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Cliff Palace

Published on August 14, 2014 under Architectural
Cliff Palace

Mesa Verde National Park: Cliff Palace Oil Painting by Stefan Baumann

18×14 Oil on Canvas Stretched on Wood Bars


Lower Left – Baumann

Artist’s Comments

Mesa Verde is a magical place that inspires the imagination. For thousands of years, native people have called it home. It was uninhabited except for the native people whose dwelling was safely tucked under a cliff that sheltered them from the elements and from others who were not one of their people. It was peaceful and serene. I stood poised with my brush in anticipation of capturing this historical place on my canvas. I’m in awe of the beautiful natural architecture that lies before me. I stand frozen, unable to paint. Everything I know about perspective is challenged. The structures are in shallow caves, ever line is crooked, and every edge is rounded. I’m not sure where to start…

Throughout my life, I have met many artists who have given me advice, coached me, moved and inspired me. As I stood paralyzed in front of my easel and canvas, I remembered a pearl of wisdom from an old polish woman who was a very talented artist. I knew her as Miss Gugalinsky. She gave me the most important piece of advice about creating art that I ever received. She said, “Everything that you need to know about painting is right in front of you.” After pausing for a moment, she continued in broken English, “Paint What You See.” I did not understand what she meant at the time. But, just remembering her saying that to me inspired me to start my painting because I understood that everything I needed to know about painting the Cliff village was right in front of me. All I had to do was begin. And then, the paint flew from my brush and in a few hours I captured this magical painting of “The Cliff Palace” in Mesa Verde.


Currently held by the artist



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This painting will be displayed in Stefan Baumann’s One Man Show titled: Reverence: An Artist’s Tribute to Nature” at The Orland Art Gallery in Orland, CA from September 1 through 27, 2014.


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