live painting

Invited instructor – "Empty mind, full canvas" – Saturday, October 18

I've been asked to lead a demo at the Artisan Artists' Materials Expo on Saturday, October 19th, 2014. It'll be a good one! The session, titled "Empty mind, full canvas," will be a rare chance to see me paint a full-size outdoor landscape while answering questions and narrating my process as I go. I plan to undertake a large-format (with luck, 30" x 40" or larger) piece on-site in the rock formations at Buffalo Thunder resort. Barring an exceedingly rare late-October absolute downpour, we'll be outside. 

The session will venture into the practical and the philosophical, touching on topics such as:

  • Where “good” painting originates,
  • How we discover the best of our creative process and shepherd it through the “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune," or maybe just a busy mind, and,
  • The "simpler" logistical difficulties of painting, like wind and changing light and muddied colors.

Particular attention will be paid to painting on-site and from-life, whether indoors or outdoors. Some time will also be dedicated to discussing environmentally-friendly materials and considerations.

The demo will be from 9am - 12pm and costs $75 + tax. For those of you who would like to get your hands a little bit dirty, some sketch materials (oil pastels, pencils, gessobord) will be provided for visual notes and experimentation. You can find more details and register for the event here

Noonday sentinel (sold), 36" x 60", oil impasto on canvas. 2013. Painted on-site in Nambe, NM. 

Noonday sentinel (sold), 36" x 60", oil impasto on canvas. 2013. Painted on-site in Nambe, NM. 

Featured artist & Quick Draw participant – Santa Fe Passport to the Arts, May 10th!

On May 10th, I'll be one of over fifty artists painting on-site during Santa Fe's season kick-off event, Passport to the Arts. It's a celebratory weekend of gallery openings, exhibitions, music, food, and more along all of Canyon Road. Saturday's Quick Draw, Artist Reception, and Live Auction is a headline event and should be a lot of fun – I was told that last year at the auction alone over 40 pieces sold!

Meyer East Gallery (225 Canyon Road) will be featuring my work in its main hall through May 22nd, and at Saturday's Quick Draw, I'll start and finish a piece in two hours (¡yikes!) – between 11 am and 1 pm. Afterward I'll be hanging out at the gallery, chatting with visitors for the afternoon until the reception at 4 pm and auction of the wet paintings at 5 pm.

Here is a link to Meyer East Gallery's website, and below is the largest piece on display for the exhibition.

Evening in the Land of the Sun , 42" x 66", oil impasto on canvas, Sold

Evening in the Land of the Sun, 42" x 66", oil impasto on canvas, Sold