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How Does an Artist Support a Cause?

There are many ways to do this, but they all involve ART! I donate to several causes throughout the year. Either by donating a piece for a silent auction or by giving a percentage of sales to the cause. This Summer I’m helping a couple GREAT causes!

Strat guitar painting

My latest recycled guitar painting. This will also be my first PLAYABLE guitar painting once it’s done! Showing at the Sierra Club in August.

If you’ve been following the blog, you know I currently have 22 pieces showing at the New Mexico Cancer Center Gallery With a Cause until August 25th. 40% of the sales will benefit the NMCC Foundation. This wonderful foundation helps cancer patients cover non-medical expenses while they are in treatment. Great cause, right?! I’m honored to be included in such an amazing show with over 20 other awesome artists. You can see the pieces I have in the show on the NMCC Gallery With a Cause website. If you see something you like, just give them a call and they will handle the sale. You can also buy direct from my website and the 40% will still be donated to the cause.

Another cause near and dear to me is the environment, our wilderness areas and public lands. I regularly donate to the Sierra Club because I feel we need to protect our Mother Earth. From the Sierra Club, Rio Grande Chapter website:

The Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club is a volunteer-led organization representing more than 7,000 members in New Mexico and West Texas. Our mission is to explore, enjoy and protect the planet, and we prioritize action on protecting our climate, clean air, clean water, and conservation of wildlife and public lands in New Mexico and West Texas.”

Recycled Vinyl Record Painting

Recycled Vinyl Record painting, finished today, this one will also be shown at the Sierra Club in August.

I am showing my art at the local Albuquerque offices of the Sierra Club in August. I’m excited about this exhibit, as I will be showcasing my recycled art. A recently painted guitar and my recycled vinyl paintings will be featured. The opening reception will be the First Friday in August. I’m not sure just yet how much of sales will go to the Sierra Club, but I will let you know as soon as I do. I will share more information about this show in the coming month.

 

Mural Sketch in Progress

The video above is the sketch for the mural I’m getting ready to start. This small 12 x 12″ painting is 1/10th the size the mural will be. It will be painted on an outside wall on the back patio. The people I’m painting it for have a very lovely garden yard and I am excited to see how my art will look among the trees and flowers. I picked Spring colors for that very reason. Then, even when it’s not Spring, they will be reminded of the yard when it’s in bloom! The idea is that the Sun mural will shine year round. I hope they like the design. ๐Ÿ™‚

Now that I’m all finished with the work for the NM Cancer Center Gallery show, I’m switching gears to start work on a mural job I’m very excited to get started! I do have another art show to get ready for, but that deadline is in July and I don’t have as many pieces to get together for it. However, I will be starting a new guitar painting for that show, very soon!

My art show in August is at the local Albuquerque Sierra Club offices. I’ve decided to make it a recycled art show, with the center piece being one of my guitar paintings. There will also be plenty of recycled vinyl record paintings too! ๐Ÿ™‚

My first Mandala painting class!

My first Mandala painting class!

This past Saturday was my very first Mandala painting class! I had 3 people attend and we had so much fun! Huge thanks to the folks who decided to spend their Saturday evening with me. Stay tuned for the next class, I will be picking a date very soon!

Mandala Painting class

Mandala Painting class

 

Back to Business

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

cloudy sky Albuquerque

We woke to this beautiful sky the other morning!

“Words”

oil painting on canvas and wood

“Touch the Soul, Touch the Heart”, 12 1/2 x 12 1/2″ oil on canvas and wood, SOLD

2014 has been a great year so far! I had planned on continuing my weekly blog posts, but my computer had a different plan. I love my iMac but it’s getting a bit old (6 years this October). I decided to take it in for a checkup and we found out that the hard drive was fried. Long story short, I had to have a new hard drive installed and then had to buy a new external cd drive (the old drive hasn’t worked for years, but I had to get a new one to reinstall my software on the new hard drive). Needless to say, it’s been a few weeks since I’ve had a working computer. It took a few days for our computer guy to retrieve my files from the old HD, luckily I didn’t lose any files! Then I had to wait for the cd drive to be shipped before I could reinstall, yadda yadda yadda!

oil painting on canvas board

“Love Yourself”, 8 x 8″ oil on canvas board, SOLD

Today I have my fully functioning computer back! Thank goodness it cost me under $250! Much better than the $1,500 it would have cost for a new computer!

In the meantime, I have been a painting machine! Not only did I complete 8 new paintings last month, I sold 5 of them before they were complete!

