Tuesday, August 22, 2017


“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, 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

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


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! 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


A HAPPY LITTLE CLOUD (Taos, New Mexico) - 36"x40 Original Oil on Belgian Linen- available - Preview Painting.........Sometime in the middle of September in 1967 husband Jack and I had watched the moving van leave our house on Riegel Rd. in Homewood, Ill. My son John was two and my twins, Mary and Sarah, were six months old.  It was a long trip - the girls learned to eat spaghetti with their fingers in some little restaurant along the way.  We crossed the border into New Mexico late in the afternoon - The sky above us was cloudless, but to our left was this huge, ominous blue and black monster bursting with thunder and lightning - I would later learn that the dark pouring from that cloud was called "Walking Rain" - The highway straight ahead to Santa Fe was sunny and clear! This was the beginning of my fifty year love affair with the people and landscape of New Mexico - what a adventure! 

Monday, June 12, 2017


Studio No. 0117 - PASSING STORM (Chimayo, New Mexico) - 8"x10" Original Oil on Italian Gessoed Panel, framed - now available - http://donnaclairart.com/el-llano/

It is so easy to procrastinate! My second husband, Ernie, would jokingly threaten to chain me to the easel!  Took a little rest after our open studio exhibit "Three Artists of Taos" - I know that it is those quiet times - the days in between - when everything is silent that the next paintings come to me in pictures that float by - even when I am doing the dishes.  The word "procrastination" is deceiving - when I am not painting is the time when I do all the heavy lifting - the ideas come if I am really quiet.
Am still settling into this little studio in Taos - setting a work schedule every day from 10AM to 3PM - routine and discipline are my words for today.  This is truly a New Beginning....

Sunday, June 11, 2017


TAOS MOUNTAIN DREAMING (Taos, New Mexico - 8"x16" Original Oil, framed - now available - Preview Painting.

"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.  Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted that flame within us" - Albert Schweitzer....This morning -  beautiful symphony by American composer named Picker - "Old and Lost Rivers". The bells from Our Lady of Guadalupe ringing for Sunday Mass - comforting.  Heard a chorus of coyotes singing at 3AM! The old rooster on Peralta St. loudly letting his ladies know who is boss.  Taos!!!

Saturday, June 10, 2017


Studio No. 417 - TAOS SUMMER STORM - 24"x30" Original Oil on Belgian Linen, framed - Preview Painting.  It took weeks of self-arguing to finally post the truth about losing my son.  Looked back on my life for the last 2-1/2 years today - I sat in a big brown recliner for a year and cried - tried to keep up my time at the easel, but it was sporadic.   Relied on help from my friends,  One day I heard a voice in my head say "What if you live for another 20 Years?" and I knew the way I was "living" was killing me.  All of a sudden the lights went back on and it was time to take a fearless inventory of places and things....there was no going back from that moment...I didn't know how, but I was being challenged to change everything!    

Friday, June 09, 2017


UNA SENDA DESCONOCIDO -  A Path Unknown.  Just waking up from a long nap and finally admitting to myself that I don't know what I don't know.  Each Saturday morning when I was a little girl, there was a radio program called "Let's Pretend" - "Hi, I'm Buster Brown, I live in a shoe!  That's my dog Tige, he lives in here, too!"  Pretending to be my same old self is exhausting!  This morning I read a paragraph titled "The Power of the Unknown" - the field of all possibilities.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Losing John......12/25/2014

Santa Fe, New Mexico - In the early minutes of Christmas morning 2014, my beautiful 49 year old son, John, died.  Parts of me died with him and life was forever changed.  Deep grief is a dangerous adventure - a hostile and treacherous landscape with no visible escape route.  Stumbling through most of 2015, I made mental Post-it notes to eat, sleep, paint, function - urgent care became routine.  I was broken and I did not want to mend.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017


"All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware." Martin Buber

Friday, May 26, 2017

PLACITAS - 40"x30" Original Oil, Framed

CAPILLA DE PLACITAS (Placitas, New Mexico) - 40"x30" Original Oil, framed. Now available for purchase at our 3 Artists of Taos Open Studio exhibit - 27th, 28th and 29th from 12 to 5PM - Preview Studio Inventory.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

EL LLANO (El Llano, New Mexico) - NEW 8"x10" Original Oil

EL LLANO (El Llano, New Mexico) - NEW 8"x10" Original Oil on Italian Gessoed panel, framed - now available for purchase at my online Collector's Gallery - Preview Painting.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


SURPRISE! Little did I know when I landed here six months ago that I would meet up with two very talented gentlemen artists as Doug Yeager and Seamus Berkeley!  Sometime in January or February we began to collaborate on an art event - and here is the result.  We have "planning" meetings often over coffee and lots of (Lots!) of pie!   Art Friends near and far are invitedIf you have any questions, give me a call at (575)758-1580.  Looking forward to seeing many, many happy art lovers!  Bienvenidos! Best regards, Donna

Memorial Day Weekend - May 27, 28 and 29 from 12:00 to 5:00 PM - Taos, New Mexico
Featuring artwork of  Donna Clair, Doug Yeager and Seamus Berkeley (Become acquainted with their work by visiting their individual websites - an armchair preview of ‘Vistas del Norte'!)

