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New Paintings Finished in June

I was able to reach my goal of 4 – 5 finished paintings.

June was a good month, I got a lot done. Finished three older paintings from Santa Fe: the “Enchanted Circle” Series. Plus four new paintings and worked with the terrific people at La Playa Gallery in La Jolla Shores to include my jewelry and paintings in their Summer Solstice art show. My painting “High Country: The Protector” won First Place in the Escondido Municipal Gallery show “Local Color”.

Photo Bomb Fox by Cathy Carey ©2014

Photo Bomb Fox by Cathy Carey ©2014

“Photo Bomb Fox”

Oil 20″ x 24″ $1200 framed $1100 unframed Available From La Playa Gallery now!

Another fox in the series based on my sketches and watercolors done at the Laguna Botanical Garden, on the property of the St Regis. The little smug face on this guy reminded me of the humorous “photo bomb” pics. All the texture and color that race through this painting are how I see Laguna Beach. Such an art community, if you dig into the ground a little bit, you hit bedrocks of pure color.

On display at the La Playa Gallery for the Summer Solstice show though August. La Playa Gallery, 2226 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, CA 92037, Ph: 858-454-6903

Jeweled Garden by the Sea by Cathy Carey ©2014

Jeweled Garden by the Sea by Cathy Carey ©2014

“Jeweled Garden”

Oil 20″ x 24″ $1200 framed $1100 unframed

Part of the Seaside Botanical Garden series. The colors in this are shimmering jewel tones – for La Jolla. Seen from above looking through the flowering branches, the shore line in the background is the La Jolla Shores coast. The little fox sitting under the tree in the back, is calmly watching the magic carpet of color whirl and dance around him. In the foreground, just under the green agave and to the left, I wrote FOX in the swirling strokes. I’ve always thought of these brushstrokes as calligraphy, and sometimes write actual words in the patterns. The shapes originally came from only painting the edges of some of the succulents. Now they have taken on a life of their own!


Oil 30″ x  30″ $1980 gallery wrapped canvas

In May, my assistant Isabel and I went to Santa Fe to deliver some new paintings to The Ranch at Taos Gallery, and we did several road trips. This is from one of them. We spent a day in Bandalier hiking along the trails that were formed from an exploding volcano over 1.5 million years ago. The Ancestral Pueblo people lived here for over 400 years and made caves and cliff homes in the soft volcanic ash that turned into a hardened Tuff, from 1150 CE to 1550 CE. The “trails” are in the sky, and the water and all across the rugged hills, even the man made highway that brings you into the caldera. I was also thinking about the trails of time, and who was standing in that spot through the years as so many changes happened. Down below on the green pasture are two horses, my representation of the wild spirit that roams free.

“Horses of the Rio Chama”

Oil 20″ x 24″ $1200 framed $1100 unframed Another scene seen from our road trip in and around Taos and Santa Fe. This is near Abiquiu – where Georgia O’Keefe lived and painted her beautiful paintings. This portion of the Rio Chama looks to me like a plate of pasture, a perfect setting for grazing horses on a Southwest spring day, watching the winding river as it runs away to faraway lands.

Enchanted Circle Series

“Horse in the Enchanted Circle”

Oil 20″ x 24″ $1200 framed $1100 unframed Last summer Brian, Yogi, Kira and I did a road trip to Santa Fe and spent a day driving the Enchanted Circle outside Taos. I always pull off the road to take pictures when we see the wild mustangs up in the high country. These paintings were started in the studio in Santa Fe, but I had no time to finish then, so brought them back to CA, and I only got around to finishing them this month. The original idea came from a hike by Cabresto Lake near Questa. The way a pine forest smells is completely intoxicating to me and it was a warm Indian summer day, and the deep green clean aroma was heavenly. The brilliant Van Gogh yellow Chamisa was blooming and the sky was so strong a blue it felt  like I was looking into the eyes of deep space.

“Ponies in the Pines”

Oil 20″ x 24″ $1200 framed $1100 unframed

“Pine Lake Chamisa”

Oil 20″ x 24″ $1200 framed $1100 unframed

View Cathy Carey’s art at these fine galleries:  La Playa Gallery, 2226 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, CA 92037, Ph: 858-454-6903 The Ranch at Taos Gallery – 119 A Kit Carson Road, Taos NM 87571 – 575-741-0052 or 325-647-5736

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