Friday, April 8, 2016

Still Available Borrego Springs Plein Air Invitational Work:

Pictured here are Available Borrego Springs Plein Air Paintings.  For pricing and more available work, visit my website, http://ritapacheco.com
"Borrego Romance" 9" x 12" oil on linen panel

"From the Shadows" 9" x 12" oil on linen panel

"Air Plein Mini" 5" x 7" oil on birch panel

"Welcome Oasis" 11" x 14" oil on panel

"Early Borrego"  8" x 10" oil on linen panel

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Borrego Springs Plein Air Invitational

 The 10th Annual Borrego Springs Plein Air Painting Invitational was wonderful, the desert was glorious this Spring!  15 artists painted the small town of Borrego Springs, and it's surrounding desert which is the largest State Park in the United States! Many of the artists stayed with "host families", who graciously shared their homes, and even helped us with locating some iconic and in some cases hard to find locations to paint.  At the end of the week, the Borrego Art Institute showcased over 100 brand new plein air paintings!  Pictured here are most of the paintings I produced. When the show is over, (March 31st) I'll post my remaining (unsold) paintings on my website for sale.  If you get a chance to visit the desert before the end of the week, you are in for a treat! The Borrego Art Institute is a beautiful state of the art building in the center of town, at Christmas Circle.  Here's the link to their website http://www.borregoartinstitute.org

"Air Plein" 11" x 14" oil on linen, and awarded an Honorable Mention Ribbon by Juror Shannon O'Dunn

"Borrego Romance" 9" x 12" oil on linen panel

"Carlee's" 8" x 8" oil on linen panel

"Early Borrego"  8" x 10" oil on linen panel

"Ocotillo Garden" 12" x 12" oil on linen panel

"Ruby Red"  11" x 14" oil on linen panel

"Second Chance" 9" x 12" oil on linen panel

"Welcome Oasis"  11" x 14" oil on linen panel

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

California Art Club 105th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition

I am deeply honored that The California Art Club has invited me to display among other distinguished painters at the 105th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition.

AUTRY MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN WEST
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, California  90027

Exhibition Dates: April 3-April 24, 2016
Museum Hours: 
Tuesday-Friday, 10:00am-4:00pm
Saturday-Sunday, 10:00am-5:00pm
Closed Monday

Artists' Gala Reception:
Saturday, April 2, 2016, 6:00pm



"Drawing Buddies" is 8" x 10", and depicts three of my young drawing students.  I've enjoyed teaching an after school enrichment program now for several years, and have been continually impressed with and inspired by the freshness and creativity of the children.  I hoped to convey their childlike approach to drawing, with eagerness and determination in each of their faces.  Drawing can be such a stimulating and rewarding activity, and one that I like to share and encourage in children.  

Thursday, June 4, 2015

A short trip to New England

During my five-day stay in Arlington, MA, I got a chance to paint a few plein air works, and plenty of photo reference for work in the studio at home.  I stayed with my gracious niece and her family, who selflessly schlepped me from location to location to paint their area.  My son (pictured in my studio piece, "Take My Hand") even visited from nearby New York!  The weather couldn't have been more perfect, and I had a great time!
"Classic New England Home" 8" x 10" oil on linen panel

"Take Me Home" 8" x 8" from a beautiful morning in Winchester, MA This church was beautiful from a distance, but no clear shot of it, since the trees blocked much of it's view from the park.  I opted for this "cropped view", showing the beautiful red door and steps leading up to it instead!

"Thy Presence, My Light" 8" x 10" This was another historical church in the Winchester area, right behind a Starbucks where I enjoyed a hot cup of coffee to warm my hands. The morning was cool, but once I got going, I forgot all about that and enjoyed painting the patterns of light and shadow created by this scene.

"Take My Hand" 12" x 16" oil on linen panel (This one's not for sale) From photo reference of my son and his sweet friend walking ahead of me at the Wright-Locke Farm in Winchester, MA. 

"All That's Good"  8" x 8" oil on canvas panel From a glorious morning at the Wright-Locke Farm in Winchester, MA  The building was the farm house, and it was absolutely stunning in the morning light, along side this old tree and it's shadows falling on the path and side of the farm house.  

