Wednesday, January 31, 2018

AUTUMN PRAYERS - NEW 28"X22" ORIGINAL OIL - sold

Studio No. 918 - AUTUMN PRAYERS (Placitas, New Mexico) - New 28"x22" Original Oil on Belgian Linen framed in gold with linen liner- sold

Saturday, January 20, 2018

LA LOMA PLAZA (Taos, New Mexico) 8"x10" Original Oil

Studio No. 818 - LA LOMA PLAZA (Taos, New Mexico) 8"x10" Original Oil on Italian Gessoed panel, framed in gold with linen liner - Preview Painting.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

LOS CAMPOS DEL LLANO - 8"x16" Original Oil

LOS CAMPOS DEL LLANO (Llano San Juan, New Mexico) 8"x16" Original Oil on Canvas, framed in gold with linen liner - Preview Painting.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

LA PUERTA (Las Trampas, N.M.) - New 8"x6"

LA PUERTA (Las Trampas, New Mexico) New 8"x6" Original Oil, framed in gold with linen liner.  Preview Painting.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

LA CASA AMARILLA - New 8"x10" Original Oil

Studio No. 618 - LA CASA AMARILLA (The Yellow House - Arroyo Seco, New Mexico) - New 8"x10" Original Oil on Italian Gessoed Panel, framed in gold with Linen Liner.  Preview Painting.

Friday, December 29, 2017

LA CAMPANA DE TAOS - NEW 8"x8" Original Oil

Studio No. 318 - LA CAMPANA DE TAOS (View from my kitchen window - Taos, New Mexico) 8"x8" Original Oil on linen panel, framed in gold with linen liner - now available for purchase - Preview Painting.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

GREETINGS!

LA NOCHEBUENA -  (La Nuestra Senora del Rosario - Truchas, New Mexico).

Monday, December 18, 2017

WINTER GIFTS......

WINTER GIFTS....
To Art Friends Everywhere!  Many of you have been with me a long time and know I love to send this greeting every year.  The original of this painting was "adopted" by some great friends and very prolific art collectors years ago and still resides in a lovely home in Taos.  The street in this painting is the main street in Truchas -- I walked to the post office from my little adobe house every day and still keep the memories of that special time and place very close.  The woman is the memory I've kept of my little Polish grandmother, Ella -- she carried a shopping bag with her everywhere -- those were her "gifts" her "surprises".  The words of Fra Giovanni never fail to inspire and uplift - especially at this time of the year.  From my heart I wish each and every one of you all the best of this holiday season -- Hug someone special today!  Sincere best wishes, Donna - Taos, New Mexico 2017


"There  is nothing I can give you which you have not;
But there is much, very much that while I cannot give it,
 you can take.

No heaven can come to us unless our hearts
find rest in today.  TAKE HEAVEN.
No peace lies in the future which is not hidden
in this present moment.  TAKE PEACE.

The gloom of the world is but a shadow.
Behind it, yet within reach is joy.
There is a radiance and glory in the darkness, could we but see,
and to see we have only to look.  I BESEECH YOU TO LOOK.

Life is so generous a giver, but we, judging its gifts by
their covering, cast them away as ugly, or heavy or hard.
Remove the covering, and you will find beneath it
a living splendor, woven of love, by wisdom with power.

Welcome it, grasp it, and you touch the angel's hand that
brings it to you.  Everything we call a trial, a sorrow, or
a duty, believe me that angel's hand is there; the gift is there,
and the wonder of an overshadowing presence.
Our joys, too, be not content with them as joys.
They, too, conceal diviner gifts.

And so, at this time, I greet you.
Not quite as the world sends greetings, but with
profound esteem and with the prayer that for you now and
forever, the day breaks, and the shadows flee away."

