I visited Cortijo del Fraile last week and was pleased to find that some restoration work to preserve the old Ermita has been done by the owners and the bell tower is no longer about to collapse. There has been a battle going on for some years between the Junta de Andalucia and the Ayuntamiento de Nijar against the large agricultural corporation which owns the property, about whom should pay for the restoration of this historic building. It was built in the 18th Century for the Dominican friars of Almeria but is better known as the location of the real-life double murder in 1928 known as the crime of Nijar which inspired the poet Federico Garcia Lorca to write his famous drama, ‘Blood Wedding’.
La Ermita del Fraile is located in the heart of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata not far from where I live In las Negras so I have walked around here many times but I have not been inspired to paint this old building before. On this occasion though the light and colours were superb, the horses tethered outside added life to the scene and the ermita itself looked particularly attractive and interesting to draw. I selected this view to paint from as I wanted to include the eucalyptus trees and part of the ploughed field in the foreground to provide different shapes and textures. Which I think makes a more interesting composition than only including the church in the painting.
The medium is watercolour
The image size is 350mm x 250mm.
The original painting is for sale for 150 euros.
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