Monday, November 04, 2013

Desert Mountain View Studio Painting


This is a recent oil painting done on canvas.  It is 24" x 36".  I love painting desert paintings.  There can be so much drama and I hope that I have captured that and done justice to this area near Tucson, Arizona.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013



I went up to the mountains as soon as I thought there would be color.  I went with two friends, all of us plein air painters and studio painters.  It is always fun to get out in the fresh air.  It was cold.  I was under a tree to give shade to my palette and panel.  I have a hard time understanding the color if my palette and panel are lit up.  I just can't see anything!  I chose this scene because it was simple.  It is hard to get all that amazing color and foliage into one little rectangle but I think I made a good effort.


Saturday, July 20, 2013

Over the holiday weekend, I and my friend Holly decided to do a little bit of plein air painting.  She had rented an adorable cottage very close to this spot.  The day was perfect.  The light, not too hot, a tree to stand under - what more could one ask for!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Painting in New Mexico is such a treat.  There are so many beautiful hidden places to paint but there are also very well know places like the view of Cerro Pedernal.  Georgia O'Keeffe Comes to mind when I think of someone famous who painted the scene.  Of course, I just had to do it myself.  Below is the photo of Georgia O'keffee's interpretation and then below that is mine.

Painting by Georgia O'Keeffe

Next is a painting I did of the same area many years later!

Painting by Judith D'Agostino

Friday, June 08, 2012

Rain in the desert - usually just virga!


This little oil painting (11" x 14") was done recently.  It really typifies the wonderful clouds we get here in Santa Fe.  I am always amazed at the sky.  In fact, I find myself wondering why I even bother with the land but I then realize, what makes the sky so stunning is what is also below it.  So, I continue to paint land and sky.  In this case, very little of the high desert land was necessary.  Hope you like it.  It is available at Arroyo Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Friday, December 02, 2011

The Other Side of the Sierras - Oil on Board - 18" x 14"

This is the under painting in the verdaccio method.  I made my own gesso from Marble Dust and Rabbit Skin Glue.  The final results after several glazes and opaque application is below. This painting can be seen at Wilde Meyer Gallery, Scottsdale/Tucson, Arizona

Mora Farmland - Oil on Canvas on Board - 12" x 18"

This painting is of the northern part of New Mexico.  I love painting in this area.  The clouds and farmland views are outstanding not to mention the hills and mountains.