Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Evening Rain

10x20 inch oil on stretched canvas. This is painting of a wonderful thunderhead cloud looming over the Puerto de Luna valley (New Mexico of course). You can see the beautiful Nuestra Senora de Refugio Church in the distance.
I had a blast with this sky scape - which is what the painting is about. I learned a lot from this painting and hope to do more skies in the future.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

The Cream Pitcher

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Now here's a little story....about a year or so I did this painting of the cream pitcher and it was on a horrible brown background and I was so unhappy with the piece that I tossed it in my slush pile and wrote off my effort as "a valuable practice session" - valuable in teaching me what not to do!

Then last weekend I was working on a piece that I needed to let dry and glancing at the clock I knew I didn't have time to really get a decent start on a new piece before we had to leave to meet friends for dinner but I still wanted to paint so I grabbed this little guy out of the slush (more like sludge) pile and decided to repaint the background a darker - richer color to see if there was any hope. Once I did that I liked the painting a whole lot more.

But then I realized my biggest problem was my bad planning when it came to the position of the subject matter. I knew I needed to balance the canvas so I decided to try my hand at a piece of glass - specifically a mason jar just for fun. I loved it - now I could be hooked on glass - hum...glass jars stuck in Chamisa bushes...what do you think? Ha!

It was so much fun and a great exercise. I intend to do more so stay tuned - Cara

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Chamisa - More of the same


I love this little painting! I had to show it to you again, this time in a frame. I've also included a close up of the details.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Chamisa Study

8 x10 oil on panel. For some reason I have become obsessed with Chamisa bushes. Probably because I'm so homesick and Chamisa reminds me of home. This painting is being offered on eBay.

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Electric Church

I've been doing a little playing around with my photo's from vacation ...tell me what you think....