Category Archives: 2011

Weekly Art Auction

This week I am starting back with my weekly art auction. Every week, one original painting, starting bid of $9.99. You never know what you might find! 🙂

This week’s painting is “Riding the Cosmic Wave”. It is an 8 x 8″ oil painting on canvas board. Part of my Daily Journal Series, though they aren’t daily much anymore! This one was painted on 7/28/11. Click here or on image to go to auction page.

original oil on canvas board painting

Riding the Cosmic Wave, 8 x 8" oil on canvas board

Today’s new work

original oil painting on canvas board

Winter Day, 8 x 8" oil on canvas board, $50

I started and finished two daily journal paintings today. My daily journal series is an ongoing series of small, quick paintings I create as warm ups to keep the creative juices flowing. Today, it’s feeling a bit like winter coming on, so the color palette is reflecting the weather. COLD! We are expecting snow this weekend here in Albuquerque. Yesterday’s wind storm tore the roof off our neighbor’s large shed, including several layers of the cinder block walls it was attached to. Luckily, our chicken coop right next door wasn’t touched. Poor chickens must have been frightened silly!

original oil painting on canvas board flower

Cold Blows In, 8 x 8" oil on canvas board, $50

Cyber Sale!

I keep seeing posts about “Cyber Monday” all over the place, so I decided to hold my own “Cyber Sale” in my Etsy shop. Today through December 19th I am offering 20% off all items in my Etsy shop. Just enter coupon code: CYBERSHOP when checking out and the discount will be automatically figured into your final price. I have several new/old items I will be posting throughout today and this week, so please check back often! 🙂 Thank you all for your support through the years!

No Stopping a LOVE rEVOLution!

Today’s daily journal painting, inspired by current events! 🙂

original oil on canvas board Love revolution

"No Stopping a LOVE rEVOLution", 8 x 8" oil on canvas board, stay tuned for next week's art auction!

Cleaning out the studio, once again!

I think I have moved my studio over 20 times in the last ten years! UGH! I just moved it for hopefully the next to the last time. The next time I move my studio will be to our future home in the mountains of New Mexico! Until then, I will settle for a bedroom in my house. Much better than the dining room I moved from this time.  A lot more privacy, but a LOT less space than I’ve had in a long time. This has required me to clean out much more stuff so I can fit everything in. I don’t think I have been this organized in a LONG time! This is a great thing for my collectors because it means I have lots of art to clear out. Not just paintings, but prints, art pendants, etc. I decided on a couple of ways to get these deals out there to you all. I am posting five auctions this week and every week until I get done! Plus, I’m listing bunches of good stuff on my Facebook Art page.

Art Opening: This Friday and Saturday, 5-8pm!

Working on finishing up my latest series which I will premiere at this weekend’s art opening. The paintings are all complete, just getting the frames done and finishing it all up. “Exposed Emotions” is a new series of paintings that I have been working on for the last couple of months. I’m really excited about this series as it is something quite a bit different for me. The paintings are on stretched linen with parts of the beautiful canvas showing through. That is the “Exposed” part. The emotions refer to the subjects and titles of the paintings. Bliss, Happy, Passion, Euphoria, Love Consciousness, Unconditional Love, and Love is the Thread are the titles of the seven paintings. The show is a two evening opening and the show will be open by appointment only for the month of November. We will also have an open studio event happening at the same time. There will be around 3 other artists with their studio doors open for the evenings. My eldest son, Bryan Beck, who is also an artist, is also showing his latest series of portraits. They are all pencil drawings. I am so proud of him for following in his mom’s footsteps! Hope to see lots of locals at this weekend’s opening. The location is 1606 Central Ave. SE suite 201, the Central location of Chroma Studios.

Another finished painting!

original oil on linen painting love flowers

Untitled for now, 20 x 20" oil on linen, Not available for sale until November.

I am so happy to be done with this one! It was giving me a difficult time and I almost thought I would have to start it over again, but I’m pretty happy with the way it came out. Sometimes when you keep painting, it turns to mud, sometimes it turns out good! Haven’t come up with a name for this one yet. hmmmmm……

Where I’m coming from….and where I’m going

Today’s blog post is jumbled up in my head with a multitude of different ideas and themes. It started out as an update on our experiment to live without a car. During meditation this morning, the “Love, Pass it on” project came back to the front of mind. A reminder that I had let the ball drop on that important project. Then there is a looming deadline, my art show in November that I need to get ready for. On Monday, Aaron and I were asked to appear on a local public access show to talk about the Occupy Wall Street movement here in Albuquerque. That show is tonight and I still need to do some preparation for that as well. When it rains it pours, right?

