Shadows and Eric of 203

I suppose we all have nested away some items, some event or photograph we cherish.  I published a photograph several weeks ago on the feed bin in the far field with clouds that I had set aside in the files, but every time I came across the feed bin and clouds photograph I wanted to post it and share it with readers in the blogosphere.  I present two things here with a short story line, one is the long shadows in Stall 1 of the stables, the other is an artwork of Eric Andrews of Taos, New Mexico.

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A January 28, 2011, photograph of Stall 1 in the stables

When this photograph was taken on January 28, 2011, the late afternoon shadows of the stall panels were surrounded by cold mist of a winter’s day. I was terribly sad because I had recently sold three of my prize horses at an auction in Oklahoma City, and the absence of Hija, Fanny and the foal-to-be was anguishing. The economy had gone sour and I had — through my own ineptitude — lost money on the stock market. So had other people lost money, but they had not be forced to sell their companions. I sold the horses — no small relief, to be sure — to fine people in Canada and Missouri and I was comforted in the transfer. The photograph illustrated to me the emptiness in my life at the time.

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Walking the Acequia 2, Eric Andrews, 203 Fine Art Gallery, Taos

Eric Andrews’ painting, Walking the Acequia 2, is one of his current paintings for sale and is a good example of his art.  I possess one Eric Andrews painting.  He and his wife own the 203 Fine Art Gallery in Taos, New Mexico. After the death of my mother in 2003, I wanted to invest my inheritance in either fine art or land.  I eventually settled on buying the Flying Hat Ranchito. Before I bought the Flying Hat, however, I traveled to Taos and Santa Fe to put together an ensemble of southwestern paintings of the Taos Society of Artists — Bert Geer Phillips, Ernest L. Blumenschein, Joseph Henry Sharp, Oscar E. Berninghaus, E. Irving Couse and W. Herbert Dunton.

As I made a laundry list of the paintings I might purchase, going from art gallery to art gallery, I met Eric Andrews at the Parsons Gallery in Taos. It was an immediate friendship. I traveled to his studio out on the High Road to Taos from Santa Fe to visit with him and his wife and see their work. Although I made the decision to buy my ranchito, I bought Eric’s Vadito II that hangs over my fireplace (you can see it on the “About” page of Sage to Meadow). The painting above, Walking the Acequia 2, illustrates my acquaintance with Eric and my deep interest in all things acequia.

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5 responses to “Shadows and Eric of 203

  1. I love the photo of the stall. It indeed reflects the emptiness you were feeling after the loss of your companions; Hija, Fanny and the foal-to-be. I can remember your post describing the trip to the sale, your feelings of loss pouring off the page. The Andrews painting, to me, with it’s bright colors evokes just the opposite feelings. A nice balance between the two memories. A good way to look at life.

  2. The stall photograph along with your explanation of having to sell your companions tugged at my heart strings. I really felt for your loss and hope it never happens again.

    And like Annie, above, I had good feelings when I looked at the painting that now adorns the wall over your fireplace. That, long with your ranch, was a wonderful way to honor your Mom through her gift of inheritance to you.

    Somehow typical of life, sad and happy, even each other out.

  3. Wow. That is some list of painters. I have a book on the Taos Society of Artists and have been to the Gerald Peters Gallery in SF, which houses many of their important paintings. A tough choice, but land is such a good thing to have in our lives, so real, and a nice testament to the inheritance. I bought my piece of land with an inheritance. I feel my parents would approve of my choice.

    A beautiful painting you’ve post here. I will have to pay that gallery a visit some day.

    And, a beautiful photo illustrating your sense of loss with the horses gone. The shadows seem to represent the place they once held in your life. Very poignant. Thank you for sharing it, along with your thoughts about it ,with us.

  4. That photo says so much more than words ever could.

  5. Taken on its own, the photo is aesthetically pleasing. Taken in context, it is heart-rending. The difference cuts to the heart of my argument with so much post-modernist criticism. No painting is “just oils”, no photograph “just shadows and light”. Even with words, the selection process counts as much as what lands on the page. Or so I think.

    A snippet of thought worth pursuing: could it be that the face-to-face relationships you rightly celebrate are being eroded by a “post-modernist” conviction that a person is solely an individual, and that context (community) doesn’t matter? I don’t know. But I have some suspicions.

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