Fra Giovanni, 1513 AD

Friday, December 15, 2017

12/15/17 Work In Progress - EARLY SNOW CLOUDS AT ALCALDE - New 30"x40" orig. oil

EARLY SNOW CLOUDS AT ALCADE - 30"x40" Work in Progress - Working with a color sketch instead of an underpainting....oil paint mixed with distilled turpentine over toned ground (gesso mixed with Payne's Grey)  Color Notes:  Sky - Payne's Grey, Permalba White and a little Prussian Blue. Mountains:  Prussian Blue, Burnt Sienna, Chrome Oxide Green Opaque.  Trees: Burnt Sienna and Yellow Ochre.  Foreground:  Holbein Rose Grey, Grey Warm Tint, Yellow Ochre and grey mixture from the sky.

Friday, December 08, 2017

WINTERLIGHT - Fine Art Prints, Greeting cards...

WINTERLIGHT (Tesuque, New Mexico) - Fine Art Prints, greeting cards and many more great gift items for home and office now available at FINE ART AMERICA!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

EL CALLE DE TRUCHAS - 22"x28" Original Oil Painting, Framed - available

EL CALLE DE TRUCHAS (Truchas, New Mexico) 22"x28" Original Oil Painting on Belgian Linen, now available for purchase direct from Chimayo Trading Del Norte (Ranchos de Taos Plaza) - http://donnaclairart.com/el-calle-de-truchas/ - (If you are interested in receiving my Studio Newsletter, just PM your e.mail address and I will add your name to my list of Art Friends to receive information about new paintings and prints. DC)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

AUTUMN CHAPEL - Fine art prints, greeting cards.....

AUTUMN CHAPEL (Arroyo Seco, New Mexico) - Fine Art Prints, Greeting cards and many other great items for home and office now available at FINE ART AMERICA.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

NOCHECITA DE ABIQUIU - Fine art prints, posters.....

NOCHECITA DE ABIQUIU (New Mexico) - Fine art prints, greeting cards, posters and many other great items now available at FINE ART AMERICA.

Monday, October 16, 2017

CANTO HONDO (DEEP SONG - EL LLANO, NEW MEXICO) - Prints, greeting cards....

CANTO HONDO (DEEP SONG, Llano San Juan de Nepomuseno - New Mexico) Fine Art Prints, Greeting cards and many other fine items for home and office now available at FINE ART AMERICA.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

ELEGY FOR SUMMER (Vadito, New Mexico) - Prints, greeting cards.....

ELEGY FOR SUMMER (Vadito, New Mexico) - Fine art prints, greeting cards, posters and many other great items for home and office now available at FINE ART AMERICA.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

BEARERS OF LIGHT (Chichicastenango, Guatemala) - 30"x40" Original Oil, framed

BEARERS OF LIGHT (Chichicastenango, Guatemala - Men of the Cofradia of Santo Tomas Church) - 30"x40" Original Oil, on Belgian Linen, framed in Gold with Linen Liner. Preview Painting.

Good morning! A beautiful day in the neighborhood!  - Gave this painting to my brother, Jim, years ago right after it was completed.  Have always felt this is one of my best pieces.  Jim had it hanging in his Chicago office until he retired. Knowing that he has downsized and no longer has room in his home for this large piece, I have offered to sell it for him.  This piece would ship from Wisconsin and costs are included in the price of the painting.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

PUESTA DEL SOL - New 8"x16" Original Oil, framed

Studio No. 2117 - PUESTA DEL SOL (Setting Sun - Taos, New Mexico) - New 8"x16" Original Oil on Canvas, framed - Preview Painting.

ARCO DE IRIS (Taos, New Mexico - New 8"x16" Original Oil

Studio No. 2217 - ARCO DE IRIS - (Rainbow - Taos, New Mexico) - 8"x16" Original Oil on Canvas, framed - Preview Painting.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

CREATE PEACE...