Today, I multitask as my mind swims with ideas. In between painting, building frames, writing and now blogging, my mind is awash in thoughts, goals, plans and what to do next. There never seems to be enough time to do it all. If only I could get by on 3 hours of sleep per night! Please bear with me as this blog post takes on the maze that is my mind and tries (possibly in vain) to tie it all together in one blog post.

We have now gone four months without a car. That statement is a bit misleading, we have borrowed our parent’s cars a few times over the past four months. Usually for a day or two when we have errands to run that require a car. Picking up a bale of straw and a 50 lb. bag of feed for the chickens for example. Or more accurately, whenever we go over to the parental home and they insist on us taking their extra car because they aren’t using it. I am starting to think they don’t believe that we CHOSE to give up our van. REALLY, it WAS a choice! It’s almost as if they feel bad for us and can’t understand “how can you possibly live without a car”. I PREFER living without a car! Seriously! The only issue we have run into is visiting Aaron’s parents, who live in one of the only areas of Albuquerque that is totally void of a bus route. The closest bus stop is 2 miles away from their house. Though it is quite a lovely walk when the weather is nice.

My life is almost stress free without a car! Riding the bus has given me more time for reading or just plain relaxing and reflecting. We have met some interesting people, but perhaps the best thing for me? I no longer feel any guilt about giving my money to the oil companies, polluting the earth or not getting enough exercise. Which reminds me, I have now lost 22 pounds! I credit this weight loss partially to having to walk to and from the bus stop or just walking to that next bus stop when the bus is going to be a while. I also credit it to switching to a mostly organic diet. No more processed foods, eating meat only once or twice a week, LOTS of local and organic fruits and veggies (thanks to Los Poblanos Organics, our local CSA). In short, I LOVE USING PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION!

Living without a car leads me into my next topic. Occupy Wall Street. Yes, I have been out there. No, I haven’t camped out. OWS excites the HELL out of me! I am so happy to see this movement FINALLY happening! It has been a long time coming. I have been waiting for this since the election of 2000. I had a conversation with an older woman at the first local rally about the fact that she has been waiting since the Reagan years for something like this. This is a topic for it’s very own blog post. IT’S ABOUT FREAKING TIME WE (THE 99%) ARE TAKING OUR COUNTRY BACK!! I will spend more time writing a more thoughtful and intelligent post about this topic very soon.

Now, for my “Love, Pass it on” project. I blogged about this project when I first started it. The idea is to take the “Free hugs” idea a step further. I created a few paintings for this series and plan to have stickers made with the images that will say “Love, Pass it on”. The vision that came to me in meditation this morning was of me, wearing a sandwich board that says “Love, Pass it on! FREE HUGS”. I will walk down Central Ave. (Albuquerque’s main street) handing out free stickers and giving free hugs. All the while telling people that I LOVE them, unconditionally! This is what the world NEEDS! People going out in public and telling strangers that you love them! I’m sure there will be people who think I am just a nut case, but they can have a free hug too! I am GOING to do my part in my small way and my hope is that it will catch on and others will do the same thing. I am hoping to find someone that would be willing to video my first time out so I can share it on you tube and facebook. So many people out there have NO love, no one to go home to, no one telling them “I love you”. Imagine what the world would be like if EVERYONE felt loved!

Last but not least, I am getting prepared for my first art show in over a year! My son, Bryan, is now getting started as an artist and asked me about doing a show at the studios. We decided that it would be really awesome to have a “mom/son” art show, so that is what we are doing! In addition to our art show, it will also be an open studio night for the artists at Chroma Studios. I will post more info as the dates get closer. November 11th and 12th, 5-8pm, at the Central Ave. location of Chroma Studios. Hope to see my local peeps there! 🙂

More Progress

original oil painting on linen exposed emotions series

Untitled, 20 x 20" oil on linen, work in progress

It’s been such a busy past month! Between traveling to California, visits from out of town relatives, days spent at Occupy rallies and cleaning house, I haven’t had near enough time for painting and getting ready for my November 11th and 12th art show. Here are a couple more works in progress. All seven of my newest series, “Exposed Emotions”, are now in progress. The trick now? To get them finished and in frames by the 10th so I can hang the show. Still haven’t come up with names for these two.

original oil on linen work in progress exposed emotions series

Untitled, 20 x 20" oil on linen, work in progress

Back to painting once again…

original oil painting on linen canvas exposed emotions

Consciousness, 20 x 20" oil on exposed linen canvas, work in progress

Finally! A full day in my studio with nothing else I have to get done! Still working on the Exposed Emotions series of paintings. The two posted here and just about done. Maybe a small touch up here or there, but basically done.

original painting oil on canvas exposed emotions

Euphoria, 20 x 20" oil on exposed linen canvas, work in progress