Saturday, December 30, 2006

# 250 Plein Air Painting

No painting today, shoveling snow down my road has left my arms like spagetti. This is a little plein air piece was done in late summer using a palette knife to get the paint on the board, then moving it with a brush. Oil 6.00" x 9.00" $200. 

Friday, December 29, 2006

# 248 Along the Rio Grande

Pilar and Embudo are two towns situated close the Rio Grande, they are mostly arts and crafts folks living there, but it is a great spot to put-in or take-out your canoe, kayak, inflatable, etc. The walls of the canyon are so steep, there are only a few places this can be done. Oil 12.00" x 17.00" $600.

# 247 Changing Colors

Just before the first snow, these were the colors going into early winter. Oil 13.00" x 19.00" $600. 

# 249 Encinal Canyon with Snow

This is from the last snow, we're now getting dumped on again. I was snowed in for 8 days from the last storm. I knew I had signed up for this type of thing moving here, that is why I stuff the pantry like a woodchuk when the weather is nice. Oil 12.00" x 17.00" $450.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

# 246 Back Bay

This piece was another attempt to capture the shadow of a nearby hill across the bottom of my painting; to add another natural element for warm and cool color practice. Email for purchase instructions.

# 245 Aspen Lake

I was drawn to the color of this scene, once the Aspen's start to change, their leaves go quickly, this painting was done while they were in full throes. Email for purchase info.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

# 244 Canoncito Meadow in Fall

This place is an endless source of paintings for the plein air painter, though right now I cannot get there because the roads are too "sketchy" from the snow. Email for purchase info.

# 243 After Glow

A valley town off the "high road" in the mountains of New Mexico after sunset. I think this town is Llano, but I am not sure, there are so many hamlet style towns they are hard to keep straight. Oil 12.00" x 18.00" email for purchase info.

# 242 A Poor Woman

This homeless woman made me think how lucky I am to be able to live month to month as an artist, it seems so many are just one step away from a similiar situation. Oil 8.00" x 12.00" email for purchase info.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

# 241 Winter Canyon Creek

A nearby creek active from the melted snow of our last storm, once it starts flowing, it will stay going until after the "monsoons" of summer. Oil 14.00" x 18.00" email for purchase info.

# 240 A Winter Scene

Another loose study of snow and the colors of the winter trees in the distance. Oil 12.00" x 16.00" email for purchase info.

# 239 Autumn Landscape

Another piece from early fall, it is hard to believe how fast the season has changed from then. Oil 13.00" x 12.00" email for purchase info.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Thursday, December 21, 2006

# 237 A Snow Scene

Another tree study with snow. Oil 8.00" x 12.00" email for purchase info.

# 236 Snowy Evening Storm Sky

To get the trees to look like trees is hard for me, but I like mucho the glow of the snow. Oil 8.oo" x 12.00" email for purchase info.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

# 235 Irish Girl with Hat

Here is a portrait using the darkness of the background to pop it out, the greenish color of the hat is to counter the hair color, and the bright grass green is there to counter the lip color. Oil 9.00" 13.00" email jon@jonconkey,com for purchase info.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

# 234 Cabresto Canyon

Cabresto Canyon is the entrance to Red River New Mexico from the same 68 highway one would take to Durango Colorado, it is a beautiful setting with a lot of power that effects the veiwer the second they see it. Oil on masonite 9.00" x 13.00" email for purchase info.

# 233 Night Horse

Another horse painting using odd lighting for the source. Oil 9.00" x 13.00" email for purchase info.

# 232 Storm Sky

A storm sky moving in over the dry hills of Commanche Pass. Oil 9.00" x 13.00" email to buy.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

# 231 Evening Colours

Here is a favorite spot of mine near Ocate, NM. With the month near half over, I need to think about doing some night scenes (this month's theme), the night skies have been fairly dark and nothing has jumped out at me to paint. This morning however, I awoke at 3:30am and watched the thin cresent moon rise over the horizon soon followed by the sun and her pink and red storm sky. I realized that the morning has everything and more than I had ever imagined. Oil 6.00" x 8.00" email to buy.

# 230 Colusa Sunflowers

Another sunflower field from earlier this year, I painted two of these to try and learn how to paint this endless field of flowers quickly, I learned much from the effort. Oil 7.50" x 10.25" email to buy.

# 229 Arabian Stallion

Horses are very common in the northern New Mexico mountains, some have become farrel, escaping from their owners, they head towards the heavily forested mountains for their escape and new freedom. We have noticed that these escaped horses band together with other wild horses and become physically very strong from traversing the high altitude mountains. Oil 9.00" x 14.00" email to buy.

# 228 Dark Horse

This was an experiment in trying to capture the edge of night, and still keep some detail on the subject using a fire's glow for the light source. I did this painting back in June and hesitated blogging it because of my being all over the page with experiments, having no real recognizable style of my own, and it didn't fit that month's theme: I now realize that is why I started this blog; namely, to experiment. So here it is, along with a few others that escaped being blogged, they now have their day: this blog contains both my victories and defeats in my quest to paint one a day. Oil 9.00" x 13.00" email to buy.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

# 227 St. James, Taos

Adobe buildings really make New Mexico special from the rest of the country. Oil on masonite 14.00" x 18.00" email to buy.

Friday, December 08, 2006

# 226 Snowy Morning Shadows

Early morning shadows and the colors of winter. Oil on loose canvas 9.00" x 14.00" email to buy.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

# 225 Coyote Creek

The Mora River is more creek than river, though it flows year round and is always subject to paint. Larger paintings allow so much more detail, they always look good shrunken down to this size. This is a larger size painting for me and was done earlier this year. Oil on linen 20.00" x 30.00" email to buy.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

# 224 Backhills

Red cedars and pinion pines with the snow melting at their feet. Oil 6.00" x 7.00" email to buy.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

# 223 School Bus Wait

Holman elementary with snow and kids waiting for the bus. Oil 14.00" x 18.00" email to buy.

Monday, December 04, 2006

# 222 Night Tracks

Big fluffy snow in New Mexico... here today gone tomorrow is generally the rule where I live, but the temperatures have stayed just low enough to cause it to stick around. Add the near full moon to the equation, and this is what you get at night. Oil on reversed masonite, 14.00" x 18.00" email
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Sunday, December 03, 2006

# 221 Rio Grande Gorge

This scene is from the bridge and rest area in Taos. Oil on Vellum 10.00" x 14.00" email jon@jonconkey to buy.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

# 220 Back Late

This is a study of a "Morrocan" gate, the horse just wants to go inside. Oil 10.00" x 15.00" email to buy.

Friday, December 01, 2006

# 219 Remington's Stage

December's theme was going to be night scenes, but cloud cover has kept that from actually happening, therefore, I will put this idea into use another month, using this month to capture some snow scenes as they come available to me. This image is after Remington's Stage Coach, it was this image that first inspired me to start doing night scenes as a practice. Oil 10.00" x 15.00" email to buy.