Thursday, December 26, 2013

RIO CHAMA (ABIQUIU, N.M.) 20"X20" Orig. Oil - Sold

3-DAY AUCTION - "RIO CHAMA" (Abiquiu, N.M.) 20"x20" Original Oil (wrap-around painting) - auction ending Sunday  - SOLD

Friday, December 20, 2013


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 -- she carried a shopping bag with her everywhere -- those were her "gifts" her "surprises".  The words of Fra Giovanni never fail to 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 - Tesuque, New Mexico - 12/20/13

"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

Thursday, December 19, 2013


This morning - from Tesuque window - I see a painting in there - taking shape - loved the light coming in through the garden gate on the patch of snow.....

Thursday, December 12, 2013

TAOS WINTER DREAMS, 6"x8" Orig. Oil Framed - Sold

TAOS WINTER DREAMS (Santistevan Lane, Taos, New Mexico) - 6"x8" Original Oil, Framed in Silver - Sold

Monday, December 09, 2013

DEEP RIVER DREAMS, 9"x12" Original Oil, Framed - Sold

DEEP RIVER DREAMS (Rio Grande at Pilar, New Mexico) - 9"x12" Original Oil Framed in Silver with Linen Liner. SOLD

Monday, December 02, 2013

TESUQUE BLUE - 12/1/13

12/1/13 - Getting acquainted with my new neighborhood!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

100 Small Paintings No. 72 - RANCHITOS PASTORAL 8"X8" - Sold

100 Small Paintings No. 72 - RANCHITOS PASTORAL (View from the field at Padre Martinez Hacienda, Taos, New Mexico), 8"X8" Original Oil, SOLD


100 SMALL PAINTINGS NO. 73 - PUESTA DEL SOL (One of the last paintings of the view from my Taos kitchen window) 6"x8" Original Oil on Gessoed Panel, Framed in Gold -  SOLD

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


OUR DAILY BREAD (Taos Pueblo, New Mexico)

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.  Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."
- Melody Beattie

A very happy and peaceful Thanksgiving to family and friends everywhere!  Best regards, Donna

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

HARVEST MOON RISING, NEW 30"x40" Original Oil, Framed

Studio No. 2113 - HARVEST MOON RISING, 30"x40" Original Oil on Belgian Linen, Framed in Silver with Linen Liner - Completed 11/19/13 - Now available at Online Gallery .

Thursday, November 14, 2013

HARVEST MOON RISING - 30"x40" Work in Progress (The Glazes)

STUDIO NO. 2113 - HARVEST MOON RISING - 30"x40" Work in Progress (The Glazes) - Glazes are transparent or semi-transparent colors thinned with painting medium and worked into the underpainting.  Trees:  Combinations of Chrome Oxide Green Opaque, Yellow Ochre, Prussian Blue, Burnt Sienna and Cadmium Red.  Sky:  Ultramarine Blue, Violet Lake, Thalo Red Rose and Yellow Ochre Transparent.  Because there is turpentine in painting medium, the glazes have to dry before going in with the opaque colors. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

HARVEST MOON RISING - NEW 30"x40" Work in Progress (Underpainting)

HARVEST MOON RISING -  30"x40" work in Progress (Underpainting) - Original Oil on Canvas.  Trees:  Chrome Oxide Green Opaque, Yellow Ochre, Prussian Blue.  Sky:  Ultramarine Blue; Cadmium Yellow, Thalo Red Rose, Cadmium Red.  Earth:  Mixed all colors together to get a wonderful "mud".   All colors mixed with Grumbacher MG White and thinned with turpentine.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

TAOS SUNRISE - NEW 36"x36" Original Oil Completed 11/12/13

TAOS SUNRISE - New 36"x36" Original Oil on Belgian Linen - Wrap-around Canvas.  Completed 11/12/13.  Now available for purchase at my Online Gallery/Store.

Friday, November 08, 2013

TAOS SUNRISE - 36"x36" Work in Progress (Opaque Colors)

STUDIO NO. 2013 - TAOS SUNRISE - 36"x36" Work in Progress (Opaque Colors) - Worked on this canvas all week and dropped the idea of using only five colors.  Added Cadmium Yellow Light to the area where the sun is rising and will add some dry brush Holbein Rose Grey to the sky next week.  Also added some Burnt Sienna and Alizarin to the grasses and trees.  The paint is laid on rather thickly and needs to dry before I can work to bring out the early morning light.  This is not a New Beginning as I thought when I blocked it in - it is the last painting from my kitchen window on Santistevan Lane -- that makes it very special in my eyes.  Hope you are enjoying this process.  DC

Thursday, October 31, 2013

TAOS SUNRISE - Work in Progress - the Middle Tones.

