Wednesday, June 22, 2011

francisco de asis

 
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A statue of St Francis of Assisi in front of a restaurant in Chimayo, New Mexico.
I took a picture of this bronze statue when I was in NM four years ago and I think it may have been made by Marco Oviedo, who is one of the owners of the inn where Robin and I will be staying when we go in October.
I'll have to have another go at it ... I should have stopped last night after the second glass of wine.
I started college as an art history major. The Rogier van der Weyden Crucifixion in the Philadelphia Museum of Art first got me interested in the Northern Renaissance, which was to be my specialty. I'm not a believer, but found myself drawn to iconography, which is a kind of language, and to the lives of the saints, a kind of biography ... So I guess it's not surprising I wound up an English major instead.
I made a little watercolor journal to bring to NM and wanted something characteristic for the cover ... it was either pinons, ristras, or vigas: I went for the simplest!

Feliz cumpleaños, Petirrojo, amiga de toda mi vida ... y mucho mas!

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5 comments:

A Brush with Color said...

Have a great time! I love the colors you've selected here--very southwestern to me. Can't wait to see what you come up with. Enjoy.

Barbara M. said...

Beautiful paintings. Sometimes I wonder if the blog is almost chemical when it comes to connections. Guess what I did my undergraduate thesis on as an Honours English major, Iconography and Imagery in Edmund Spenser's Faerie Queene. I thought I was going to do a degree in art, and did two years at an art college then a four year English degree. Awesome work. But it turns out that art is my passion.

XO Barbara

AutumnLeaves said...

I think this is just exquisite! I often find myself wishing I had been an art history major. I find it fascinating!

Hildebrand Memorial Library said...

muchas gracias querida Lauracita, mejor amiga de mi vida tambien. Un mil abrazos y mil mas por venir. En vino veritas!

martasart said...

I love NM and am fortunate to visit frequently as my sister lives in Albqu. and has a cabin near Taos. I think you have captured the colors perfectly. I just love your interpretations through the watercolor medium!

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