New Mexico State Fair 2015

 

toas 72

Del Agua Spire, Oil on Canvas, 30 x 20

Jemez Creek at Gilmore 30 x 40 72

Jemez Creek at Gilmore, Oil on Canvas, 30 x 40

Sandia Surprise 40 x 30 72

Sandia Surprise, Oil on Canvas, 40 x 30

 

The State of New Mexico

presents

The Expo New Mexico Annual

Fine Art Exhibition

featuring

Paul F. Chandler

Fine Arts Building

New Mexico State Fair Grounds

Albuquerque, NM

State Fair Hours

Evening of the Arts Reception

September 9th, 2015

5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Free Admission

Autumn 2014

Here are some new paintings inspired by the many colors of autumn here in the desert southwest. I enjoy plein air painting in the autumn because a) I am outdoors painting; b) I am some place different; and c) I get to add exotic colors to my palette. Plein air painting offers the opportunity to see new things and meet new people as it seems that everyone wants to talk to the guy who is painting a picture in their neighborhood. In this case, the neighborhood being the Sangre de Christo Mountains and the Jemez Valley. While painting at Irongate on the Pecos River, an elderly couple cruising down the dirt road in an ATV wanted to engage me in the usual banter that surrounds these events, but as I was busy, I turned the conversation over to my editor (Lindsay at www.shadowgraf.com), and they talked at length about poetry, writing, & literature. We sent them on their way near sunset with a copy of our latest edition and they invited us over for dinner in the mountains. As we wanted to avoid a nighttime descent on a treacherous mountain dirt road, we had to decline with the hope that they were able to enjoy the free literature. I am learning to adjust the expectations in my life to those goals which are attainable. My ambition for this autumn was to go to Zion National Park for a couple of weeks of painting, but like Dorothy said, in the Wizard of Oz, “There’s no place like home.”

These paintings are in process and not to be considered finished. My time with a particular motif is always limited and demands an expedient and decisive approach to painting which I am still learning. The most important thing that I am learning about painting is to never regret putting a day of painting above a day of work.

 

 

STONE WALL PECOS RIVER, Oil on Canvas,  30 X 24

STONE WALL PECOS RIVER, Oil on Canvas, 30 X 24

JACK'S CREEK FROM IRONGATE, Oil on Canvas,  30 X 24

JACK’S CREEK FROM IRONGATE, Oil on Canvas, 30 X 24

RED ROCKS AT JEMEZ, Oil on Canvas, 30 X 24

RED ROCKS AT JEMEZ, Oil on Canvas, 30 X 24

DEL AGUA, Oil on Canvas, 30 X 24

DEL AGUA, Oil on Canvas, 30 X 24

THE BIG TESUQUE, Oil on Canvas, 30 X 24

THE BIG TESUQUE, Oil on Canvas, 30 X 24

PECOS WILDRENESS FROM IRONGATE, Oil on Canvas, 24 X 30

PECOS WILDRENESS FROM IRONGATE, Oil on Canvas, 24 X 30

JEMEZ RIVER AT GILMAN, Oil on Canvas, 40 X 30

JEMEZ RIVER AT GILMAN, Oil on Canvas, 40 X 30

SAN YSIDRO, Oil on Canvas,  40 X 30

SAN YSIDRO, Oil on Canvas, 40 X 30

LA QUEVA CANYON #6 40 X 30 72

LA QUEVA CANYON #6 40 X 30 72

PA'A KO, oil on canvas,  30 X 24

PA’A KO, oil on canvas, 30 X 24

New Mexico State Fair 2014

Bosque Autumn, Oil on Canvas, 30 x 24

Bosque Autumn, Oil on Canvas, 30 x 24

 

The State of New Mexico

presents

The Expo New Mexico Annual

Fine Art Exhibition

featuring

Paul F. Chandler

 

Fine Arts Building

New Mexico State Fair Grounds

Albuquerque, NM

September 10 – 21, 2014

State Fair Hours

 

Evening of the Arts Reception

Tuesday, September 9

5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Free Admission

 

Sandia Surprise, Oil on Canvas, 30 x 24

Sandia Surprise, Oil on Canvas, 30 x 24

 

 

 

Tijeras Canyon Grade, Oil on Canvas, 32 x 25

Tijeras Canyon Grade, Oil on Canvas, 32 x 25

 

 

 

Sandia Winter #6, Oil on Canvas, 30 x 24

Sandia Winter #6, Oil on Canvas, 30 x 24

Keeping it Real in Carnuel

The Artist on Location, Carnuel, NM       Winter 2014

  The Artist on Location, Carnuel, NM Winter 2014

 

Here I am in a recently discovered venue. While being the subject of intense scrutiny by the silent and unmoving neighbor in contrast to the vociferous and slowly approaching dog, with his protestations of my presence, I am learning to resist distractions. Painting on location I have discovered requires a quick response to an ever-changing motif. It is quite likely that by the time I finished this painting most of the snow had melted away.

 

 

 

In Progress

These paintings represent a new direction in my journey en plein air. As I have developed a significant oeuvre of plein air pastel paintings, I have recently taken my oil painting on location with exuberance. I am discovering a new succinctness in mixing color and decisively creating a mark. Between the time I start and the time I finish the painting, it is likely that the lighting conditions have changed dramatically thus encouraging me to hurry on at all times. I am excited to bring the decisiveness from painting outdoors into my studio, which enables me to maintain the sketch-like quality of the painting with a similar verve and deliberateness.

mountain with ridge 72 sandias 6 72 river valley 1 72 reflection 72 off highway 2 72 off highway 1 72

 

 

Recent Work

December 1, 2013

In the last year, I have devoted myself totally to plein aire painting. Coming from a studio background as a painter, this move was both liberating and confounding. Liberating for the obvious reasons, but confounding in ways more subtle. The principle conundrum would be the finish of the painting itself: to bring the painting back to the studio? To be satisfied with the painting’s resolution after the frantic experience of painting on location? The struggle appears to be where these two desires meet. I guess I shall continue my deliberations.

recent work 4 72 Recent Work 3 72 recent work 2 72 recent work 1 72

 

 

 

September 12, 2013

Standing in the back of my pickup while painting in a church parking lot, I am approached by a member of the congregation.
“What are you painting?” she asks.
Then she sees past my painting up to the subject of my efforts amazed not at my work but at God’s.
“I’ve gone to church here all my life and have never noticed this view!”
I thought it interesting that my homage to the natural beauty from the parking lot led her to that revelation.
Such is the power of art.

Sandia Winter #3, Oil on Canvas, 32x24