“Rules of Engagement” and Santos

My first landscape featuring the area around Santa Fe. In my painting studio I have a view of pinon trees on a hill. I witness ravens, rabbits, lizards and prairie dogs. This painting incorporates a lot of Santa Fe. My Santo Nino from the Philippines feels right at home in this land. I suppose my figures have a little of the “Santo” in them.

Rules of Engagement

Rules of Engagement

Young ravens apparently love shiny objects and have been found to steal them. They are also some of the most playful and intelligent birds. I’m not sure whetherthe bird on the left is expressing his joyful excitement at the game about to begin or his displeasure at the other one’s premature grasping of the ball: “Let’s play” or “Cheater! Cheater!”

Rules of Engagement compositional sketch

Rules of Engagement compositional sketch

Rules of Engagement

Rules of Engagement

An inspiration, a gift from my mother, a Philippine Santo…

Philippine Santo Nino

Philippine Santo Nino