Bob Baker, “Gethsemani Abbey, Spring Sunset” (2012)

28 May

Bob Baker, Gethsemani Abbey, Spring Sunset (2012)

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Here’s my latest painting, Gethsemani Abbey, Spring Sunset.  This is my second crack at painting the church at Gethsemani.  My first one, creatively entitled Gethsemani Abbey, depicted the church at sunset in early October of last year.  For comparison purposes that earlier painting  is posted below.

Just for fun I plan to paint the Abbey church in different light and atmospheric conditions, much as Sisley did with the church at Moret.  I’m sure it’ll take awhile!

Bob Baker, Gethsemani Abbey (2011)

For all ye uninitiated, Gethsemani is a Trappist monastery around ten miles outside Bardstown, Kentucky.  It is best known as the temporal and spiritual home of its most famous monk, Thomas Merton.

While Gethsemani is synonymous with Merton, it is much more than that.  The Gethsemani Trappists have been praying the Liturgy of the Hours seven times a day, seven days a week, uninterrupted since the monastery was founded in 1845.  More recently Gethsemani made news when it was visited (twice) by the Dalai Lama.  I was there on retreat last weekend.  Highly recommended.  All faiths welcome, just remember to maintain monastic silence.

4 Responses to “Bob Baker, “Gethsemani Abbey, Spring Sunset” (2012)”

  1. Mark May 29, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    Great work, Robert. I like the idea of a series, too. You’ll have to get down there in the rain/snow next.

    • bobbalouie May 29, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

      Thanks. Yeah, the changing seasons/weather is why a series may take awhile. Even if we go back there in the winter, you never know what sort of weather you’re going to get. Although the angle of the sun alone already created a difference, you notice that? The sun was further to the south in the one I did last October so the shadows of the church fell quite a bit differently than they did in this last one.

      • Sarah Smith December 12, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

        Hi Bob,

        We would really like to use one of your paintings: Gethsemani Abbey (2011) on a book cover design coming out in April 2013. Could you email me at my email supplied to find out more details about the book project.

        I look forward to hearing back from you.

        Best wishes, Sarah

      • bobbalouie December 12, 2012 at 4:32 pm #

        Hi, Sara. No problem to use the painting. I’m very glad you like it! I’m familiar with the work of your organization and happy to be of help. If you can credit me somewhere it would be appreciated, but it’s no problem either way. If you end up using it I’d love to get information about the book so I can get a copy.

        FYI, I tried responding by clicking on your e-mail address above, but I got an “undeliverable” message back. I will try again by manually inserting your address. Not sure what the problem is. By the way, I have a slightly better quality image of that painting I can send you — I made it after posting the image on my blog. I can forward it if you would like.

        Merry Christmas!


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