Dawn Chandler's Spring Studio Notes ~ Spring 2014
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A new studio, new paintings, new prints, new events and new adventures­­—lots of NEWs humming in my creative world this summery, blustery, wintery, calm, mild, windy, frosty, fragrant constantly changing MAY!  HAPPY SPRING!


August 2 - September 13
Dawn Chandler: The Outback Series
presented by Salon X
226 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos, NM
Opening Reception Saturday, August 2, 6-8pm


The Trail to Pueblano ~ Philmont
Shop here and enter coupon code 25Spring14 for 25% off all prints now through May 31.


noun \ˈstü-dē-(ˌ)ō, ˈstyü-\

: the building or room where an artist works  
[Webster's Dictionary]

The word studio is derived from the Italian: studio, from Latin: studium, from studere, meaning to study or zeal.

The French term for studio, atelier in addition to designating an artist's studio is used to characterize the studio of a fashion designer. Atelier also has the connotation of being the home of an alchemist or wizard.
[The Wiki]

While most of you were shoveling snow this winter, the stars aligned and moved me into a cool little loft with a gorgeous studio in the heart of old Santa Fe. Thirty+ trips in my car hauling 50+ Rubbermade tubs of art supplies along with my father's vast (1500+ !!) classical CD collection, made for a chaotic, unsettled early new year. It was well worth the trouble, for I am elated to be settled and working in my new spacious, big-walled, high-ceiling, easily accessible studio, thriving in the light and great music!
Please note my new mailing address: PO Box 32448, Santa Fe, NM 87594

new mexico notes

Been having fun this spring creating these quick little 5" x 7" plein air (from life) oil paintings in and around Santa Fe and Albuquerque. My palette is made up of  just 3 colors —alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow medium— + white. Normally priced @ $200 each, I'm offering these presently for just $100 each, shipping included. Keep an eye to my FaceBook page for the latest as they become available.

did you know?

There are places where artists can go free of charge to focus for extended periods of time on their work. Known as creative residency programs, these artist sanctuaries are founded often by benefactors or other entities with a passion for the arts. Most creative residencies are located in places of extraordinary beauty [the National Parks system hosts several] or places of cultural importance.
The Artist-In-Resdence cabin at Denali National Park.
Some of the oldest such programs in the US are Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY founded in 1900 and the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH, founded in 1906. Both were established by wealthy art patrons who themselves had a creative flair. In the case of Yaddo's founders, financier Spencer Trask and his wife Katrina, after the tragic deaths of their four children, found themselves without heirs and decided to devote their estate in support of artists. Transformed into a haven for painters, poets, writers and composers to pursue their heart’s work, Yaddo has provided room, board, “uninterrupted time, good conditions, and a supportive community” to a century of artists. Over the course of eleven decades Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony have housed scores of the most celebrated creative minds known in our time including Aaron Copeland, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Alice Walker, Milton Avery, Philip Roth and Dozier Bell.
The Trask Mansion of Yaddo.
One of the studios at the MacDowell Colony.

Thanks to the influence of Yaddo and places like it, some 100+ residency programs exist in the US alone. One of the newest is Playa, located about two hours southeast of Bend, Oregon, in the heart of the Oregon Outback. Here, each resident is provided a lovely cabin and work space in which to create. The lucky recipient of a five week residency fellowship, I was honored to spend last November at Playa developing my new “Outback Series” of paintings.

The work developing in my new studio right now stems directly from—and is, indeed a continuation of—this exciting series of paintings I created at Playa. See some of these "Outback Series" paintings below.  Or read more about my Playa experience here and view my slideshow of it here.
Playa Creative Residency, with my cabin—Diablo—in the center of the photo.

the outback series

Pictured below is a small selection of some of the paintings I created during my Playa residency, and which will be on exhibit at Salon X in Taos this August (see events above for details about the Taos show.) In these paintings I'm attempting to unify my two painting styles: traditional landscape with mixed media abstraction.
Incorporated in these works are the thoughts—the words—people generously sent to me in response to my query, "What have you learned from your experiences in Nature?" as part of my on-going Have You Gazed? Project.**

(**Never sent in your response? Have further thoughts you'd like to share? There's still time; your thoughts are most welcome. I'd love to hear from you.)

sketchbook musings

Why not? Just for fun....some random pages from my sketchbooks....some observed visions, some imagined....

check it out

If you find yourself in the Houston "Hobby" airport in the coming weeks, be sure to check out the Postcards from the Road exhibit—surely the most emotionally moving art exhibit I've seen in years. For this exhibit is of art created by children with cancer and blood disorders, who are being treated at the Texas Children's Cancer and Hematology Centers.
Such a collection of color and dreams and hope and heart! Large colorful postcards are provided to viewers of the exhibit, who are encouraged to write a note to the artist of their favorite work. Over 25,000 postcards have been sent to these extraordinary artists, with messages like these:

“I was walking through Hobby Airport and stopped to look at the art work. Your picture of the bare tree is beautiful – but not nearly as beautiful as your heart. Thank you for sharing. My life is better today than yesterday.”

“You are beautiful. I am a stage 4 cancer survivor of over 11 years. You will definitely survive and thrive and be stronger inside and out and help to change the world.”

Sponsored by the Periwinkle Foundation, more details about the Postcards from the Road exhibit can be on their website at

words to live by

I don't wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.*
— Pearl S. Buck

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.*
— Aristotle

*as quoted in Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus & Sharpen Your Creative Mind,  Edited by Jocelyn K. Glei.

random wilson pic

'Just 'cause she's cool....
noun: gratitude
the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

Thank you for reading my newsletter...for buying my art when you're able...for encouraging me with your interest in and enthusiasm for my art.
I couldn't live this Artist's life without you good people!
Copyright © Dawn Chandler 2014, All rights reserved.

Oh look! This is the very tiny print at the bottom of the page. I wonder if anyone ever reads it? Let's test it, shall we? Email me a direct message with the answer to this question—What three colors do I use + white?—and I'll enter your name in an off-the cuff raffle for a cool little plein air painting of my choosing. Raffle (name drawn out of a pith helmet) to be conducted the first week of June in my possibly at a local brewery,....with Wilson bearing witness.

And remember: For detailed insight in what goes on in my studio, follow my studio blog at

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