Thursday, January 24, 2019

Bosque del Apache

12 X 16
Oil on Linen

Thousands and thousands of birds visit the Bosque each year.  It's located near San Antonio, NM. Many people drive by it and don't even realize what's going on at this place where there are many species of birds flying about or settled on the lake during the winter months. Sometimes, when one species of bird has settled in, it looks like a lake full of white balls. 

Painting thousands of birds was beyond me, but I did paint a few so you'd get the idea. Just multiply what I've painted by 10,000 and you'll have about what should be in the painting.

Watching Alto Lake

16 X 12
Oil on Linen

Original photograph by Mark Stambaugh

This lake can be seen from the lookout just before the Ski Apache area. Normally, when I drive by the lake, it is usually very dark green or blue. The walking path goes all around the lake and is a pleasant place to walk. During the Little Bear Fire a few years ago the lake was emptied of water as helicopters dipped water to put on the fire. It took a long time for the lake to refill.

Rio Bonita at Sonterra

16 X 12 
Oil on Linen

Original photograph was by Mark Stambaugh

Autumn shows up everywhere here, even in the water. The grasses begin and other areas follow. The water current is stronger because of the recent rains. Our monsoon comes later in the summer.

Snow Creek

18 X 14
Oil on Stretched Linen

This is one of my favorite places, but I never liked the times I had to be out in this snow for a long time without jumping in somewhere often to get warmed up. As long as we were sledding and moving around I didn't notice the cold, but warming up my hands when we went inside was painful and took a while.

St. Francis de Paula Church

16 X 12  
Oil on Stretched Linen

It's impossible to miss this church as you pass through Tularosa, NM. It's enclosed on three sides by huge old trees and the roses bloom all through the summer.

Winding Rui Ruidoso

30 X 20 
Oil on Stretched Canvas

I painted this scene near Biscuit Hill and Ruidoso Downs, NM, before, but wanted more space. The cows were painted and taken out several times before I could leave them alone. 

Walking on Miramar Beach

24 X 12 
Oil on Stretched Linen 

Original photograph by Lindsey Tallcott

My niece, who is depicted in this painting has a very fancy braid, which I could not duplicate for this painting. The light shining through the water in the waves makes the bright green colors.

Snow Day Beginnings

16 X 12
Oil on Stretched Linen

We had more than 24 inches of snow at our house three days after Christmas this year. Some people got 36 inches. This painting is from the early stages of snowing, just after the ground is white and the flakes are still coming down.