Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Road to Chimayo

Over the holidays my family took a little trip North of Santa Fe to Chimayo. Chimayo is along the high road to Taos and a beautiful drive, very scenic and many historic sites to visit. New Mexico is a beautiful state with a very rich history. I have driven on this road so many times in my life, and used to go to Rancho de Chimayo restaurant for Easter when I was growing up. It was always a special occasion to take the drive through Nambe, over the rolling hills studded with pinon and juniper trees to find the small town of Chimayo. The Santuario there is believed to have been built on sacred earth that has miraculous healing powers. It was built in 1814 and is filled with traditional Hispanic santero art, with carved images everywhere and beautiful painted altar screens. To the left of the altar is a little room and a separate shrine with a pit that contains the holy earth. Thousands of people make pilgrimages to the church during Holy Week to arrive on Good Friday and it is a custom to take a little earth from the shrine for it's mysterious powers. The room off the shrine is filled with momentos of those who have been healed. Crutches, braces, and pictures fill every nook and cranny in the little room.

Santo Nino Chapel is also in Chimayo and the sweetest church I have ever seen. The inside is filled with carved trees filled with colorful carved wood birds. There are colors everywhere and paintings of children and saints. It is a church for children.

Unfortuneately pictures are not allowed inside the churches without prior permission. I look forward to my next visit to see the beautiful artwork addorning the inside of these special churches.

Church in Cundiyo, NM

Sacred Heart church in Nambe, NM

Rancho de Chimayo restaurant

Santuario de Chimayo


 Santo Nino de Atocha Chapel


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

My Southwest Paintings on Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad Episode 3 "Open House" from Season 4

Something fun from last year was that two of my landscapes were rented by AMC's "Breaking Bad", a television show that is filmed in Albuquerque, NM.  It was really exciting to see the scene with my work shown so prominently and in focus!  My friend took a screen shot for me, thanks Mike.  I don't watch Breaking Bad myself, but I hear it's pretty popular.  The same two paintings were also rented out for the upcoming film "Odd Thomas" which is based on a novel by Dean Koontz. 

Friday, January 06, 2012

Looking Ahead

The last painting of 2011~~          "Walking Rain" oil/board 18"x24"

On a different note, my sister Mary became engaged on New Year's.  We're so excited for her and her new fiance, they are a perfect couple.  Yesterday Mary and I spent the day in Santa Fe exploring wedding sites.  So far the Randall Davey Audobon Center and Sanctuary looks so lovely for a Spring wedding.  I can't wait! 

 My sis Mary at the Randall Davey Audobon Center

 A lovely window with lacy curtains

 Geraniums in the window

 The artist's studio

NM in winter