Thursday, September 18, 2014


"Alexandra" After Fechin 
Michael as Tevia (Live Model)

Cost: $225, includes studio and model fee

Date: October 3, 4 & 5, 2014
Time: 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: New Braunfels Art League
239 West San Antonio St
New Braunfels, TX 78130

How many times have you found yourself wishing you could paint more loosely and with more expressive brushstrokes? Please don't give up and pitch your paint brushes. I am confident that I can help you make some real progress, gain confidence and have a great time doing it.

The number one compliment I get on my paintings is about my brushstrokes and have finally figured out a way to really teach it. I have decided to enlist my hero, Nicolai Fechin! Whether or not you are a big fan, there is so much to be learned by studying his style.

Nicolai Fechin was an artist's artist. It was very important to him to paint the spirit of the subject, whether it was a model, a landscape or a still life. He was a master of draftsmanship, color harmonies and brushstrokes. To the layman, his brushstrokes may seem wild and random, but he was in fact very thoughtful and sure before adding a single mark.

While my work pales in comparison, Nicolai Fechin has been and still is my greatest inspiration. I have learned much through my studies of his work and philosophy. My objectives for this workshop are to help you see and understand edges-which ones are important to include and which ones to leave out-paint application with both brushes and knives, and the importance of brushstrokes. I will also do my best to help you to paint from your soul rather than get bogged down in rules and just copying what you see.
We will copy at least one or two of his paintings and, on the final day, we will paint from life, which will greatly reinforce what we have learned.

Checks made out for the FULL amount to NBAL can be mailed to:
Sandy Oberg
1400 Greystone Drive
New Braunfels, TX 78132
"Girl with Shawl" After Fechin

Monday, September 15, 2014

Cowboy from Tombstone

"Cowboy from Tombstone"
9" x 7", Oil on Canvas Board
"Cowboy" was an award winner in the Emerging Artists Exhibit at The Art Gallery in New Braunfels, Texas. He has found a new home and now resides in Houston, Texas. 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Chamisa and Sage

 "Chamisa and Sage"
12" x 9", Oil on Linen, Mounted on Birch
Of all the plants that grow in the High Desert of New Mexico, these two are my favorites. They are both rugged and beautiful. When I saw this particular scene in a picture perfect composition...Well, I am truly at a loss for words. Oh, how I love New Mexico!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Break Along the Rails

"Break Along the Rails"
"12" x 9", Oil on Linen, Mounted on Birch
Please forgive the quality of this photo. My iphone came closer to the actual color than my better camera so I chose this one, which is a little blurry, over one that would be screaming LITTLE RED CABOOSE! 
This is some of the crew of Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad taking a break before we headed back to Chama, NM. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Harvest in Hatch, New Mexico

"Harvest in Hatch, NM"
12" x 9", Oil on Linen, Mounted on Birch
When Hatch chiles are in season they are a big deal, even here in San Antonio. This painting is from a small roadside stand along the main road into Hatch. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Deep in the Sandias

"Deep in the Sandias"
12" x 9", Oil on Linen, Mounted on Birch 
The subtle colors of the aspens and the scent of pine in the fresh mountain air drew us deeper into the forest high atop Sandia Peak, near Albuquerque. Very early morning, just before the sky completely cleared, this grove of aspens came into view.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Along the Turquoise Trail

"Along the Turquoise Trail"
12" x 9", Oil on Linen, Mounted on Birch 
The majesty of this mountain and its colorful grays stopped me in my tracks. This was another beautiful site along the Turquoise Trail, just outside of Santa Fe.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Red Rocks and a Steep Climb

“Red Rocks and a Steep Climb”
12”x 9”, Oil on Linen, Mounted on Birch
Looking up from deep inside the Rio Grande Gorge, along a far less traveled road, just outside of Taos.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Cerrillos, New Mexico

Along the Turquoise Trail, just outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico, lies the charming old mining town of Cerrillos. 

9”x 12”, Oil on Linen, Mounted on Birch 
I love taking backroads, as they always reveal hidden treasures. This abandoned adobe building  is one such treasure. I came upon it as I was poking around Cerrillos.  I can't help but wonder what tales it could tell.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Solo Trip

A year ago in May, I set out on a solo trip for the mountains of New Mexico. I don't think my husband fully understood the need for a solo trip but he felt it was important enough that he gave a reluctant nod. I was on the highway hours before dawn with the anticipation of a small child at Christmas. I pushed out the thought of, "what the heck am I doing/thinking" by recalling the following quote by Georgia O’Keeffe, "I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life - and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do." The only difference was that it was not a want, but rather a need, and was so deep and personal that there were no words that could help anyone understand why. Some things in life don't require words; they just need to be heeded. So, off I went on my solo trek for the first time since I was seventeen years old, stopping only for gas and a quick bite along the way. It took twelve hours to reach my first destination; Santa Fe.