Taos, New Mexico — There is a mysterious quality to the atmosphere in northern New Mexico which is not easy to explain it must be experienced. Whether it is the wide open brilliant blue sky, the crisp bright light, the living mountains or the ancient history, artists arrive daily seeking their creative home. Some leave after a few months or years. Others choose to stay and become rooted and energized by all that inspires their art.Three well-recognized New Mexico artists have come together to offer their paintings and photography in an open studio exhibit 'Vistas del Norte' — views of the north. Each brings to their work a unique perspective influenced by life in Taos and the surrounding north country.You are invited to take part in their journey this Memorial Day weekend.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

DON JUAN'S PARADISE (Valdez, New Mexico) - Fine art prints, greeting cards...

DON JUAN'S PARADISE (Valdez, New Mexico) - Fine art prints framed or unframed for home and office, greeting cards, posters and many other great items now available at Fine Art America - Preview prints.

Sunday, May 14, 2017


Margaret Jamison - art dealer, mentor, role model, best friend - still missed. Portrait by Julian Robles, Taos artist.

Saturday, May 13, 2017


3 ARTISTS OF TAOS - VISTAS DEL NORTE - Doug Yeager, Seamus Berkeley and I getting together to plan for our Studio Exhibits over the Memorial Day Weekend - May 27,28 and 29th. Have really been enjoying planning this event so far.....

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Ready, Set, PAINT!!!

Working on fine tuning my website this morning (yes, that is an essential to being an artist now) with master tech, Dan Kuehn of Questa, New Mexico.  Still painting for our studio exhibit 3 ARTISTS OF TAOS - Vistas del Norte which takes place here in Taos over the Memorial Day weekend - 27, 28 and 29.  Doug Yeager and I started hanging his photos and my paintings yesterday - really looks good!   

Wednesday, May 10, 2017


10 May 2017 - Framing paintings today in preparation for our studio shows here in Taos over the Memorial Day weekend.  CAMINITO DE TESUQUE (Tesuque, New Mexico) - 28"x22" Original Oil on Belgian Linen, framed, will be featured in my studio.  You are invited!  Ordered three 30"x40" canvases yesterday and more turpentine.  I see a new painting through the sliding glass door looking down Santistevan Lane.  It is so good to be home again!  These places are so familiar! Preview studio inventory!

Monday, May 08, 2017

AFTERNOON VISITORS (Truchas, New Mexico) - Prints, greeting cards....

AFTERNOON VISITORS (Remembering the view from my little adobe house in Truchas, New Mexico) - Fine art prints, greeting cards and many other great items for home and office now available at Fine Art America!

Saturday, May 06, 2017

MY TAOS WILDFLOWERS - Fine art prints, greeting cards.......

MY TAOS WILDFLOWERS (Taos, New Mexico) - Fine art prints, greeting cards and many other great items for home and office now available at Fine Art America!

Thursday, May 04, 2017

ACEQUIA DEL LLANO - Fine art prints, greeting cards.....

ACEQUIA DEL LLANO - Fine art prints for home and office, greeting cards, posters and many other great items now available at FINE ART AMERICA!

Wednesday, May 03, 2017


5/3/2017 - Varnishing, signing and framing paintings all the rest of this week in preparation for our 3 Artists of Taos studio exhibits - Vistas Del Norte - Memorial Day Weekend.  The studio walls should come to life with all this new work!

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

A HAPPY LITTLE CLOUD - NEW 36"x60" Original Oil

Studio No. 1417 - A HAPPY LITTLE CLOUD (Looking across the Rio Grande Gorge toward Three Peaks - Taos, New Mexico) - New 36"x60" Original Oil - Preview painting.

Monday, May 01, 2017


1 May 2017 - PASSING STORM - 8"x10" Original Oil on Italian gessoed panel, framed - now available through Collector's Gallery on my website.  Today marks six months after my huge move to this new studio in Taos.  Am still adjusting to all the changes.  The pace has definitely picked up!  Am again working with my friend Dan Kuehn to redo my website so that my entire studio inventory is now available exclusively through my Collector's Gallery.  Seamus Berkeley, Doug Yeager and I have formed a group - 3 ARTISTS OF TAOS.  We are planning a series of studio exhibits - the first will be for the three days over the Memorial Day Weekend.  Today I will complete a 36"x60" canvas called "A Happy Little Cloud" - everything is moving at a pretty swift pace - so far so good - Progress!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

LILAS DE TAOS - Fine Art prints, greeting cards.....

LILAS DE TAOS (Taos, New Mexico) - Fine art prints, posters, greeting cards and many other great items now available at FINE ART AMERICA!