“The images of peace are ephemeral. The language of peace is subtle. The reasons for peace, the definitions of peace, the very idea of peace have to be invented, and invented again. Children, everybody, here’s what to do during war: In a time of destruction, create something. A poem. A parade. A community. A school. A vow. A moral principle. One peaceful moment.”—From THE FIFTH BOOK OF PEACE, Maxine Hong Kingston (Original Oil Painting "First Light" by Donna Clair).

Monday, August 21, 2017

LAST LIGHT AT TRUCHAS - Fine art prints, framed or unframed, greeting cards, posters and many other great items for home and office now available at FINE ART AMERICA.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

DIAS DE ORO (Days of Gold - Truchas, New Mexico - Prints, greeting cards.....

DIAS DE ORO (Days of Gold, Truchas, New Mexico) - 123 images now available from Donna Clair paintings - Fine Art Prints, Greeting cards, posters and many, many other great items for home and office - FINE ART AMERICA.

LOS CAMPOS DEL LLANO - NEW! 8"x16" Original Oil, framed

Studio No. 2017 - LOS CAMPOS DEL LLANO - New 8"x16" Original Oil, framed in gold with linen liner - Preview Painting.

Monday, August 14, 2017

RODARTE AFTERNOON - New 8"x16" Original Oil

Studio No. 1817 - RODARTE AFTERNOON (Rodarte, New Mexico) New 8"x16" Original Oil on Canvas, framed - Preview Painting.

MOUNTAIN TIME - NEW 16"X18" Original Oil Painting

Studio No. 1917 - MOUNTAIN TIME (on a backroad somewhere near Truchas, New Mexico) - New 16"18" Original Oil on Canvas, now available for purchase - Preview Painting.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

CHIMAYO TRADING DEL NORTE - Now showing in Santa Fe.......

Saturday and Sunday - Chimayo Trading del Norte Booth No. 44 - El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, 555 Camino de la Familia - 11Am to 5PM -- You are invited!!! Stop in to say Hello to Gabe and Alicia Abrums! 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

INTRODUCING GABE ABRUMS.....

Introducing Gabe Abrums, Owner of Chimayo Trading Del Norte.  About a month ago I received an e.mail that Gabe would like to work with me to sell my paintings,  We have met and made a good connection.  Both he and his wife were raised in Chimayo, New Mexico - and, for the first time, I have someone who truly knows the places in northern New Mexico where I have lived and painted for fifty years.  This is new - and over the next few months, we will learn to work together.  In the meantime all my original paintings will be available through Collector's Gallery on my website.  Some can still be purchased through my studio and others will go through the  gallery. Gabe will also be showing some of my paintings in Santa Fe this weekend.

OBJECTS OF ART/SANTA FE - A special show  - El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, 555 Camino de la Familia.  Friday/Sunday - 11Am to 5PM.

In Taos the gallery is located in the historic Ranchos de Taos Plaza, right near the beautiful and iconic St. Francis Church. I love this old church  have prayed there many times. Somehow this all feels right.  I am very happy to have made this connection and hope that you will visit the gallery or my website to keep up with my new work.  A huge sigh of relief that now I will have more time to paint - always a good thing! 
 
Gabe Abrums
Chimayo Trading
Ranchos de Taos Plaza
(575) 758-0504
chimayotrading@msn.com


Monday, July 24, 2017

AUTUMN PRAYERS - 28"X22 Work in Progress (Glazes)

Studio No. 1817 - AUTUMN PRAYERS (Placitas, New Mexico) - New Work in Progress (Glazes & Middle Tones) - Using my painting medium to apply the paint with soft brushes -- Sky: Cyan, Yellow Ochre, Permalba White.  Trees:  Chrome Oxide Green Opaque - outline Prussian Blue and burnt sienna.  Fields:  Yellow Ochre and Burnt Sienna.  Adobe:  Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Yellow and White - shady areas: Yellow Ochre Deep.  Foreground Grasses:  Prussian Blue and Burnt Sienna.  Cadmium Yellow/Yellow Ochre.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

AUTUMN AFTERNOON (Las Trampas, New Mexico) - New 8"x10" Original Oil - Sold

Studio No. 1117 - AUTUMN AFTERNOON (Las Trampas, New Mexico) - New 8"x10" Original Oil on Italian Gessoed Panel, framed  - Sold (Pasadena, Calif.)

