Oaxaca.  I love plein air painting.  I love being out of doors.  But, it has its' challenges:  wind, sun, rain, snow, snakes, bears, bugs, heat, cold, etc.  With this painting I had a new encounter, a funeral.  One afternoon I noticed the beautiful shadows on the garden wall of the church and decided to paint there the next day.  However, when I arrived a funeral was just beginning.  I didn't want to be disrespectful, so decided I'd come back the next afternoon.  That day was beautiful, warm and sunny.  No sooner did I get the piece blocked in than clouds appeared from nowhere.  There was no longer light and shadow.  This little piece required a third session!

Here are some of the beautiful garden walls of Oaxaca.  Maybe some of these might be future paintings.





Saturday, April 16, 2016

Roof Top Terrace

Roof Top Terrace
plein air oil  6" x 8"
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Paintings from Mexico

There was a beautiful, sunny roof top terrace on our hotel in Oaxaca, Mexico.  Additionally, there was a covered area with hammocks that was wonderful for afternoon siestas.   Breakfast was eaten at a long, communal table where guests would visit and share stories of their travels and vacations.

Oaxaca is my favorite city in Mexico.  There aren't as many foreigners as in some other towns.  There is still enough old culture that it feels like you're in Mexico.  16 different languages are spoken in the state of Oaxaca.  In the surrounding villages, and often in the city of Oaxaca, you'll hear indigenous people speaking and when you stop and listen, you realize that they're not speaking Spanish.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Front Wall

Front Wall
Paintings From Mexico
oil  6" x 6"
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My husband and I just got back from spending the winter in Mexico.  We love Mexico; we've been there many times.  The last two winters we spent part of each winter there, but this year we decided to stay for the whole winter.  While the winters in Colorado aren't bad compared to many other parts of the country, they're long.  We had a wonderful time!  I posted a few paintings recently.  I'll keep posting more.

We spent a month in mountain colonial towns where the weather was cool, i.e:  you needed a jacket.  The other two months were spent in warm towns, with a few weeks on different beaches.  One thing I loved about the warm weather was all of the flowers.  They were every where:  in gardens, parks, windows and on walls.  This is from a street in Oaxaca, which was my favorite place from the trip.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Morning Light

Morning Light
plein air oil  6" x 6"
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paintings from Mexico

Sold paintings will be sent in early April.  I apologize for the inconvenience.

Sometimes you end up somewhere not because you want to be there, but because you have to stop there to get where you're going.  That was the case here.  This morning plein air piece was done from the balcony of our hotel in Acapulco.  I loved the way the light was shining on the hotels on the main beach.  Acapulco has a bad name due to so many problems.  But, for tourists, it seemed pretty safe.  We stopped there when going further south to the state of Oaxaca.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Flora

Flora
plein air oil  6" x 6"
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All paintings sold in March will be sent in early April.  I apologize for the inconvenience.

This flower was in the garden of our hotel in Barra de Potosi, Mexico.  I kept wanting to paint it a bold orange, but it was a peach flower, so I stuck with what I saw.

Barra de Potosi is a small fishing village about 20 minutes south of Zihuatanejo on the Pacific coast.  The town is about 6 square blocks of dirt streets with a few hotels, a few small restaurants, a few tourists.  Interestingly, on the weekends many busses come filled with people from Mexico City (about 3 hours away) who want to spend the day at the beach.  For days I couldn't figure out why there were so many restaurants along the beach and lagoon, and why they all had so many tables when there were maybe 6-8 people at each location.  I later found out.  The town is very quiet and peaceful during the week.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Wall Shadow

Wall Shadow
plein air oil  8" x 6"
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These flowers were growing over the garden wall, from the restaurant next door, of our hotel in Barra de Potosi, Mexico.  The wall shadows changed so quickly, I blocked them in first, didn't change them, and painted the rest from there.

As with all of my paintings this winter, paintings sold before March 30th will be mailed in early April.  I apologize for the inconvenience.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Quick Wave



Quick Wave
plein air oil  8" x 6"
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I've painted a lot of beach scenes, but usually palm trees, still water, things that don't move.  This is one of the few times that I've tried painting waves plein air.  Obviously the challenge is the quick movement of the waves.  I blocked in one wave and tried to quickly paint it in even as it rolled back into the sea while I was painting.  I'd wait for the next wave and try to get the colors from there without changing the shape I'd just blocked in.  It was challenging, but actually kind of fun.  I think I'll try another next time we're at the beach.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Just A Little Bit Of Shade

Just A Little Bit Of Shade
plein air oil  6" x 8"
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I got to the beach in the late afternoon on our first day in Barra de Potosi, Mexico.  The sun was headed west, so there wasn't too much shade left for shadows from the tree (they were blocked by other trees) or for me to stand under.  Never the less, there was just enough shade to get paint this piece.  However, there were a lot of no-see-ums!  Still, I love my life!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Buganvillia

Buganvillia
Oil  6" x 8"
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Day 16 of 30
Once again I'm participating in the 30 in 30 painting challenge i.e.:  paint 30 paintings in 30 days.  I'm not able to paint every day for 30 days in January, but I'm going to paint as much as I can.  My theme for this challenge is "Paintings From Mexico."  My husband and I love Mexico, we've been there many times and we'll be there much of this winter (we are so lucky to have the most wonderful house sitter), thus, my theme.  I'll post as often as I can.  When I don't have new paintings from Mexico I'm going to throw in some oldies but goodies on my blog.  But, to stick with the challenge I'll only post the new ones on the challenge blog.  Enjoy!

