Category Archives: historical buildings

Ranchos Christmas

Ranchos de Taos Church, again.  This is the third time I’ve painted this landmark for my blog.  Soon the most photgraphed church in N. America will also be the most painted.  There’s nothing like the brilliant clear light of Northern New Mexico on ancient adobe walls

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L’Hotel

 OK, lets have a break from birds in winter and fly to France in May instead. Remember Monpazier from a week ago…the ancient castle-town?  This exquisite old, old hotel was found just off the central square, and the modern touches of  umbrellas and sign-boards did nothing to detract from the elegance, craftsmanship and symmetry of  the place. Who designed a built these places and where are they today? To me this proves that functionality can last for centuries, and beauty does not have to be sacrificed for that.  

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Doorway; Monpazier

Monpazier is “one of the most beautiful villages in France”, and today’s painting only gives a glimpse. One of the most intact Bastide towns, it was established in 1284 by King Edward I of England, and I don’t think they’ve rearranged a stone since. The beautiful sandstone buildings surround a central square, and the medieval village is in turn surrounded by castle-like fortifications, all of which look out over stunning wooded valleys. The day we visited they had their flower market in the square. It was almost too much for the senses; that much beauty in one place at one time!

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Rainy Day in Santa Fe

It’s a rare day in Santa Fe to have cloudy skies, let alone rain, but that was the story this day! Our native plants are so beautiful, and one of the nicest things about the American SW is that they cultivate their native plants, such as the various cacti and the beautiful Chamisa in my painting.  Also known as Rabbit Bush, it’s Latin name is Crysothamnus Nauseosus, and it grows 5 to 6 feet high and carries beautiful yellow flowers in the fall.  Don’t you love how it looks against these old adobe walls?

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The Station

Boy was I ever cussing this morning, trying to draw this darn thing! What was I thinking?  I hate drawing buildings, and this one with all it’s roof lines, windows and fancy braces, nearly did me in!  It’s so gorgeous though, and every time I drive through downtown, I enjoy the very sight of it.  Every town on the rail line had a station, back in the day, and they, like the elevators are vanishing.  We need to ask ourselves why it is that we seldom make beautiful buildings any more

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The Prince of Wales

While we’re in Waterton, may as well check out the P.O.W, truly one of my favourite sights.  Built in 1927 by the Great Northern Railway, it is like taking a quick trip to the European Alps.  With it’s soaring roofs, gables, balconies and stunning view of Waterton Lake, it is a treat not to be missed. 
This is us looking at it from “The International” out on the lake.  Oh, and if you’re up for tea in the afternoon?  Every day from 2 till 5.

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Setting Sun Barn

There’s a ranch hidden in a coulee on the south slope of the Cypress Hills. and this stately old barn  presides over the yard from it’s position in the side of the hill. It was built in 1914, so it’s nearing it’s 100th birthday, and it’s as solid and functional as ever.  I love the unusual white body with red trim, which is the opposite of  the norm…but this isn’t just your ordinary barn. Further evidence of that is the taxidermied longhorn head mounted on the frontSOLD

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The Church at Ranchos de Taos

The mission church of St. Francis of Assisi at Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico was completed in 1815 and is the most painted church in North America.  Built of mud and straw and wood, with walls 4 feet thick and huge buttresses, it is a force in the landscape.  This is the back end of it, and for me, the favourite angle.  These huge haunches with their curves and beautful sculpted surfaces throw shadows and reflect light in a way that is absolutely bewitching, especially with the brilliant New Mexican sky behind it.  For my painting of the steeples, check out my blog entry in early January.

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Fancy Pants in France

While in France a few years ago, I thoroughly enjoyed watching the French people and their dogs.  They were everywhere and all varieties…the people AND the dogs.   I found this delightful pair in the ancient and beautiful town of Sarlat and thought you might enjoy them too.  

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The Bassano Imperial

Introducing the Bassano Imperial Hotel…..my home town watering hole.  This coming weekend is Bassano’s Centennial, with a homecoming planned and all kinds of festivities.  
This local landmark must be nearly as old as the town and typifies the hotels in many small prairie towns. So many stories have come out of and revolve around this old hotel, being the meeting place for so many people for so many years.
I might have to stop by the tavern for a beverage some time during the weekend.  Anybody else up for that?
SOLD

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