10/31/13 - Second day of work on this canvas - "Scumbled" (rubbed in) colors in all combinations.  Laid in branches with combination of Burnt Umber, Ultramarine Blue, and Prussian Blue.  Concentrating intense light in one area.  Let dry for a day or so.....Stay Tuned!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

36"x36" Work in Progress - TAOS SUNRISE (Underpainting)

STUDIO #2013 - TAOS SUNRISE, Work in Progress (Underpainting) - On Toned Ground:  Whole canvas is covered with mixture of gesso and Payne's Grey.  Allowed to Dry.  Loose sketch:  Darks - Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Umber - some Prussian Blue.  To lighten add MG Underpainting white.  Light areas:  Yellow Ochre Pale and Grumbacher's MG Underpainting White. 

New 36"x36" Work in Progress - "TAOS SUNRISE (Palette)

COLORS:  Yellow Ochre Pale, Payne's Grey, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Umber and Prussian Blue.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

200 Small Paintings No. 88 - TAOS SUNRISE (Study), 6"x6" Original Oil, Framed

200 Small Paintings No. 88 - TAOS SUNRISE IN FIVE COLORS - Study for larger painting, 6"x6" Original Oil on Linen Panel, Framed in Silver - Now available at Online Gallery. 

Sunday, September 29, 2013

100 Small Paintings No. 85 - LLANO SAN JUAN, 8"x16" Original Oil - Sold

 100 Small Paintings No. 86 - LLANO SAN JUAN, 8"x16" Original Oil on Gessoed Panel, unframed. Sold

Thursday, September 26, 2013


100 Small Paintings No. 85 - "CAPILLA DEL NORTE" 6"x8" Original Oil on Gessoed Panel, framed in gold.  Available.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

RIO CHAMA AT ABIQUIU, New 20"x20" Original Oil

Studio No. 1513 - New RIO CHAMA AT ABIQUIU, Original Oil on Canvas, 20"x20" (wrap-around painting).  Now available for purchase at Online Gallery.

Friday, September 13, 2013

RIO CHAMA AT ABIQUIU, 20"x20" Work in Progress (Underpainting)

STUDIO NO. 1513 - RIO CHAMA AT ABIQUIU, 20"x20" Original Oil on Canvas, wrap-around paintingWork in Progress (Underpainting) - Pinon Trees:  Prussian Blue and Burnt Sienna for the darks, chrome Oxide Green and Ochre for lighter areas.  Trees:  Cadmium Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna.  Water:  Indanthrone Blue with Permalba White and touch of ochre to grey the blue.  Stay tuned.  DC

Thursday, September 12, 2013

LAS AMAPOLAS, NEW 24"x30" Original Oil - SOLD

STUDIO NO. 1613 - LAS AMAPOLAS, New 24"x30" Original Oil, Framed in Gold with Linen Liner.  SOLD

Monday, September 09, 2013

LAS AMAPOLAS - 24"x30" Work in Progress

STUDIO NO. 1613 Work in Progress (Underpainting) - LAS AMAPOLAS, 24"x30" Original Oil on fine Belgian Linen.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

30"x60" GARCIA PARK, New Original Oil (Completed 8/24/13)

30"x60" GARCIA PARK II -- New Original Oil Painting on fine Belgian Linen - wraparound painting.  Free shipping.  This painting can be purchased through my Studio 0r Online Gallery. 

My first large painting from Tesuque -- blocked the underpainting in at the end of May.  Determined it would be completed before the aspens turned. Extra blanket on the bed last night -- autumn is right around the corner!  This painting was a joy from start to finish. 

Best regards, Donna
(505) 983-8306

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

30"x60" Work in Progress - GARCIA PARK II, Original Oil

PREVIEW!  GARCIA PARK II - 30"x60" Original Oil on Belgian Linen - work in progress.  This is the first of many large canvases to be completed in this new Tesuque studio.  The different phases of this painting are posted to my Art Journal along with accurate color notes.  This canvas is unusual in that it has two layers of rich, dark glazes instead of one.  Will begin the final painting today - laying in the opaque colors and highlights.  Art Friends will be the first to see this finished canvas.  If anyone has any questions or comments, just e.mail or call me personally at (505)983-8306.  Stay tuned!

