An Altar to the Ancients

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You just never know where a painting is going to take you! A few years ago, a group of artists were invited to turn little wooden boxes into altars  for a show benefiting a good cause. I had previously painted the cliff dwellings of the Anasazi of Frijoles Canyon, so decided to replicate that scene for my altar. The tiny ladder was made of twigs from my yard and I had woven the tiny basket just for fun a few years before. As I was laying out this little diorama, a friend found a hummingbird nest and egg in his yard and brought it to me. I still think it’s one of the finest pieces of work I ever did. Maybe I had more than a little help!

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