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  • 22 Sep 2020 10:42 PM | Karen Halbert (Administrator)

    Join artist Michele Byrne for a live art demonstration on Booth Museum’s Facebook page (10:15 Santa Fe Time) .Byrne is recognized for her figurative plein air work and in recent years for her dynamic palette knife paintings. She has won numerous awards in her plein air and studio work including most recently the President’s Choice Award, American Impressionist Society, 2018. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to see Michele’s FREE demonstration on Booth’s Facebook pageL

  • 22 Sep 2020 12:28 PM | Karen Halbert (Administrator)

    1000 Miles: Walking & Painting the Way of Saint James

    Hi everyone, I’d like to share my journey with you. This is painting 1 of 200 that I painted as I walked 1000 Miles Walking & Painting the Way of Saint James.

    From September 1 2018 to March 3 2019, I walked 1000 miles (1600km) alongside my donkey from Le-Puy-en-Velay to Finisterre. Every 5 miles along the entire route, I set up my easel and painted. Each painting took 3 hours, the whole journey took 6 months. By the time I reached Finisterre, I had created a collection of 200 paintings, all painted on location during my journey, in all weathers and conditions.

    The plan was to share my paintings with you through a touring exhibition. Thanks to Covid, I don’t know when this will now be possible. So, starting today, I’d like to share them with you, one at a time. I hope you enjoy this collection of art that honours the Way, and that it brings back many memories or inspires future hopes and dreams.

    LIMITED EDITION BOOK OF All 200 PAINTINGS and accompanying narrative is now available here*.

    Sharon Bamber, Artist Member, PAPNM

    Sep 22, 2020

    #caminodesantiago #caminolife #camino #theway

    *It's a beautiful book. KLH

  • 20 Sep 2020 4:54 PM | Karen Halbert (Administrator)

    OUTDOOR PAINTER: Oct/Nov Issue.

  • 31 Aug 2020 6:36 PM | Karen Halbert (Administrator)

    International Balloon Museum Inaugural Exhibition 

    Call for Entries

    Submissions Deadline: Setp 25


  • 26 Aug 2020 4:32 PM | Karen Halbert (Administrator)

    Lyz Bonham, Jane Chapin, Madina Croce, Kathleen Eaton, Jane Hunt,Peggy Immel, Michael Chesley Johnson, Margie Lucena, Jason Sacran and Clive Tyler were all juried into this Online Show. Only 290 were chosen out of 2172 entries!! Congratulations!!

    The judge is Ned Mueller with awards to be announced. Sept 9!

  • 25 Aug 2020 11:45 AM | Karen Halbert (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Plein Air Painters of New Mexico (PAPNM) member, Lyn Boyer, for receiving the award of excellence from the highly regarded organization, Oil Painters of America.  We are happy for you.  And thank you again for judging our PAPNM's 2020 Taos Plein Air shows.

  • 24 Aug 2020 1:56 PM | Karen Halbert (Administrator)

    Last Light (pastel on paper, 9x12) by Nancy Silvia

    Nancy is appearing in a current Artist Network article7 tips on Painting Clouds'

    Big Virga (pastel on paper, 29×42) by Nancy Silvia

    The New Mexico sky comes alive with clouds during the summer monsoon season — delicate cumuli swell into towering thunderheads dragging dark brooms of rain across the mesa tops. Toward sundown, the tattered vestiges of storms glow orange and red and purple. Santa Fe painter Nancy Silvia moved to Santa Fe with her husband, fellow artist Hiroshi Murata, in 2003, and finds nourishment for her art in this expansive, high desert sky. Here, Silvia shares her tips for painting clouds.

    Winter Chill (pastel on paper, 11×11) by Nancy Silvia

    1. Say no to potatoes.

    “Clouds are water vapor. They should not look like mashed potatoes in the sky.”

    After the Storm (pastel on paper, 16×27) by Nancy Silvia

    2. Keep your head in the clouds.

    “Study clouds when outdoors even if you are not painting (but not when you are driving). Analyze their shapes and structure.”

