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A workshop with J. Chris Morel...

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So I have just returned from a week in Taos, New Mexico where I attended a workshop with artist J. Chris Morel. 
The weather stayed perfect for us even though the weather report had us concerned. It stayed absolutely beautiful the whole time!
This was my second time taking Chris's workshop and I got even more out of it this time around. His workshop is so much fun!

We got to paint at some great locations like the San Jose de Gracia church...
and here is my painting from that location...


 9" x 12" oil
We spent all of the second day at a beautiful ranch outside Llano de San Juan that belonged to a friend of Chris's. We painted amongst horses, goats, sheep, dogs, cats and there were several old inspiring structures as well which I chose to focus on...

here is my painting that came from that experience...
9" x 12" oil
The last day of painting was hard. By this time everyone is reaching their exhaustion point. I wasn't very happy with what I painted this day but I …

Adventure's in Plein Air...

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So I finally found some time to dust off the plein air equipment and get out to paint! It's actually been so long that I am embarrassed to say. The kick in the butt is my upcoming workshop with Chris Morel and not wanting to show up to paint too rusty.



As usual, it was an adventure...it was a pleasant, first cool day in 3 months and all seemed to be going well...We went to a favorite spot of mine that I've known about for many years and it's just loaded with magical beauty. Unfortunately it's also a favorite spot shooters...I was about an hour and half into my painting when the gun shots started. The shots would make me jump and added some unwanted brush strokes to my painting. I tried to endure but soon became very uneasy about ricochet bullets. So I had to put an end to the painting...


We went to another area away from the flying bullets but by then the day was nearly spent...





So I spent the rest of my time taking photos of the beauty...





All in all it was a perfect…

Two New Mandalas and an Update...

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I realize it has been way too long since my last post. Life has gone and got crazy busy again...busy is getting to be a more frequent occurrence these days and time is beginning to be a precious commodity...
I recently completed two mandalas - "Renewel"is an 8" x 10" acrylic painting (shown above) and "Vibrancy"is a miniature 2.5" x 3.5" ACEO acrylic painting (see below) and both are available for purchase in myEtsy shop.  These were painted in a different way then I usually do. I disciplined myself to only two colors (minus the black) and after laying out the mandala drawing, what I would normally do is find particular patterns that I wished to emphasize with certain colors and sometimes painting over lines in the process. With these mandalas, I tried something different, where I kept every line and painting with the rule - no one color could touch itself...so it was like - purple, green, purple, green, that sort of thing. I found this way of p…