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Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Hello! I am a fine arts painter, with a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. My primary painting medium is oil and alkyd, and mostly I work in a representational style. My greatest challenge as a painter is to capture the effect of light; and my greatest joy as a painter is to accomplish that. Many thanks to those readers who have been following this blog since Day 1 (May 19, 2008). To those who are visiting for the first time today...Welcome, and thanks for dropping by!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Plein Air Evening

Landscape Sketch #5, 2013. Oil, alkyd on 4x6" gessoed panel.
Private Collection
A few weeks ago I joined the Monday plein air painters at Elena Gallegos. It was late in the afternoon, just as the sunset was fading into evening, and the moon was beginning to glow over the Sandia Mountains.

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Text and photo ©2013 Carol L. Adamec. All rights reserved.

Los Poblanos Plein Air

Plein Air Landscape Sketch #4, 2013. Original oil on gessoed panel, 4"x6"

I recently joined the Monday Painters group. The group was organized by Jean Kondek, who is also a member of the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico and has a studio around the corner from me at the Harwood Art Center. She arranged for us to paint at Los Poblanos Open Space in Albuquerque on Saturday afternoon, October 5. 

I hadn't been to this location, even though it's right in town near the Rio Grande, and I've driven by the entrance many times. The land is flat and open, used for organic farming, and has a nice view of the Sandia Mountains, which I very much enjoyed painting that day. 

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Image and text © Carol L Adamec, 2013

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Just Before Sundown...

Plein Air Landscape Sketch #3,  2013. Original oil on gessoed panel, 4"x6"

Just a short drive from the house (I often ride my bike to this location) is a great view of the Sandia Mountains. So around 5pm on September 25, I jumped in the car with my plein air gear, drove to this location, set up and began painting the view.

"Sandia" in Spanish means "watermelon", which is similar to the deep pink color the granite rock of the Sandia Mountains turns as the sun begins to set. I was waiting for the mountains to take on that rosy glow so I could capture that rich color in my painting; and I was not disappointed.

Amazingly, as the sun began to head below the horizon, a purple shadow crept along the landscape toward the mountain. Within a minute or two, it reached the foothills, ran up the mountain side, and engulfed the entire mountain range in darkness. Quite a transformation!

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Image & text ©Carol L Adamec, 2013

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Postcard from New Mexico...

The big event in Albuquerque this past week has been the annual Balloon Fiesta. Monday morning I was awakened by the "whoosh" of hot air balloons passing over the house. It was quite a sight, seeing 548 colorful airships in the clear blue morning skies.
Text & photo ©Carol Adamec, 2013

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Another Plein Air View...

Landscape Sketch #2 (Sandia Mts), 2013. Original painting, oil on panel 5x7.

This is another view of the Sandia Mountains, painted on Sunday September 22, between 4-6pm from Elena Gallegos Open Space in Albuquerque. There is already a change in the light, now that it is officially "autumn."

Thanks for visiting my blog and I hope you are enjoying a great weekend.
Text and photo ©2013 Carol L. Adamec. All rights reserved.

Landscape Sketch #2, measuring 5" x 7", is painted in oil on gessoed panel, varnished and ready to frame or display on a small easel. Available for purchase on Daily PaintWorks  Click to Bid

Friday, October 4, 2013

You're Invited...tonight!

This has been a busy week for me, helping to install the Rainbow Artists "Reunion Show" at EXPO New Mexico (the Fairgrounds in Albuquerque.)

There are 118 artworks in the exhibit, created by women artists who are or have been Rainbow Artists members since 1990. It took us two days days just to get the artwork on the walls—a lot of placing, measuring, hammering, straightening, and today, labeling, by the exhibit committee.

I must say, the show looks absolutely wonderful, offering quite a variety of paintings, prints, fabric, weavings, sculptures, collage, and multimedia artworks to enjoy viewing...and most are for sale, too!

Tonight is the opening, from 6-8pm. So if you are in Albuquerque, come by, see the exhibit and meet the artists. The show will be available for viewing through October 26, Tuesday thru Friday, 10-5, and Saturdays, 10-4pm.
Text ©2013 Carol L. Adamec. All rights reserved.