Rio Chama

Plein air Rio Chama, NM
I am grateful: to my students for working so hard and encouraging each other, to Ghost Ranch, and mostly to my family for all the support behind the scenes.

Petrichor – the smell of rain

Petrichor is the term coined by Australian scientists in 1964 to describe the unique, earthy smell associated with rain. It is caused by the water from the rain, along with certain compounds like ozone, geosmin, and plant oils.

En plein air. Padernal in the rain
The smell of the high desert after the rain is my favorite smell in the world.

Hot, Salt Cedar

Rio Chama valley, NM plein air
8”x10” pastel on sanded paper
My students are amazing artist and total troopers. It was sooooo hot today. I told them when I get hot, you can see it in the colors of my art. Case in point.

Hoop Dancing

Watching hoop dancing has been at the top of my list of an amazing summer. Hoop dancing is: amazing, athletic, mesmerizing, graceful, creative, beautiful, spellbinding…. and you can watch this beautiful dancer on GOOD MORNING AMERICA Friday, July 30th. My friend, and fellow instructor at Ghost Ranch, Steve Lorance will be in the Santa Fe Plaza with Lightning Boy Foundation with many hoop dancers for Good Morning America – filming in New Mexico. Below are a couple of quick sketches of Steve’s beautiful daughter dancing. And one of Steve chanting and drumming.