Even after almost a year, I am still unable to articulate the experience, save for a few blips and blurbs here and there. What I have been able to do is create a series of paintings of what inspired me most in the High Desert, ranging from Albuquerque to Taos. I will do my best to express what moved me about each one as I post them.

Thank you for following my blog. I hope you will feel some of what I felt as I traveled through the "Land of Enchantment".

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Updating Blog

I am in the process of updating my blog and it seems blogger is sending out old posts. Please accept my apology. Everything should be in order now.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

High Noon in Sisterdale

This is a plein air piece done at high noon in Sisterdale, Texas.  I had done a painting earlier that morning down on the river. What a drastic change from the cool blues in the shade to the bright white-yellow of the sunny field and barns. I perched on the trunk of my car and captured it as quickly as I could. The sun and haze were almost blinding but I couldn't help but be drawn to the beauty of this setting. The foreground looked a little like cotton but was actually thistles which had gone to seed. In spite of being an invasive and unwelcome weed, it would be hard to deny that they were also beautiful, both in bloom and when gone to seed. 

"High Noon in Sisterdale"

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Jeff Watts Workshop, Final Day

I am so thankful to have been able to take this workshop with Jeff Watts. He has long been quite an inspiration to me because of his tremendous talent and his passion for art. People with such passion change everyone and everything they touch. What a bright and shining star!

The final day of the workshop was dedicated to studying and copying a master's painting. Jeff brought several artists from which to choose. I chose this one by Nicolai Fechin.

Monday, February 25, 2013

More from Workshop with Jeffrey Watts

Below are a couple of paintings I did in Jeff's workshop. We had models for each of the days except Friday, which was the day we studied and copied a master's painting. More on Friday's class in my next post.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Workshop with Jeffrey Watts

Jeff Watts is one of the most energetic, passionate and dedicated artists I have ever met. He is also one of the most generous and giving. He has several DVDs out and each one is worth every penny and more!  Jeff's DVDs 
Below are a few photos from the workshop he taught at the Scottsdale Artists School in January. 
Jeff and a block-in of a gesture demo

 Demo from a photo.

The completed demo, which is even more beautiful than this photo depicts.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

A Day in Sedona

I recently traveled to Scottsdale, AZ with friend, Donna Bland, for a workshop with Jeffrey Watts. But first, a side trip to the beautiful red rocks of Sedona.
I love everything about stone memorials and this one, on top of the Airport Vortex, is the most beautiful one I have ever seen. It is a work of art in itself. 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Tubac, Tombstone and Bisbee, Arizona

My sister, Joye Peterson, and I bid a fond farewell to Tubac and headed to Tombstone. One of the shopkeepers in Tombstone suggested we also see Bisbee and recommended eating at Cafe Cornucopia. We both loved Bisbee so much, we wanted to move there. Well, we can wish, can't we?
 Here I am saying adios to "Fernando".
 This portrait is of one of the guys involved in the reenactment of the famous Gunfight at the OK Corral. I was so happy to get his photo that I forgot to get both his real name and the name of the part he portrayed. 
On to charming and artsy Bisbee and Cafe Cornucopia.
And then goodbye to beautiful, beautiful Tuscon.
Thanks, Joye, for everything!!!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

AWA 15th Annual Juried Competition Update

Previously I shared the news of my acceptance in the American Women Artist's (AWA) 15th Annual Juried Competition. Below are some photos from the this wonderful event.

 Artist's Reception at the K. Newby Gallery in Tubac, AZ
 Me and My Entry "Tradition"
One of the beautiful displays in the Sculpture Garden at the K. Newby Gallery

Friday, December 14, 2012

Michael #2

14"x18", Oil on Canvas

I wish I could have had a little bit longer to make some areas of this painting stronger but, I am just thankful to have had such an interesting model. This is the last painting done in William "Bill" Schneider's workshop. What a wonderful workshop it was!!!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Michael #1

14"x18", Oil on Canvas

Ok, it's not really Tevya but that's what I thought when Michael walked in the door! I could hardly wait to get started painting him. This was done in an effort to apply the techniques we learned doing the Fechin studies. I am very pleased with it.  
Please excuse the charcoal scribble in the upper left side. I wanted to be sure to remember the model's name and just decided to leave it. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

After Fechin #3

"Red Head"
14:x18", Oil on Canvas

I must confess that I don't know the title Fechin gave this painting or the gender of the model. It seems most think it is a girl but, it looks like a boy to me. Something about it makes me feel he/she was a young composer. Impressions and personal interpretations! That's all that really matters in the end. 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

After Fechin #2

"Girl With Shawl"
14"x18", Oil on Canvas

 I am unsure of the title Fechin gave this painting. It is another study and I have given it a title that helps me identify it. 
I loved all of the Fechin studies but, when this one began to remind me of my middle granddaughter, I decided to leave it as it was and end the study. I should have her pose in a similar way while she is still about this girl's age. 

