Dancing in the Wind

It’s Friday, let’s go dancing! Here is a short video I filmed in the fall and pieced together with music today. Kinda gets me tappin’ my toes.

Music featured:
Dignan’s Dance by Mark Mothersbaugh,
Dancing in the Street by The Mamas and The Papas,
Dance Anthem of the 80’s by Regina Spektor,
Let Her Dance by The Bobby Fuller Four,
Dancin’ in the Wind by Jenn Grant

Snowy desert

In the past three days I’ve driven over 12 hours in the desert. I went west to Albuquerque over the weekend and to Lubbock, Texas and back today. Some say the drive is dull, “in the middle of nowhere…” but I have to remind myself I’m driving, to look straight ahead now and then, and not let my eyes wander so long in my surroundings. It is exhaustingly full to me, so much sunlight where nothing can hide behind anything. I love it here.

It is fitting that I painted a landscape this afternoon. The snowy desert.  It was inspired by my adventures this week, driving through snowstorms, only to be in a t-shirt two days later… It is a sibling painting to an oil I made last year (on left) and I thought you might like to see them together.

photo of two oil paintings landscapes of new mexico
Snow over Santa Fe part one and two

Desert Walk

Today I walked in the desert as if I don’t live in it… as if I live in the interior of British Columbia and experience sunlight for four hours a day before it falls behind a mountain.

Every image below is out of focus and intentionally so. Think of them as paintings made with a camera:

desert photo
photo in the desert
desert photo
desert grass

Loving weather

This was one of the last paintings I completed for my show. I began it over a month ago when Portales experienced a nice storm – anyone who lives here will understand what a great thing this is. Rain!!! I get very excited when it rains and especially enjoy thunderstorms, dark skies and the swallows that take shelter in my covered porch with me.

I felt the air pressure change and set up my supplies on the porch and painted quickly as I watched it move towards me across the fields. The swallows didn’t make a peep but watched intently and I took that as a compliment. Storms seem to blow over quickly here, so I knew I had to work fast. The result of such a quick painting session didn’t impress me all that much, so I set the canvas aside. After that storm passed and we were left in bleaching sunlight for another month I just couldn’t bring myself to continue work on it.

Finally, last week we had another rainy day and I was inspired to finish it up, just before my show went up. So… er, yes, it’s hanging wet in the gallery… shhh!

oil painting of a storm
The storm behind the fence, oil on canvas, 12 x 24"

 

Rain in the yard

This is my second foray into the world of pastels. The result is much more abstract than what I create in other mediums but this makes the practice even more valuable to me. It is my hope that sketching in pastel will provide some great inspiration and source material for paintings in the future.

(Side note: it did not rain today… this is from a downpour just over a week ago. Maybe this post will work some magic and bring on another downpour soon? Here’s to hoping…)

pastel drawing of rain over a shed and fence
Rain in the Yard, pastel on paper, 8x5 x 11"

An oasis

There is nothing like a pool of water in the middle of the desert. Bizarre: yes, peaceful: incredibly so.

This was painted at the nearby Oasis State Park. Many people are attracted to the fishing hole here. On a busy day families are lined up along the pink stones dropping their lines in for catfish and guzzling sodas. The morning I set up my paints at a shady picnic table the only other people around were a father and daughter fishing quietly from camping chairs.

I’ll definitely be revisiting this gorgeous place to paint more… if only it was a swimming hole!

oil painting of trees at oasis state park, new mexico
Oasis, oil on canvas, 8 x 10"