Posts Tagged ‘beauty’

Horses, roses and bokeh on {Friday Finds}

July 21, 2013
Summertime Color of New Mexico by CheyAnne Sexton

Summertime Color of New Mexico by CheyAnne Sexton





New Mexico can be so magical and sweet.

I thought this perfect for Friday Finds out of Kim Klassen’s blog.

Some of you may remember a post I did, last fall I think, of this White Mare.  I call her my El Salto Pony, from the big gorgeous mountain that she lives under.  If not here is the link to check her out in her autumn finery.

I am so blessed to have all I have in my life. I appreciate each and everyone of you who comes and visits,  even if just for a moment in your day.  I hope you say hello.

Peace n Abundance,



Yellow Knockout Roses

February 24, 2013

grown indoors are just amazing when they bloom and they smell like sweet sunshine too

close up

close up

three at once

three at once

stunning Knockout roses

stunning Knockout roses

and tomorrow is four

and tomorrow is four

I adore yellow roses and the smell of these is so lovely on the summer breeze.  Maybe I’ll dig up a photo of this plant outside in the summertime.

Hope your week is amazing,

peace n abundance,



Ballet Dancer – Flooded in the Light

December 30, 2012

I have been busy painting.  One of the people I first met on this wide world of the web was Cindy Dyer.  I was instantly drawn to her beautiful images of flowers (what else?) and followed her right away.  That was many moons ago and many different sites as  well.  We are friends on different web pages and facebook too.  So last week I saw her post asking another friend about this image Cindy had taken a long time ago, and I fell in inspiration…..


fianlly something sparked my creatives juices and I couldn’t wait to get started.

I knew I wanted a smooth watercolor paper for her.  she is so soft and romantic in this light and I really wanted to capture this.  I went with Fabriano Acquarello 140lb hot press, extra white.

my art desk

my art desk

my printed out version for reference

my printed out version for reference

I was nervous at first. It had been a very long time since I have painted children and I have been putting this off for far too long.

So I got right in with the colors for her skin.  I learned in college to use grumbacher red, ultramarine blue, new gamboge hue and burnt sienna to make skin tones.  But I really wanted to use this new tube of  Winsor Newton Opera Rose I bought on ebay from a famous artist I have loved for years.  I also wanted to use  a favorite gold that I picked up from Daniel Smith’s line of Quinacridone colors.  It is called Deep Gold and I love it.  So I tested those too with the ultramarine and a little New Gamboge Hue, but found the deep gold had enough yellow so I didn’t really use much of the gamboge.  I also needed a deep rich brown for the blacks so I used Winsor Newton Burnt Umber.


I used layers of color, one on top of a dried layer to achieve the richness I wanted.  Pink was the deciding factor and the white of the light all but drowning her out in it’s brilliance.

I think she’s pretty done.  I think I will darken the far curtains above and below her tutu and call her good.

Ballet Dancer flooded in the light

Ballet Dancer flooded in the light

What do you think?  I think I am in love and I owe it all to Cindy, thank you.

I know that ballet has many names for all of their poses so if this has a name I would love to know it.

I will put her up for sale soon.


limited palette of:

Winsor Newton Opera Rose,

Daniel Smith Quinacridone Deep Gold

Winsor Newton Ultramarine Blue

Winsor Newton Burnt Umber



Soft, Pink Peony’s in July

July 3, 2010

in Angel Fire that is. Angel Fire, New Mexico.  Went up there July 1st with intentions of shooting the wonderful purple penstemon that is blooming like crazy all over the Moreno Valley (purple) in Spanish and I fell in love with these soft pink Peony’s instead.


softness of pink

Soft Pink Peony

Pink Blush Peony

Happy July everyone

I will post these on RedBubble when you are interested in buying prints, posters or maybe some postcards to say “Hey, Thinking of You”  to your friends the old fashoined way. …… through snailmail

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