22" x 30" signed lower right by Kathleen Elsey, Santa Barbara, California artist
For over 35 years I’ve been visiting New Mexico, in particular Santa Fe and Taos. I feel particularly drawn to the land here and I think I paint differently when I’m here. The colors are brighter, the air is purer, and so is my soul. The coyotes, the full moon, the desert inspire me. The Taos Morada was fascinating. The remoteness, the beautiful setting with Taos Mountain in the background and the sound of that quiet hot summer day denying Autumn’s entrance was mesmerizing.
I wasn’t going to paint the obtrusive cross or the wooden tower, thinking them not befitting to the scene. But after reading more about the moradas of New Mexico, the cross may become part of my painting. This was the third day of my outdoor painting workshop in Taos and all workshop painters were inspired by the beauty and isolation of this bit of paradise. You might also like my painting of the La Hacienda de los Martinez.
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