La Ermita Del Fraile


La Ermita del Fraile

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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About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live pn a small farmer the town of Alhabia in the Alpujarra Almeriense in the Province of Almeria. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy portraiture and figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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