*New – June 24, 2010

 

Taos Courtyard

Taos Courtyard for Website

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Bob chose new subject matter for his latest watercolor. The historic Bert Phillips house in Taos, today hosts shops and galleries including the Kilborn Gallery and La Lana Wools. The flower bedecked courtyard faces Paseo del Pueblo Norte just north of Bent Street in Taos, New Mexico.

Bert Phillips was one of the founders of the Taos Society of Artists in 1915. Phillips and fellow artist Ernest Blumenschein met while studying at the Julian Academy in Paris. J.H. Sharp passionately described the New Mexico pueblos, peoples and landscape. In 1898 Phillips and Blumenschein set out from Denver with a wagon filled with provisions and art supplies. Their planned  tour of the American Southwest hit a snag when a wagon wheel broke north of Taos. Philips stayed with the wagon while Blumenschein made his way to Taos to find a blacksmith. “Blumy” enthusiastically described the town and surrounding landscape upon his return. Their trip came to a halt as the two spent the summer painting in Taos. Inspired with creativity Philips decided to permanently move to Taos.

Taos and northern New Mexico continue to inspire artists. Bob even admits he reached new heights with Taos Courtyard.

Back to Chimayo

Chimayo 6-24-10

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With a number of detail changes Bob completed another vignette of Santuario de Chimayo. The painting emits an inviting serenity one would find missing during the busy summer season when visitors and pilgrims from around the world flock to the church of the “miracle healing dirt”.

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