Tuesday, March 07, 2017


OVERNIGHT DRYING GLAZING MEDIUM - 6 Ounces of Distilled Turpentine (Winsor-Newton), one ounce Stand Oil, one ounce damar varnish, 1/4 teaspoon Cobalt Dryer.  Caution: Mix in glass container with cap or seal.  This recipe was given to me almost fifty years ago by well-known California painter, Bob Clark.  I use this medium for oils the way water is used in watercolors.  Colors can be laid over the underpainting once it is dry.  Darker colors are perfect colors for glazing (Shadows).  Opaque colors can also be used as semi-transparent colors. 

Saturday, March 04, 2017


STUDIO N0. 717 - OVERLOOK (Truchas, New Mexico) - 48"x12" Original Oil on Canvas, framed.  Now available for purchase. Preview painting.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

OVERLOOK (Truchas, N.M.) 48"x12 Work In Prog. Glazes

Studio No. 717 - OVERLOOK (Truchas, New Mexico) - 48"x12" Work in Progress (Glazes) - Glazes are applied with painting medium.  The fast-drying medium has turpentine in it, so it is well to let this phase of the painting sit until the color is dry to the touch.  Color notes:   Trees: Prussian Blue, Burnt Sienna and Chrome Oxide Green Opaque.  Snow:  Permalba Titanium White, Holbein Rose Grey, touch of cobalt blue - some Payne's Grey.

Monday, February 27, 2017

ESTACA IN BLOOM - Fine Art Prints, greeting cards....

ESTACA IN BLOOM (Estaca, New Mexico) - Fine Art Prints (framed or unframed), posters, greeting cards and many other great items now available at FINE ART AMERICA.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

UNA SENDA DESCONOCIDO - 22"x28" Original Oil, framed

UNA SENDA DESCONOCIDO (A Path Unknown, Northern New Mexico) - 22"x28" Original Oil, framed in gold with linen liner, now available for purchase - Preview Painting.

Friday, February 17, 2017

ASSEMBLA DE DIOS (Truchas, N.M.) - 40"x40" Orig. Oil, framed

ASSEMBLA DE DIOS (Truchas, New Mexico) - 40"x40" Original Oil on Belgian Linen, framed in gold with linen liner.  Painting preview.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

48"x12" Work in Progress (underpainting) - OVERLOOK (Truchas, N.M.)

 Studio No. 717 - OVERLOOK (Truchas, New Mexico) - New 48"x12" Original Work in Progress (Underpainting).  Color Notes: Using Grumbacher MG Fast Drying Underpainting White and Distilled Turpentine -  Sky and Snow: Paynes Grey, small amounts of Prussian Blue.  Trees:  Combinations of Prussian Blue, Burnt Sienna, Chrome Oxide Green Opaque.  Stay tuned!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

WASHINGTON AVENUE (Santa Fe, N.M.) - New 10"x10" Original Oil - Sold

Studio No. 617 - WASHINGTON AVENUE (Santa Fe, New Mexico) - New 10"x10" Original Oil on Belgian Linen, Framed in Gold with Linen Liner - Sold

Monday, February 13, 2017

LLANO QUEMADO - New 9"x9" Original Oil, framed

Studio No. 517 - LLANO QUEMADO (Truchas, New Mexico) - New 9"x9" Original Oil on Linen Panel, framed in gold with linen liner, now available for purchase.  Painting preview.

Friday, February 10, 2017

2/10/17 - ON THE EASEL....

10 February 2017 - Taos Studio, New Mexico - On the easel this afternoon!

Monday, February 06, 2017

EL CALLE DE TRUCHAS - New 22"x28" Orig. Oil, Framed

Studio No. 317 - EL CALLE DE TRUCHAS - New 22"x28 Original Oil on Belgian Linen, Framed.  Now available for purchase....Preview

Friday, February 03, 2017

CALLE DE TRUCHAS - NEW 22"X28" Work in Progress (Glazes)

STUDIO NO. 317 - CALLE DE TRUCHAS - 22"x28" Work in Progress (Glazes) - This phase of the painting is where I lay in the dark transparent or semi-transparent colors with fast drying oil painting medium which I mix myself.  Foreground road and adobe buildings - Burnt umber, ultramarine blue, prussian blue, burnt sienna, some mars orange and some ochre.  Establishing the darks, which should make the lighter opaque paints pop right off the canvas! 

Friday, January 27, 2017

EL CALLE DE TRUCHAS - 22"x28" Work in Progress (Underpainting)

Studio No. 317 - EL CALLE DE TRUCHAS (Truchas, New Mexico) - New 22"x28" Work in Progress (Underpainting) - Oil colors are mixed with MG Fast Drying Underpainting White and Distilled Turpentine.  Sky: Payne's Grey.  Trees: burnt sienna and mars orange.  Main building: Cadmium Yellow, Yellow Ochre.  Road: Burnt Sienna, Prussian Blue, Burnt Umber, Yellow Ochre.  Snow:  White with small amount of Cadmium Yelow and Cadmium Red - Prussian Blue Outline.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

TAOS SUMMER STORM - 24"x30" Original Oil

Studio No. 417 - TAOS SUMMER STORM (Taos, New Mexico) - New 24"x30" Original Oil on Belgian Linen, framed, now available - PREVIEW.