From a "Merry Meeting" in Taos- wishes for a Merry Christmas

To all of you friends, some that I know, and some that I don't -
I wish you a very Merry Christmas, and all the best in the new year.


Hearts & Stars Fund Raiser in Taos

The Hearts & Stars Miniature Show/fund raiser that supports Taos Coalition to End Homelessness, Inc., opened at the Wilder Nightingale Gallery on Saturday night. Rob Wilder hosts this event, local musicians donate time and local restaurants offer amazing party food to support the cause. It is always a highlight and the evening did not disappoint.

I have been a part of this show the last 3 years and tho' the 90 miles between Alamosa and Taos can be treacherous in the winter, I am so grateful that we have been able to attend every year. We catch up with our friends in the Taos art community, make new friends and support a very worthy cause.
The paintings I have posted are the 2 miniatures in this show. You are seeing them at just about actual size. NOTE: the painting directly above -"Wayside IceHouse" sold at the show. Yay!
Saturday was a big party day - on our way to Taos, Sue and I stopped in at the Ewing Studio Holiday Show; featuring Charles Ewing, David Montgomery, Jim Gilmore, Randy Pijoan, Kris Gosar, Annette Troncoso, and Chris Gulian. Click on any of the names to see their work.
This is our San Luis Valley Art Community here in Southern Colorado and I am so grateful to be a part of it and to call these fabulous artists "friends". Read about it from Sue McCullough's point of view - click on her name and to go right to her blog.

A Merry Meeting - in Taos

Wednesday Sue and I drove to Taos to deliver miniature paintings to Wilder Nightingale Gallery for the Hearts & Stars Show in Taos. This is my third year supporting this event and it is always a pleasure, not to mention a great party for a good cause.
As it happened, we met Patrice Walker of Santa Fe, also dropping off work and Kemper Coley, so we all went out to paint together. Taos still boasted a little snow (just enough) at the Morada church where it was quiet and beautiful with Taos Mt. behind it. It felt like I was shaking cobwebs out of my head, not having painted out since October. What a great afternoon to paint but even better with friends.
That's "plein air"- being there.
The end result is almost superfluous.
See more of this afternoon of painting on Sue McCullough's blog- just click here on her name. She also has some good photos of the Hearts & Stars Party in Taos.