Archive for May, 2007

Final Post – Visits to “Bandelier National Monument” and “Christ in the Desert” Monastery

May 14, 2007

Sorry for the delay in making this final post of my sabbatical but our plans to visit Bandelier Monument were delayed and I wanted to include my visit to Christ in the Desert Monastery. We have all been busy getting ready to leave by cleaning up Sangre Center, mailing packages home and packing.

My sabbatical has been a wonderful opportunity for prayer, study and priestly renewal. I have made some wonderful friends and look forward to keeping in touch with them. But it is now time to leave Sangre and return to my life at St. Brigid’s in Westbury where I have been serving as a parish priest for the past 2 1/2 years.

Please enjoy these last photos.

Pueblo ruins at Bandelier

The “Long House” at Bandelier. The holes in the mountain wall indicate where the wooden posts jotted out that formed the platform for the roof of the pueblo building.

Front entrance of the chapel at Christ in the Desert Monastery

Fr. Ron MacDonell and I pose for a picture by Christ in the Desert Monastery

Beautiful Mural of Christ in the guest area of the Monastery

View near Christ in the Desert Monastery

View leaving Christ in the Desert Monastery.


Water Coloring Classes Come To An End – May 2, 2007

May 3, 2007

This past Monday I completed the Water Coloring Class part of my sabbatical. It was a great experience learning the basics of this art form. I hope that I will be able to continue studying water coloring and become more proficient as an artist.

Br. Jospeh Schmidt (seated) instructs us on various techniques of painting.

I invite you now to view my last three paintings.

Learning the technique of painting mirror imaging in a lake setting.

Continuing to use the technique of mirror imaging and adding the technique of negative painting (The sails of the boats are created using tape. The tape is removed when the painting is completed giving the sense of the sails being painted white.)

For our last picture we were free to paint any scene of our choice. This is my version of a famous water color painting by Benson.

Next Thursday, May 10, 2007, I will post the last blog of my sabbatical. Please join me for the last time next week. I will be returning to St. Brigid’s Church in Westbury, New York on Tuesday, May 15, 2007.