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Friday, July 18, 2014

Sketch for 367 and Photos

I sketched earlier with the Micron 05 in the traveling sketchbook.  Probably about 10 minutes.  This is for Hunt 367 http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1355537

Number 13, made of something rare.  This is a real stretch as faux leather is not rare.  It is rare for me to see curtains/drapes made of dark brown faux leather, though.  I imagine it helps in the cold weather here to close them over the blinds and keep in the wood stove fire.

We ate dinner at Zebs.  It is an old family style restaurant with a full bar/saloon.  They have a good crowd always.  The clouds were amazing as we left.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

One Hunt Sketch and Photos

I sketched one item for Scavenger Hunt 367.  http://goo.gl/fLGNIH   This is number 12, wow!  A few more sketches than last Hunt - zero.  I have been sketching on the Hunts since number 2 or 3 in 2006.  This one is in my travel sketchbook with the Micron 05 pen.  I spent 5 - 10 minutes on it probably.

Number 12, sweet - Gene's honey.  The bear looks happier in real life.

We ate at the only New Mexican restaurant in Angel Fire last night.  It is Hatcha's.  They do have posole and menudo so more New Mexican than most. I would give it a 5 on a 1 - 10 scale.  I ordered beef tacos with blue corn tortillas and they made chicken.  I don't like to send food back so picked at it a bit.  My side was posole so that filled me up anyway.  I had a margarita which came in a water glass. (More exercise today!)   Gene had enchiladas and they looked good.  The flour tortillas were nice.  They have grilled avacado with salsa for an appetizer.  I may try that for my meal next time we go.  Nice waitress, Adelita.

We were amused as we went in at the "Watch for Ice, may be slippery" and Gene commented to Adelita that it was a good thing for the sign as he almost slipped.  As we left Gene noticed this sign above his head on the right of the steps.

That was a bit unusual, don't you think?

So here is the other side....

Another weird sign for Joanna!

And sunset on the way back to the house.  The fence on the right is along the golf course.  Nice evening.

Art Link:

I forgot to mention that our photographer son, Larry, took some fabulous photos on our trip to the family reunion in Rodeo, New Mexico.  He has a few posted on his website.  The first 15 in landscapes are from Enchanted Rock in Texas and White Sands in New Mexico.  Super nice and for sale.  :)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Hunting in Angel Fire and Photos

I sketched yesterday in the house with the Micron 05 in the travel sketchbook for Scavenger Hunt 367  http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1355537  This morning I sketched on the porch about 9:00 a.m. at about 60 degrees in my watercolor sketchbook.  Pretty nice!

Number 8, made of clay - an owl here in the house
Number 9, in a bottle - tequila for margaritas in Rodeo
Number 10, hot - chile petin from Gene's brother, he eats it on pizza and eggs.  Too hot for me!

Number 11, organics - stretching the meaning a bit, but I sketched in watercolor and ink for the practice in my watercolor sketchbook that is about 8 x 10 inches.  I got it in 2006 in Michigan with Sue, who arrives on Saturday.  I have done about 8 sketches in the sketchbook and only about 3 of them are watercolors.  So, you see I need the practice.  I just put on color after I sketch so you can't really call it a watercolor painting.

Last night we ate at the Pub n Grill.  It was good food with good service.  We were on the deck and it started to rain.  We were about ready to leave so we asked the couple at the rail to join us while they waited for their food so they wouldn't get wet.  We chatted a bit.  They are in the Air Force, stationed in San Antonio, Texas.  We appreciate their service to our country.

The deck when we first got there, then it got busy.  The pub is in the building where the Yu Garden, a favorite, was located.  The Yu Garden moved to Taos in 2011.  We ate there once after their move on our way through to Montana a couple of years ago.  We will be eating there in Taos on this trip.  They have a dish called Volcano Shrimp .... so yummy.

This is some road art on the way to Angel Fire from Albuquerque around Pojuaque.

This stretch of road is by Española between Santa Fe and Taos.

Gene back from his ride this morning.  He is really liking his Terratrike.

This was near Hatch when we got back on I-25 the day we were on our way to Albuquerque.  I wonder what made it so wavy??  I had to post this for Joanna.  She is always telling me to stop to take my photos.  These are with my iPhone as my camera is not working/charging.

For the art link:

Check out the Bastrop Art in Public Places website.  They had local artists paint some of the electric boxes/transformers.  You can vote for the People's Choice Award selection.  They are so nice and brighten up downtown Bastrop.  The artists did well, very creative.  The Bastrop Art in Public Places is calling for sculptors now, you can apply on their website.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Hunting Sketches 367

Finally sketching on the porch.  Yay!  It has been a bit cool to sit out there in the mornings, 50 degrees F, or so.  It is nice to be cool and wear sweatshirts.  The high so far has been 80 degrees.

I sketched the ground squirrels and rabbits.  Yesterday I saw movement out the corner of my eye and thought it was a squirrel or rabbit.  I looked up and thought, "No, it is a big dog", which I said out loud to Gene.  Then we saw it was a pretty big bear, light brown in color, running like a bat out of hell (strange expression) across the meadow and along the highway.  The bear was running away from town.  We did not see anything chasing it or being chased by it.  There was no time to get a camera.  Gene said there might have been two large cubs as he first saw one running in the other direction and turned.  The one was running on the highway for a bit.

