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acrylic mandala on yellow vinyl

This one is almost done too, just needs a red spiral in the center. Acrylic on yellow vinyl.

I’ve spent quite a lot of time in the last couple of months in my studio, painting. Today, I’m getting back to the business side of my art. I recently discovered I have MANY paintings that haven’t been posted on my website OR on my Etsy shop. Today, I’m spending time listing all the record paintings that have never made it into my Etsy shop. I have finished several new paintings since my last blog post too. Though I haven’t named them just yet, I figured I’d share anyway.

acrylic painting on blue vinyl

Work in progress, acrylic on blue vinyl

I am also having a sale in my Etsy shop until the end of May. Use the coupon code Facebook40 at checkout and receive 40% off my regular prices!

hearts painting on vinyl

This one is almost done, just one more layer of yellow.

It’s been a VERY rainy Spring here in New Mexico, I am SO grateful for all the rain! That said, today the sun is out and shining and it feels SO good! This desert rat isn’t used to all the cloudy days. That said, I LOVE taking photos of the clouds! I hope you enjoy the new work! :)

cloudy sky Albuquerque

We woke to this beautiful sky the other morning!

Records, taxes and tenants, oh my!

The past month has flown by, as usual! April has been a month of landlord duties, sorting and moving our record collection, and of course, the dreaded April 15th deadline for filing taxes!

original oil painting mandala

Currently untitled mandala, 20 x 20″ oil on canvas, available for $600

My husband and I own a local business here in Albuquerque called, Chroma Studios. We lease space in two office buildings and then rent rooms out to artists and musicians/bands for private studio/practice space. This month, our largest band studio was vacated for the first time in over 4 years. We had been waiting for this opportunity to build a wall and split this room into two rooms. That is exactly what we spent the first week and a half of April doing. Building a wall, plastering/painting walls and then renting one half of this space to a new band.

original oil painting Solar Eclipse

“Solar Eclipse”, 20 x 20″ oil on canvas, SOLD

The other half of this room is now my husband’s new studio space. Now that he is in a bigger room, we spent the next week or so moving our HUGE record collection into his larger room. Before this, we had half of the collection in his smaller studio and the rest was at our house. However, before we were able to make the move, we had to sort through the entire album collection. We did this because the collection used to belong to my dad. I have talked about it here in the past. After 7 years, we decided it was time to clear out as many records as we could and make it OUR collection. Out of a 40,000 record collection, we were able to cull around 2,000 from the pack. It doesn’t seem like much, but we also cleared out enough to get rid of two shelves! Mostly generic orchestral music and bad 80s dance singles, not to mention double copies, the collection is now 100% music we would actually listen to!

I don’t know if anyone realizes how much work it is to move 38,000 records! It took a full week to move them all and we were BEAT! I think it took at least 2 days to recover! It’s quite the task, first we have to move the records off the shelves and then move the shelves, and once the shelves are in their new space and secured to the walls, the records have to be put back on the shelves. This basically means, for every move we make, we physically move the records at least two and sometimes three times! No fun! Good thing I really loved my dad and those records have a TON of sentimental value to me. Plus, it’s nice to have so much great music to listen to!

Between all that we had to stop for a couple days to get the taxes filed, not just income taxes but the lovely gross receipts taxes we have to file as a business. I love April, can you tell!? Good part is, taxes are done, and Spring has arrived!

original acrylic on vinyl

“Hearts and Spirals”, acrylic on 12″ vinyl record, available for $160

We moved the record collection to the studios because at the same time, we are getting our house cleared out and ready to rent! We are planning on moving into a smaller house soon. Now that our sons are grown and (almost, move out date is May 15th) gone, the house is just too big and too much work for the two of us.

original acrylic on vinyl

Acrylic on 12″ vinyl, work in progress

This week, I’ve finally been able to get back to my studio and my morning painting time. I have several new paintings in progress as well as a few finished pieces. Looking back at past posts I realize it’s been quite some time since I’ve shared my current work here on the blog! I have completed quite a bit of work in the last two months. I have fallen a bit behind with this task, but I promise to remedy that in the coming days!

original acrylic on yellow vinyl

Acrylic on 12″ yellow vinyl, work in progress

Life is so good and I am so grateful! Even when months like this come up and I can’t spend as much time on my art as I would like, I can’t complain.

