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  • 26 Oct 2017 5:56 PM | Melody Sears

    I am very honored to have had Marc Hanson award my painting finalist for the September Master Class category in the on-line Art Muse Contest.
    Marc had these kind words to say about the piece; "I can feel the light as it touches the very tops of the upper edges of the rocks and then sinks into the shadows of the depths of the canyon. Richard’s knowledge of the geography is not understated, but doesn’t over shadow the cohesion of the whole. I really like the use of textural brushwork in the mid-ground and foreground vegetation and rocks to give the painting a lot of depth."

  • 26 Oct 2017 5:43 PM | Melody Sears

    PAPNM Artist Member Peter Grab had artwork selected for the Fav15% in the FASO BoldBrush competition for October. His 10x8 oil is called Daughter of the Sun.

  • 04 Oct 2017 1:32 PM | Melody Sears

    Susan McCullough won the Artists Choice Award for the Plein Air Artists Colorado national juried show at Mary Williams Fine Arts in Boulder, CO on September 8, 2017. The painting’s title is “The Zapata” and the show runs until October 7, 2017. 

  • 01 Sep 2017 12:14 PM | Melody Sears

    "IMMEL + IMMEL - Our New Mexico"
    Sept 2 - 17, 2017 opening Reception: Sat Sept 2, 2017 5-7PM
    Wilder Nightingale Fine Art, Taos NM

  • 31 Aug 2017 12:55 PM | Melody Sears


    Two workshops with Louise Minks are available at Warwick Conference Center, Warwick, NY

    Road Scholar class, Sept. 24-29

    Leisure Studies "Autumn Focus" Master Class, Oct. 22-27, 2017

    Lodging and all meals are included in a beautiful historic lodge located in the lower Catskills with indoor and outdoor painting opportunities.  $540 dbl, or $615 sgl. Registration details available on my website:; Questions:;  413-367-2800

  • 26 Aug 2017 6:28 PM | Melody Sears

    Maryann McGraw is now a signature member of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico. Congratulations, Maryann!

  • 01 Aug 2017 4:55 PM | Melody Sears

    August is for cloud lovers!

    Do you need a jump start to get in more plein air painting time this summer, perhaps to produce that prize winning painting for an upcoming show or just to to get back into the groove of painting outdoors? Why not set aside next Friday, Saturday and Sunday for spending time painting the beautiful August skies of New Mexico during my Clouds & Sky in the Landscape workshop! Not only will you be with others who just want to get out and paint, but you will have an opportunity to pick up some pointers on painting clouds and skies and receive quality one-to-one time with your instructor, moi! All of this for a mere $200.

    August might be our last good month for painting spectacular cumulus build-ups this year. Commit to attending this fun three-day event, and expect to boost your painting skill level as we discuss: how to impart luminosity in skies; strengthen compositions with effective placement of shapes; linear and atmospheric perspective; and enhancing mood with creative use of color. What better place to do that than first hand outdoors. Cool high country locations, such as Jemez Springs, Valles Caldera and the east mountains, as well as Elena Gallegos Open Space are under consideration as paintout locations for this workshop. We will have some flexibility to decide as a group where to paint. Don't miss out on this opportunity. Register by contacting me directly.

    Current and new students are welcome.

    Clouds & Sky in the Landscape Workshop with Tom Blazier
    August 4 - 6 (Friday - Sunday)
    Time: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    Location: Albuquerque foothills, higher elevations, some studio time (near Juan Tabo and Menaul).
    Cost: $200.
    To register, contact me at , or call 505-323-2246.

    Thanks so much, and I hope you will attend this fun workshop with fellow cloud lovers!

    Tom Blazier

  • 01 Aug 2017 4:29 PM | Melody Sears

    Plein Air Workshop with Jane Hunt

    September 15, 16, 17 Longmont, Colorado - $395 all levels

    More information:

    What you will learn:

    • ·       How to create and stick to a value plan
    • ·       Composition strategies for the field
    • ·       How to choose an effective focal point
    • ·       How to deal with the changing light
    • ·       How to simplify your palette and mix colorful greys to unify your painting
    • ·       How to use atmosphere and perspective to your advantage
    • ·       How to use plein air to improve your studio work
    • ·       And much more…

     Jane Hunt is a Master Signature Member of PAPNM, a Signature Member of LPAPA, WAOW and PAAC.  She is 2017 Plein Air Convention faculty and a demonstrator/speaker at the 2017 OPA National Exhibition.  Hunt’s award winning paintings have been exhibited in dozens of galleries and museums internationally and she is represented by notable galleries in the US as well as her native England.

  • 30 Jul 2017 12:28 PM | Melody Sears

    Hello Painters & Friends!
    Please see attached flyer for my upcoming Workshop in Albuquerque, NM, September 16-17, Saturday & Sunday~ "PAINTING THE AUTUMN LANDSCAPE."  This will be a great kick-off for your winter-studio painting, getting you grounded, as we all need to do regularly, back to simple, well-designed shapes in correct color values.
    Let me know when you register with Harwood, so that I can email you the Supply List.

    I hope to see you soon!!!


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