This Land is My Land

This Land is My Land

RVPAINTER

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J. RICHARD SECOR

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Galisteo Basin Preserve

The Galisteo Basin Preserve is planned as a 13,522-acre, stewardship-oriented, conservation-development initiative located 13 miles south of Santa Fe, New Mexico, in the central Galisteo Basin. The Galisteo Basin is internationally celebrated for its scenic, cultural, and wildlife habitat values. Commonweal Conservancy, a nonprofit conservation-based community development organization, is leading the initiative.
In collaboration with representatives of Santa Fe County, conservationists, archaeologists, professional planners, and neighborhood groups, Commonweal Conservancy is working to purchase, plan, and protect the Preserve, previously known as Thornton Ranch. The approximately 20-square-mile property is considered a "high-risk development area"—one whose subdivision into widely dispersed "ranchettes" would threaten the scenic, wildlife habitat, water, public service (e.g., schools, fire fighting, police), historic, cultural, and traditional economic resources of the central Galisteo Basin.

OK - OK too much verbiage - Soooooo if you don't want to read about the Basin, skip down to the painting demo :>) 

To protect the property's most significant environmental and cultural resources, Commonweal Conservancy negotiated an agreement to purchase the Preserve in five phases. Rather than allowing the property to be subdivided into 12.5-acre and 40-acre home sites, Commonweal has proposed a carefully sited, environmentally sensitive village development known as Trenza that will accommodate mixed-income residential and community-serving land uses within a 300-acre development area. Village design and construction standards will exemplify the values and principles of low-impact, resource-efficient, sustainable development.
The majority of the Preserve—more than 13,000 acres—is planned to be permanently protected as open space. An extensive trail network will allow access across the preserve to adjoining public land holdings.

THIS IS WHERE THE PAINTING DEMO BEGINS

Following is a painting 18 x 24 of my interpretation of one of the many, many magnificent scenes in the Basin, using 3 different sized palette knives and lots & lots of juicy acrylic paint.
I did this painting as a demo for a young lady my wife and I met in Santa Fe NM when we returned there a few weeks ago to prepare our stored "STUFF" for movers to bring to Florida.  In talking to her, her mother and sister we found out that she likes to paint.  Not knowing her level of skill, I did this demo using 3 sizes of palette knives.  Palette knives are fun to use and although this is a simple landscape, it does require the feeling of emotion for the land and surroundings of this area.
I do not paint what I see!!!!  I paint what I feel from the emotional connection that the subject gives to me.  When painting Southwest scenes, I listen to Native American flute music - the combination of the emotion I feel from the land and the emotion from the music I paint what I feel.  This was painted to a CD of native American flute music by R. Carlos Nakai - the album is titled "Canyon Trilogy".  I feel paintings need to express emotion and those emotions need to be passed onto the viewers.

A few pointers - Most "new painters" tend not to use enough paint.  That said, about 20 years ago a friend who is a professional painter told me "Use paint like you are a millionaire"!  I follow that advice and when using palette knives, globs and globs of paint are used.  If you do not use enough paint - brush of palette knife - your paintings will look "wimpy"!  When using a brush or a palette knife you want to paint with your ARM not your HAND!!  Free swinging motion of the arm is important as it gives a painting life - never use a brush or palette knife like a crayon trying to stay within the lines.  Free flowing strokes with determination and gusto - take command of the painting surface - then paint and let your emotions flow!
I always start a painting out with a straight horizon line and that horizon line can be high or low but NEVER in the middle!  NM is known for its massive impressive skies so I decided to make this horizon low.  In this piece I put the horizon line up 6 inches from the bottom - 1/3 the height of the painting surface.  If I had wanted a high horizon I would have put it 6 inches down from the top of the painting surface.



I've darkened some to the photos so lines can be seen.

Next I pencil in what I call "directional lines" - in this case it is distant mountains that may of may not end up being - but at this point it's just an idea of where things may go.



REMEMBER - lots of paint and I mean globs and globs!!!  I start throwing in the sky with the biggest palette knife - darker at the top and lighter as it goes down to the horizon area.  Remember NM has great skies - lots of activity in these skies so use free flowing strokes using the full swing of the arm.  LOTS AND LOTS OF PAINT AND FREE FLOWING PALETTE KNIFE STROKES - I continue doing this with several colors of blue - white and grey and purple until I'm happy with the results.





Next using the middle size palette knife I throw in the "indication" of mountains/hills, making them a bluish purple so it makes them recede to the viewers eye.




Next I throw in some land - the desert floor - again, globs and globs of paint.  I use earth tones of paint as this will make this area come forward to the eyes of the viewers.  I want a lot of texture (thick paint) as well as this is the very foreground of the painting.





Next I throw in indications of desert grasses and other "ground clutter", trying to use all combinations of paints used in the painting thus far so that the entire painting will be "tied together" via common color.





When I say "I throw in" - I really mean that - nothing in my painting style is pre-planned and pre-positioned - as I say - I paint from the EMOTION I feel ----- in this case the LAND & the MUSIC.

Galisteo Basin
18 x 24


PALETTE KNIVES USED


I squirt out blobs of paint onto a piece of tin foil to use as my palette and just scoop up blobs of paint with my knife as needed.




I hope the young lady I did this demo for found it of use and if she has any questions she can feel free to contact me.


Saturday, June 13, 2015

Native American Pottery

While living in Arizona for 7 years and in New Mexico for 5 years I became very interested in Native American pottery.  I managed to collect quite a bit of it - mostly directly from the artists on several Pueblos.  I was also fortunate to photograph ( with permission ) several very old pots that were excavated on several of the Pueblos.