I’m working on a couple of new series currently. One is called “Words” and it’s a collaboration with a good friend or mine. We first met because he was a long time friend of my dad’s. Since my dad’s death in 2008 we’ve kept in touch and last year he came for an extended visit here in Albuquerque.

He recently retired and has been writing poetry. We discussed this long before his visit and I expressed interest in collaborating on a book of poetry with my art for illustrations. This is where the “Words” series began.

Honestly, I cannot remember how long we talked about it before I FINALLY got to work on some new art work specifically for this project. At first, I had thought I would use older pieces that fit his themes, but as I thought about it more I decided it would be much better if I included some of the words from his poems/quotes into my paintings.

Last month I painted 5 paintings for this series, two have my words in them not his, so they aren’t really part of the collaboration but I am including them in the series anyway. I don’t currently have my friend’s permission to post his quotes but I will share the paintings that were inspired by them. Remember, the words in the paintings are just a few key words from the actual quotes/poems.

original acrylic painting on vinyl record

“Fool of Love”, acrylic paint markers on 12″ vinyl record, SOLD

The second series I’m working on is a continuation of my recycled vinyl series. These new paintings are a bit different however. In the past, my record paintings have all had a spiral in the middle section. These are “In the Flow” records and don’t have the spiral in the middle.

original acrylic painting on vinyl record

“Moonlight”, acrylic paint markers on 12″ vinyl record, SOLD

The titles for these paintings are located on the label of the record and I have circled the title on the record and then the painting has evolved organically from the label, sometimes incorporating a design or element from the label itself in the finished painting. I’m really loving this series and apparently so are others as I’ve already sold 3 of them!

original acrylic painting on vinyl record

“Phoenix”, acrylic paint markers on 12″ vinyl record, SOLD

Recycled Record paintings are back!

painting on recycled vinyl

Arabian Dance, Paint pens on 12″ vinyl LP, $95

Today I took several of my recycled record paintings on vinyl over to Bright Rain Gallery. Before I left the house I checked on titles and realized I didn’t have them here on my website, at all! I have now remedied that situation and you can find them HERE or in the above Portfolio tab, under “Recycled Vinyl”. I am working on getting them back into my Etsy shop too. I have been super duper busy with getting my artwork out into galleries! Received word on Monday that my prints have been accepted into yet another gallery, Fuller Lodge Art Center, in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Now that I’m done with the records for Bright Rain gallery, time to get moving on printing and packaging prints for the new gallery! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Gaining Momentum

I have been so busy since my last post! Since then, I have been accepted and dropped off paintings for another show at yet another gallery! The same day that I dropped my art off at that gallery, I visited another gallery in another town and have been asked to submit to them as well. I guess you could say life has been good lately! ๐Ÿ™‚ I have spent a bit more time in my studio recently, now that I have to get busy painting! I finally got the studio completely set up, with art on the walls and everything! I don’t have any new work to share just yet, though I have completed a couple of record paintings. I want to wait for now and reveal them all at once. Until then, I will share photos of my completed studio and some of the progress photos of pieces I’m currently working on.

started projects, vinyl, paintings

Just of few of the projects I’m currently working on, just getting started.

Vinyl paintings in progress

Vinyl record paintings in progress, thanks to Ken at the Fuller Lodge Art Gallery in Los Alamos, NM, I’m trying out painting with paint markers. They work GREAT!

coloring tshirt

My first coloring tshirt! This is one I colored in to be used as an example on the website where they are being sold.

I’m really excited to announce that my coloring book designs are now available on t shirts! Using fabric paint or markers they can be colored in to make your own design! Endless possibilities! There are 4 different designs available and they are only $20! Check out this LINK to see them for yourselves. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy corner of my studio

Happy corner of my studio!

mediation corner in my studio

Meditation corner in my studio, I love my meditation chair!

The opening for the show I most recently got into is this coming Saturday in Madrid, NM at Metallo Gallery. It’s a miniature show and 3 of my “All About Love” paintings were accepted. The opening is from 4-8pm on May 4th. If you are in the area, hope you can make it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Other side of the meditation corner

Other side of the meditation corner

Purple wall with 3 of my "Exposed Emotions" series paintings.

Purple wall with 3 of my “Exposed Emotions” series paintings.

 

This week’s art auction

This week I have another acrylic on recycled record vinyl up for sale. This is a 45 record, so it’s the smaller version of my painted records. This one is call “Peace and Love”. Starting bid is $9.99 like always. Happy bidding!

vinyl original painting recycled acrylic

Peace and Love, acrylic original on vinyl 45 record