Red Sunflowers 14 X 18 Inch Oil Painting

The colors of this sunflower painting are turquoise and bright red which are really hard for me to photograph.  I gave up.  Red and turquoise however are excellent colors together.  I do like the combination.


A Quick Stop at Abo

My husband and I went to Mountainair, New Mexico this past weekend to drop off some paintings for the “21 Years of Enchantment” art show on August 26, 2016.  After dropping those off at Cibola Arts Gallery we headed to lunch.  If you are ever in Mountainair, make sure to check out a little cafe called Alpine Alley.  Those folks make great sandwiches and the fried pickles are excellent!  They serve breakfast and lunch.

We made reservations at a local RV park and headed home.  My husband knows I like to look at old ruins and it doesn’t matter to me how many times I have seen them.  Being the sweet guy he is, he knew I would enjoy seeing the Abo ruins again and made sure to take a right when I least expected it (I really didn’t think he would be game)…all of the sudden Abo!  I took some pictures to share.

If you go to the Mountainair Sunflower Festival, make sure to stop at Abo.  It isn’t very far off the main road at all and it is worth the stop!

12 X 16 inch Acrylic Sunflower Still Life: Sunflowers and Grapes, Circles, Rectangles and Triangles

This is a 12 X 16 inch still life of sunflowers and grapes in an orange vase.  One of these guys is trying really hard to reach those grapes.  This painting will be included in my collection painted for the Mountainair Sunflower Festival.

Sunflower and Iris Still Life 11 X 14 Inch Oil Painting

This is an 11 X 14 inch floral still life oil painting of sunflowers, Iris and gladiolus.  I went back and forth between white and purple for the iris color and finally decided on white and used the purple in the vase and grapes.

These sunflowers are infatuated with the grapes.  Wooooah!  Oh oh oh!  Grapes!  The irises say where where?  Meanwhile, the gladiolus is reaching down for one.

Mostly Sleeping Sunflowers 11 X 14 Inch Still Life Oil Painting

This is an 11 X 14 oil painting of sunflowers in a vase.  Most of them appear to be sleeping except the one in the back who has a case of the yawns.  I contemplated whether I should paint Zees coming out of the lower right hand sunflower who seems to be catching flys during his nap.  However, I decided that if he wasn’t sleeping and snoring…then he is looking at the sunflower who fell out of bed…whoops!  Ooooh.  You okay guy?

16 X 20 Inch Acrylic Sunflower Still Life

This is a 16 X 20 acrylic painting I painted for the Mountainair Sunflower Festival.  My favorite part of this painting is the red vase.  This was my first try using Golden Heavy Body Acrylic paints.  I enjoyed working with them.  They are not like oil, but I think they are a good substitute.

Sunflowers Watching and Wading Under an August Moon 16 X 20 Inch Acrylic Painting

This is a 16 X 20 inch acrylic painting of sunflowers taking a swim while watching the full moon in August.  Night swim!  Yay!  My husband and I decided the little sunflower reminded us of our dog, Petey.  Petey loves to swim.  I wanted to put a little sunflower bud for a tail or another leaf in a tail like fashion but I restrained myself and am saving Petey for my own interpretation of this painting.  Margaret, this one is for you.  

Petey loves to swim!