Following are two paintings I did - one of them a new pot that was done by an artisan in Arroyo Seco - just past Taos the other was from a photo of a very old pot excavated on a Pueblo just south of Santa Fe.

30 x 24 on MDF panel - Semi abstract Pot



24 x 30 on MDF panel - Antique Native American Pot


It's been several years since I painted pots and after a recent trip back to Santa Fe and the Taos area I plan on generating some more pot paintings.  They are both a challenge and very interesting to create.

Hope you enjoyed.

JR     :>)


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Cochiti Lake - Desert Area - NM

Cochiti Lake is in the Pena Blanco area of New Mexico - the lake itself is within the boundaries of the Pueblo de Cochiti Indian reservation.  This area is half-way between Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

This was done very quickly - 15 minutes total time.  The purpose of this painting was twofold:

1.  A study for a larger painting

2.  Further development of my brush strokes - one brush was used for the painting

This painting is 8 x 24 on heavy linen paper.

The first thing I always do is get a straight horizon line.  I do this by measuring from the top of the paper down with a measuring tape.

Next I throw in the sky and any clutter along the horizon line

Next I throw in the ground from the horizon line forward

Next I build up the foreground with indications of bushes etc.  This is where I make the most of my brush work so that the bushes etc have some texture to them as well as depth.  In this case the brush strokes where all made very quickly with an upward motion (as that is how bushes grow),

This is a very simple landscape but will provide a good model for a larger painting (18 X 24) where I will spend more time developing the flow and textures of the landscape.





Monday, May 25, 2015

HOME DEPOT AND THE VETERAN DISCOUNT

HOME DEPOT AND THE VETERAN DISCOUNT

HOME DEPOT IMPLIES THAT IT GIVES A 10% VETERAN DISCOUNT TO THOSE FOLKS WHO SERVED IN THE MILITARY.  THEY MAKE THEMSELVES SOUND LIKE SUCH A VETERAN CARING ORGANIZATION.

TRUTH IS THE HOME DEPOT VETERAN DISCOUNT POLICY IS A FARCE!!  HOME DEPOT SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES!

THE POLICY FOR "INACTIVE" VETERANS (THOSE WHO SERVED AND ARE NO LONGER ACTIVE) IN MANY STORES INCLUDING THE ONE HERE IN PUNTA GORDA FLORIDA ONLY GIVES A 10% DISCOUNT 4 TIMES A YEAR.  THE 10% IS GIVEN ON THOSE DAYS RELATED TO VETERANS SUCH AS MEMORIAL DAY - 4TH OF JULY AND 2 OTHER SUCH HOLIDAYS.

HOWEVER IF ON THE ABOVE GIVEN DAYS THE ITEM A VETERAN IS BUYING IS "ON SALE" THE DISCOUNT IS NOT GIVEN!!  LET'S FACE IT - JUST ABOUT EVERYDAY OF THE YEAR MOST ITEMS IN HOME DEPOT ARE ON SALE!!!!!

THEREFORE ON AVERAGE THE PERSON COMING INTO HOME DEPOT TO MAKE A PURCHASE AND HAS NEVER SERVED IN THE MILITARY GETS A DISCOUNT.  THE MILITARY PERSON COMING IN ON THE SAME DAY BUYING THE SAME PRODUCT PAYS THE SAME PRICE AS THE NON MILITARY PERSON.  THE 10 % MILITARY DISCOUNT DOES NOT GET APPLIED BECAUSE THE ITEM IS "ON SALE"!!!!

THE MILITARY DISCOUNT POLICY OF HOME DEPOT IS NOT ONLY A FARCE BUT IT IS IMHO AN INSULT TO THE MILITARY VETERANS.

I BOUGHT A LAWN MOWER OVER MEMORIAL DAY AND BECAUSE IT WAS ON SALE AT A DISCOUNTED PRICE THEY WOULD NOT GIVE ME MY 10% MILITARY DISCOUNT.  THE 10% MILITARY DISCOUNT WOULD HAVE BEEN MORE THAN THE DISCOUNTED "SALE PRICE"!!!!!!

HOME DEPOT SEEMS TO TAKE PRIDE IN STATING THEY GIVE A 10% DISCOUNT TO MILITARY VETERANS - BUT WHEN YOU TRY TO USE IT - THEY MAKE SURE IT IS NOT USABLE.

SHAME ON THEM!!!!

I SERVED IN THE VIETNAM ERA AND AS A VETERAN I WILL NO LONGER SHOP AT HOME DEPOT!!!!
 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Pathway To Boca Grande Beach

This is our most favorite beach on the southwest coast of Florida.  It's about 40 minutes from our home but well worth the drive.  It is on the Gulf of Mexico and the water is the color of the Caribbean.
There is always a breeze and the beach is overseen by the Park Rangers.  There are about a dozen covered structures with BBQ capability and best of all there are restrooms!!!

It is on the Island of Gasprilla which is a little stretch of land that juts out into the Gulf.






Hope you enjoyed your trip to the beach.


JR     :>)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Payson Arizona - Desert Land

6 x 18 on heavy linen paper - palette knife - dry brush - alla prima.  Done very quickly with spontaneity in color and form.  When painting the desert a tremendous amount of emotion flows within me as the Southwest desert is me.









Sedona Canyon Grasses

This is 8 x 16 on heavy linen paper done with gusto and spontaneity with palette knife and brush using Professional Chroma Interactive acrylics.  The Southwest - especially Arizona is my heart and soul.  The colors - the desert and the mountains are most always in my dreams.