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April 23 - Our New Tree:
             We finally assembled our new tree in the back yard. We bought it after our last cruise when we spent a few days in New Orleans on the drive home. I really should learn not to take my bride to New Orleans. She always finds something to buy. The tree looks beautiful - we plan to sit out back with drinks when the sun goes down.



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April 22 - Remembering Phyllis:
             Several fellow artist friends of Phyllis gathered at Sally Harris's house to remember Phyllis.


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April 21 - More Street Music:
             This morning I started on a drawing for "French Quarter Sax" - Let the music continue.



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April 20 - Red Dress:
             I finished my newest watercolor "Red Dress" this morning. Here are the steps it went through.



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April 18 - My Workshop:
             It was my pleasure to teach a watercolor collage workshop  yesterday afternoon at the Pala Duro Senior Center - Once a teacher - Always a teacher



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April 17 - Blue Wave:
             Xochitl Torres Small, Deb Haaland and Michelle Lujan Grisham are three of the reasons why New Mexico is turning "totally blue" again.


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April 16 - Busy Morning:
             Busy day already - I loaded the car for my workshop tomorrow, when to docent training at the Museum - then came home and planted three Geraniums behind our bedroom. I plant red Geraniums there every year.



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April 15 - Isotopes Baseball:
             This was our first baseball game of the year - the Topes lost 7 - 2 - but, the cold beer, ribbon fries, and foot long hot dogs were great. And, of course the weather was fantastic 66 degrees, warm New Mexico sun shine with very little breeze - unlike baseball in KC yesterday in the snow.



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April 14 - Progress:
             Here's how much progress I made this morning on my newest watercolor "Red Dress" - The last thing I did was to remove the liquid mask exposing the whites - which I will tone down later.

     

"Red Dress"
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April 13 -  Red Dress:
             I'm starting a new watercolor this weekend of the model from MasterWorks New Mexico open house last Sunday.

I made some progress on "Red Dress" this morning - it's on a half sheet of 300 lb Arches Rough - I might finish it tomorrow.







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April 12 - Framing Paintings Today:
             Busy day today - I finished my article for NAEA News, took my boxed paintings to FedEx, then framed my paintings for the NMWS Spring Show - all while my beautiful bride was out doing all the hard yard work. Now I need to decide which paintings to put in the NMWS Signature Exhibit Room.


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My watercolors for the Signature Room at the NMWS Spring Show
All are "NFS"



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April 11 - Taxes Done:
             My taxes are done and e-mailed off - our refunds will go directly into our Princess account - So, this morning, I made French Toast with Banana Bread to celebrate. Then I got my paintings ready to ship off to Watercolor USA and the Louisiana Watercolor Society - They are both in brand new "Air Float" boxes.

     

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April 8 - MasterWorks Open House:
             I was one of several artist who went to the MasterWorks Open House today - to work with very talented high school students - we drew and painted from a model - I was privileged to work with a talented student named Jessica today.

     
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April 7 - Watercolors Accepted:
             Thank you, Lynn McClain for selecting my two watercolors for the NMWS "Members Only" Spring Show. As Juror, Lynn chose 113 paintings from the 237 submitted by our members. I know it's going to be a fantastic exhibition.

      

        This End Up                                     Holy Mudder
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How to Steal a Pallet:
             Ever wonder what colors Michelangelo used on that famous ceiling or the colors in an Andrew Wyeth painting. Jay Drummond showed us the way to steal a pallet. Her demo today for the New Mexico Watercolor Society was an eye opener to finding the colors any artist used but more importantly it was a lesson on using a very limited pallet to create a successful painting.


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April 6 - Painting Finished:
             This morning, I finished my newest watercolor "Royal Street Trio". Now it's time to move on to more challenging subjects.

    
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April 4 - Painting Headed to New Orleans:
             It's going to be a good year - this makes my 5th painting accepted into a juried show this year. My watercolor "Clarinet-NOLA" was accepted into the Louisiana Watercolor Society's 48TH INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION IN 2018 - Exhibit Dates:  May 5- 25, 2018 - Reception:  May 12, 2018 - 201 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans , LA - Juror: John Salminen. My "Street Sax" is hanging at MasterWorks of New Mexico - here in Albuquerque. My watercolor of the "Brooklyn Bridge" is now in the NMWS Southern Chapter's Spring Show in Las Cruces. I'm about to box up most recent "Clarinet-NOLA" to ship it off to Springfield, Missouri for Watercolor USA. Plus, my New York Street Sceen "Walking & Talking" was accepted into the Art at the Center's national exhibition in Overland Park, Kansas.

     




















"Street Sax"
for MasterWorks


"Clarinet-NOLA"
to New Orleans

"Broklyn Bridge"
to Las Cruces


"Clarinet-NOLA"
for Watercolor USA

"Walking & Talking"
to Overland Park, Kansas
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