SW Adobe House in Winter Snow Squall c1996
The scene depicts in my mind a break in a brief but intense winter storm or snow squall on a high caprock plateau in New Mexico, Arizona or Colorado. The sun is just beginning to break through the blowing snow showers while heavy snow squalls continue off in the distance. Sheets of snow flakes are whipped across the foreground by wind gusts from several directions. Some of the largest compound flakes are visible against the brown adobe walls of a small house with attached shed in the foreground. The round log ridge poles suggest that the modest dwelling is built following indigenous construction methods and so may be occupied by a native American family. The absence of electrification, car tracks, powerlines and paved roads anywhere in the scene may indicate that the structure is located in a remote section of a reservation or is used only seasonally in warmer months. There does not appear to be any chimney or stove pipes on the structure unless these are obscured by the perspective. In fact, the structure may be abandoned, however it does not yet appear to be falling in ruin. The main door looks intact and may even have a screen door in front of a solid plank door. Some tall sheaves of dry grass poke through the snow in the foreground on the left and also further back by the open shed. There is a tree line visible along the horizon that may include other structures, however the dark clouds and snow obscure such details. The artist's signature is located in the lower right corner of the print. The signature is part of the original painting itself and was also captured in the photographic process used to make this print. I cannot make it out and it is either Staden, Stada, Steder, or ?? If anyone knows, kindly drop me a note - thanks.
The print is over painted with a thick shellac or polyethylene coating that retains brush strokes to give the appearance of light refracted off sheets of blowing snow. The dark gray sky off in the distance shows the intensity of the storm. The strong shadows indicate that the sun is off to the viewer's right at about three oclock with maybe two more hours of daylight left. How long this gap in the turbulence will continue is unknown but the sunlight certainly offers a momentary break. The validity of my interpretation of this print and its original painting may be taken with a grain salt. The print will remain on my wall until it finds a new home and owner who appreciates it in their own way. And as always, this framed print also comes with my Docs Antiques no fault satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy for a refund.
SIZE: The frame is probably less than 15 years old and nicely complements the earth tones of the adobe building. The paper backing on the frame is intact and the gold gilding on the front complete. A simpler frame would probably allow the print to project more forcefully but appear less ostentatious. The frame measures 12 3/8 inches by 10 3/8 inches whereas the visible portion of the print measures 6.5 inches by 4.5 inches (print may not extend very far beyond this size). The frame is wood on the back (probably oak) and the front relief is out of some kind of molded composition. The frame has some depth to it and projects out from a wall about 1 3/16 inches. The result is a wonderful work of art that is neither too big nor too small to display along a wall or among a group of framed art and will certainly capture attention in most any setting.
CONDITION: The print is in good condition and has no stains or damage (it is not under glass). The frame also has no wear or damage and its paper backing is intact. Both frame and print appear to be in the same condition as originally purchased by its previous owner (also a nonsmoker, too). If the buyer is not completely satisfied, then she or he may return this work of art for a refund (see our refund policy noted below for full details).
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Item ID: RL401.a1056
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