The Health Benefits of Meditation

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I have been meditating for 8 years now and I couldn’t live without it anymore. It has so many benefits! I highly recommend giving it a try! There are many guided meditations on youtube to get you started. :)

Originally posted on Shades of Life:

Meditation is a form of relaxation and has significant health benefits. When meditating, your breathing becomes deeper which allows your body to receive more oxygen, your heart rate slows, all your muscles begin to relax, all aches and pains disappear for the duration of your meditation, your mind switches off from daily human problems and you allow your inner mind (the spiritual mind) to communicate with the inner you, along with your Guides and Angels. Blood pressure drops and doing a meditation everyday, is enough to actually begin to feel these health benefits.

When researching on the web, how to meditate, the consensus is to switch phones off, get yourself comfortable, listen to some soft music and focus on your breathing. Advise is to meditated for 10 -20 mins at a time but in actual fact, all these health benefits can be gains with just 2 mins a day.

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Stages of a work in progress

I’ve been busy painting in my studio the past few weeks and it sure has been wonderful! :) I’ve been talking with my eldest son about getting my youtube channel active again. I would like to make time lapse videos of my paintings in progress, with my band’s and husband’s music in the background.

untitled original oil painting

“Touched by Love”, 9 x 19″ oil on canvas, available for $250

Problem is, I have no knowledge of video software and very little youtube knowledge. Luckily for me, my son is an animator and his youtube channel is going great! In the coming weeks he has promised to help me get this task figured out. I know what I want to do, I’ve seen other videos, but I don’t have the software to do it or the ability to operate said software!

original oil painting in progress

Work in progress, first progress photo, 8 x 16″ oil on canvas

If anyone out there has any suggestions for a good, inexpensive program specifically for the iMac, that also has the time lapse capability, please let me know in the comments! :)

untitled work in progress, progress photo #2, 8 x 16" oil on canvas

untitled work in progress, progress photo #2, 8 x 16″ oil on canvas

Until I get my head around the skills I need, still progress photos will have to do! The first photo is the painting I was working on in my last post, and is now complete.

original oil painting in progress

untitled work in progress, 8×16″ oil on canvas

The following photos are stages of the painting I’m currently working on. This painting is still in progress, currently waiting for the layers to dry before I lay down the last layer.

original oil painting in progress

untitled work in progress 4th progress photo, 8×16″ oil on canvas

Last Saturday I held an open studio event here at Chroma Studios, where I have my individual working space. My studio will be open EVERY Saturday in March from 1-5pm. If you happen to be in the Albuquerque area, stop by and say hi! The studio address is 1606 Central Ave SE, suite 201. :)

Painting again

Finding Balance original oil painting

“Finding Balance”, 16 x 20″ oil on gallery wrapped canvas, $485

The studio walls are down, the space cleaned up and it’s oh so nice and big! I’ve been painting this week! YAY! It’s been a little while, finally getting back to a couple of paintings I started back in January.

untitled work in progress original oil painting

Untitled work in progress, 9 x 19″ oil on canvas,

The first one is completed, still working on the second one. Hoping to finish it up this week, so I can spend next week getting ready for my open studio on Saturday the 7th. My band, Sunlight, also has a show on Friday the 6th in Santa Fe! It’s going to be a fun weekend!

Open Studio!

photo of studio enlargement

The view through the wall just before the frame came down.

Yes! Starting Saturday, March 7th, 1-5pm, I’ll be opening my studio every Saturday afternoon. I recently enlarged my studio space, so I now have more room for display. My studio is one of 10 studios at Chroma Studios here on Route 66 in Albuquerque, NM.

photo of new larger studio

This view is looking into the new, larger studio from the far corner of the old, smaller studio.

I’m working on getting other artists to join me in opening our studios every Saturday. So far, Robert Medina Cook, will also be joining in the fun by having his studio open too. Robert doesn’t just make gorgeous art, he also teaches Encaustic workshops here at the studios.

photo of painted record wall

Getting art hung! This is my painted record wall.

It’s a great time to visit working artist studios, see some of our processes, look at some really fun and amazing art, and perhaps find that perfect piece to fill a space on your home or office walls! There are no high pressure sales tactics here, but we sure would love to share our art with you!

photo of small paintings wall

This is the small paintings wall, these paintings are 6 x 6″ and 8 x 8″.

If attendance is good, we may continue the open studio Saturdays past the end of March. We look forward to seeing you here! :)