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Borrego Springs Plein Air Invitational, March 2014

For the second year, I was honored to be among 15 artists invited to participate in the Borrego Springs Event.  Borrego Springs is a beautifully preserved National Natural Landmark. In fact it's the largest Desert Park in the United States! The paintings I personally created were a joy to paint, and my hope is that you enjoy viewing the body of work that all of the artists help to create this past week, and bring one or two paintings home with you! Here are some of mine in progression.  The invitational is sponsored by the Borrego Art Institute, and 50% of proceeds from sales go to support childrens' art programs at the Institute.  The Invitational artwork will be displayed and available for sale until March 31, 2015
"Rain Rain, Go Away" 9" x 12", from our first day of painting.  While it was raining off and on, I stepped outside of the condo where I was staying and was drawn to this bougainvillea and the patterns the drying rain created on the concrete.


By tuesday, the rain had cleared, and I couldn't wait to paint this dragon sculpture! This is one of the (2) views I painted of this magnificent metal sculpture.  The serpent extends over both sides of the highway; appearing to dive in and out of the sand.


This is "Hacienda del Sol",an iconic and historical hotel in beautiful "down town" Borrego!  It's 9" x 12"

Here's one of the (three) places of worship along Church Lane. "The Desert will be Glad"  8" x 10"


"Wheels Down" 11" x 14"; This is a "sky-van", which I understand is a very slow and noisy plane, but it sure was fun to paint!

"Airstream Living" 8" x 10" oil on linen, painted at a great little "retro RV park" on  Palm Canyon.  Last year, I had fun painting an even older model, and it was sold. I couldn't wait to get back there and paint a different one this year!  

I was thrilled to have been awarded an "Honorable Mention" for my desert painting, which I titled, "Borrego Sun-Down"  12" x 12"




Monday, August 11, 2014

The Debra Huse Gallery's "Just Plein Fun" Invitational

I was thrilled to have been invited to the "Just Plein Fun" Invitational this year, sponsored by the Debra Huse Gallery!  The week was very enjoyable, painting side by side with the other invited painters; many of whom were already good friends and some became new friends. The weather was glorious for painting; some sunny, and some hazy days.  I'm posting just a bit of the week's work below.  Here I am painting an overcast version of the ferris wheel at the Fun Zone, which was a short ferry ride across the harbor.  While I painted, people enjoyed their day; riding the ferris wheel or jumping on the bungie/jump trampoline or getting in line for a harbor cruise.
"Fun Zone" in the works, Thank you Toni Williams for the photo!
This piece was sold the day after I painted it, at the Debra Huse Gallery, and awarded a First Place Ribbon by our esteemed Juror, Jean Stern, who is the Executive Director a the Irvine Museum!  For a better photo of the finished piece, and the other winning paintings, visit https://www.facebook.com/debrahusegallery?ref=stream&fref=nf

"Bay Front View" 9" x 12" available at the Debra Huse Gallery
This one, painted on Monday morning I called "Bay Front View". Even though I brought my iPod, full of all my favorite music, I enjoyed listening to the sound of the water splashing against the boats and the beach-goers chatting as they passed on the sidewalk behind me, often asking me for my "autograph" for their Debra Huse Gallery "Passport".  The passports were to be signed by all the participating artists during the week, then turned in to the Gallery on Saturday for a drawing to win a free painting.  This was a great idea, and the community participated!  Even kids enjoyed the game of finding the artists stationed around the island on any given day, and we artists appreciated the interest!


"The Original Frozen Banana" 8" x 8", available at the Debra Huse Gallery
Here's one of my "Balboa City-Scenes", "The Original Frozen Banana".  This is only one of the two shops that claim to be "the original", and the one I decided to paint since I fell in love this it's cute retro-looking sign.  I also happened to have sampled one of their frozen bananas and it was delicious!  

"107 Amethyst" 16" x 12" oil on linen, available a the Debra Huse Gallery

 This was one of the larger paintings I created during the week; "107 Amethyst".  I was drawn to the shapes created by the light and shadow patterns on this spanish style home, and as I painted I learned that this was one of the remaining original homes of the Island.


"Afternoon Light"  8" x 10" oil on canvas, available at the Debra Huse Gallery


"Afternoon Light", painted in, you guessed it, afternoon light!  There's nothing better than crisp white fabric in the sunlight, except where it's highlighted by some complimentary purple shadows!  This, and the relaxing mood created by the soft splashing of the water made this another enjoyable experience!


"The Capitol", sold
Toward the end of the week, there was a sandcastle contest at the beach.  I had stationed myself in front of these two darling boys, not realizing that they were going to produce the best sandcastle of the lot!  I am witness to the fact that the brothers had absolutely no adult help to create this piece, "The Capitol" in about an hour's time!  Happily, their mother purchased my little painting of them, also titled "The Capitol". What a sweet morning, to watch and listen to children working together and being creative! 