Friday, August 16, 2013

GARCIA PARK II - 30"x60" Work In Progress - the Glazes - Color Notes

Studio No. 1413- GARCIA PARK II, 30"x60" - The sky has been completed - a combination of warm and cool grays.  Foreground:  Combinations of Yellow Ochre, Mars Orange, Chrome Oxide Green Opaque, Prussian Blue and Burnt Sienna.  Middle Ground:  Snow - same pile of sky mixture (see previous post) Aspen Trees:  A wash of Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Red, Chrome Oxide Green Opaque.  Ready to work on the final painting!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

GARCIA PARK II, 30"x60" Work in Progress - Glazes and Opaques

Studio No. 1413 - GARCIA PARK II, 30"x60" Original Oil on Wraparound Belgian Linen.  Work in Progress - (Glazes and Opaques) - Sky - Two mixtures with Permalba White - Davy's Grey and Payne's Grey in separate piles - using the same mix for snow.  Davy's is warmer and Payne's is bluer.  Pine Trees:  Prussian Blue and Burnt Sienna for darks and Chrome Oxide Green Opaque with Cadmium Orange for lights.  Grasses:  Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber.  Stay tuned!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

STUDIO NO. 1313 - LLANO SAN JUAN, NEW 16"x20" Original Oil on Belgian Linen, Framed in Gold with Linen Liner.  Completed 8/13/13.  Click here to preview/purchase.

Hello from Tesuque!  Wow!  What an adventure so far!  A real monsoon season this year with hellacious thunderstorms - wind, hail - just everything!  Exciting - especially when the rain came through the roof in five different places - towels, buckets -- just short of having to get out the life preserver.  Phone and internet out for two days.  Roof repair this week sometime.  Went back to the  easel the next day as though nothing happened -- nothing monotonous around here; that's for sure!  Starting to  photograph the views from my Tesuque windows and will head down the road apiece this weekend - I love the little street sign that says "Margaritaville" along the dirt road.  Had a good time making this painting - it is for sale through my Online Gallery/Store and will be displayed on website Collector's Gallery - ENJOY!

LLANO SAN JUAN, 16"x20" Work in Progress (Underpainting)

LLANO SAN JUAN, 16"x20" Original Oil - Work in Progress (Underpainting).

Thursday, August 08, 2013

"SUMMER STORM AT CHAMA" - New 16"x16" Original Oil - Sold

"SUMMER STORM AT CHAMA" - 16"x16" Original Oil on Wraparound canvas. Ending Sunday.  SOLD

Hello!  Still having a little trouble with new Photoshop - can't "gray" the sky as much as necessary --- The original is more of a midnight blue!   I need to cry "Uncle" and ask for help!   Also have to arrange a better lighting system to photograph the work.  Am working on it - all the details - one of these days......    This is a lovely painting - just completed it this afternoon.  ENJOY!

Best regards, Donna
(505) 983-8306†

Monday, August 05, 2013

CAPILLA SIN NOMBRE, NEW 12"x12" Original Oil - Sold

3-Day Auction - CAPILLA SIN NOMBRE (Family chapel, northern New Mexico) - 12"x12" Original Oil on Canvas, unframed. Sold

Thursday, August 01, 2013

The Nest, 8"x8" New Original Oil Framed - Sold

No. 82 - "THE NEST"  New 8"x8" Original Oil on Linen Panel, Framed.  Sold

Tuesday, July 30, 2013


NEW - DEEP RIVER DREAMS -  9"X12" Oil on Canvas, silver/gold frame  with Linen Liner.  Click here to preview/purchase.

One of my all-time favorite books is QUERENCIA by Stephen Bodio -- The word doesn't translate.  It is used  in Spanish to designate that mysterious little area in the bullring that catches the fancy of the fighting bull when he charges in.  He imagines it his sanctuary: when parked there, he supposes he cannot be hurt. . . So it is, borrowing the term, that one can speak of one's "querencia" to mean
that little, unspecified area in life where one feels, safe, serene.  William F. Buckley, RACING THROUGH  PARADISE              

My first sight after crossing the border into New Mexico in 1967 was that long, straight stretch of highway out of Tucumcari. Off in the distance and moving toward the car was a huge black storm cloud with a column of midnight blue rain pouring from it. Later I learned that the Native Americans call this phenomena "Walking Rain". I was a big city girl with three babies, six month twin girls and a two year old son, on a mattress in the back seat of the car and I was heading to the rest of my life on this alien planet called New Mexico.

