Monday, December 21, 2009


21 December 2009 -- The New Year is almost here!  Yes, it's time for me to roll up my sleeves and get organized!  HAH!  Perhaps some Christmas elves will show up this week while I am dreaming of Sugar Plums dancing!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

"ADOBE WALLS/SANTA FE" - NEW 24"X30" Original Oil (Completed)

"ADOBE WALLS/SANTA FE" - NEW 24"x30" Original Oil Painting on Fine Belgian Linen,  framed in Gold with Linen Liner.  This painting was completed about an hour ago. Have worked on this canvas over the past two months -- wanted that coziness one feels after a good ol' New Mexico snowstorm.  For price and availablility, please e.mail or call (575)758-7454.  Visa, Mastercard, Amer. Exp. and Discover.

"The moment I saw the brilliant, proud morning shine high up over the deserts of Santa Fe, something stood still in my soul -- In the magnificent fierce morning of New Mexico one sprang awake, a new part of the soul woke up suddenly, and the old world gave way to a new.  There are all kinds of beauty in the world, thank God -- but for a greatness of beauty I have never experienced anything like New Mexico."
D. H. Lawrence, published in Survey Graphic Magazine, 1931.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

"ADOBE WALLS/SANTA FE" - Work in Progress

16 December 2009 --  Worked all day yesterday on the foreground, after putting dark glazes (burnt sienna, ultramarine blue and burnt umber) on the walls.  There is a heavy impasto in the foreground - added cadmium red and cadmium yellow to Permalba White for the snow.  This is the stage of a painting where I could happily quit -- my mind races ahead to the completed canvas -- what I want it to look like - and the painting really has a mind of it's own -- in a way it tells me what needs to be done.  It's a very strange collaboration!  DC - Taos

Friday, December 11, 2009


"ADOBE WALLS-SANTA FE" - A Work in Progress -- This photo is of the painting after it has been glazed; now I will work on the opaque paints and hope to finish it sometime this next week..... DC, Taos, N.M.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

"LAST LIGHT" - 9"X12" ARCHIVAL GICLEE (Click here to purchase)

A late afternoon view from my kitchen window

Thursday, December 03, 2009


3 December - View through my kitchen window - First significant snow of the season.  Am ready!  The "extra" snow day groceries are in the pantry, all my painting supplies are in -- going to varnish and frame some small paintings today - and prepare my palette to start some new underpaintings tomorrow!  I love it!   DC

Tuesday, December 01, 2009


PREPARING TO SPEND THE WINTER PAINTING!  GESSOING CANVAS.  For large and medium paintings I usually use a double-primed linen canvas.  I mix up gesso with Payne's Grey.  This creates a "grisaille", or a grey ground, much favored by the Renaissance painters.  Letting each coat dry thoroughly between applications, I apply two or three coats, depending on the coarseness of the canvas.  Personally I like to smooth out the brush strokes on the gesso.  Because I work with glazing, I find that this is the best preparation for my paints.   Let these canvases "cure" for a week or so -- don't stack them together until they have dried thoroughly.  This is the first step to good painting -- once I start, I don't have to worry about "white spaces" and this "toned ground" mellows out my colors.  Stay tuned!  DC