Saturday, December 5, 2015

Sketchbook pages

Railyard Market. Gouache on 5x9 illustration board
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I have started sketching with gouache recently and I must admit.. It has gotten quite addictive. I love sketching everywhere. First one above I did at the farmers market in Santa Fe Railyard district. See more below. I must mention that James Gurney and Mike Hernandez have been great inspirations for sketching in gouache. Check out their work if you haven't already.

Serious Coffee. Gouache on 5x9 illustration board
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I painted this in a local coffee shop in Santa Fe(Iconik coffee). I painted this over a series of 3 days as I had a little more than an one hour after class each day. I added people on different days and everyone was so busy working that they did not notice me. it was really fun to build up this sketch.

Plaza Fajitas. Gouache on 5x9 illustration board
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I painted this in the plaza on a busy sunny day. The fajita stall was popular as I was sketched through lunch hour

Snow Night. Gouache on 5x9 illustration board
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I painted this on the first snow night in Santa Fe this winter. This is the view outside my studio and I painted most of this from my car.

Friday, December 4, 2015

The ballerina

New portrait completed at The Ryder Studio from life. Our model was a professional ballerina in the past and that the theme for this painting.This was a 6 week pose in the mornings for a total of about 65 hours.  This was a huge learning experience for me and I see great improvement from my previous portrait attempt. A long way to go but happy to make progress.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015


Sepia and white chalk on toned paper

After many unsuccessful attempts at capturing my hubby, I finalled managed to get a likeness with this one.

Monday, November 9, 2015

I can see for miles

Oil on 6x8 gessoboard. 

This is the panoramic view from the top of atalaya mountain in Santa Fe. I enjoyed a beautiful hike up there a few weeks ago and did a pencil sketch on location. I painted this little piece back in the studio.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Autumn Mist

Oil on 8x8 gessoboard. Click here to buy

My second plein air from the santa fe ski basin. I took advantage of the highly saturated colors due to cloudy skies that day.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Young Aspen

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Plein air from the Santa Fe ski basin. Enjoyed some really scrumptous autumn colors 2 weeks ago.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Winged Victory

Oil on 6x8 ampersand gessoboard. 
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A recent still life painting. This one was super hard and has gone through many iterations to reach this stage. In some ways, pulling this painting off has been a small victory for me.