Although the website has not been updated recently, Bob has completed a number of paintings over the past months. Inspiration comes from church bells, Arizona desert, villages of New Mexico and wine bottles. All seven paintings are available for sale and will be included in the Park HIll Art Club Spring Show and Sale the first weekend of May.
New Mexico Village 2013
Behind Taos Adobe Walls
Aspen of Many Colors
New Mexico Church Bell
Historic Fruita Schoolhouse
Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
Bob ventured to Utah for his latest painting. Colorful cliffs tower over the log schoolhouse in the Fruita Historic District within Capitol Reef National Park. Mormons settled in the area around 1880, planting orchards along the Fremont River. Families built the rough-hewn, one room school in 1896. Eighteen–year-old Nettie Behunin taught the first 22 students. Classes continued until 1941. The National Park Service received certification on the National Register of Historic Places for the structure and restored it to the 1930s period.
New Mexico Casa, Canyon & Chapel
Bob has recently completed three paintings after his New Mexico summer visit. Visitors to the famous San Fransico de Asis church in Ranchos de Taos frequently note the entry to one of the homes on the plaza. The blue doors and shutters, adobe walls and chile ristas exemplify the region’s architecture. Travelers approaching Taos on NM68 may recognize that moment when you crest the hill and first see the Rio Grande Gorge, the lone tree and mailboxes. This is a scene Nancy’s been requesting a painting of for a long time. The tiny chapel in Talpa is a favorite for artists. Bob is no exception with his most recent version.
All three paintings are available for purchase.
Ranchos de Taos Entry
Rio Grande Lone Sentinel
Talpa Chapel 2012
Casa in La Loma Plaza
Taos, New Mexico
Bob added finishing touches to the last of the paintings he started during the Kilborn workshop in July. The second day of the workshop the class visited La Loma Plaza located west of Taos Plaza. Class participants sketched many of the structures around the historic plaza which was established as a fortress against Indian attack in 1796. Bob chose a more recent adobe home – two stores with tall buttresses.
Pilar Resting Place
Away from the tourist track, high above the New Mexico village of Pilar lies a distinctive cemetery. A strong Hispanic heritage is evident in the grave markers and plastic floral decorations. Views from the cemetery include the Rio Grande flowing southward through the Rio Grande Gorge.
Bob started this paining the first day of the Kilborn workshop in July, after visiting the cemetery for a morning sketching session. Recently he added shading with his small squares and finished the work with India ink details.