Monday, December 10, 2012

After Fechin #1

14"x18", Oil on Canvas

In the fall I was privileged to be able to take a workshop with William "Bill" Schneider. I had met him several years ago and was so impressed by his passion for art and generous spirit that I determined I had to take a workshop with him one day. When he offered one on Techniques of the Old Masters and, specifically Nicolai Fechin, I knew this was the one!
 This painting is of his wife, Alexandra, and was the first of three that we studied. All of these studies were allowed about three hours and I am very pleased with each one. 

Thursday, August 2, 2012

AWA 2012 Juried Competition Finalist

I am very honored to be among the finalists in the 2012
American Women Artists (AWA) 15th Annual Juried Competition Exhibition.
Date: November 2 – November 25, 2012
15 Tubac Rd
Tubac, Arizona 85646-4217
"Tradition", 6"x 8", oil


Join us for the 15th Annual Master & Signature Member Show and National Juried Competition Exhibition.  Southwest Art Magazine notes this annual show features "women of distinction" in a celebration of their finest work.
The Gallery will host an Artists Reception for the public from 1:00-4:00pm on Friday, November 2, 2012.  The winners of the juried competition will receive approximately $15,000 in cash and prizes, with a Best of Show award package of over $6,000.  
15th Annual Master & Signature Member Show and National Juried Competition Exhibition.
November 2 – November 25, 2012
K Newby Gallery + Sculpture Garden
19 Tubac Rd • Tubac, AZ 85646-4217
Phone: 1.520.398.9662 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


6"x8" oil on canvas SOLD
Last fall my husband and I took a day trip to Lost Maples near Vanderpool, Texas. There were so many beautiful, beautiful things to paint, especially the maples, which were in all their glory! Here is one of them, a little stand of backlit maples. If only the paint could truly capture the magic!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Along the Guadalupe

8"x10", oil on canvas
In early June, I had the privilege of taking a workshop with Kim Casebeer. She is a wonderful artist, a great teacher and a really nice person, too! 
This painting was done on the banks of the Guadalupe River, just off of River Road, near New Braunfels, Texas. It is usually blazing hot by this time of year but, it was nice and cool along the river. The only uncool thing was the snake that fell from the tree across from us. Such are the adventures of plein air painters! SOLD

Monday, June 18, 2012

Still Standing

6"x8", oil on canvas
I drive by this little ravine quite often. I always have to slow down and take a good look and, if I have my camera, which I usually do, take several photos to add to my collection. I have many photos of this scene taken at different times of day throughout the seasons and over many years.  There is something so peaceful about it and always something a little different. Sometimes there are cattle, sometimes an egret and sometimes even a fisherman after a good rain.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Wildseed Farms

8"x10", oil on linen
This painting is from  Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg, Texas. The scene is from the west entrance of the building when the sun was just beginning to peek over the roof. I wasn't pleased with the results on site and brought it home to complete. I could see what was wrong but, it took a while to figure out how to correct it and make it all cohesive. I am now pleased with the results and am calling it done!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Country Road

Country Road, 8"x10", oil
Sometimes giving a painting a title is the hardest part. Nothing I thought about seemed to fit so,  I showed it to my husband and asked what first came to mind. He answered, "a country road" so,  Country Road it is. For now, anyway.
(Available for purchase at Cactus Jack's )
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Friday, March 23, 2012

Freudenburg Farm

Freudenburg Farm, 8"x10", oil, SOLD
This is a scene very near where I live. It never fails to capture my eye, no matter the time of day. This was an early morning scene so, the lighting was still a little blue.  I have more paintings planned that will reflect how it looks at different times of day.
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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Early Texas Spring

Early Texas Spring, 8"x10", oil
Fellow artist Bonny White and her husband, Roy, recently hosted a paint out for the Texas Paint Slingers.  The fields were full of very bright and wonderfully fragrant wildflowers, which just glowed when the sun came out.  Not only did the Whites kindly offer us the run of their ranch, they fed us some pretty darn good eats.  Thank you Bonny and Roy for a great day!
(Available for purchase at Cactus Jack's)
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Saturday, February 4, 2012


This painting has a very special and personal meaning for me. It is of a priest in Eastern Europe and is entitled Tradition.
 6"x8", original, oil on board