MOONRISE OVER MIDDLE ROAD (Taos, New Mexico) New 8"x10" Original Oil

Studio No. 1117 - MOONRISE OVER MIDDLE ROAD (Taos, New Mexico) - New 8"x10" Original Oil on Italian Gessoed Panel, framed - available.  Preview Painting.

Friday, July 21, 2017

AUTUMN PRAYERS - 28"x22" Work in Progress (Underpainting)

Studio No. 1817 - AUTUMN PRAYERS (Placitas, New Mexico) - 28"x22" Work in Progress (Underpainting) - Use bristle brush.  Mix Grumbacher MG Underpainting White with Distilled Turpentine and color.  Sketch in color with loose brushstrokes.  Color Notes:  Sky: Paynes Gray/Prussian Blue. Hills: Chrome Oxide Green Opaqe/Yellow Ochre.  Fields - Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna.  Chamisa: Cadmium Yellow, Yellow Ochre.  Rooftop:  Cerulean Blue, Payne's Gray.  Adobe:  Burnt Sienna, Mars Orange, Yellow Ochre.  Let dry for a few days.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

RIO HONDO - New 30"x24 Original Oil

Studio No. 1617 - RIO HONDO (Arroyo Hondo, New Mexico) - 30"x24" Original Oil on Belgian Linen, Framed in Gold with Linen Liner.  Now available - Preview Painting.

Friday, June 16, 2017

MY NEIGHBOR'S HOUSE - 8"x16" Original Oil, Framed

MY NEIGHBOR'S HOUSE (Truchas, New Mexico) - 8"x16" Original Oil, framed (available - Preview Painting) -

Don Eusavio was my next door neighbor when I lived in Truchas and by observing him each day, he taught me how to live. He had lived in the same house for most of his life and there was a field between us where Henry Romero pastured his cows.  I watched the old man from a distance - and if there was a secret to life he had found it - quite simply it was habit and routine.  Each morning I would hear him tap-tapping on something in his shed, then he would carry in some wood from the big pile in his yard.  The smoke from his chimney would rise and he would fix his lunch-  Then he might put on his green baseeball cap, grab his orange bucket and pick apricots.  His friend Rosita might come calling and they would go for a drive.  He lived an uncomplicated life - on purpose.  He was a happy man!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

CAPILLA DE PLACITAS - 10"x10" Original Oil, framed

CAPILLA DE PLACITAS -10"x10" Original Oil on Canvas, framed (available - Preview painting)  Still remember the first time I saw this little church years and years ago on one of my many trips back home to Truchas.  Had my camera with me - parked near the gas statiion across the road and climbed part way up the water tower to get a better view.  Have painted this place many times front and back - it is a talisman, a sacred place - many candles, many prayers.........

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO 1967 - THE ADVENTURE BEGINS....

THE ROAD HOME - 8"x16" Original Oil, framed - available - Preview Painting.  

 SEPTEMBER 1967 - We rented a small adobe house on Alegre St. from an old cowboy named Les Langley - across our backyard fence was Rosario Cemetary.  The babies were still in diapers and crawling and the only heat was with floor furnaces - a big challenge.  Still a Chicago girl, I was homesick, very lonely and did not know where to begin.  Trying to be helpful, a neighbor gave me a New Mexico Magazine -  started to read while the children were napping.  There was a photo of a Taos Pueblo drummer -  got out my paints and copied the photo.  We needed money and the painting sold for $75 which was a fortune to me.  The wheels started spinning - maybe,  just maybe this place - Santa Fe, New Mexico - was where I belonged all along..... I was just born in Chicago by accident!