Bob Baker, “The Road to Christ in the Desert Monastery, I and II”

10 Aug

The Road to Christ in the Desert Monastery, I (oil on panel)

The Road to Christ in the Desert Monastery II (oil on panel)

A  few years ago my wife and I were in Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico on vacation.  One of the side trips we made was to Christ in the Desert Trappist Monastery, located in the Chama River Valley west of Taos.  Getting there is a neat trick — a seventeen mile trek through the desert on a single-lane dirt road with many wash outs and much washboarding, requiring either a four wheel drive vehicle or a Hertz rental car.  (Ahem.)  It is quite an experience to drive that far into the desert, wondering whether you’re nuts, and then top a hill and see a lush, green river valley spread out beneath you, complete with cottonwoods and grazing cattle.

During our drive the light went from bright sunlight to gray and stormy in the space of about a half hour, dramatically altering  the look and feel of the desert landscape.  That’s what’s depicted in these two paintings.  The trip is highly recommended to all you searchers out there!

 

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