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My New Mexico Wildlife photography set to WaterColours for 30in30

December 19, 2014

30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge hosted by Leslie Saeta.

from my painting table Pigmy Nuthatch of New Mexico

from my painting table Pigmy Nuthatch of New Mexico

 

I think this is her 5th time and she calls herself crazy, but those of us out here in Blog-Art-Selling-Land don’t.  Personally I love what she does in her own art of painting strictly with a palette knife and creates a wide range of pretty darn incredible oil paintings. Leslie hosts the number ONE Art blog Radio show on the air, and it’s chocked full of wonderful, doable, helpful tips from getting motivated to paint, to the biz end of social media.  I first found Artists Helping Artists when she use to host the show with another incredible and driven artist, Dreama Tolle Perry, I was hooked with those two talking about art . Now Leslie shares the mic with other talented hostess’ and hosts that bring their own knowledge and flavor to the show. Check it out, it really is a great find for all artists that want to grow their own Art business.

So one of the other many things Leslie Saeta started on her blog, is a 30 Paintings in 30 Days. So for everyday starting the 1st of January you paint Anything you want, post and share.  Others come and check out your art and you (hopefully) go check out the other artists that do this too. As of last week I think she had over 300 and climbing, that are joining.

Just for the fun of it.

The learning of it.

The sharing your passion with many eyes that otherwise might not see what you are creating these days.

Little Mama squirrel down by the creek

Little Mama squirrel down by the creek

And guess what? I’m going to do it this time…..!   Yes I did attempt it once before and got 2 paintings done. Life happened and I let it, this time is different, I’m ready.  I wrote about the first time I tried it here when I painted My little pigmy Nuthatch watercolor and my Bree on Yupo painting that SOLD this summer. The little Pigmy is still for sale and it’s going to be a hard one to let go of. So get it while you can.

Anyway……. I’m saying it out-loud (well on this blog anyway) and out-loud to myself too.  Yes I do talk to myself.  It’s ok I’ve excepted it….

Leslie suggests that you choose a theme or subject or even branch out and try something totally scary for your self.

aren't they the cutest little duckies

aren’t they the cutest little duckies

I’m pretty sure I’m going to paint the different wildlife of New Mexico that I’ve been watching and photographing for the past 11 years.  From the birds of my yard and roads, the Ravens and Crows, the magpies and Jays.  There are a couple different Jays I’m going to paint, the Scrub Jay and the more illusive Stellar Jay.  Chick-a-dees and Nuthatches, Hummingbirds and Robins.  Tiny little wasps lightly landing on wild roses and big yellow bumble bees, flitting from wildflower to wildflower.  I’m thinking of a coyote print in the snow I captured many years ago, one of the first snows up here. I also have a set of cougar, mountain lion prints from our 10’x10’x10′ hole we had dug out for our basement .  Pretty impressive jump out of there for that cat, for sure.  My one and only bear capture. We were so close (from the car of course), that I told my honey to keep it in first just in case the bear didn’t want us that close.  Luckily I took a few great photos and let the bear do it’s thing and everyone was happy.  I see coyotes and rabbits, big jack Rabbits and tiny cottontails. Chipmunks and squirrels.  I even have a vision of a white winter fox one night while I was driving home in a snowstorm from Taos Ski Valley.  It was along side the road and I only caught a glimpse of an etheral white fox creature in my headlights as the snow was whirling all around.  I have that one in my head, so we’ll see how I do getting it in watercolour.  No promises, but I do want to attempt it. Plus many more.

