Taos Gorge is one of New Mexico's iconic landmarks. The inspiration for this series of paintings came from a plein air piece painted during a storm. The lighting was unusual, leading to many possibilities for capturing this scene. This version is based on two smaller paintings also with golden rectangle proportions. At the Marigold Arts
Gallery, 424 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501
This wilderness area is a Northern New Mexico secret and one that continues to compel me to paint! The painting's sides are in a 5:8 ratio (think Fibonacci Series, 1,1,2,3,5,8,...). The limit of the ratio of subsequent elements is the Golden Mean, 1.6...., an irrational number. The Golden Ratio has been hailed since antiquity by artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci as the most beautiful, perhaps because it can be seen throughout nature (galaxy and fern spirals, Nautilus Shell, the human body, etc.).
I've painted this a few times "en plein air" when the Madera Creek overflows and creates a nice foreground for this special Arizona Sycamore Tree setting. This was painted in the studio based on the plein air studies and photos. I intend to paint at this location many times.
My intent: capture the unusual light and color in the dramatic White Place, a favorite of O'Keeffe. It is now the sacred home for an Islamic group, and so is difficult to paint "en plein air". I took many photographs on a beautiful day with sun and stormy clouds. and enjoy reliving the experience while painting. Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Painted "en plein air" one early morning far out on the Monastery Road at an Oxbow on the Chama River. This is my favorite painting venue, worth the long, hard drive down a single lane washboard road. A painting friend had a flat tire but fortunately for her a monk came along and helped. This road is well worth visiting the the continuous most specagular cliffs and rock formations in new Mexico. An amazing place and river. Inquiries: email@example.com.
"En plein air" about 12 miles out on Monastery Road near Ghost Ranch. Monastery Road is a rough single-lane dirt road but recently upgraded somewhat with fewer ruts and more turn-offs for passing vehicles. Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org.
"En plein air" at the Yellow Cliffs off Monastery Road just north of Ghost Ranch. Painted along with the Yellow Cliffs of New Mexico I. Golden rectangle proportion. Available at the marigold arts gallery, www.marigoldarts.com, on Canyon Road in Santa Fe.
I think that my love of the woods comes through in this painting. This was up at the Big Tesuque Campground near the Santa Fe Ski slope. No, I no longer camp out, but it was tempting. And painting this brought back may childhood memories. Inquiries: email@example.com
Taos Gorge is one of New Mexico's iconic landmarks. The inspiration for this series of paintings came from a plein air piece painted during a storm. The lighting was unusual, leading to many possibilities for capturing this scene. Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Water-based oils (Cobra) with a thin wash at beginning. Brush and Palette knife used throughout. View of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains from Santa Fe (abstract). As the name indicates they blush red at sunset (blood of christ). Available at the Marigold Arts Gallery on Canyon Road, http://www.marigoldarts.com.
Painted during the Santa Fe Plein Air Festival, at my favorite painting spot on the Chama River, out near the Monastery. It was a beautiful time of day, late afternoon. I have seldom painted that late there since I always want to drive back on the precarious road before dark.