Art from the Land of Enchantment

Snow on the Bluff - the Finished Painting


Snow on the Bluff

We sometimes get snow in this part of town and when it does, it is so pretty. This is a painting of snow on the bluff with the sun shining brightly. Once the sun is out, most of the snow is gone by the end of the day.   This is an acrylic painting on a Raymar canvas panel. It will be varnished and signed on the front and back. This painting is unframed, but I can frame it for an additional charge. Free local delivery or shipping to the continental U.S. For all other destinations, please contact me for shipping information.   Click here for [...]

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Snow on the Bluff - Work in Progress, Day 8


Snow on the Bluff work in progress

This is Day 8 of painting Snow on the Bluff. I hope to be finished soon and the next image will be the final painting. Thanks for following along! [...]

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Morning Light - A New Small Acrylic Painting


Morning Light

As the sun rises and sets, the shadows, colors and lines of this precipice change constantly. I find it very interesting because of the way it juts out against a background that includes the Rio Grande, the Sandia Mountains and the city of Albuquerque.  It is full of life with coyotes and prairie dogs, and all kinds of birds circling the area.   This is an acrylic painting on Gessobord, which measures 6 x 6 inches. Gessobord is a gessoed wood panel made by Ampersand that is 1/8 inch thick. It is archival, non-yellowing and acid-free. The painting is signed on the front [...]

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Contest for Free Print for my Email Newsletter Subscribers


A Spring to Remember

I am very thankful for my email newsletter subscribers. So I will be giving away some prints of my work over the next several months to my subscribers. This will be done by a random drawing using Random.org.    The first drawing will be on February 28, 2015. The first print I'll be giving away is a 9 x 12 print of A Spring to Remember. Be sure to sign up for my email newsletter in order to be eligible for the drawing. Current subscribers are already entered. New subscribers also receive a postcard of Tickled Pink. Click here to sign up! [...]

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Snow on the Bluff - Work in Progress, Day 5


Snow on the Bluff work in progress

I am on Day 5 of my new painting, Snow on the Bluff.  This is the difficult part as I try to decide which details to include and what to leave out. I also have to be aware of my color choices and values. Hopefully, the next up date will show a more finished painting. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter and follow along! [...]

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Color Chart 2 - Cadmium Yellow Medium Mixtures


Color Chart using Cadmium Yellow Medium

I am slowly progressing on creating color charts using the main colors from my painting palette. I use Liquitex heavy body acrylic paints. This chart shows mixtures of Cadmium Yellow Medium mixed with the remaining colors along the top row. The vertical rows show the same mixtures with varying amounts of Titanium White added to tint the colors. It's incredible how many colors can be made using just a few. My next chart will be mixtures with Yellow Light Hansa.    Cadmium Yellow Medium is mixed with:   Yellow Light Hansa Cadmium Red Light Cadmium Red Medium Quinacridone Magenta Phthalo Blue (green shade) Ultramarine Blue (red shade) Dioxinine Purple Yellow Oxide Burnt Sienna Burnt [...]

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Snow on the Bluff - Work in Progress, Day 3


Snow on the Bluff work in progress

This is Day 3 of my work in progress on Snow on the Bluff. So far, it's been fun to play with the shapes and colors. Now it gets a little more difficult as I try to build up the paint layers and work in all the details that I want to include. Be sure to follow my progress here on my blog or by subscribing to my email newsletter. [...]

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Snow on the Bluff - Work in Progress, Day 2


Snow on the Bluff work in progress

I'm sharing my progress as I work on a new painting entitled Snow on the Bluff. This is a 16 x 20 acrylic painting on a Raymar canvas panel. Today is the second day and I've started blocking in the sky and some of the darker areas. I'm trying to stay with a limited palette of eight colors plus Titanium White. We'll see if I can stick to that!   Be sure to follow along on my blog or my email newsletter.       [...]

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Snow on the Bluff - Work in Progress, Day 1


Snow on the Bluff work in progress

Snow on the Bluff is a new painting I just started today. It is 16 x 20 and painted in acrylics on a Raymar canvas panel. I love painting on these Raymar panels! Today, I sketched the composition and glazed over it with a burnt umber underpainting.   I'll be sharing more pictures of this work in progress, as well as the completed painting. Be sure to follow along here on my blog or sign up for my newsletter. [...]

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Learning About My Palette of Acrylic Colors - Color Chart 1


Color Chart 1

Liquitex acrylics come in so many gorgeous colors and I have tried quite a few over the years. I keep reading about the benefits of using a limited color palette, but it's hard to separate myself from some of my favorites. However, I am trying to improve my painting skills and one thing that needs improvement is color harmony. I know a limited palette would help me accomplish this.   Today, I counted around 20 different colors in my paint box. I decided to cut down to the twelve I use the most and do some color charts to see what the possibilities [...]

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