Ewe PicMonkey

Ewe PicMonkey

I hope you can join in the fun or just read from these sidelines. Please check out the links for Leslie’s blog and show. “Artist Helping Artist”, how can you not like that?

peace n abundance,

CheyAnne

september 2014 in n mex photography

September 15, 2014

from the day before yesterday when I left you with the ‘Robin Stare’

Got the robin stare

Got the robin stare

to the same day but the opposite time of it

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september evening in northern new Mexico by CheyAnneSexton

 

thanks for visiting

CheyAnne

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this mornin’ September 13, 2014 in northern New Mexico

September 13, 2014

the Autumn light here southwest u.s.a. is spectacular

Got the robin stare

Got the robin stare

 

my kitchen yard

my kitchen yard

 

robin in my yard

robin in my yard

 

you? watchin' me??

you? watchin’ me??

 

Robin-Red-Breast

Robin-Red-Breast

 

gone

gone

 

Robin Quick Gone

Robin Quick Gone

 

and that’s just the morning light.  I also captured the evening light of the same day and a few goodies in between””

peace n abundance,

CheyAnne

Watercolour Alert ❧ ❧ ❧ ❧ ❧●

April 21, 2014

I fianlly, actually got inspired to paint again and this time by one of my own photographs too:

I did paint my favorite photograph (probably of all time) of my little Pigmy Nuthatch on Yupo paper:

( click the image and it will take you to my Etsy shop)

'Pigmy Nuthatch' Watercolor on Yupo by CheyAnne Sexton

‘Pigmy Nuthatch’ Watercolor on Yupo by CheyAnne Sexton

 

September last year. But I really wanted to paint one of my birds on watercolor paper, there is a difference for sure.

I loved this image of a little Song Sparrow I took the other morning down on the rio   ‘Song Sparrow tangled in Pink’ 

watercolour Song Sparrow tangled

watercolour Song Sparrow tangled

 

The true painting will emerge when my studio guy does his magic and captures my painting in all it’s nuisances of color and hue.

This photo is from the first image after I started.  I forget to capture the different stages that I create, sorry……

adding salt after misket

adding salt after misket

using Schmincke Titainium Gold Orche, Winsor Newton Madder Lake, Schmincke Manganese Violet here

also added W/N Sap Green, Schmincke Chrome Yellow Deep, Daniel Smith Quinacridone Deep Gold

 

started the details

started the details

you can really see the misket here, it’s the dull brownish lines.  I think this is one of the funnest parts of watercolour for me, is using misket.  Sometimes I really start to like what’s happening as I paint around it and with it, so when I take it off, I have to re-see the piece with fresh eyes.  But when I take it off it feels like Christmas to me.  I really, really love that part.

just need to set up my big camera so I can post this for sale

just need to set up my big camera so I can post this for sale

 

It has felt so good to paint again.  To have the time and the space and the freedom to take this time, to get back to my bliss.

 

'Song Sparrow Tangled in Pink' watercolur on paper by CheyAnne Sexton

‘Song Sparrow Tangled in Pink’ watercolur on paper by CheyAnne Sexton

Here’s a sneak-peek at what I’m working on next:

easy sunday afternoon by CheyAnne Sexton

easy sunday afternoon by CheyAnne Sexton

 

I hope your Easter Sunday was a fine one, ours was.

Thanks so much for stopping by  and as always if you see anything you would enjoy hanging on your wall, just give me a shout, I can always invoice you. And don’t forget Mother’s Day is right around the corner…….

peace n abundance,

CheyAnne

Song Sparrow photography

April 14, 2014

Song Sparrow delightful songs filled the cattails down by the Red River Fish Hatchery

Song Sparrow in the brush

Song Sparrow in the brush

looks like a little hawk to me.

Here are a few in the cattails:

Song Sparrow in the Cattails

Song Sparrow in the Cattails

Song Sparrow watching me watching him in the cattails

Song Sparrow watching me watching him in the cattails

 

Song Sparrow in a tangle of pink

Song Sparrow in a tangle of pink

and this last one is one I played around with saturation and vibrance in photoshop:

little Song Sparrow by CheyAnne Sexton

little Song Sparrow by CheyAnne Sexton

This is how I spend my time down by the rio while my honey is fishing.

Have a great day and a wonderful week

peace n abundance,

CheyAnne


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