Saturday, October 16, 2010

St. Francis


One of my favorite artist on the Abiquiu Studio tour is Leopoldo Garcia. He creates some amazing cravings out of wood found near the mountains of Abiquiu. I currently own two of his carvings, a Virgin de Guadalupe and a St. Francis. Not quite as large as this one which is probably a little over 6 feet tall. I also have the most beautiful walking stick that he made out of the same type of wood. His home/studio is in the same village that Georgia O'Keefe lived in. He was a little boy when she lived there. He once shared a great story with me about the "The Lady" who paid for him to go to boarding school.

15 comments:

jeannette said...

Thank you for telling the story of these artists! So interesting...

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Cool find. Interesting.
Wong

VP said...

I do like carved wood, this work is simple but effective.

Cezar and Léia said...

There's a nice feel to this art, sort of mood lifting!
God bless you!
Cezar

becky said...

Hi Randy~
I didn't make it by his studio this year, but my Dad & I met him last year~ he told us that story, too. Amazing!
Very cool carvings. St Francis has got to be my favorite Saint.

Regina K said...

A great story to share and an interesting photo. Love that area art

Lúcia said...

Beautiful work, it's nice to know he works on wood found near the mountains.
This tour must be really cool! ;-)

Birdman said...

Caved wood is always cool.

Sharon said...

What a great tour this must have been. It's something I certainly would have enjoyed. Thanks for sharing!

cieldequimper said...

Did she really? How good of her.
I saw a Georgia O'Keefe at the Seattle Art Museum this September that I would never have recognised as being her work. I guess we are too used to seeing her flowers (or any other interpretation).

This is a very nice wood carving, simple as befits the subject. Lucky you to have two.

Eleonora said...

I love carved wood, which wood is this, do you know? (I'm a wood freak)

Great story too, thank you for sharing it here.

Jacob said...

I'd buy one of his carvings! Deft workmanship!

Interesting story, too.

Re your comment on Cedar Key: According to the Pelican grapevine, the birds were discussing the dorky tourists.

Tracy said...

Oh, that is a very amazing sculpture!

Kate said...

The Ortegas certainly are famous woodcarvers, but now you introduced us to another one. You are wise to make those purchases.

Joy said...

Aaww. The patron saint of animals. He did live an extraordinary life.

An imaginative piece of artwork.


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