This was an experiment on my part. An imagined painting. I love mountains, especially with lots of snow. It is amazing the different colors that nature makes so I wanted to play with that. I also love tipis. They are an incredible invention, a portable home that you can take anywhere. They are a great geometric shape and represent a history that is long and fascinating. Finally, I have always loved the many haystacks in winter paintings of Claude Monet. In a way this is my homage to the great master.
Taos Pueblo is one of those places you visit, where you know you are seeing something special. It gives you a glimpse back into history.
The Pueblo, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities, and is the largest surviving multistoried Pueblo structure in the United States. Built between 1000 and 1450 A.D. it appears today much like it would have been a millennium ago.
In 1960, Taos Pueblo was designated a National Historic Landmark, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. In 1992, the Pueblo was named by the United Nations to the “World Heritage List,” due to its uniqueness and universal value to the heritage of all mankind.
Approximately 150 people live within the Pueblo full time.
This was a joy to paint, I love the adobe buildings, the brilliant sunshine, and shadows, and oh, the blue of the sky and the mountains. The painting was exhibited in the juried, 6x6 Inch Squared show in Costa Mesa, California in April 2011.
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“...one doesn't paint a landscape, a seascape, a figure; one paints the effect of a time of day on a landscape, a seascape, or a figure.” --Edouard Manet
Seated Nude, 1973
21 X 25 inches, oil on canvas
45 X 55 inches, oil on canvas
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