Thursday, May 05, 2022



WORD PAINTINGS #120 (How I Came to New Mexico and Learned About Life and Art) - A CRUEL SEASON

4 May 2022 (Llano Quemado, New Mexico) - View from my kitchen window: What began as a few plumes of white over towards Las Vegas on or about the 20th of April became 75,000 acres forest fire on Friday; as of this morning it has grown to 160,000 acres and it is only 20% contained.  Evacuation centers are open in Penasco and Taos - the towns of Mora and Las Vegas are under severe threat and total evacuation.  The cause seems to be a "controlled burn" by the Forest Service. Homes, vacation cabins, livestock, wildlife - gone.  Have been roaming the roads in these villages for 55 years - so many beautiful days!  Heavy smoke from this fire and the one burning in Jemez. Fear, sadness - deep grief.  Prayers for the firefighters, all those evacuees - we need prayers - and a lot of rain! 

Our clear and present danger sure takes the attention off the war in Ukraine.  Ali Velshi is back home covering all the abortion news.  President Zelensky's fear that the world will look away from the horror and destruction is becoming a reality.  Less news from there this past week.  They say no news is good news.  That doesn't feel right.  The gung ho enthusiasm for the Ukranian fighting spirit isn't quite as loud and bullish as it was.  Imagine Ukraine a year from now - will these brave people will still be fighting this fake-made up war?  Will the devastation be so complete that the rest of the world will be forced to look away?  Considering that all of Europe is under threat now it is hard to imagine that will happen.  Heard Chef Jose Andres say this country will need a Marshall Plan in order to rebuild.  Prayers for the Ukranian people.

Ah, and then there is our "Supreme Court" and their leaked decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Crusty old men and one evangelical white woman with a really annoying voice are deciding the fate of American women - and men.  Think the dog has caught the car this time and they have taken too big a bite out of women's rights.  No doubt they will come for LGBT rights, birth control, gay marriage - power and control.  Their fear of the changing demographics in this country is palpable.  If I was a defeatist, I would say that we are screwed!  Scary men are doing scary things under the guise of protecting our freedom and liberty - all in the name of Christianity.  Sadly Christ is nowhere to be found in this New World Order. Considering their ex-President is acknowledged to be a serial sex offender and two of the Justices are alleged sex dare they? Prayers for the Justices of the Supreme Court.

Graduated from high school in 1957 - and Roe v. Wade became law in 1973.  Yes I remember the "good old days".  Wealthy families in Chicago Heights and Flossmoor sent their girls to Florida to have an abortion or give birth and put their babies up for adoption.  My best friend returned from her Florida trip to find a surprise from her daddy - a white Cadillac convertible - she felt no joy when we all piled in with her for our evening "joy rides". She was always sad and broken and I know that every day of her life she thought about her baby.  In our town there was a three story brick house with a long flight of stairs going to the top floor.  Everyone knew that was the place where girls from not so wealthy families took care of their problem. This is what I know is true....I believe in the right to choose.  I believe this, in most cases, is a the most painful choice a woman will ever have to make, but it is her CHOICE.   We are at the mercy of a sweeping authoritarian movement. Prayers for all women everywhere today.

PS: The smoky skies have cleared this afternoon - praying for rain.  DC

Tuesday, May 03, 2022


Prayers for the north country - Mora, Las Vegas, Jemez - Have been wandering these roads for 55 years beautiful places, wonderful people - many, many paintings...heartbroken. (Capilla de Guadalupita - 2004)

Friday, April 29, 2022


WORD PAINTINGS #119 (How I Came to New Mexico and Learned About Art and Life) - GOING TO SANCTUARY - (Work in Progress 30"x24" Original Oil Evening Shadows)

Sunday, April 24, 2022


WORD PAINTINGS #118 (How I Came to New Mexico and learned about Art and Life) - EARTH, WIND AND FIRE! -

Friday, April 22, 2022

5-Day Auction - CUNDIYO (Cundiyo, N.M.) 6"x6" Original Oil - SOLD

5-DAY AUCTION ending April 27 - CUNDIYO (Cundiyo, New Mexico) - 6"x6" Original Oil on Linen Panel - SOLD

5-Day Auction - U.S.HILL (Taos, New Mexico) 6"x6" Original Oil - SOLD


5-DAY AUCTION ending April 27 - U.S.Hill (Taos, New Mexico) - 6"x6" Original Oil on Linen Panel - SOLD

Saturday, April 16, 2022


WORD PAINTINGS #117 (How I Came to New Mexico and Learned About Art and Life) - A CANDLE FOR GRAMPA JIM -

BEARERS OF LIGHT - Chichicastenango, Guatemala 1991

 BEARERS OF LIGHT (Original Painting by Donna Clair) - - Easter Sunday 1991 -The Cofradia - Santo Tomas Church Chichicastenango, Guatemala

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

CENTINELAS DE ORO - NEW! 30"x40" Original Oil - NFS

 Studio #1322 - CENTINELAS DE ORO (Rio Grande at Pilar, New Mexico) New! 30"x40" Original Oil - NFS

Wednesday, March 02, 2022

CENTINELAS DE ORO - 30"x40" WORK IN PROGRESS (Underpainting) - Color Notes

3/2/22 - ON MY EASEL TODAY! CENTINELAS DE ORO - 30"x40" Work in Progress - Underpainting:  Colors blocked in with MG Underpainting White and Winsor Newton English Distilled Turpentine.  Sky"Misty Blue, Kings Blue. Mountains: Prussian Blue, Diox. Purple, Rose Grey.  Treeees: Cadmium Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Gold Ochre, Burnt Sienna. - Repeat for foreground.


