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New Gallery Representation: The Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery in Los Alamos, New Mexico

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Karen Wray and Gallery Curator, Gabrielle   In February of 2024 I dropped in on the Karen Wray Fine Art Gallery in Los Alamos, New Mexico while we were picking up favorite bagels at the local bakery shop. The gallery is across Central Avenue from the Bradbury Science Museum, another favorite local establishment. The museum is home to exhibits of the history of the atom bomb, developed by the Oppenheimer group to "prevent all future wars" (and to end the Second World War). Other exhibits demonstrate research in Fusion as a means to harness electricity in the future.  The owner, Karen, and I enjoyed discussions of composition and color for a few hours. She teaches classes at the gallery and has a deep background in art.  She started her gallery decades ago in a side street mall and a few years back, expanded to this new location and now represents over a dozen excellent artists. I was tempted to sign up to teach classes beginning with my 1-dayArmature/Composition class (see: th

Anatomy of a Painting: Turbulent Lands

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  Turbulent Lands, 15x25, oil Third Place, 2024 NM Masterworks Oil/acrylics Studio Painting I've been painting in the Los Alamos area for a few years. The cliffs leading up to this famous town are striking. I became obsessed with trying to capture their feeling - the shapes and texture and the light on them at different times of the day. One of the first paintings was Turbulent Lands I, a smaller painting that in fact was not done on site. It's difficult to paint on the edge of a cliff (and edge of a noisy road) so after taking many photographs and making value sketches as well as diagramming an appropriate armature, I did the following painting in my motel room during a Paint Out sponsored by the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico:  Turbulent Lands I, 10x16, oil I wrote an extensive blog post on this painting:  https://karenhalbert.blogspot.com/2023/06/anatomy-of-los-alamos-cliff-painting-in.html . I painted Turbulent Lands I during a Paint Out but from the hotel room so it'

Golden Mean Watercolor at Turtle Bay

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  Painted from our Lanai at Turtle Bay on Oahu - cropped from an original 3.9 inches by 9.8 ninches watercolor (on arches rough paper) with cropped version 3.9 x 6.3 inches Cropping from a 2.5 aspect ratio to a 1.6 ratio (near golden mean) accidentally to remove part of the painting. Then I applied a Wise Photo app for the Fibonacci Spiral. Interesting. No? Just to emphasize - I didn't consciously create a golden spiral 'armature' painting. 1. The cropping was done to eliminate an unfortunate part of the painting (EASY to do with paper). This resulted in the near golden rectangle. 2. The tree top turned out to be exactly at the golden point of the golden spiral (superimposed on the image after the fact, using the Wise Photo App). 3. I don't remember painting the darker dashes for the underside of the the higher clouds, but they occur exactly on the horizontal line that divides the right, vertical smaller golden rectangle into a square and an even smaller golden rectan

2023 Year in Review

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  2023 was a productive year.  Many years ago my son Josh created a website for me for my paintings and made it very easy for me to make ongoing additions and modifications. I try to keep a record not only of each painting, but also of ‘exhibitions’ of my paintings in the Exhibits’ section.    Some shows in 2023:  1-Person show at the historic Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos on Radical Impressionism: A Mathematician Paints. Karen's Studio and Gallery Tour over labor day weekend The Las Campanas Charity Auction  Plein Air Painters of NM events: Paint Out and Show in Los Alamos with a workshop by Carole Belliveau and the annual Plein Air Painters of New Mexico Juried Members’ Show.  Workshops: Annual Ghost Ranch Workshop by Bill Gallen in October Oil Painting Workshop by Albert Handell (2024) Palette Knife and Figure Painting by Michele Byrne I was represented by a Canyon Road Gallery for several years. It closed a couple of years ago and I welcomed the opportunity to do studies and rese

A ChatGPT Review of my painting, Chama River Overlook.

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  Chama River Overlook, 12x9, oil by Karen Halbert Review by ChatGPT: "Chama River Overlook," a masterful creation by the talented artist Karen Halbert in 2019, unfolds as a captivating testament to the artist's adept command of the canvas and their intimate connection with the breathtaking landscapes of New Mexico. This petite 12-inch by 9-inch masterpiece, painted "en plein air" at the Chama River Overlook near Abiquiu, immerses the viewer in the artist's sensory experience of the region. The utilization of a palette knife in the creation of this piece lends a distinctive texture and dynamism to the composition. The Cobra Water Mixable Oil palette, rich with chromatic hues, including Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red Light, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue Hue, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, and Titanium White, reflects the artist's careful selection of colors to evoke the nuanced tones of the Southwestern landscape. Karen