Completed and framed, this painting is now showing in a new model home in Carefree, Arizona!
Thanks to the photographic work of Edward S. Curtis at the turn of the twentieth century, Curtis' photo showing the Navajo crossing through Canyon de Chelly became a wonderful resource for completing this painting commissioned by the interior designer, Aldrete Design.
I painted this one in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe... depicting the image of herself that she miraculously ingrained on the tilma of St. Juan Diego.
St. Juan Diego's tilma made from primitive maguey cloth during the sixteenth century... now centuries old... is on view in the basilica in Mexico City at the sight of the apparition. Her image is extraordinary... truly extraordinary.
The blooming season for yellow peonies seems to be very short... at least from a painter's perspective. And they certainly don't care to bloom anywhere in Arizona. At least I've never heard of peonies blooming in Arizona. It's a pity.
As such, I was very happy to find these yellow peonies from the local florist... very happy.
It can be tricky to find them and I needed to finish up this painting begun last year.
I think yellow peonies are really beautiful... extraordinary.
There are some David Austin roses from the garden in this mix, too. They have been exploding with blossoms lately... happily blooming in Arizona.
David Austin's 'Benjamin Britton' roses are a bit old-fashioned... very sweet with their deep pink... or pink-red... colored petals. I love them. I think they are going to be included in many new paintings to come!
The Gambel's Quail are busy these days, trying to find a good nesting place to lay their eggs. I found this little egg a few years ago in the gutter at the side of the street... it's a beautiful little egg.
Our potted ornamental sweet potato vines have been growing like crazy lately... along with the grapevine and its tiny purple grapes. Such tiny grapes. And such a lot of them... and they're so very sweet!
This painting was awarded the 'FAV 15%' award by the Fine Art Studio Online 'Bold Brush' online painting competition for July 2015.