Back Alley Series in the Gallery

They are up and I love how they look hanging in the gallery.

What do you think?


A Peek into the Gallery

A couple of days ago I had a inquiry for one of my sunflower paintings.

This collector lives far away from here, and couldn’t remember exactly the painting she was interested in purchasing. My daughter just happened to be working at the gallery that day and sent me this picture to refresh her memory. Thought I would share it here and give you a peek into the gallery. 🙂

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Abandoned Grain Elevator ~ Guthrie, OK

For a long time I have wanted to do a series of paintings called Back Alley Guthrie. Guthrie was the first capitol of Oklahoma when it became a state in 1907, but not for too long. In 1910 the capitol moved to Oklahoma City and Guthrie was forgotten, but well preserved, so that now it is the largest Historic Preservation District in the nation. Here’s a great article with pictures that I found while researching … Only in Your State

Guthrie has some amazing buildings, but not too many people go around to the back to see what treasures are hiding there. Driving around town one day looking for old historic forgotten back alleys, I came across this abandoned grain elevator down by the railroad tracks. And this became my first inspiration…

“Abandoned” 12″ x 16″ oil on canvas

Some paintings are such a delight to paint and this was one of them. I love the way this turned out.

More to come… 🙂

At it again…

I said something in my last post about summing up my 30 day challenge in September… the very best part was I started to paint again and that’s a really good thing. 🙂

I think the truck painting and the barn will be worth framing.

Iconic Taos Truck oil on canvas 9″x12″
Somewhere on Seward at Sunrise oil on canvas 12″ x 16″

I also realized that I enjoy painting old barns and old trucks and this has inspired me to embrace what I love about the old town I live near… the back alleys.

Today I sketched the barn that leads into our property.

I’m thinking it needs something cute in the front like my grandson playing with his old yellow Tonka dump truck. 🙂

Photo credit: Sage

Day 22 ~ making something new from the old

Gray’s Peak in Colorado is a wonderful place to hike. We have gone there many times throughout the years. Some of the family have climbed both 14ers, Gray’s and Torrey’s… I admire them. I only went part way up Gray’s to where there was nothing but slippery shale sliding under my feet and my fear of heights kicked in, so down I went, taking a deep breath of relief when I got back to the car. I painted from one of the photos I took on the road to Gray’s and Torrey’s and sold it at the gallery. I’ll post it here so you can see…

Road to Gray’s and Torrey’s SOLD

After I had completed this painting back in 2017, one of my daughter’s gave me an old acrylic painted canvas that she was getting rid of and I decided to try and paint this same painting, but with a palette knife. Never finished it, so that’s my new project here…making something new from the old.

Day 21 ~ Iconic Taos Truck

I’m finished!!! I know I skipped a day, but yesterday was strange. Anyway here it is…

I might see a thing or two that bothers me and change it a little, but I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

What shall I do tomorrow? I have to say this challenge has really helped me get back into painting and for the most part has been really enjoyable.

Glad we are doing it, Sage. 🙂

Day 18 ~ block in

A couple years ago we went to New Mexico for a little vacation and I took some pictures of all sorts of things that inspired me. I did paint plein air one time up in the Sandia Mountains near Santa Fe, but it was difficult for me knowing that people were waiting on me, even though they were so very nice about it.

While I was looking through my computer pics, I found this iconic truck that we saw near Taos. It’s been a while since I painted a truck and I thought this might be a great time to do it.

I love the aqua color of this truck, and how the color is echoed by the other truck in the background.

When I used to be on IG I made friends with an artist who lives near Taos and we talked about painting this truck.

CheyAnne, New Mexico Mountain Girl , if you see this, I’m challenging you to paint with me. 🙂

Here is my block in…

I’m letting it dry for a bit, and then I’m going to paint some of those beautiful colors.

Hope you all are having a wonderful day! 🙂

Day 12 ~ preparation

Today I spent some time cleaning my studio and deciding what to start on next. I found an old plein air painting that I never varnished, so I put a quick coat on it.

Then I decided to pull out an old unfinished painting that I have struggled with for over a year. I set it up on the easel and will delve into finishing it tomorrow… at least I’m hoping to finish it tomorrow. 🙂

I want to share my daughter’s postcards with you. She is selling them for a dollar a piece. Let me know in a comment if you’d like to purchase some and then I will let her know.