"The Fire Engine", sold
I chose to paint the fire engine at the end of Marine Avenue for the Brush Off.  This is a gem of an engine, dating to 1920!  It was a thrill to paint, and happily the painting was sold at the ceremony directly after the Brush Off!  I am especially grateful to the fireman who accompanied me and my painting buddy, Kristen Olsen while we worked (the fire engine could not be left un-supervised) and to the captain working that day who graciously moved his truck to a nearby (but maybe not so legal) parking spot so we could stand in front of the engine. Who knew that parking here in Balboa Island for the fire fighters is as difficult as for us civilians and they even get tickets!  
To see my other paintings from the event, visit my website http://www.ritapacheco.com
or better yet-visit all of the artists' work in person at the Debra Huse Gallery 229 Marine Avenue, Ste E, Newport Beach, CA 92662 949 723-6171  The exhibit will be up until Labor Day!


Friday, July 18, 2014

Telluride and Aspen Plein Air Events June/July, 2014

The Colorado Plein Air Invitationals were a huge success, and in fact I just learned that I was one of the TOP Sellers in Telluride!  I was thankful to have my husband and daughter travel with me, and I'm happy to say that they were able to have fun of their own while  I painted each town.
Here we are at the Fourth of July Sale in town near the Telluride Sheridan Opera House.
Several of my sold paintings in Telluride included iconic turn of the century homes like this one, titled "Telluride Charm" 6" x 8"
(which is still available by the way).  The historic architecture there is just beautifully "classic", and offers a sweet connection to America's past.
"Colorado Avenue" in the works...
"Telluride Daily Planet;front page!"

"Colorado Avenue"
"Colorado Avenue"  12" x 9" (still available) was created during the event, and above it is an article picturing it's development that made the front cover of the Telluride Daily Planet! 
"Morning Delivery", sold
The "Quick Draw" took place on the thursday before the Fourth of July.  A "quick draw"  is actually not a "drawing" but an organized painting competition, where the invited artists are asked to paint in a designated area for a designated amount of time. (this one was two hours, beginning at 10:00am sharp).  I chose to paint the side of this restored home/restaurant behind the park, where I spied and did some quick sketching and note taking to record a beautiful old pick up truck with it's delivery trailer behind. (We couldn't technically begin our paintings until 10am, and this delivery was made around 9:30am; which left me without "live" reference while I painted)  Here is a photo of "Morning Delivery" when it was almost finished, and sold at auction to a very sweet collector after the event.
"Bill Langford's Kayaks", sold
We stayed at the Telluride Lodging, and happened to see these fabulous kayaks parked pretty consistently outside our rental unit.  Both my husband and I noticed the view as the morning light streamed from behind the adjacent buildings and over the tops of the mountain beyond. I was surprised and delighted that the owner of the kayaks (and an absolute gem of a human being; in his retirement, Bill volunteers his time and the use of his kayaks to helping the disabled enjoy water sports in Telluride) was watching me paint it, and later "Bill Langford's Kayaks" was purchased as a gift for him from a sweet family friend at the Artists' Reception.  It's meeting people like this, and touching the lives of people who are such a huge contribution to our world that make this whole "plein air circuit thing" a thrill for me!  

"Fourth of July Fun", sold
Another thrill:  One of the "flappers" I painted from my husband's photo reference from 2012 happened to find herself AND HER SISTER (what are the chances??!) in my studio piece, titled "Fourth of July Fun"!  Above, "Shine" (short for Sunshine which I assure you is a fitting name!) is holding her new painting, her son at her left and husband at my right.  
"The Red Onion in progress"

"The Red Onion"  12" x 12", sold

Two delightful new collectors with their new paintings!
I met some new friends while I painted the town of Aspen, Colorado.  Blaine and Newton stood behind me while I painted a few of my works, offering encouragement.  Here they are at the weekend sale with their new paintings, "Ski Lifts from Hunter" (my quick draw) and "The Red Onion".  Here are a few of my "still available" pieces from Aspen:
"Fountain Fun"  11" x 14" oil on linen (still available!)

"Gondolas from Hunter"  12" x 9" oil on linen (still available!)

"Justice Snow's"  10" x 8" oil on linen (still available!)


"Aspen Dining"  14" x 11" oil on linen (still available!)

"White House Tavern"  10" x 8" oil on canvas (still available!)