So our sightings are now robins, hawks, ground squirrels, cottontail rabbits, bear, other birds, elk cow, deer doe and lizards and we haven't driven around much.  This is from our house!

I sketched in the travel sketchbook with the Micron 05 pen, free hand and quickly as you can probably tell!  The photos were taken on my iPad.  For Scavenger Hunt 367.

 Number 6, outdoors - the road and trees, sort of where I first saw the bear near the guardrail.

Number 7, something that makes me smile - Gene's Terratrike with his 3 flags, the US Flag, New Mexico Lobos and the Longhorns.  Good thing the wheels are actually round for riding!

We visited the Legend's Grill for a glass of wine our first day here.  http://www.angelfireresort.com/summer/the-lodge/dining    It hasn't changed except for the summer  help, of course.  We had leftovers from Casa de Benevidez in Albuquerque for dinner so didn't eat out.  The next night we went to the Sunset Grill.  That is where we first heard about Wine Doggy Bags.  http://jocastilloartblog.blogspot.com/2010/07/more-sketches-for-hunt-185.html
Oops, just saw a doe and a Bambi right out the window!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

We Are Cool and Hunting

We arrived in Angel Fire on the eleventh of July so guess this is a good place to restart posting.  The temperatures  at home in Bastrop were in the high nineties and also in Rodeo, New Mexico, for the family reunion.  Not as bad as some years, eh?

It is nice to be here with temps in the mid seventies in the afternoon and about fifty in the mornings.  We have a nice house and will be comfortable here.

Almost to Angel Fire, you can see some ski runs above the lodge.

 The House as we unloaded.

The street East

The street West

Artsy faces on the trees out front made from ceramic.

We have been on the road and I was not sketching.  I started a few at the family reunion, but too much going on with 35 - 42 people around.  We had a good time, more about that later.

I sketched for Scavenger Hunt 365 at home but never got this posted.

Number 2, something growing and Number 3, where I sketch

For Scavenger Hunt 366, aw, missed that one!

For Scavenger Hunt 367, http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=20147504#post20147504  Number 1, powder, sprinkles - cinnamon bought for the birthday cakes at the reunion.  Number 2, nature - out the window when having coffee.  Can't put my feet up on the porch yet as it was 50 degrees this morning.  :)

Thanks for coming back after I was "off" for a couple of weeks.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

First Sketch 365

I haven't posted with my iPad in ages. I need to do that every once in a while, so here we go.

I sketched on the porch on my iPad. I started about six a.m. So it was a bit dark for my regular sketchbook! This is for Scavenger Hunt 365. http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1354252
Number 1, mug and plate - my glass thermo cup and snack plate.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Snyder's Draw, Southwest Landscape Pastels

My work is guaranteed!  Have I mentioned that?  I know I have.  After the big Bastrop Fire in 2011,  I said I would replace any of the paintings people had purchased or received as gifts.  I FINALLY finished a painting for Jeff and Sharon.  They had purchased a little painting that I donated to the Bastrop Association for the Arts way back in 1998.  It was one of my first shows in Bastrop.  That was good of them to buy and help BAFA.  I don't have a photo of the old painting.  It was a desert scene painted in oils.

I started this painting at a class with Enid Wood here.  As I finished it, I thought it would be a good replacement for Jeff and Sharon.  I delivered it yesterday.  They were happy to receive their painting at last!  It is framed in a 2 inch, dark reddish wooden frame with a black touch around the opening of the frame near the painting.  The scene is from a photo and my memories.

Snyder's Draw
Pastel on Colourfix sanded paper
12 x 9 inches

Of course, they had to give us something in return.  Jeff works with iron, rocks and photographs.  We bought a star made of horseshoes a few years ago.  It survived the fire without too much damage.  We decided to keep it as is rather than have him repair it.  Anyway, he gave us a star made from railroad spikes.  Pretty cool.  We will get it hung when we get back in the fall.

 The new star, is about 16 inches tall.

The star that went through the fire is about 36 inches tall.  They are fun to have, thanks, Jeff.

I Just Need to Paint

This article about workshops is so appropriate to me.  I do like workshops though, I just need to paint!

The Problem With Painting Workshops

by John P. Weiss

So here's the deal. Take those workshops, copy those museum masterpieces until you've reached a level of true proficiency. Then stop all that. Pack up your paint box easel and spend some serious time digesting the world around you. Slow down, even when you think you're wasting time. Study, think, experiment, and stop trying to ape someone else. Inside you is a unique voice. It has been whispering in your ear for a long time, waiting for you to blossom. [...]

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I Grew up in a small town , Magdalena, New Mexico. I enjoy art and the pleasure other people get from my work. I always donate some of my sales and art to charities, especially for children. That started in Bolivia with Para los Niños. (Link on sidebar) "I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colors. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns." -- Winston Churchill