Category Archives: featured artist

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

 

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

Hiding in the Flat File

heart painting Bursting with Love oil painting

“Bursting with Love”, 8 x 8″ oil on canvas, $175

 

My husband and I have been super busy the last month or so! We spent the first week of June recording our first album of music for our group, Sunlight. We spent my husband’s birthday in Silver City, NM, our favorite small New Mexico town. After this most recent trip we have decided once and for all, we are moving to Silver City as soon as possible!

First, we have to get our house in Albuquerque ready to rent. This means we have a LOT of work to do! We have been working on cleaning STUFF out and paring down to a minimum so we don’t have as much to move when the time comes. Now that the boys are grown and gone, we are ready to live in a smaller house. Time for a little downsizing!

Below, you can see just a FEW of the drawings and paintings I have rediscovered while cleaning out my flat file. There are some real gems in there that I had all but forgotten about! You will find more posted on my Facebook art page.

pencil drawing native american Quanah Parker

“Quanah Parker”, 8 x 10″ pencil on paper, $200. This is a one of a kind piece, there were never any prints made of this image. This one was drawn way back in 1992!

On top of all that, I have a featured artist show coming up in July at High Desert Art & Frame here in Albuquerque. Needless to say, I have spent a LOT of time in my studio painting! Above is just one of the many paintings I will be showing. The show is entitled “All About Love” and revolves around my heart paintings, just about every painting in the show will either have a heart in it, or have a love related title.

watercolor painting hand print petroglyph pastels

“Hand Prints”, 14 x 19″ watercolor and pastel on paper, $125. This one was part of my petroglyph series

If you are an Albuquerque local, I hope you will come out to my show opening on July 5th, or First Friday. High Desert Art & Frame is located at the NE corner of Tramway and Montgomery.

pastels painting rock landscape window rock

“Window Rock”, 10.5 x 14″ pastels on mat board, $125. Part of my Rock Series.

Also, Aaron and I will be playing a Sunlight show tomorrow evening at The Cube BBQ on Central near University. We have lots of new songs to share! If you aren’t local, we are shooting for July/August as a release date for our first CD! πŸ™‚

 

On a Roll!

Me with Carolyn Carroll, owner of Bright Rain Gallery in Old Town Albuquerque. That's my art on the wall in the background!

Me with Carolyn Carroll, owner of Bright Rain Gallery in Old Town Albuquerque. That’s my art on the wall in the background!

This has been a fantastic week for me! I am just super grateful for all the manifestations in my life this week! I have been working towards a goal I set at the beginning of the year, to have 5 galleries showing my art by June 2013. As of Monday, I have two! Friday I met with the owner of Bright Rain Gallery in Old Town Albuquerque to show her a few paintings and prints. I was pleased to leave Old Town with my paintings and prints now represented by Bright Rain Gallery! Of course, I came straight home and posted my good news on my facebook page and within a day I had received an email from another gallery where I recently submitted my art. High Desert Art & Frame is up near the Sandia Mountains at the intersection of Montgomery and Tramway. I met with them on Monday and will be their featured artist in July of this year!

My paintings hanging at Bright Rain Gallery

My paintings hanging at Bright Rain Gallery

Yet another argument for following up with galleries once you submit. I sent email submissions to the first gallery in February. I didn’t hear back from them but decided to drop in while gallery hopping with a friend. I mentioned something to the gallery owner about my email while talking with her and she said she remembered my email and liked my work. She asked me to bring some paintings by sometime, which I did the next week. If I hadn’t followed up with her, my art may not be in that gallery. Another awesome note, I went by the gallery today to take a picture of my art on the walls (see above & below) and found out that since I dropped off my art on Friday, I had already sold 5 prints!

Paula Manning Lewis' art at Bright Rain Gallery

My prints are on the table below in a cute basket! πŸ™‚

The second gallery was reminded to contact meΒ  because of my post on facebook. So, another great reason to use Facebook. πŸ™‚ As if I needed another reason!

Acrylic painting on vinyl record, in progress

Acrylic painting on vinyl record, in progress

Needless to say, now that I have a show coming up in July, I have some painting to do. I have been slowly getting back to the studio, painting for what seems like the first time in forever (it’s actually been 7 months since I painted regularly!). Today I had a good friend call me to ask if I would mind if she came and watched me paint, so we had a great time painting alongside each other. (FYI, don’t ask to watch me paint unless you are ready to dive in and paint alongside me! πŸ™‚ I finished my first small painting in a while and worked on my record painting a bit more, almost done with it.

oil painting

Joyful, 8 x 8″ oil painting

I ordered canvas stretcher bars this morning and plan to get going on a new series as soon as they arrive. It sure feels good to get back to my art! I have been having so much fun making music with my husband though! I just have to figure out how to make time for both. Easy peasy!

Surprise of the Week!

I was pleasantly surprised yesterday to find that my Etsy shop was featured as shop of the week on the front page of Duke City Fix! DCF is a local news/community website here in Albuquerque, all about the Duke City (Albuquerque’s nickname). The same website that had the group show this past Friday at VERB Collective. Spring Griffin is the blogger that wrote the feature, thanks Spring!!

Featured on another blog

George McKim was kind enough to feature me and my etsy shop on his blog! Thanks George! Now it’s my turn to feature him. Stay tuned…….