Sunday, October 7, 2018

Winds of Change

Pecos, NM
Greetings on this beautiful first Sunday of October!

The air smells and feels differently now, leaves are changing, birds have begun their migration, all signs that the year is winding down. Autumn is also a time my pace slows and my thoughts turn inward. It's a very spiritual and private time, one I look forward to and cherish very much. It is in that slowing down that one can think without a myriad of distractions. A time when all the happenings of the prior year are distilled into thoughts of the future. 

During this time of reflection and contemplation, I have made the decision to take a Sabbatical. I prefer the word sabbatical over break for its depth of meaning(s). Why? Because I will still be busy, maybe even more so, but with a somewhat different focus. 

Part of this Sabbatical includes taking a break from teaching which means, after December, I will no longer be offering classes at the New Braunfels Art League. It is a bittersweet decision in that I will truly miss my wonderful students, students who have now become dear friends. We have agreed to stay in touch, which makes this decision much easier.

It is also a time to take a deep dive into my own art. Visions are emerging, inspiration is everywhere and the need to do this is undeniable.

I will be writing more blog posts, which will cover art-related topics. I promise to keep most of them short, sweet and worth your while. My newsletter will be reserved more for, well, news. I also have a couple of other irons in the fire and will announce them at the appropriate time. 

Wishing you all an autumn full of color and inspiration. 

Gaye Sekula
"Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you." Henri Frederic Amiel

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

An Exhibition of the Texas Members of the Portrait Society of America

I am so proud to announce the very first Exhibition of Texas Members of the Portrait Society of America! Special thanks to Christine Egnoski for giving the go-ahead for this exhibition and to Allison Gilliard for all her help in getting it all lined out. Thank you to Victoria MacFarlane, former Director of the Breckenridge Fine Arts Center for giving us the opportunity to hold this event in this fine facility. Thank you to current Director, Shalon Taylor Wilson, for your enthusiasm and endless patience in getting everything just right!
a big thank you to all of the artists participating in this first ever Exhibition! This event was created for you!

Laura Allee
Deborah Allison
Donna Blanton
Liz Bonham
Nancy Boren
Juan Cantavella
Connie Chadwell
Partha Chinnasamy
Lynette Clauser
Adam Davenport
Margaret Davis
John De Leo
Nora Dempsey
Carol Devereaux
Carol Fairlie
Anastasiya Fender
Linda Filgo
Robbie Fitzpatrick
Margaret Footit
Tanja Gant
Micheal Gillespie
Vicky Gooch
Gary Goodnight
Barbara Hack
Carolyn Hancock
Brenda Hash
Masri Hayssam
Vivian T-N Ho
Francis Huang
Mary Hull, Texas Co-Ambassador
Fontaine Jacobs
Maureen Jistel
Sonja Kever
Steve Ko
Rhonda Lanclos, Texas Co-Ambassador
Patsy Lindamood
Craig Longhurst
Ken MacFarlane
Katherine Martinez
Ellen Moore
Cheryl Moore
Gini Morelock-Bosco
Pam Nichols
Lena Olson
Oliva Pacini
Joe Pena
Barbara Pence
David Philips
Maren Phillips
Jennifer Polnaszek
Lenore Prudhomme
DK Richardson
Kim Roberti
Gail Rutledge
Julie Sanderson
Brittany Scott
Gaye Sekula, Texas Co-Ambassador, 
Daniel Sorensen
Irena Taylor
Susan Temple Neumann
Julie Wende
Robin Williamson
Tim Woosley
Jing Zhao
Judy Zipkes

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Taos Hollyhocks Juried In!

'Taos Hollyhocks", 10"x 8", Pastel
I just received news that my painting, "Taos Hollyhocks", was juried into the 2018 PSNC "Pure Color" Online Show! A big thank you to juror, Jen Evenhus! The exhibition will open September 1 and run through September 30 at

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

August Update

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Friday, May 18, 2018

San Antonio Face-Off and YOU ARE INVITED!

You are invited to San Antonio's First Annual Face-Off! This is a free event and is open to the public. Please feel free to share. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Portrait Society of America Conference, 2018

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Enrollment for Online Workshops is Now Open!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Online Workshop Hours & Tuition

Maverick by Gaye Sekula Acrylic ~ 12" x 9"
"Let's Face It", An Acrylic Portrait Workshop
7/16/2018 - 8/26/2018

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Studio Class Schedule, Portrait Society Conference and Online Workshops

Saturday, March 10, 2018

What I Learned From The 30 in 30 Painting Challenge

I should begin by saying that before the 30 in 30 Challenge, I participated in the 5-Day Challenge held my Mary Gilkerson. She's an awesome teacher, by the way.  The limitation she placed on hers was to do a 20-30 minute painting for 5 days. One would think it impossible to do much of anything in a mere 20 minutes but I was very pleased with all 5 of mine.  They are all 5” x 7” pastels, in 5  different color palettes,  and all of the Taos Gorge Overlook. 
My take away from Mary’s Challenge: You can accomplish A LOT in 20 minutes!

