Art from the Land of Enchantment

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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Day Five of the Five Day Art Challenge on Facebook

View from the Mesa

Today is the fifth and final day of the 3 x 5 art challenge on Facebook. Today I am going with a Landscape theme. These paintings are entitled Along the Rio Grande, Bosque View and View from the Mesa. I am nominating Jen Hughes for this challenge!     //

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Day Four of the Five Day Art Challenge on Facebook

Cactus Roses

My theme for Day 4 of the 3 x 5 art challenge on Facebook is "Cactus". I have always loved painting cacti! These are entitled Cactus Roses, Desert Beauty and Enchanted Hearts. Today I nominated Dee Sanchez for the challenge!     //

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My Entry in the Twitter Art Exhibit 2015

Under the Rainbow

This acrylic painting is my entry in this year's Twitter Art Exhibit, which will be held in Moss, Norway. This year's exhibit will benefit Home-Start, Moss, which assists families with young children. This is the fifth Twitter Art Exhibit started by artist David Sandum. Past exhibitions are:   2010 - Childrens books for Moss Public Library 2012 - Women's shelter, Moss, Norway 2013 - Art Division, Los Angeles, CA 2014 - The Center for Contemporary Dance, Special Needs Classes, Winter Park, FL   Artists from around the world are invited to submit postcard size original art. The deadline to submit artwork is March 1, 2015. The exhibit will [...]

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Day Three of the Five Day Art Challenge on Facebook

Bridget's Tulips

For Day 3 of the 3 x 5 art challenge on Facebook, I went with a Flowers theme. My paintings are Bridget's Tulips, Dancing Poppies and The Tulip Garden. The artist I nominated today is Paula Manning-Lewis!   //

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Day Two of the Five Day Art Challenge on Facebook

San Felipe de Neri

Today is the second day of the art challenge on Facebook. The goal is to post three artworks a day for five days and nominate another artist for the challenge each day.    My theme for today is San Felipe de Neri, a small group of paintings I did in 2008. San Felipe de Neri is a beautiful church in Old Town, Albuquerque. Today, I nominated Diane Cutter to participate in the challenge.     //

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Day One of the Five Day Art Challenge on Facebook

My Agave

Facebook timelines are being filled with beautiful images of art! There is a challenge going around to post 3 artworks a day for 5 days in a row. Each day the artist also nominates another artist to do the same. I was nominated by artist Susan Spohn to join the challenge. Today was the first day I posted my art.    My theme for Day 1 is Agave and I posted three of my agave paintings. The paintings I posted are My Agave, Rosette and Sunlit Agave. I also nominated Nancy Reidell to enter the challenge. Tomorrow I will post my next three [...]

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Rustic Garden - New Acrylic Painting

Rustic Garden acrylic painting

I heard about Leslie Saeta's 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge on New Year's Eve. I had wanted to participate in one of these and signed up right away. I painted several hours on New Year's Day, working on a 6 x 6 painting. It was rather frustrating and I realized I would need to do it all over again the next day. I finally put the painting aside and decided not to participate. There are so many unfinished paintings on my wall and I knew that I had taken this on without any planning.   However, I do paint almost every day [...]

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Summertime - Acrylic Painting of Sunface and Hollyhocks


This is the last of the sunface paintings, at least for a while. Hollyhocks look so pretty growing against a stucco wall or fence. Sunfaces are very popular in New Mexico and look great hanging on a garden wall. I like to combine these subjects into whimsical paintings.   This is painted in acrylics on Ampersand cradled Gessobord, which is 1.5 inches deep. The wooden edges are stained in cherry and varnished with a satin finish. It is wired and ready to hang and does not need a frame. Free local delivery or free shipping to the continental U.S. Please contact me for [...]

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Keepsake Box 5 - Hand Painted Sunface and Sunflowers on Ampersand Claybord Box

Keepsake Box 5

A New Mexico sunface and sunflowers adorn this little keepsake box, which measures 5 x 7 x 3 inches. This is an acrylic painting on an Ampersand Claybord box. The painting is on a kaolin clay ground surface and the remainder of the box is wood. The inside lid and bottom of the box are painted dark brown and the rest is stained in cherry. It will be varnished in a satin finish and more detailed pictures will be posted once the final varnish is done. It is signed on the top and the bottom.   Click here for purchase details.   ©2014 Gayle Faucette [...]

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