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About 1980 our artist group found this historic area. I wanted to frame the charming little chapel with the old live oak trees as if protecting it.
In Mexico I was fascinated by the strong rock walls with no mortar to hold them together, a hand-craft which is fast becoming a lost art. I also became interested in the way light of the warm earth colors bounced up into the shadows.
My host in New Mexico once allowed me to see his garage and storage/work room where I found an abundance of fascinating objects for still life. He must have known their worth because he wouldn’t part with any, but did let me borrow for a few hours. For this painting, I selected a color scheme and kept it working throughout the painting. It earned me a credit for my SWS Signature membership many years ago.
The concept of perspective was dawning on me before I learned to draw, as I peered down the tracks while we waited for our connecting train, which was likely to be late. I had plenty of time for observation.