"Immerse yourself and be transported" *|MC:SUBJECT|*


What is it about creating that needs so much energy?

I've been thinking a lot lately about how I create my art, the creative energy needed. When I'm tired or mildly sick, I can complete tasks, but I'm unable to paint, or for that matter write!


Mixed Media on Paper, 8" x 8"

So much for sending out my art email at the beginning of July, Covid had caught me. A mild case, just cold symptoms, but coupled with extreme fatigue. And with that fatigue, I found I could not muster the energy I needed for making my art. There seems to be a threshold of energy I need for my creativity to flow. I'd love to know if anyone else feels the same way.

Mixed Media on Paper, 7" x 7"

I can push through the fatigue to crop and mat pieces, I can push through and make myself frame paintings. So that's what I've been doing to prepare for the upcoming Taos Open Studio Tour. I know it's only July, but Labor Day Weekend will be here before we know it! I hope you'll stop by to see what's new. Mark your calendars now, Thursday September 1st will be the reception for the Preview Show at the Taos Valley Lodge, the studios will be open Saturday, Sunday, and Monday September 3rd, 4th, and 5th. I will be in the same location I've been the last two years, #11 on the map, 500 Cruz Alta Road, Casita #2. I'll send out more detailed information closer to the date.

So I've been searching for the jewels in paper pieces, cropping and matting them. I'll have these available for the studio tour.

Mini Jewels, each 4.5" x 4.5", matted 8" x 10"

Chroma Collective Gallery's July - August exhibition RADIATE: Light and Soul is on view now. My piece for this summer show is “Out On The Town”.

"Out On The Town", 20" x 20", oil on canvas, framed

Sun drenched colors and intriguing shapes hint at a place; let your imagination take you out on the town. All created by laying down layer after layer of oil paint.

Here are some close up details of "Out On The Town"

I love to see my paintings in a home or office setting. These images are from an app, but if you'd like to see this painting in your own setting, I can do that.

I just need a photo of the room and some reference dimensions, either the dimensions of furniture shown in the space, a sofa, piano, side table, arm chair, etc., or else the dimensions of the height and width of the space shown in the photo. I can then size the image of the artwork to show it to scale.


Here are photos to show you how "Out On The Town" is framed.


View these details on my website

This painting is on a 1 3/8" stretched canvas set in a 1.5" deep contemporary floater frame. I love how the floater frame sets off the artwork. The inside space is black, as are the outer edges. The front face is a burnished gold.

Chroma Collective Gallery decided to switch to bi-monthly shows, so you still have plenty of time to enjoy the fabulous art. Here's the lineup for the July - August show. Click on the link below to see all twelve works of art and to learn more about each piece and the artists. Enjoy!

View "RADIATE: Light and Soul" July 1st - August 31st

If you'd like to receive notice of these bi-monthly exhibitions, be sure to subscribe to Chroma Collective Gallery, you'll find the sign-up at the bottom of their page. There will be one email sent out every other month to let you know about the upcoming show.

Lastly, if you'd like to see my works on paper, this link will take you to them. Many of my newest pieces aren't up on my website yet, they aren't even titled, more jobs that need attention! Email me if you see one you are interested in.


If you'd like to see my larger paintings, this link will take you to them.


All the best,

Lydia Johnston's Fine Art
"Immerse yourself and be transported"