This painting was done from a photo I had taken of a courtyard in Sedona, Arizona on a trip there several years ago. There is a beautiful shopping area in town called Tlaquepaque that is reminiscent of the architecture of Mexico. I really enjoyed painting this scene with its afternoon shadows. I am not painting as much at this time as I am trying to catch up with repainting the house--not as much fun as painting on canvas, but necessary. I have decided to stop selling my paintings at art shows from now on. I will reduce the prices and sell what I have at a local gallery. The shows were getting to be too much work!
This is a scene of Canyon de Chelley. At the base of the cliffs you can see the ruins of an Anasazi village named Antelope House because of the pictographs of antelopes on the cliff over the ruins. You must hire an Indian guide to tour the canyon, but the trip is well worth it. Notice the Jeep trails on the canyon floor.
I painted this scene several months ago in a larger version to go over our fireplace. This is a smaller version in a different format. Ghost Ranch is a beautiful area--a favorite spot for both artists and hikers.