Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Toe in the Water - Posting Miniature Paintings

Toe in the Water - Recent Miniature Paintings

Family and Friends,

Well, this blog IS titled "Photography*Art*Travel - P*A*T", (with special sentiment, as Pat also my mother's first name). Over the past year, I've posted lots of photographs and written about some travel adventures, so I suppose it's now time to screw up my courage to share a little of my own watercolor artwork . In case you hadn't guessed, it's MUCH easier for me to post photographs from my little cell phone camera or "good" camera, and write about a place or an adventure, than it is to share my fledgling artistic efforts with those I don't know well. That's probably because I am comfortable with my previous identities as adventure traveler, physician, photographer and writer, but not so much as an artist. 

So, here goes.....

Every April in our state, we have a "Masterworks of NM" Exhibition. It is a combination show of the NM Watercolor Society, the NM Pastel Society and the Rio Grande Art Assn. (oil, acrylic and mixed media) held at the EXPO-NM Fairgrounds. Each society is allotted space for about 45 full sized paintings. There are additional categories for Miniature paintings in various media, as well as sculpture and other 3 dimensional items. There is also a traveling show of tiny, tiny miniatures (think brushes with 3 hairs) from artists around the country.

This year, for the first time, I decided to enter 4 works in the miniature category. Though selections have not yet been made, the 4 works below represent my entries. The painted image size is 3.5" x 5", and outside/framed dimensions are about 5x7. This is my first foray into miniatures and it was rather fun to paint (in watercolor)  a small subject with the SW architectural themes I love and lots of detail. 

Enjoy and wish me luck!

"Orlando's Sunny Window" (Restaurant in Taos)

"Lilac Entrada" (Composite of several gates in Santa Fe)

"Back in the Day" (Exterior of Martinez Hacienda, Taos)

"Canyon Ruins" (Composite of church ruins)

All the best to you all and Happy Easter to those of you who celebrate it!

Barbara McGuire


  1. These are stunning! Keeping my fingers crossed for 1st prize!

  2. Hi Barbara,
    These are all exquisite, you should definitely win.
    Buena suerte.

  3. Love the pictures - Congradulations