Taos Gorge Overlook, 5" x 7" Pastel, 5-Day Challenge

While working on Mary’s challenge, Leslie Saeta announced her ninth 30 in 30 Challenge

Since I was already on a roll with Mary’s challenge I wanted to keep going.  I don't recall, Leslie stating a time limit.  I continued with the same subject but changed it up a little. I Instead of 5" x 7", I went with 6” x 8”, switched to oils and limited myself to ONE hour.  Each also in a different palette and various techniques. 

Taos Gorge Overlook, 6" x 8" Oil, 30 in 30 Challenge

The biggest takeaway from these challenges is the realization that I NEED a goal and I NEED a deadline. 

The tangible result is that I have 35 paintings, all expressing a different mood, and am able to turn my thoughts to what to do with them. They would make a pretty impressive show, if I do say so myself. That means I will have to figure out which frame would be most complimentary and then just how to display them. But the biggest work is done and some valuable lessons have been learned. 

I spent the day cleaning and reorganizing my studio in preparation of what to do next and can’t wait to get started!

Thanks so much for coming along with me on this journey. I sure enjoyed your comments and your company!

Until next time….

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Two Online Summer Workshops!

Let's Face It, everyone wants to try their hand at painting portraits and now you can and in the comfort of your own home! You will get to watch both paintings from start to finish and have the opportunity to comment and/ask questions throughout the workshop(s). I would love to have you join me and hope to see you there!
Pre-Registration is now open for both the Pastel and Acrylic Portrait Workshops.


This is a pastel portrait workshop designed to help take the fear out of painting portraits! It may be more accurate to say that it is designed to help give you the courage to try your hand at painting portraits. There is technically no drawing involved. You will be given a reference photo and instructions on how to transfer it to a working surface. Supplies will be kept at a minimum for those wanting to get started without a big investment. 
This is the workshop I wish was available when I first started with pastels. I will show you the entire process from the reference photo to completion, share tips on framing and provide extra info in case you get bitten by the pastel bug. 
I’ll be with you every step of the way so come along with me and “Let’s Face It” together!
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This workshop is for beginner through advanced. The beginner will learn how to paint with Heavy Body Acrylics and the more advanced can apply their knowledge to my particular technique, which  is probably best described as “broken color”. The most common remarks concerning my work are on my use of brushstrokes and color. (Official definition: “Broken color is the technique used by Impressionist painters in an effort to capture the actual sensation of the light! The length of brushstrokes can vary from painting to painting determined by the mood or feelings of the painter on that day.“)
  The way I work lends itself best to what is called “Alla Prima”, loosely translated “the first”,  meaning the painting is done in one sitting, rather than over a period of days, weeks. Since this workshop is in acrylic, which dries quickly, Alla Prima is almost a given. But the more timid or fussy can work on it for as long as they want and, if they don’t get too fussy, the results will look the same. I think the speed in which they will be encouraged to work will be fun. Once they get over their initial fear they will have to default to intuition which usually brings very pleasant results.
I will explain why I recommend specific materials, demonstrate brushstrokes and palette knife techniques. Students will be provided with a reference photo which all will be asked to use for their first painting. I encourage each student to share the stages of development of this painting. Once students have completed the first painting, they are encouraged to paint from their own reference photo, with guidance and critiques offered along the way.  
I will cover how to varnish and frame, cover the ethical use of other’s photographs, give an overview of gallery and art organization’s policies, including what jurors look for in a good painting and will wrap up with what I feel are the most important things of all!
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Saturday, March 3, 2018

The 30 in 30 Challenge is Complete!

Taos Gorge Overlook Collage

I am writing this post on the final day of the 30 in 30 Painting Challenge. This collage depicts thirty 6"x 8" paintings in oil, all in different palettes and on various painting surfaces. You can see all of the paintings individually on my blog either here or on my website,

I would very much love to hear which are your favorites. It is easier to post a comment on the blog on my website than it is here. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I am beginning to phase out the one I have on blogger and concentrate everything here. Yes, that is a big endorsement for Fine Art Studio Online (FASO).
I will be sharing what I learned from the painting challenges in an upcoming post. But for now, spring is calling and I must go outside and greet her!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Pre-Registration is Now Open for Online Workshops!

It is my great honor to announce that I am now on the faculty of Artful Gathering and will be offering my first online workshops this summer, one in pastel and one in acrylic.  
Pre-registration is now open at Artful Gathering.
More details about the workshops will be announced soon. Please stay tuned!

30 in 30 Challenge, Day Twenty

Taos Gorge Overlook, 6" x 8", Oil