Forty-six years later, I believe that the quality of my life and my work are inextricably bound to the  spirit of this place and its people. My visits to Mexico and Guatemala elicit the same excitement and curiosity.  It has always been my intention that the paintings exude the same wonderful mixture of the past and the present through color and texture.

Gratefully I have found that "unspecified area in life" where I feel safe and serene - peace. Those accidental twists and turns have brought significant changes in my life.  It is so easy to resist that "Senda Desconocido" (The Path Unknown); with just a little courage one can head the pick-up truck down another unfamiliar dirt road.  

Thursday, July 25, 2013

MUMS, NEW 10"x8" Original Oil

STUDIO NO. 913 - MUMS, NEW 10"x8" Original Oil on Panel, Framed in Gold with Linen Liner.  Completed 7/13. Click here to preview/purchase.

RIVER ROAD, NEW 9"x12" Original Oil on Canvas

STUDIO NO. 813 - RIVER ROAD (RIO GRANDE AT PILAR, N.M.) - 9"x12" Original Oil on Canvas, framed in gold with linen liner.  Click here to preview/purchase.

Saturday, July 20, 2013


Anyone seen "SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN"? The story of Sixto Rodriguez who was more famous in South Africa than Elvis - totally unknown in America. Fantastic story - amazing music. His CDs are available on Amazon. Going there right now to buy mine! If you love good lyrics, great guitar.....Wow!!!  Inspiring!  Click here to find his music.

Monday, July 15, 2013


"ASPENS" (GARCIA PARK, NEW MEXICO)  -- 16"x16" Original Oil on wraparound Canvas.  Completed 7/15/13.  Sold.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

16"x16" New Work in Progress (Glazes) - ASPENS

16"x16" Work in Progress - New Original Oil on Canvas "ASPENS" - All colors are thinned with painting medium.  Sky: Thalo Blue, Thalo Green - a touch of Gold Ochre & Permalba White.  Fir Trees - Burnt Sienna and Prussian Blue - Chrome Oxide Green Opaque.  Aspens:  Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre - a touch of Cadmium Red.  Stay tuned!

Friday, July 05, 2013


No. 79 - RANCHITOS ROAD, TAOS, 6"x8" Unframed Original Oil on Gessoed Panel  - Sold


NO. 77 - LIFE ON THE RIVER - 8"x10" Unframed Original Oil on Gessoed Panel - SOLD

Friday, June 28, 2013


Hello from Tesuque!  A lovely and most welcome drenching rain this afternoon -- just when we thought that moisture was a figment of our imaginations, the Rain Gods smiled on us!  Longtime Art Friend Dr. David Reagan of Texas suggested I send photos of my new place - here they are.  Just getting started again -- yes, that is a worktable in the kitchen area - underpainting some 6"x8"s - new underpaintings large and small on the easel.  Finally working my way through the new Photoshop CS6 software - not quite there yet.  Why do they take something so simple and easy to use as CS2 and complicate it beyond my frail capabilities? Still have a little workroom off to the side of the office that needs some TLC - unpack more boxes, put out my music - organize the chaos.

My plan is to begin posting some small auction pieces around the 9th of next month - working on some lovely medium underpaintings -- it all seems so new -- set out new paints again today -- I fall in love with linseed oil and turpentine all over again!  Waiting for one more standing light for the easel paintings - having to learn some things as though for the first time.

Oh, almost forgot - found this gem on Facebook today - an article that states that more art is now being sold online than in galleries!  -- Hot off the easel!  It pays for every artist to know how to use a computer! 

Just beginning to rebuild my inventory and plan to post my progress to this blog on a regular basis --  should be very interesting!  Stay tuned!  Send e.mail address to receive Studio Newsletter - previews of new paintings and prints.

Best regards, Donna

Monday, June 17, 2013


New Photoshop, computer upgrade, new studio arrangement, unfamiliar surroundings - strangeness -- unfamiliar lighting on palette and easel - the word for the Day is ADAPT!!