Fine Art Images from the American Southwest

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Oak Leaves, Aspens, and Tipi

Greetings from a blustery evening in San Cristobal, NM, followed by heavy rain, the loudest thunder and huge lightning on the ridge behind the house.

After my trip to Colorado last week, I spent this week making prints in my digital darkroom, my well-lit office!
Last year I collected many oak leaves from the surrounding mountains, which in itself was a gorgeous time spent in the outdoors. I pressed the leaves collected in a heavy book of Andrew Wyeth prints. When flattened just enough to take out a little of the curl, I set up outdoors on the patio with a dark background and backlight from the sun. I used a roach clip to pin the leaves at eye level and started shooting. I got the idea from viewing the leaves on the trees in the field that were backlit. The wind was a little too much to contend with shooting in the mountains. It was much easier to control on the patio. Here are the results.

Sangre de Cristo Oak leaves Composite
Last year’s oak leaves, collected on Lama Mountain.

Oak Leaf
Individual oak leaf print.

Oak Leaf, matted and framed
Matted, framed and signed archival prints.

This image was taken a couple of weeks ago and printed on cotton rag archival paper. I wanted to convey how sheltered and secluded it feels standing in the aspens. There’s always a way out.

Aspen grove, Cumbres Pass
Aspen Grove signed prints.

The brand new tipi standing in El Prado (the meadows) begged for a different view rather than a full-on standard, here’s the tipi shot. This is the image I came up with for a different angle. I processed it in an app called “Formulas”.

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Taos Tipi

Taos Tipi Print
Taos Tipi signed prints.

If you are interested in any of the oak leaf prints, please message me here. They look great in groups. The aspen grove print is available here, and the tipi print is available here.

As always, thanks for looking. G

Tipis, Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico

Tipis south of Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico. I headed here first last night for the conjunction but the elements didn’t align. So I headed to the church shortly afterward. That worked out fine and print sales were brisk today. I did shoot some images at the tipis before heading to the church. I added the antique aged distressed look to the shot. Keep looking up! The planets are still passing in the night. Well, not really, Saturn is just under half a billion miles further out into space than mighty Jupiter. Thanks for looking. G

Taos Tipis south of Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico.

Comet, Tipi, Stars, One Last View

Comet Neowise, tipi and stars. One last view from where I saw it with binoculars first. It’s fading now but it sure has been a treat to see and observe it’s trajectory across our sky. Thanks for looking. G

Comet Neowise, tipi and stars. One last view

Tipis, Comet, Stars, Northern New Mexico

Tipis, Comet, Stars, Northern New Mexico. A composition that, for me, captures the essence of what I feel when standing out under the night sky where I live. Thanks for looking. G

Tipis, Comet, Stars, Northern New Mexico.

Tipi, Sky, Sunset, A Quote, Lama, NM

Tipi, sky, sunset, and a quote, Lama, NM. This quote has stayed with me since I first became aware of it many years ago. I dreamed of the wide open spaces of the west when I was a kid in South Wales. Here I am, and I’ve slept on the ground many nights with only the stars above me. Thanks for looking. G

Tipi, Sky, Sunset, A Quote, Lama, NM

Tipi Sky, Ranchos De Taos, New Mexico

Tipi sky, Ranchos De Taos, New Mexico. Digging in the archives and clearing out the virtual stuffed closet today I found this image of the tipis, south of Taos, near where I used to live. In the evening, around sunset, I would pop down the road, a mile or so from home, to watch and wait as the scene unfolded. Thanks for looking. G

Tipi Sky, Ranchos De Taos, New Mexico

Taos Tipis, Ranchos de Taos, NM

Taos Tipis, Ranchos de Taos, NM. Flash back to 2008 when there were four tipis south of Taos. Over the years they dwindled down to one tipi. It was always fun to check out the location with a gorgeous backdrop of a New Mexico sky. Currently a tipi has recently appeared in the last few weeks making two, so I’ll keep an eye out for future image opportunities. Thanks for looking. G

Taos Tipis, Ranchos de Taos, NM

Full Moon, Stars, Taos Tipis, TBT

Full Moon and stars at the Taos Tipis. Throw back Thursday or flash back Friday depending on when you view this image. Delving in the archives from 2015 today, I came across this file. The light on the tipis came from the security light on the building and balanced nicely with the moon and stars. The tipis are gone. For a while they added some nice foreground subject matter against our crystal clear New Mexico skies. Things change. Thanks for looking. G

Full Moon, Taos Tipis, TBT

Window On The Tipis

Window on the tipis, Ranchos de Taos, NM. Inside out. A throw back image, two springs ago, on a photo shoot at the tipis on Highway 68 south of Taos. Thanks for looking. G

Window On The Tipis

Flag Over The Tipi, Taos New Mexico

Flag over the tipi Taos, New Mexico. It’s been a busy week here in the studio. Print sales are winging their way around the country. In order to pull images I had to delve into the archives. It filled in some time between making prints and as the prints were coming out of the printer. I found this image from 2009 made at the Taos Tipis on the road to Santa Fe. Thanks for looking. G

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