This is another piece from Puerta Vallarta.  I love the architecture, weather, people, ease of getting there from Colorado.  It's great to walk around and see all of the buildings.  Walking up and down the Malecon (sidewalk area along the beach) is fascinating at any hour of the day.  It's incredible people watching.  

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Mexican Roof

Mexican Roof
Oil  6" x 6"
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Day 14 of 30
Once again I'm participating in the 30 in 30 painting challenge i.e.:  paint 30 paintings in 30 days.  I'm not able to paint every day for 30 days in January, but I'm going to paint as much as I can.  My theme for this challenge is "Paintings From Mexico."  My husband and I love Mexico, we've been there many times and we'll be there much of this winter (we are so lucky to have the most wonderful house sitter), thus, my theme.  I'll post as often as I can.  When I don't have new paintings from Mexico I'm going to throw in some oldies but goodies on my blog.  But, to stick with the challenge I'll only post the new ones on the challenge blog.  Enjoy!

All paintings sold will be mailed in April.  I apologize for the big delay and inconvenience.


These are roof tops from Puerta Vallarta.  I have to say that we love Puerta Vallarta.  While the beaches are not spectacular, the town is wonderful.  It's a combination of old Mexico and tourism.  The town in filled with ex-pats who seem to blend easily with the Mexicans.  It's a wonderful place.  Great weather, lots to do, interesting architecture, quaint.  I can't say enough about it!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Take A Seat

Take A Seat
plein air oil  6" x 8"
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Day 12 of 30
Once again I'm participating in the 30 in 30 painting challenge i.e.:  paint 30 paintings in 30 days.  I'm not able to paint every day for 30 days in January, but I'm going to paint as much as I can.  My theme for this challenge is "Paintings From Mexico."  My husband and I love Mexico, we've been there many times and we'll be there much of this winter (we are so lucky to have the most wonderful house sitter), thus, my theme.  I'll post as often as I can.  When I don't have new paintings from Mexico I'm going to throw in some oldies but goodies on my blog.  But, to stick with the challenge I'll only post the new ones on the challenge blog.  Enjoy!

All paintings sold will be mailed in April.  I apologize for the big delay and inconvenience.


This Mexican chair is from our room in Puerta Vallarta.  Again, I love the bright colors used in Mexico.    I think it makes every thing seem happy!  The people all seem so happy;  maybe it's the colors they use.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Just Across The Way

Just Across The Way
plein air oil  6" x 8"
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Day 11 of 30
Once again I'm participating in the 30 in 30 painting challenge i.e.:  paint 30 paintings in 30 days.  I'm not able to paint every day for 30 days in January, but I'm going to paint as much as I can.  My theme for this challenge is "Paintings From Mexico."  My husband and I love Mexico, we've been there many times and we'll be there much of this winter (we are so lucky to have the most wonderful house sitter), thus, my theme.  I'll post as often as I can.  When I don't have new paintings from Mexico I'm going to throw in some oldies but goodies on my blog.  But, to stick with the challenge I'll only post the new ones on the challenge blog.  Enjoy!

All paintings sold will be mailed in April.  I apologize for the big delay and inconvenience.


This is the view from our room in Puerta Vallarta.  I love the bright colors that are so often seen in Mexican architecture.  In Colorado most of the houses are soft earth tones, making a feeling of calmness.  In Mexico the colors are so bright and bold, but just seem to work.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Tropical Shadow

Tropical Shadow
Oil  20" x 20"
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Day 9 of 30
Once again I'm participating in the 30 in 30 painting challenge i.e.:  paint 30 paintings in 30 days.  I'm not able to paint every day for 30 days in January, but I'm going to paint as much as I can.  My theme for this challenge is "Paintings From Mexico."  My husband and I love Mexico, we've been there many times and we'll be there much of this winter (we are so lucky to have the most wonderful house sitter), thus, my theme.  I'll post as often as I can.  When I don't have new paintings from Mexico I'm going to throw in some oldies but goodies on my blog.  But, to stick with the challenge I'll only post the new ones on the challenge blog.  Enjoy!

All paintings sold will be mailed in April.  I apologize for the big delay and inconvenience.


This wall was on Holbox Island, off the northern coast of the Yucatan.  We walked by it everyday.  Of course, depending on the time of day the shadows were always different.  But, no matter what time of day, I stopped and looked at the shadows.  Not sure if it was the shadow shapes, colors, or color of the wall, but it drew me.  



Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Ceramica Mexicana

Ceramica Mexicana
oil  11" x 14"
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Day 5 of 30
Once again I'm participating in the 30 in 30 painting challenge i.e.:  paint 30 paintings in 30 days.  I'm not able to paint every day for 30 days in January, but I'm going to paint as much as I can.  My theme for this challenge is "Paintings From Mexico."  My husband and I love Mexico, we've been there many times and we'll be there much of this winter (we are so lucky to have the most wonderful house sitter), thus, my theme.  I'll post as often as I can.  When I don't have new paintings from Mexico I'm going to throw in some oldies but goodies on my blog.  But, to stick with the challenge I'll only post the new ones on the challenge blog.  Enjoy!

All paintings sold will be mailed in April.  I apologize for the big delay and inconvenience.

These Mexican pots were found here in Colorado Springs at Hillside Gardens.  They are a beautiful garden store and wedding facility that has a wonderful view of Pikes Peak.  There is so much Mexican pottery in every color imaginable that there are path ways which you can walk through the pots!