My blog post was bumped yesterday for a Valentine’s Day trip to the Peak of the Sandia mountains. It was cold, cloudy and snowy up there, but it was beautiful! If you’ve never been to Albuquerque, the Sandias are the mountains directly to the east of the city. It takes about 30 minutes to drive up to the peak. One of the biggest reasons we love Albuquerque! Usually, you can see the city from the peak, but yesterday everything was covered with clouds.
My Valentine! ❤
This week I’m getting ready for my monthly open studio event. Every month, I open my studio to the public, along with some of the other artists here at Chroma Studios. It’s a great time to get a behind the scenes look at the where I work and what I do everyday. You might even get a great deal on one of my paintings! I have prints available too.
Looking into my studio from the Reception area
The address is 1606 Central Ave SE, ste. 201, Albuquerque, NM. We occupy the whole upstairs of the building. It’s a really cool space with the high windows in the front. I have recently moved back into studio #1, the room I started in 9 years ago when we first opened Chroma Studios. It truly is the prime studio space. I sometimes feel guilty about taking it back, but I think after 8 years, it’s my turn again! 😉
Looking up at my studio window from the front sidewalk
The high windows are on either side of my studio, with one looking out onto Central Ave. and the other one looking into the reception area.
My studio windows
Just a little tease of the artwork I have available for sale! Come by the Open Studios this Saturday to see more! See you there! 🙂
The reception area outside my studio
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As a big fat THANK YOU, I have decided to have a Christmas in July sale in my Etsy shop for the rest of the month! 50% off everything over $50! YES, you read that right, 50% off!!! All you have to do is enter the coupon code, FACEBOOK50, when you check out and it will be automatically discounted! This sale ENDS on August 1st! Great time to get that original painting you’ve had your eyes on!
“To Move Forward”, 12 1/2 x 12 1/2″ oil on canvas and wood, Available for $215
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“Love Knows No Gender”, acrylics on full size wood guitar, still not quite finished but CLOSE!
I’m just about finished with my latest guitar painting! “Love Knows No Gender” is dedicated to all the people who are STILL fighting for equal rights in this so-called equal and free country we live in. I BELIEVE in marriage equality, YES I DO! LOVE should be the ONLY prerequisite for marriage! PERIOD.
If you have been following my blog for any amount of time, you know that my dad was a gay man. He was the most loving, caring person I have ever known. He would bend over backwards to help his family and friends and even strangers knew his kindness. He was a high school math teacher for 38 years and his students loved him too. He has been gone from this plane of existence for over 6 years now, but I can still feel his love whenever I think of him. This guitar is for him and every other LGBT person on the earth. I love you all! 🙂
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Progress on my latest recycled, hand painted, guitar….
“Love Knows No Gender”, acrylics on a full size wood guitar, work in progress
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Every time I get back into the swing of a routine, my life comes along and sweeps me up into it’s flow. I am grateful for my life which is far from boring! It seems like I JUST posted that last blog and now here it is over a month later.
“Love touches the heart”, 18 x 18″ oil on canvas, SOLD
Lots of things going on in my life these days. As I mentioned in my last post, I just returned from a short tour with my group, Sunlight. We played three shows in Arizona and a couple in Las Cruces and Wednesday of this week we are playing again here in Albuquerque. Music has always been a huge part of my life, but now, being a performer, it has taken on a whole new meaning. I am coming up on my 2 year anniversary as a singer. Who knew it could be this much fun!?
“Generous, kind, hearts, shine”, 18 x 18″ oil on canvas, work in progress
Still working on my “Words” series, in fact, since my last post, I finished the painting I was working on (and sold it!) and started two more. One is an addition to the Words series, and the other is a new guitar painting.
“Love knows no gender”, acrylic on wood guitar, work in progress
The guitar painting is inspired by the recent popular issue of marriage equality. I don’t like to be political here on my blog, but I have to admit that I support gay marriage! The ONE necessary ingredient for a successful marriage? LOVE! Hence the name for my latest guitar painting, “Love knows no gender”. 🙂
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Just listed four new Daily Journal Paintings in my Etsy shop. Also, I’ve been keeping busy at the State Fair by painting one of my recycled instruments. This time it’s a Russian Balalaika, another stringed instrument. My husband has had this one for some time, it is totally unplayable as it doesn’t have a soundboard. So, now it has been recycled into a wall hanging. I’m not completely sure I’m done with it, please let me know your opinions!
Business at the Fair has been pretty slow, which is why this instrument is taking me MUCH less time than the guitar. Also, I finally finished the guitar, stringing it with beads. I will try to get a photo posted soon.
Spiraling, 8 x 8″ Daily journal painting
Let it Rain, 8 x 8″ Daily journal painting
Hypnotized, 8 x 8″ Daily journal painting
What the World Needs. . . ., 8 x 8″ Daily journal painting
Seems I can’t get caught up these days. Lots going on!
Painting everyday to get ready for a gallery show in August at the House of Lyndon, Gallup, NM.
Getting stocked for the New Mexico State Fair in September. I have a booth again this year in the Enchantment Arts and Crafts section. This year, instead of being tucked behind a building and across from the petting zoo, we will be out on the main street of the fairgrounds! I will also have a booth to myself this year as last year I shared a booth with an artist friend. So I have more space to fill! The fun part about this year is that my husband will be out there with me everyday since he is now a full time performer. He’s working on getting some bookings for the Fair, but otherwise will be with me at the booth, playing his guitar and selling cds.
This weekend(July 14,15th) and two weekends a month I will be out at the Tijeras Art Market. I will post the dates as soon as I know them for sure. This week I will be sharing the booth with my artist friend, Josephine Brionez de Flores
Saturday, July 21st I will be back out at the Neighborhood Market in downtown Albuquerque. At the corner of Gold and 8th, hours are 10am to 4pm.
I’ve designed and started to build frames for my small daily paintings. They are made from raw lumber into 3 inch wide painted wood frames. I’m planning to paint each frame to go with the painting it is intended for. The painting will extend out into the frame and turn an 8 inch painting into a 14 inch framed painting.
I am preparing my next instrument for painting. Not sure when I will start the actual painting, still have to gesso it. This one isn’t a guitar, it’s a Russian instrument called a Balalika(spelled wrong I’m sure!). I love the shape and I can hardly wait to paint it! I have had an awesome response on the guitar and want to have a whole row of painted instruments to show eventually.
On a personal note, I’ve been getting stuff moved around at the house and moved into my studio still. My middle son returned this morning from 6 months at his dad’s in Arkansas. I am so happy to have him back! I now have all my sons living at home again!