Category Archives: December art show

Winding down the year

photo of me and Aaron

It’s nearly impossible to get a serious photo taken with my husband!

I promise to be better about posting next year! (lol, sure, Paula, sure!) Seriously though, my show opened at the Fuller Lodge Art Center on Saturday, December 6th. I should have been here last week, posting about the opening and how much fun we had…., but I spent last week with the “after show funk”. For those of you who don’t know this phenomena, this is what happens after an artist has worked for months to put a show together, had fun at the opening and then wakes up on Monday morning with the thought, “now what?”

Silly guy!

Silly guy!

The opening went well and though I didn’t have any sales the night of, I’m confident that sales will occur in the weeks between the opening and closing of the show. πŸ™‚ Tomorrow morning I will be interviewed by the local Los Alamos radio station on their weekly arts show. πŸ™‚

At least now you can see him! ;)

At least now you can see him! πŸ˜‰

I brought my husband and our band mate, Ray, to the opening and we had fun performing a few of our songs. We, I mean “I”, sang Christmas carols with the daughter of the Director of the gallery. (The guys DON’T sing Christmas songs!) So much fun helping to inspire a young aspiring singer! πŸ™‚ She was so awesome, even if she was very nervous about singing in front of people.

Finally! A decent photo, ok, well, maybe not. ;-)

Finally! A decent photo, ok, well, maybe not. πŸ˜‰

We stopped in Santa Fe on the way home to have dinner and ended up waiting longer than it would have taken us to just drive home and make dinner. I guess that’s what we get for eating out in Santa Fe on a Saturday night without reservations. Lesson learned! The food was delicious though and it was nice to not have to cook for a change.

peace and flowers oil painting

Almost finished with this one! 10 x 10″ oil on canvas

I’ve been back in the studio again since Thursday, it took a few days to shake off the funk! So, here’s a couple WIP photos for you. Next show has been scheduled for here in Albuquerque in February. I will have more details coming soon!

hands and flowers original oil painting

WIP, detail, 8 x 12″ oil on canvas

 

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All the work is done and the show is hung!

 

Balance original oil painting

“Balance”, 30 x 30″ oil on canvas, this is the piece I was just getting started on in the last post!

Aaron and I took a road trip up to Los Alamos and the Fuller Lodge Art Center yesterday to hang my show. In all, I finished 11 new paintings! The show is up now, but the official opening will be a part of their Holiday open house for the Affordable Arts show on December 6th from 10am-6pm. I will be there for a few hours in the later half of the day, probably 2-6pm. They will also be open all day on Black Friday. If you are in the area, or close by, please stop by and see the show and get a little of your Christmas shopping done! In addition to my art work, originals and prints, there are literally tons of artsy gifts to pick from. Lots of handmade local artist goodness. Whether you go to this show or not, please support local artists this holiday season by buying handmade art and gifts. πŸ™‚

Enjoy the photos of my show!

sign from the show with my name and show title

outsidePaula

Lovetouchestheheart

paula

balance

believe

generouskind

pathlesstaken

records

Painting in progress, Artsy Quote, and Tshirts

oil painting on canvas work in progress

30 x 30″ oil on canvas, work in progress

It’s been another one of those busy months. Enjoying summer and the outdoors as much as possible while also getting my work done. Unfortunately, the blog posts have been one of the casualties of summer!

Time to get back on track! The air is getting cooler, we’ve been getting LOTS of rain this summer! Living in the desert, that doesn’t always happen. In fact, we’ve been in a drought for about a decade. This year, the mountains, where we hike, have been open most of the summer. Except for the week surrounding the 4th of July, of course! Needless to say, we have spent a lot of mornings this month hiking!

A couple of weeks ago, I finally got back into my painting studio. I have a gallery show coming up in December, so I’ve also been busy getting work ready for that. The painting above is the current work in progress, still has a ways to go before it’s done.

Screens for Sunlight Tshirts

Screens for our Sunlight Tshirts

My band, Sunlight, has also been busy lately! After taking July off, we have 4 shows in August, with two coming up this weekend in Colorado. We play on Friday night at Mean Jean’s coffee house in Lake City, CO and Saturday night at The Swing Station in Laporte, CO. One of the things we accomplished this month was getting silk screens made for our Sunlight T-shirts. Tomorrow we will spend the afternoon printing them. I will let you all know as soon as they are available! πŸ™‚

Last but not least, it’s been a while since I’ve posted an Artsy Quote, so here you go!

Artsy quote happiness on oil painting

Back at the Easel and Silent Auction in December


This has been an awesome month! I’m finally getting back into a routine of painting every day. It feels really great to be back at the easel. It’s been over 7 months since I lost my dad now and while some of you may be tired of hearing about it, I can’t let it go that easily. Obviously. I have now finished exactly 2 paintings since April 9, 2008. Which is nothing compared to what I usually produce. I am more than ready to get back to my regular prolific self. The studios/gallery are getting easier to run, my husband has been helping out more and we are about to have a virtual assistant to help with some of the load. So, now I will have more hours in the day for painting. Plus, and this is pretty important, I have ideas coming back into my head that fit with my usual happy thoughts and paintings. I guess I should retract my previous statement, I have actually finished more than 2 paintings since dad died. Those other paintings I don’t count though, because they were grief paintings and will never be sold.

The 2nd painting I finished (see the last post), now has a title. Since I was praying for a good election result while I painted it, I have titled it “Hopeful 2008”.

I have been busy scheduling shows for the gallery for 2009 and have decided to do a featured show of my work in April. Yesterday I spoke with the woman who is licensing my needlepoint designs and got her ok to do a needlepoint/art show. I’m thinking about hanging the paintings alongside their corresponding needlepoint canvas and perhaps have a couple of them stitched to show what they look like once they are done.

In the meantime, next month we are doing a silent auction show to benefit the local Roadrunner food bank. 50% of the auction proceeds will go to the food bank with the other 50% going to the artist that created the work. I will post some of the pieces on my Chroma Studios blog so everyone will have a chance to bid on them, even if you can’t make it to the gallery! If you are a local Albuquerque artist and would like to participate please contact me as I would like to fill the entire gallery with the silent auction pieces. At the end of the silent auction, closing reception, we will have a fun event, an artist exchange where artists will be able to trade their work with other artists in the show. Any pieces that don’t sell in the auction, or extra pieces that artists bring in will be available for the exchange. Unless, of course, you aren’t interested in participating in the exchange. Just a fun event for the Holidays!