Weekend of art openings and an award!

It was an exciting weekend of art openings for me. The Plein Air Painters of New Mexico opened their juried fall show on Friday night at the Santa Fe Art Collector Gallery. Many of the painters I knew from past “paintouts” were in attendance and I got a chance to meet many others. The highlight of the weekend was winning an honorable mention award for my painting Galisteo Basin Preserve! The award came with a generous gift of art supplies and some encouraging comments later in the evening from the awards judge Lorenzo Chavez. The show is open from October 3 to 25th at 217 Galisteo St. in Santa Fe.

Outside the Gallery
Outside the Gallery
Yellow Ribbon...
Yellow Ribbon…
Galisteo Basin Preserve, 9 x 12" oil on board $450
Galisteo Basin Preserve, 9 x 12″ oil on board $450

Link to a wee video of the award announcement and a comment from the judge.

Honorable Mention Prizes!
Prizes!
Certificate
Certificate
Suitcase of paint
Suitcase of paint

And if that wasn’t enough excitement for one weekend, the following day Husband and I drove to Albuquerque for the opening reception of the New Mexico Watercolor Society Juried Fall Show. There we enjoyed a fantastic spread of food (green chili cream cheese on mini bagels, spanakopita, fruit, cheese, cake… just to name a few drool-worthy options) and met some incredible artists. The gallery was an adobe building with high ceilings, huge wooden beams and large windows overhead that streamed in natural light. An exciting show in a beautiful space. Go check out the show, open from October 4th to 25th, 10AM to 4PM, Thursdays to Sundays, in the Fine Arts Gallery of EXPO-NM.

Outside the Gallery
Outside the Gallery
My piece, New Mexico Hills, 8 x 10"
My piece, New Mexico Hills, 8 x 10″

Monday after school

This evening, to beat the back-to-school blues I prioritized painting. This is NOT to say I am not enjoying the chaos and excitement of being back in my library with all the new students and returning students… just that I need this part of my day to keep me sane and to recharge.

Dragon was enjoying her favorite window ledge snoozing spot and I enjoyed listening to the rain coming down as I painted. My best friend from high school entrusted me with her precious yellow tea cup years ago and it is my watercolor painting vessel.

Dragon yawns
Dragon yawns
Palette and watercolor tea cup
Palette and watercolor tea cup
How far I got today
How far I got today, second session with this piece
Close up working
Close up working
Fancy angle close up
Fancy angle close up
Evening tea to finish the experience while I blog
Evening tea to finish the experience while I blog

The Austin Art Day

The day after the reading summit I hiked with Luce (video in a previous post), visited the amazing Art Science Gallery, Women Printmakers of Austin (WPA) studio, Big Medium and finished the day at Painting with a Twist just for fun.

At the WPA studio I met artist Jo Lagattuta. Jo had to complete a pre-requisite course in Albuquerque in order to pursue her Art Therapy program in Santa Fe. Never did she realize she was going to fall deeply in love with this medium and make it her own for years and years to come. Check out her art on the WPA website.

Here is Jo using sun exposure as part of her printmaking process…

Jo Lagattuta at work in Austin, Texas
Jo Lagattuta at work in Austin, Texas
Using the sunlight to make art!
Using the sunlight to make art!

Here is some footage of the Painting with a Twist event. Basically the idea is bring your own booze, (I did not and there were many others who weren’t drinking either) listen to music, follow the lead painter and leave with a 16 x 20 acrylic painting! It was a LOT of fun and I think it would be the best couples date idea too.

Painting with a Twist studio
Painting with a Twist studio
hard at work
hard at work
when in Texas you must choose the apron with Texas painted on it
when in Texas you must choose the apron with Texas painted on it
Princess Bubblegum
Princess Bubblegum
This guy...
This guy…
Ta da! It's done. It is called "Tranquil Buddha"
Ta da! It’s done. It is called “Tranquil Buddha”

The Reading Summit!

So the whole reason I headed on this big road trip by myself to Austin Texas was to attend the Scholastic Reading Summit. It was one day and it was full of inspiration, delicious food (why didn’t I take photos of it?!?) excellent keynote speakers and amazing workshops. The highlights for me were meeting and attending workshops by the book whisperer herself, Donalyn Miller. She was a teacher in Texas before making the move to Scholastic this year to reach more children and change them all into independent readers. Basically, my hero. Here we are:

Donalyn Miller at the Scholastic Reading Summit in Austin, TX.
Donalyn Miller and I at the Scholastic Reading Summit in Austin, TX.

En route…

Luce and I ponder very briefly where in Texas we might be at this point, decide we don’t know, forget about that and just keep driving.

Luce and I take a break from driving and I get bitten by a fire ant… but I don’t catch that bit on camera. The video is much more boring than what occurred thirty seconds after I stopped recording. You can use your imagination.

Austin VLOG!

I thought it might be fun to bring you all along with me to Austin Texas this week while I attend a reading summit and have art adventures. Enjoy this very casual video blog: vlog.