Rustic Adobe, Sedona


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The sky here is like a tribe of people with changing moods and personal agendas. It moves from the purest blue and then suddenly a symphony of clouds, rain — emptied out to the wonderful smells of coolness in the air. The adobe structures are built to enjoy the continuous theatre that is Sedona and the Southwest.


Project notes: This is my last painting in Sedona. Off to Santa Fe to paint many wild horses. And a few adobes for the rest of the month. Wild.

Tlaquepaque, Patio De La Capilla, Sedona


#193/365 Paintings

After the “high” of meeting with Monty Wison at the El Portal (see painting 192), I walked around the beautiful Tlaquepaque  arts and crafts village. I took as many photos as possible. I was most captivated by this patio. The arch entrance really made me feel like I was walking into a hidden pocket of Barcelona. So lovely and intimate. Of course, being on a trajectory with destiny, I ended up talking to goats at the farmers market. But on the way, each architectural experience was it’s own world.


To new subscribers: In case you missed the announcement, I’m taking weekends off 365 as I travel this summer. Sometimes you’ll have 2 paintings as I catch up here and there. Just FYI. Thanks.

El Portal Authentic Adobe Hotel


#193/365 Paintings

I met with Monty Wilson at the El Portal Luxury Hacienda in Sedona. Monty is an adobe home craftsman/builder — and has been for 35 years. It took him 2.5 years to build the El Portal.

To say that my curious mind was satisfied over breakfast with Monty is an understatement. A true craftsman, he cleared my mind about why adobe homes simple feel so good. Authentic adobe bricks are made of mud, silt, sand, clay and other natural materials not only gives off negative ions but the the adobe is the same temperature as the air. It doesn’t pull your body heat. You exist in harmony with the natural temperatures in the air. So that’s it. That makes perfect sense. Kind of like creating an outer body — additional skin.

As we chatted thermal/solar mass, picking up the views with the design, city bureaucracy, beam design, etc… I began to wonder what it would take to have my own authentic adobe home built. Monty then blew it all into perspective. This might seem obvious to some, (but not me) but an adobe structure in the purest sense begins with hand built bricks. For a 1k square foot home it takes 3k bricks. This takes approx. 2-3 years more labor and 25% more costs. No wonder the ratio is about 5% authentic adobe homes. The difference is palpable. When Steve Segner, the owner joined our conversation (with his super duper cute Beagle) and then gave me a tour of the hotel, the feel of the adobe walls was like silk. Cool, comfortable, effortless.

I asked Monty for his vote of what I would paint. He pointed to this courtyard, but not just the courtyard… the cactus and wisteria woven into the steel reeds upstairs — the railing of the rooms. He summed up the emotional landscape in these words:

I like the how the prickly bits of cactus are softened by the texture of the wisteria and grounded with a strong foundation. ~ Monty Wilson

So human!