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  • 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.

    • 20 Aug 2020 2:06 PM | Karen Halbert (Administrator)

      Plein Air Magazine to honor Joe Anna Arnette, Master Signature Member of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico:

      When people do so much for the art community, and give their all … they deserve recognition. This year, our coveted Lifetime Achievement Award will go to Santa Fe artist Joe Anna Arnett. She will be presented with the award on opening night of the 9th annual Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE)

      The 9th Annual Plein Air Convention and Expo (PACE 2021) will take place in Denver, Colorado, dates  May 23-27, 2021. Join for a one-of-a-kind experience that features classes, social activities, painting onsite and in surrounding picturesque locations. Some of today’s top artists will be there to teach and guide you to become a better painter – you don’t want to miss this event!

      Plein air painting of the Loire river in France, by Joe Anna Arnett

    • 10 Aug 2020 5:48 PM | Karen Halbert (Administrator)

      Featured Artwork: Barbara Coleman

      A Thousand Faces
      16 x 20 in.
      Oil on Linen Panel
      Available through Illume Gallery of Fine Art, St. George, Utah

      A Thousand Faces is the result of a study painted in the company of great friends, wonderful artists, and much laughter. It was October, and the group of plein air painters had pulled over to the side of the road and snuck between fence lines to paint the glowing cliffs.

      The backcountry of Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, is luminous and ancient. It is a landscape of paradoxes for the human soul: simultaneously fleeting and eternal. While now an expanse of desert canyons and cliffs, it used to be part of an ocean, the shorelines are preserved to this day. Ghost Ranch’s duality of being both rich in color and architectural elements, yet honed down to its essence, has captivated artist Barbara Coleman for much of her life. To begin coming to terms with this place, much less paint it, the artist must become unflinchingly present to the shining cliffs, radiant shadows and vast, cobalt sky; and then give herself completely away to them. The poet David Whyte writes: “Sometimes it takes a great sky to find that first, bright and indescribable wedge of freedom in your own heart.” This place, and this great sky, has that kind of power to create freedom of expression.

      On that sunny afternoon, laughter slowly gave way to intense focus and solitude as Barbara painted several studies, gathering her color notes and ideas to guide her future work. Afternoon flowed swiftly into evening and Venus hung brightly in the sky as she finished capturing the study that would later become A Thousand Faces.

      A Thousand Faces is part of the Oil Painters of America Virtual Western Regional Show hosted by Illume Gallery of Fine Art in St. George, Utah. It is available for purchase through Illume Gallery.

      Connect with Barbara online!
      Facebook Barbara (McReynolds) Coleman
      Instagram @barbaracolemanartist

      Barbara is a member of these art organizations:
      Oil Painters of America
      Pastel Society of America, Signature Member
      Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, Signature Member, Membership Director
      Women Artists of the West, Associate Member

      Oil Painters of America 29th National Juried Exhibition, RS Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, Texas

      Oil Painters of America Virtual Western Regional Exhibition, Illume Gallery of Fine Art, St. George, Utah

      ArtsThrive Art Exhibition, Albuquerque Art Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico

      Juried Members Online Exhibition, Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, Blumenschein Museum, Taos, New Mexico

    • 10 Aug 2020 2:25 PM | Karen Halbert (Administrator)

      An all outdoor pastel and oil workshop in beautiful Sedona with the Master Painter, Albert Handell. Workshop Coordinator, Michael Chesley Johnson.

      For more information head to Albert's website:

      Dates & Price

      11/16/2020 - 11/19/2020


      Sky Ranch Lodge
      1105 Airport Rd.
      Sedona, AZ, New Mexico 86336
      United States

      Contact Info

      Albert Handell

    • 28 Jul 2020 12:34 PM | Karen Halbert (Administrator)

      PAPNM member, Ruth Marcanti, will be having a two-person show at the Jemez Springs Fine Art Gallery from August 7-20. There will be a reception on Saturday, August 8, from 2-4 pm. Exhibiting along with Ruth will be ceramic artist Jaymes Dudding who specializes in both wheel thrown and sculptural pieces.

    • 23 Jul 2020 4:27 PM | Karen Halbert (Administrator)

      PAPNM Members in the Albuquerque Museum Arts Thrive Show: Peggy Immel, Katherine Irish and Barbara Coleman. Congratulations. Other member participants?  Please inform the News Chair. 

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    • Art in America
    • International Artist Magazine.

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