A Quick Stop at Abo

My husband and I went to Mountainair, New Mexico this past weekend to drop off some paintings for the “21 Years of Enchantment” art show on August 26, 2016.  After dropping those off at Cibola Arts Gallery we headed to lunch.  If you are ever in Mountainair, make sure to check out a little cafe called Alpine Alley.  Those folks make great sandwiches and the fried pickles are excellent!  They serve breakfast and lunch.

We made reservations at a local RV park and headed home.  My husband knows I like to look at old ruins and it doesn’t matter to me how many times I have seen them.  Being the sweet guy he is, he knew I would enjoy seeing the Abo ruins again and made sure to take a right when I least expected it (I really didn’t think he would be game)…all of the sudden Abo!  I took some pictures to share.

If you go to the Mountainair Sunflower Festival, make sure to stop at Abo.  It isn’t very far off the main road at all and it is worth the stop!


Sunflower and Iris Still Life 11 X 14 Inch Oil Painting

This is an 11 X 14 inch floral still life oil painting of sunflowers, Iris and gladiolus.  I went back and forth between white and purple for the iris color and finally decided on white and used the purple in the vase and grapes.

These sunflowers are infatuated with the grapes.  Wooooah!  Oh oh oh!  Grapes!  The irises say where where?  Meanwhile, the gladiolus is reaching down for one.

Mostly Sleeping Sunflowers 11 X 14 Inch Still Life Oil Painting

This is an 11 X 14 oil painting of sunflowers in a vase.  Most of them appear to be sleeping except the one in the back who has a case of the yawns.  I contemplated whether I should paint Zees coming out of the lower right hand sunflower who seems to be catching flys during his nap.  However, I decided that if he wasn’t sleeping and snoring…then he is looking at the sunflower who fell out of bed…whoops!  Ooooh.  You okay guy?

Sunflower Garden Party 11 X 14 Inch Oil Painting 

This is an 11 X 14 inch oil painting of a little sunflower garden.  I look at sunflowers and see expressions on their faces.  These sunflowers seem like they are having a intense, strategic conversation in a huddle.  The little one in the bottom left corner wants so badly to play.  Put me in coach!  He is too little and I don’t think the other sunflowers are having it.  Or…maybe it is three kids asking their parents for a sleep over after the garden party…please….please?  

I painted this one for the Mountainair Sunflower Festival at the end of August.

Sunflowers in Green Vase 16 X 20 Inch Oil Painting

This is a 16 X 20 inch still life oil painting of a crowded group of sunflowers in a bright green vase.  I am painting sunflowers in preparation for the Mountainair Sunflower Festival at the end of August.  

This vase of sunflowers looks like it just had a really big dinner.

Sunflower Still Life 11 X 14 inch Oil Painting

This is an 11 X 14 inch still life of sunflowers in a vase.  I like the dropped petals and the position of the leaves.  It looks like the sunflowers are having a conversation about who is responsible for the petals are all over the table making a mess.  Maybe they are saying…”Hey Bob, you dropped your petals.”….Bob says, “Nooooo….not my petals!  Frank?  they yours?”.

Moon Rising 12 X 16 Inch Sunflower Landscape

This is a 12 X 16 inch oil painting of sunflowers set against a rocky mesa and the rising moon.