Dawn Chandler's Studio Art Notes ~ Spring 2015
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Taos Rain oil painting by artist Dawn Chandler
Taos Rain ~ oil on canvas ~ 8" x 10"
happy spring!

And what a happy spring indeed we're having in New Mexico! Our windiest, driest and dustiest season is being trumped with cool and moist weather, promising a much milder fire season than we've seen in years. The birds and I are jumping for joy in the puddles of rain, as we try not to think too much about climate change... Meanwhile the clouds, flowers and trees are gorgeous!
Lots to share this season art-wise. Scroll down to see new landscapes, both traditional and abstract, new prints and note cards, the much-anticipated random Wilson pic, and, of course, the winners of the most recent Wee Little Contests. Whoop-Yeah!
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new winners! (part 1)
Early Evening Along the Santa Fe River, oil painting by artist Dawn Chandler
Congratulations to John Weibeke of the Hoozier State for reading the last newsletter very carefully, finding and entering the wee little contest, and having his name drawn out of The Esteemed Pith Helmet! His prize? This sweet 5" x 7" plein air oil painting Early Evening Along the Santa Fe River Trail.
Who won the big year-end prize? Scroll down, Dear Reader!
new from the outback series
Remember Me, mixed media painting by artist Dawn Chandler
I Am My Curiosity, mixed media painting by artist Dawn Chandler
Look Around, mixed media painting by artist Dawn Chandler
Clockwise from top: Remember Me, mixed media on canvas, 24" x 48; Look Around, mixed media on panel, 6" x 6";  I Am My Curiosity, mixed media on panel, 6" x 6".
new traditional landscapes
Clouds Over The Collegiate Range, oil painting by artist Dawn Chandler
The Road to Santa Fe oil painting by artist Dawn Chandler
Springtime Evening Taos, New Mexico, oil painting by artist Dawn Chandler
Clockwise from top left: The Wall of the Tetons, oil on panel, 16" x 20"; Clouds Over the Collegiate Range, oil on panel, 16" x 20"; Springtime Evening - Taos, oil on panel, 16" x 20"; The Road to Santa Fe, oil on panel, 16" x 20".
my new fav
Istagram Profile for TaosDawn - artist Dawn Chandler
Why do I love Instagram? Because it's incredibly visually stimulating, inspiring and upbeat, without the drama, politics and soap boxes of some other social media.
My rule? NO BAD PICS. Taking to heart some good advice, I follow primarily Instagrammers who post inspiring, engaging, interesting or otherwise excellent pics. And my promise to my followers? NO BAD PICS. No selfies, no food pics, no family and friend pics UNLESS they are inspiring, engaging, interesting or otherwise excellent pics. That's my aim, at least.
To see a near daily account of the this artist's visual world come find me at
did you know?
A few years ago a close friend from far away came to visit me. She knew that I had been struggling somewhat to support myself as an artist, and that I’d also recently embarked on a new body of artwork about which I was quite excited. We went down into my studio and, as I showed her my recent art creations, she suddenly became overcome with emotion, and struggled to hold back her tears.
Remarkably this has happened at least twice more with two other far-away friends on two separate occasions who had the same reaction to my artwork.
At the time, I chocked their emotional responses to my art to be simply that of a deep caring for me as a friend, and a heartfelt desire for me to succeed as an artist.
But in addition to that, it could be that they were experiencing a mild form of Stendahl Syndrome, a psychological condition that some people experience when they are in the presence of art or even a feature of Nature that they consider to be of exceptional beauty.
Also known as hyperkulturemia, art fever, and Florence Syndrome, the condition has been observed most keenly among tourists in the museums of Florence, Italy, and especially in the Uffizi Gallery which houses some of the greatest works of art in the world.
One of the splendid galleries of the Uffizi Museum in Florence, Italy
The one of the splendid galleries in the Uffizi, Florence Italy.
The name Stendahl comes from the 19th century French writer of the same pen name who first wrote of the condition when he himself was visiting Florence’s Bascillica of Santa Croce in 1817 and viewed for the first time the frescoes of Giotto.
The Bascillica of Santa Croce, Florence
The Bascillica of Santa Croce, Florence
Upon seeing the Giottos, he was overcome with emotion:

“I was in a sort of ecstasy, from the idea of being in Florence, close to the great men whose tombs I had seen. Absorbed in the contemplation of sublime beauty...I reached the point where one encounters celestial sensations ... Everything spoke so vividly to my soul.... Life was drained from me. I walked with the fear of falling.”

