New Studio, First Look

“New Studio, First Look”, acrylics on 9×12″ stretched canvas, 2019

Original available @ $150.00

Entered in The Las Cruces First Friday Art Ramble, May 2019 and exhibited at MAS Art for the month of May.

Painted from a picture taken when I first arrived in New Mexico, my first look at my New Studio (rented sight unseen from a craigslist ad) in early March. ’19. Painting completed in late April, ’19…

As I took the picture, I was standing on the original route  of the old El Camino Real, the Royal Road the Spaniards built from Mexico City to Santa Fe… Everybody, from legions of Conquistadores, columns of Mexican Army and American Cavalry, Outlaws like Billy the Kid and Crew, and Lawmen like Sheriff Pat Garrett, not to mention all the Settlers, Travelers, Traders, Natives, etc., all passed right by where my doorstep currently is… There was also an Apache ambush/massacre apparently within footsteps of my abode, about fifty people killed with only a young boy as sole survivor… One story of how Las Cruces was named; crosses were put up for each victim of the massacre, also several parties of people migrating to the west coast all died here from trying to cross the Desert and they got crosses, too… Las Cruces is Spanish for “The Crosses”… So, there’s plenty of Spirits (and History) here… they are a part of This Place and i felt i should include Them… Look closely into the Open Door, into the Shadows, you might see Them, too…

 

Shells

Here’s a couple of shell studies started in VB and finished up in LC.

 

This shell was done in the Studio with the Beach added from imagination. “Beach Shell”, acrylics on 5×7″ stretched canvas.

 

 

 

 

I set the shell up in a box with single point lighting and treated it as a Still Life. “Studio Shell”, acrylics on 6×6″ stretched canvas.

 

 

 

Originals available.

Acrylics ’19

Here are my acrylic paintings from 2019, from Las Cruces, NM. They are painted on various surfaces, including Canvas Boards, Hardboard Panels, and Stretched Canvas. I try to use a better quality of paints, mediums, varnishes, and surfaces to enhance longevity of the piece. All acrylic paintings have an isolation layer applied to protect the paint. Each one is varnished. The varnish may be removed with household ammonia and reapplied if it becomes damaged or yellows (usually after several decades). Because of the isolation layer, the paint will be safe from this process.

 

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“Trailside Wash”, 8×10″ stretched canvas

 

“New Studio, First Look”, 9×12″ stretched canvas

 

Toadie – Singin’ in the Shower

“Toadie – Singin’ in the Shower”, acrylics on 4×6″ hardboard panel with 3/4″ pine cradle, 2018

 

Original in Amy’s Collection

 

Prints available:

Heavy Watercolor Paper, matted

36# paper, matted

 

Painted from a photo taken the previous season of a Toad sitting and singing under a waterfall in a Garden Pond during breeding season. This is a commissioned work.