Sunday, February 27, 2022



Friday, February 25, 2022

AUTUMN LEAVES - NEW! 12"x9" Original Oil, Framed

Studio No. 1222 - AUTUMN LEAVES - NEW! 12"x9" Original Oil, Framed in Gold with Linen Liner - now available at Chimayo Trading Del Norte.

Thursday, February 24, 2022

ALPENGLOW (Taos, New Mexico) - New! 24"x24" Original Oil - Sold

Studio #1122 - ALPENGLOW (Ranchitos Road - Taos, New Mexico) - NEW! 24"x24" Original Oil, Framed - now available at Chimayo Trading del Norte.  Sold

Thursday, February 17, 2022


                               ALPENGLOW - 20"x20" Work in Progress.


AUTUMN LEAVES - 12"x9 Work in Progress.

Saturday, February 12, 2022

ALPENGLOW - NEW! 24"x24" (Work in ProgressII-Glaze)

ALPENGLOW - NEW! 24"x24" Original Oil - Work in Progress - Overglaze: Vermillion, Cadmium Yellow and Thalo Rose Red - thinned with Grumbacher Matte Medium.

Friday, February 11, 2022


ALPENGLOW - NEW 20"x20" Original Oil - Work in Progress (Underpainting) - Oil colors mixed with MG Underpainting White and thinned with English distilled Turpentine. Top Sky:Misty Blue,King's Blue - Permalba White.  Mid sky - the blue mixed with Thalo Rose Red - next Thalo Rose Red and Permalba White - Cadmium Yellow.   Mountains - Some of the above blue mixture - added Prussian Blue. Trees - Mars Orange - Burnt Sienna. Foreground Yellow ochre - Cadmium Yellow.

Tuesday, February 08, 2022

PRIVATE ROAD - NEW! 8"x10" Original Oil, framed

Studio #1022 - PRIVATE ROAD (Taos, New Mexico) - NEW! 8"x10" Original Oil on linen panel, framed -

Friday, February 04, 2022


AFTERNOON MOON (Placita, New Mexico) - NEW! 8"x10" Original Oil on linen panel, framed -

Tuesday, February 01, 2022

OJO SARCO PASTORAL - NEW!! 8"x10" Original Oil, framed

OJO SARCO PASTORAL - NEW! 8"x10" Original Oil on Italian Linen Panel, framed - available

Monday, January 31, 2022

NEW! GOOD FENCES - 10"x10" Original Oil, Framed

NEW! GOOD FENCES (Santistevan Lane - Taos, New Mexico) - 10"x10" Original Oil on Canvas, framed - now available at Chimayo Trading del Norte.

Saturday, January 29, 2022

NEW! PLACITA - 8"x10" Original Oil


Studio # 622 - PLACITA (Placita, New Mexico) - NEW! 8"x10" Original Oil on Linen Panel, framed in gold with linen liner - available at Online Gallery.

Thursday, January 27, 2022

NEW!! HEAVEN'S GATE - 8"x8" Original Oil, Framed

 Studio #322 - HEAVEN'S GATE - NEW! 8"X8" Original Oil on linen panel, framed now available - Online Gallery Store.


Studio #222 - THREE PUMPKINS AND A LITTLE BLUE WINDOW (Tesuque, New Mexico) - New 8"x8" Original Oil, Framed - Online Gallery Store!

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

ON MY EASEL - 1/26/22

1/26/22 (Llano Quemado, New Mexico) ON MY EASEL TODAY - also five NEW small paintings now availabe from my Online Gallery/Store!!! ENJOY!!!

Wednesday, December 29, 2021


WORD PAINTINGS #113 (How I Came to New Mexico and learned about Art & Life) - INTO THE DREAMTIME -

Tuesday, December 21, 2021



20 December 2021 (Llano Quemado, New Mexico) Today my studio is fresh with some New Beginnings - planning to send newsletters right after the first of the year; in the meantime....

This painting is "Winter Gifts". The original of this work 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

"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

Wednesday, November 24, 2021


Best wishes to all for a Happy Thanksgiving!!! "OUR DAILY BREAD" (Taos Pueblo - Taos, New Mexico) - Still grateful for this wonderful day with artist and friend Dan Bodelson. We bought that splendiferous loaf of bread straight from the oven. Best lunch ever!! Must have been over 50 years ago - so Grateful!!!!

Wednesday, November 03, 2021

THUNDERSPIRITS - NEW! 40"x30" Original Oil, framed

HOT OFF THE EASEL! THUNDERSPIRITS (Llano Quemado, New Mexico) - NEW! 40"x30" Original Oil on Belgian Linen, framed - Now available for purchase at Chimayo Trading Del Norte - Ranchos de Taos Plaza, New Mexico.

Tuesday, November 02, 2021

Sunday, October 31, 2021

RIO CHIQUITO (New Mexico) - Prints, greeting cards, posters.....

RIO CHIQUITO (New Mexico) - Greeting cards, prints, posters and many other great items now available at Fine Art America -

Saturday, October 30, 2021

PUESTA DEL SOL (Taos, New Mexico) - Greeting cards, prints....

PUESTA DEL SOL (Taos, New Mexico) - Greeting cards, prints, posters and many other great items now available at Fine Art America -

Friday, October 29, 2021

CAPILLA DE SANTO NINO (Amalia, New Mexico) - Greeting, cards, prints, posters.....

 CAPILLA DE SANTO NINO (Amalia, New Mexico) - Greeting cards, prints, posters and many other great items now available at Fine Art America.

Tuesday, October 05, 2021

SUNDAY WITH SARAH - NEW! 20"x20" Original Oil on Linen, framed - Sold

Studio #2921 - SUNDAY WITH SARAH (Ranchitos Road - Taos, New Mexico) - NEW! 20"x20" Original Oil, Framed in gold with linen liner....Sold