This post in April, comes after several Spring Art events, which I'd like to share an update on the shows and the new landscape photography I have added.
I spent much of the Winter painting and preparing artwork for my Spring art shows. March 1st of course was my Anniversary show and the highlight for the year, celebrating my 10th anniversary with a gallery opening on the OLD INGRAM LOOP.... as well my 30th year of painting professionally. With visitors dropping in throughout the day and collectors traveling from near and far, it was good to pause and enjoy seeing the gallery so full of artwork along with the enthusiastic support of so many. As it worked out....soon, within days though it was time to take work to the Rio Grande Spring Art Festival in Albuquerque, NM.
I continue to participate in art festivals during the year, albeit The last 2 years I have become to trim the number down, due to the responsibility and success of having my own gallery to run. Still though the art festivals are a great way to...."stir things up'! Stir things up with my artwork, with clients, old friends and also have the opportunity to make new ones! The first priority is my gallery space and through the shows I'm trying to find the right balance....so I'm not totally financially dependent on one or the other, as the shows are very time consuming and require a lot of production time, travel time, etc.
My show and trip to Albuquerque, March 6-9th was largely successful due to the enthusiasm and purchases of 2 young ladies who continue to purchase my work for their investment properties they own in Santa Fe. I was so fortunate to take 9 new pieces to hang in their home, which brings their number of combined Originals and Giclee Canvas prints to over 36....in just 2 years! After the show my wife Lisa drove out with our 2 kids, Rowdy and Rayne for a week to explore our old 'stomping grounds' around Santa Fe and Taos. My sister Rebecca lives in Santa Fe now and has moved her real estate business to there....so it was a real treat to see her and spend time with her daughters as well! Throughout the week we took day trips...exploring and of course I had my camera mounted and ready each step of the way. So I thought here in my Report, I'd share some of the new photography that I continue to emphasize and pursue doing and that is now available on my website.
We hiked Frijoles Canyon at Bandalier....a place we were last at back in 1998.
Saw friends and visited shops up in Taos....got our toes wet in the Rio Grande river...as well while throwing snowballs up near our old Cabin home!
Another day trip took us to visit the ruins at Pecos Monument....when I last visited, I was just starting my career as an artist in 1985!
Yes....that's Rowdy ...actually got him to pause for a photograph within the Mission Ruin located at Pecos.
From there it is a short trip north along the interstate to a remarkable site that I had just taken photographs at for the first time in January. I was so glad to be able to return to Fort Union Monument, near Las Vegas, NM.
I was nice to be back in NM....and with my family to revisit the beautiful areas we love and have memories of as well explore some new ones. I knew we would be headed South to home in Texas and we always stop in at Carlsbad Caverns....so this time we took a detour first as I wanted to share the austere beauty of White Sands Monument near Alamagordo, NM. with my family. I was just there for the first time in Jan. and was so impressed, I needed to return. Along the way though we had to make one stop. I had seen signs for Three Rivers Petroglyph Site and was curious, read a little bit about it and since it was just 5 miles off the hwy we decided to check it out. I'm so glad we did.....we were all so impressed....as the short 1.5 mile hike we took was thick in rock art....I mean it was everywhere, like an Easter egg hunt! We could have used some more time there to explore the other areas....but we had to move on so we could catch a sunset at White Sands.
I was a very windy and cloudy day as Lisa caught this photo of me on top of a hill and rock outcrop ....so I could take the landscape photo posted just above! The big mountain in the background is Sierra Blanca. Roswell is on the other side, east of Sierra Blanca...and Ruidoso is nearby nestled up high! Off to the horizon, behind me to the West about a 45 minute drive, from where I am standing is Alamogordo and White Sands....from which a couple photos below are shared.
With the show and trip to NM. behind me....things really got busy taking my work to 2 great events in Texas, both are indoors where I can set up a double booth showcasing my larger work in a more gallery like way. Midlands' CELEBRATION OF ART held April 4-5 and the following weekend, Lubbock's ARTS FESTIVAL April 10-13th. Both shows went great with several sales and commissions of original work as well my Giclee canvas prints! These 2 shows continue to be my most successful events of the year as I am so grateful for the many friends and clients that I have there now.
As my experience and confidence grows with the photography, along with my love of nature and the landscape, I have decided to try and take more side trips and explore areas and subjects that I can photograph....always looking for compositions I can then later paint! Such is the case of my showing in Lubbock, just 2 weeks ago. I arrived early to set the show up....and with the extra time took a trip up to re-visit PALO DURO CANYON which is near Amarillo. I left very early one morning to catch a sunrise and then spent the morning hours on a hike to their signature rock formation called LIGHTHOUSE ROCK.
Palo Duro is the 2nd largest canyon in the United States. It provides an amazing place for recreation, camping and hiking. I enjoy it so much because it is so accessible and so full of wildlife and habitat. It is remarkable especially since you drive up on the rim from any direction after hours of driving through the flatlands of the Texas Panhandle...just amazing! As I anticipated, the dawn of a new morning I recalled the many paintings and specifically the watercolors that the young Georgia O'Keeffe completed 100 years prior. Amarillo and Canyon, TX was her first experience of the vast open American Southwest, spent there as a teacher until she ventured on to New York. Later in her writings she commented, "Texas is my spiritual home". I believe the canyon made a significant lifelong impression on her....one that eventually led her to explore similar landscapes further west in NM.
Years ago I use to show in Amarillo and had a lot of success there during 1985-1992. I painted the Canyon quite a bit then, now though I wish to explore more the possibilities of doing some new watercolors from that great landscape and plan return trips and hikes again in the future!
Hey....you are always invited to drop by my studio whenever you are out this way to the Texas Hill Country. I'm about an hour from San Antonio, and less then 30 minutes from nearby Fredericksburg. Call a head though if you are planning a visit....I would not want to miss your visit by the chance I might take off early to go take some photos in the area of a sunset :) I always look forward to making new friends and catching up with my old ones....I will be in the studio working on several new painting series through the summer.
I am planning a reception and Margarita party for Memorial Weekend, May 23-24 here at my gallery highlighting much of the new work.
Meanwhile my next art festival event is not until July 25-27th, the RUIDOSO ART FESTIVAL.... in Ruidoso, NM!
Until I see you next time....thanks for reading and for being a part of my Art Family....cheers! tw