Monday, May 26, 2008

El fe de Chimayo

The Faith of Chimayo. This is a before and after of one of my recent paintings that will be part of the group show at the Blue Rain Gallery in Santa Fe on July 4.

The first image is obviously the under painting. At this stage I only knew I wanted the figure of this little girl to be placed in the lower right space of the composition. I also knew I wanted to build a story with this composition about the old church in Chimayo, NM. I visited this church with my friends Ben McPherson and Sean Diediker earlier this year. There is a legendary story about the origins of this church. On the day we visited there was a group of blind people leaving as we were entering the sanctuary. The little girl in this painting represents the thousands of people who make a pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayo every year in hopes of finding peace of mind and body. I thank Bella McPherson (Ben's daughter) for being the perfect model for this painting, and also Nicolai Fetchin for the photo's and drawings he did in Mexico in the early 1900's. Those were the stylistic inspiration for this painting.



12 comments:

Aksel said...

Great expression of the face.
(i received your mail, it's ok, thanks).

janaya said...

dude... how is it that you're so freaking good!? :)

Jamin LeFave said...

Sweet painting!

Gonzo said...

nice new stuff already. I like the story and everything. Very nice.

I was a student of Mary's. I was one of her interns and her first apprentice. Now i am attending the Academy of Art University in San Fran. She has told me a lot about you guys and your Academy that you are starting up. Im excited.

Thanks for leaving me a comment and talk to you later.

Brandon

naomi said...

that blows my mind.

rupesh said...

wow!Awesome work..Highly inspiring...Keep up the great work.!@@@@@

Becca Lou said...

i'll just be your blog friend.

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Bags of praise and admiration from East Anglia (Norfolk Broads) in England. Love the muted palette and the little girl's expression. Blown away by your posting of the group of people grouped together. Found the 'under painting' of the final figure on the right most intriguing. Added your blog to my favourites for regular visits.

an illdressed foolishwise said...

i love it as much as your mom does.

dugbuddy said...

hokey smokes, this is wondrous. You have such a wonderful eye and visual voice to your work.

Sara said...

That is beautiful- your shadows are spot on!

Madison Shea... said...

OH MY GOSH!!! THOSE ARE SO BEAUTIFUL!!! What a story along with it! i wish i could draw like that! AMAZING!
Madison Shea