Speaking over the crunch of corn chips…

We wish all the NM artists could be there tonight, but we’ll make you blush from afar as we gush about your country, your state, your city, your art and your sharin’.



Across the Creek & last one: West Country

There’s such a good feeling to have painted a ‘pretty’ painting then obliterate it. I think it’s called FREEDOM. haha

Good news…got an email from the creative dir. at the publishing house and he LOVES this….that means money for a TIFF of it and I still get to sell the original. whew. It all helps.

This series is, I believe finished on paper pieces….on to larger canvas renditions…more abstract, I’m hoping.


ode to silence site22×30 acrylic on paper. Not just Titanium White, VanDyke Brown and Lamp Black…I added RED. ha. To be abstracted when it goes to canvas…somehow.

WEST COUNTRYwest country


22×30 Inches, acrylic and ink on paper.listen carefullyCan’t wait to get to the larger canvasses on this series. Hopefully before spring!

WOW, just showed this to a publishing house art director I work with for greeting cards and he wants a version for a set of note cards. Those ‘dots’ will be in foil….should be fun!

Feb 5: Date claimer for little pieces of New Mexico in Maryborough

Hellooooooo from Mt Perry.

Friday night, February 5, will be the opening of ‘Road to Somewhere’ at Gatakers Artspace in Maryborough.

Jenny Gilbertson and I have been meeting since early 2014 to plan a show of small works about New Mexico. When I say ‘meeting’, well, a coffee here, a margarita there, several good excuses for trips to see Trevor, a project, a panic, a postponement: finally we’re there… well, when I say ‘there’…

We have the venue, the guitarist, and a show of works all 20cm high and we hope you can all come and bring everyone you know and paint the town Turquoise! (Too much? 😀 )
And last week Jenny constructed our beautiful opening night piñata – you wanna see that for certain! So fun to watch her deftly weave this piece together. More gratuitous plugging to come 🙂

Crafts person Cam

Cane frame swings hypnotically.

Piñata masterclass.

Apt tee.


Hanging out for a good whacking!

White Sands, saguaro cacti, and prickly pears take shape on my desk.

And shape shifting cacti, retablos and Southwest icons fill Jenny’s studio.

Lovely to be home but still ‘be’ in New Mexico.

While housebound…


Latest one, inserting: THE WOODS ARE LOVELY, DARK….the woods are lovely, dark...

I’ve been caretaking my injured husband for nearly a month now and have finally gotten time to do some paintings on paper on ‘your’ art table, Adrienne, in our living room. So far, with all the snow that fell on us last week, I’ve done landscapes of snow! I NEVER do landscapes, so this has been an eye opener and rather fun and rather difficult, too. Put up my attempts on facebook and also sent out a blog from my website and have even sold one. Of course now I’m in a quandary because the fellow who is buying the first one, may want to exchange for the 3rd one and I’m not sure I’ll let him. He’ll buy one of them anyway, so no worries.

Has that ever happened to one of you? How did you handle it? I know the newer one he wants is much more accessible for viewers, thus, more salable. hmmmmmmmmmmm, what to do, what to do?

All 22×30 inches, acrylic, ink, crayon and graphite on paper.



MY SUN EVERY MORNINGmy sun every morning


WEST COUNTRY SONG (sold unless I let him select another)west country song site

Merry Holidays, artists and everyone.

So, haven’t been here in awhile and looks like no one else has, either. But, just a note to say I’ll miss ya, Trudie.

Another note to say I’ll miss the rest of you since this blog seems to be over. It’s been a pleasure.

Additional note to say my hunnybunny, WinklerCakes is better day by day from his BIG fall and broken bones (ladder, tree, don’t ask), so life is looking better for us daily.

Last note to say however you spend your holiday and whichever holiday you celebrate: MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU.



are we all still here?

I’m wondering if I should continue to check this site daily or let it go. What do you guys think?

One more post (at least). I just sent this out in a blog to friends and galleries, consultants….ya never know. I used someone else’s base picture to drop in my own paintings. I’ll let you know if it does any good. Sales in the US are slow if non existent but it’s what I do so must keep the chin up.

3 setups I let them know that, though I work small I often am asked to upsize something similar….so…..

New York, New York Part II


I can’t remember if I mentioned this before, but 5 days just aren’t enough for a city like New York and although I now spent 10 days in this amazing city I have decided I need to come back next year if finances allow. There is still so much to do…..


This is a Graffiti sculpture along the High Line, very clever.

This time round Phil and I enjoyed spending time in the East Village, went to the Whitney and saw the Frank Stella Retrospective (amazing!!!), walked the High Line now covered in Autumn colours and stumbled into some amazing art galleries in Chelsea.


Amazing Frank Stella artworks and some of them are huge!!!!

We saw some breathtaking art at Sotheby’s, went to the Print and Artist Book exhibition at The Tunnel in Chelsea, enjoyed some live music at the Bowery Electric and went to a play at the Gene Frankel Theatre in Bond Street.  We also caught up with family friends, old work friends from Phil and Billie, my landlady during my first stay in New York. What can I say, we felt right at home!  We also had a glass of wine at Grand Central Station, walked to Times Square, saw Ground Zero and enjoyed many Happy Hours drinking Margaritas!  Poor Phil I made him walk for hours!


Amazing artworks in Chelsea galleries.


The High Line – beautiful in Autumn at 25 degrees Celcius! How lucky were we walking around in T-Shirts in NY in November!


That’s my man!


One World Tower….and Ground Zero



and did I mention I love all the Graffiti!

Again I re-discovered I am a city girl at heart and although I enjoyed my time in Las Cruces, I missed the buzz and noise and excitement of the big city. How will I cope in Bundy after this amazing trip???? I guess, work will keep me on my toes and I do have lots of plans for future artworks.

We are now in Chicago and this city is even more exciting than New York if that’s at all possible, but that’s something for my next blog.


Chicago from the river 🙂