Sip of Joy

10″x8″ oil on panel

White Sands,NM en Plein Air

“Perfect happiness is a beautiful sunset, the giggle of a grandchild, the first snowfall. It’s the little things that make happy moments, not the grand events. Joy comes in sips, not gulps.” – Sharon Draper

Round the Corner

“Still round the corner there may wait, A new road or a secret gate.” – J. R. R. Tolkien

This is just an old adobe gate that intruigues me.  It is on the road to El Rito.  I don’t know who lives beyond this gate, but I know when I pass it I am almost there…to a dear friend, who has dinner waiting on the her rooftop patio.  “Dinner is waiting” is such a good feeling.  This scene is a great reminder.

Rainy Day Hike

8″x10″ oil on panel

There is a contemporary Dutch painter I really like named Roos Schuring.  She paints en Plein Air in all kinds of weather, including horrendous rain storms.  Unintentionally, I got my own taste of painting from life in a downpour today.  I took my chances on a 40% chance of rain after 2pm.  It was pouring at noon, I knew it was a gamble.  It was cold for August, but not scary cold.  So I painted and got wet.   I think I will look into getting one of Roos’s wedding umbrellas, they are clear and domed – perfect for painting out a storm.


A photo of my ducklings hiking out in the rain.