    The Red Road (pastel on paper, 12×16) by Nancy Silvia

    3. Work quickly en plein air.

    “When outdoors, work rapidly when trying to capture clouds. When ‘touching up’ later in the studio, you can consult your reference photos.”

    Taos Winter Light (pastel on paper, 20×36) by Nancy Silvia

    4. Go bold and accurate.

    “You can patiently render plants, rocks, and other landforms, but clouds are fleeting, so paint them with boldness and accuracy.”

    Moonrise at Ghost Ranch (pastel on paper, 16×12) by Nancy Silvia

    5. To emphasize or not?

    “Because clouds and the sky are part of the composition and light effect in a landscape painting, give a lot of thought to how much emphasis to give them.”

    Evening Energy (pastel on paper, 8×8) by Nancy Silvia

    6. Study the light.

    “Clouds have volume, so study how they react with the light source. Are they lit from below, from above, or from behind? Do they cast shadows on the ground. Do they form a group in space?”

    Last Light (pastel on paper, 9×12) by Nancy Silvia

    7. Capture the colors.

    “There is a great range of color in the sky; cloud colors may be infinitely subtle at certain times of day, or vivid and dramatic, as during sunset.”

    Despite her formal training, Nancy Silvia eschews hard-and-fast design rules, instead favoring intuition based on experience. To see more of Silvia’s paintings and learn more about her background and process, visit and keep your eyes peeled for the September/October 2020 issue of Pastel Journal. And if you’re a pastel artist, consider entering the Pastel 100 competition before the deadline, September 7, 2020! 

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  • 24 Aug 2020 12:09 PM | Karen Halbert (Administrator)

    Signature Member Nancy Silvia is featued in the current (October 2020) issue of Pastel Journal.  The article, written by long-time contributor to Pastel Journal and fellow Pastel Society of New Mexico Signature Member, Michael Chesley Johnson, has this to say about Nancy:    Despite her formal training, Nancy Silvia eschews hard-and-fast design rules, instead favoring intuition based on experience.’    Pastel Journal

    • 21 Aug 2020 1:24 PM | Karen Halbert (Administrator)

      This Month and October, Tobi is in the Pastel Journal.

      Visit Tobi's website for details (and to buy a copy):

      And a workshop/retreat  in September 2021!

    • 21 Aug 2020 9:33 AM | Karen Halbert (Administrator)

      San Jose de Gracia Las Trampas by Michele Byrne

      Exciting zoom interview yesterday with Michele Byrne, new member of the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico!! Michele moved from Pennsylvania to Santa Fe this past year. Listen to and watch the interview (click on image above) to see why and to see her response to living in Santa Fe. Welcome, Michele (

      Beautiful "Plein Air" painting by Michele just this past week (Aug 18). You too can paint this scene at the Los Alamos Paint Out in September.

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    • Acceptance into and awards in non-PAPNM National Shows
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    • Openings in National Galleries
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    National and NM Shows:

    • Plein Air Painters of America
    • Outdoor Painters Society
    • Oil Painters of America
    • OPA Western Regional
    • American  Watercolor Society
    • National Watercolor Society
    • Pastel Society of America 
    • American Women Artists
    • American Impressionist Society
    • La Biennale di Venezia
    • Plein Air Artists of Colorado
    • Masterworks of New Mexico
    • LPAPA
    • Women Artists of the West
    • Albuquerque Museum ArtsThrive

    Featured Articles:

    • American Art Collector
    • Western Art Collector
    • Southwest Art
    • Art of the West
    • Plein Air Magazine
    • Outdoor Painter
    • Fine Art Connoisseur
    • Art in America
    • International Artist Magazine.

    Other Sources:

    • Streamline Podcasts
    • Other National Shows
    • Member Workshops
    • Acceptance into Nationally known gallery
    • Participation as PACE or Plein Air Live Demonstration or Field Artist

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