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Pathway to El Santuario-Before

Pathway to El Santuario-Before

Pathway to El Santuario-After

Pathway to El Santuario-After

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve always told people that this painting, El Santuario is the jewel of my collection.  But I felt that it could be more colorful and dynamic as the painting deserves to be.  So recently I started with the trees, put more strokes and some more color to lively it up.   I then worked on the gate to make it very welcoming, like a party was going on in here.  Though the church represents worship, sacrifice and tradition, and I respect that very much, I wanted throw in my own ideas of what a joy it is to be here, a sense of aliveness and celebration.  I’m really getting into colors and I feel I’m getting more expressive with the brushstrokes.  I believe an artist has to throw in a little of himself/herself to make it his/her own.  I owe that to myself and the people who enjoy original art.  I wanted to see how festive I could make this, after all New Mexico is a very festive place, and also a place of worship, tradition and sacrifice.  And I have done all of that and then some!  So I hope the final results are worthy as I believe they are.  Feel free to comment!