Others can experience much more severe — though always temporary — symptoms of elevated heart rate, jitters, dizziness and hallucinations.
The Coronation of the Virgin, by Giotto
Giotto's Coronation of the Virgin, c.1365
If I've ever experienced Stendahl’s Syndrome, it has not been in the presence of visual art, but rather music. The first time I ever heard Rachmaninov’s Voskres iz groba from his All-Night Vigil it completely arrested me. If I had heard that piece of music before, it had not been for some decades, and when I heard it now — as though for the first time — I felt a rush of emotion. Thoughts of my late parents hit me like a wave, as though they were suddenly present. It was, quite literally, staggering.

Now I listen to this piece of music quite often, and, though I'm able to steady myself, it still takes my breath away. [Have a listen yourself here]
Be still my beating heart!
If you ever you visit my studio and you should start to feel faint and experience heart palpitations, dizziness and strong emotions, I'll take it as a good sign.
I might even play some Rachmaninov.
check it out!
Cappaert Contemporary Gallery
If you find yourself in Door County, Wisconsin between now and November (LUCKY YOU!) be sure to stop by Cappaert Contemporary Gallery and check to check out the art — including mine! I'm delighted to have been invited by gallery owner/artist Ginnie Cappaert to be part of her wonderful new gallery. Ginnie and I became acquainted a couple of years ago via Pinterest, of all places, and have since become friends and art colleagues. Check out her art, mine and more at 7901 State Hwy 42, Egg Harbor, Wisconsin.
new winners! (part 2)
As mentioned earlier, If you read these Studio Notes very carefully, you'll find a wee little contest tucked inside. Everyone who finds it and plays along has their name written on a slip of paper, which is then placed in the Esteemed Pith Helmet. At some point a few weeks after the release of the latest Studio Notes, I draw a name out of The Helmet eh voila! The winner gets a little 5" x 7" original plein air oil painting.

At the end of the year ALL of the names the year's wee little contest contestants are tossed together in the Esteemed Pith Helmet and one name is drawn for a SWEET  8" x 10" original oil painting by yours truly — a $400 value! (and which is only going to increase in value, of course ;)

And so — without further ado — it is my pleasure to announce the First Annual Big Pith* Winner:

Matthew Terribile of North Carolina!

Congratulations Matthew for winning this darn cool 8" x 10" oil painting, Summer Sky Over Miami, New Mexico!

*Might not want to say that too fast...
Summer Sky Over Miami, New Mexico, oil painting by artist Dawn Chandler
new in the gallery store
New Mexico Landscape Note Cards by artist Dawn Chandler
Note Cards
The New Mexico Landscape Series, 1
Six of my recent northern New Mexico landscape oil paintings gorgeously printed on heavy stock with accompanying self-adhesive envelope. For more details and to order shop here
Heading HOmE to the High Country
Limited Edition Prints
Heading HOmE to the High Country
Available in two sizes
Small (7.5" x 10") — $95
Medium (14" x 21") — $225
For more details and to order shop here
words to live by
A picture is nothing but a bridge between the soul of the artist and that of the spectator.

~ Eugene Delacroix

Whatever you are meant to do, do it now; the conditions are always impossible.

~ Doris Lessing
random wilson pic

just cause she's cool
Wilson, the World's Best Pup
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!
Congratulations! You found the small print at the bottom of the page. which means you've found the infamous wee little contest!
Here's how to play:
Email me — — a direct message with the answers to the following questions, the answers of which are found in this issue of my Studio Notes newsletter:

1) What are two names for psychosomatic art fever?
2) Where is Dawn’s latest gallery located and what’s it called?
3) Which is your favorite of the paintings featured in this edition of Studio Art Notes (You have to choose one!)

Shoot me a message with the answers and your name will be entered in an off-the cuff raffle for a cool little 5" x 7" plein air painting of my choosing. Raffle (name drawn by me out of The Esteemed Pith Helmet) to be conducted sometime this summer and in my studio with Wilson bearing witness. One entry per newsletter, per person. HOWEVER regardless of whether or not you win THIS time, you still have a great chance at winning a painting—an even bigger one!—at the end of the year. For, each time you enter one of these wee-little contests, your name is added to the end-of-the-year drawing; so the more times you play, the more chances you have of winning! Pretty cool, huh? But please don't spill the beans and tell others the answers to my little quiz questions. Sure, forward my newsletter all you want, but mum's the word about the contest, okay?

Seal up your lips and give no words but mum.
Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 2


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