(New Mexico)
As I’ve wandered around New Mexico, the many old style chapels have caught my attention. Thought I’d share some with you.

Chapel in Chimayó New Mexico

Santuario de Chimayó in Potrero


They’re often very old with accompanying defects that add charm. Slightly askew lines, faded colors and varied textures combine for interesting visual affects.

Stone chapel in Ft. Stanton

Sacred Heart in Fort Stanton

Old mission chapel on the Sky City mesa

San Estevan del Rey in Ácoma Pueblo

They have a similar appeal as old run down barns provide for the artist’s eye. Or perhaps like gnarly trees and craggy rocks? Good subject material for paintings.

Old adobe chapel in village

San José de Gracia in Las Trampas

Chapel with wall in Ribera NM

San Miguel del Vado in Ribera

Some are new and built with the colonial or pueblo style adobe features. Still, the look has a certain character that is appealing. Hope you enjoy them too.

Catholic church in Taos NM

Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe in Taos

Location: Mostly small towns
Scene: Chapels, subjects

8 Responses to Chapels

  1. Dizzy-Dick November 8, 2014 at 9:59 pm #

    Those would all make good subjects for paintings.

    • Pleinguy November 9, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

      Yes, I had the same idea.

  2. Gypsy November 8, 2014 at 11:47 pm #

    I think they lend themselves well to photography.

    • Pleinguy November 9, 2014 at 4:54 pm #

      A good photographer could do a better job capturing them, I’m sure.

  3. J. RICHARD SECOR November 9, 2014 at 5:41 pm #

    We visited these chapels and many more during our 5 years in Santa Fe. I use to donate 3 – 4 paintings a year to a company called Cornerstone who’s prime business was to rejuvenate historic chapels throughout NM. The art work was auctioned every year – at least during our 5 years in NM

    • Pleinguy November 13, 2014 at 6:58 am #

      That was very generous of you Dick.

  4. Dragonfly November 10, 2014 at 5:40 pm #

    You may need to settle for a few days and start some paintings.

    • Pleinguy November 13, 2014 at 6:59 am #

      You’ve got that right. It’s in the plan.

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