"Change Clouds," oil on claybord by Melwell Romancito, 6x6

I like to study classic Taos founder paintings as a way to understand the signature compositional styles and storytelling factors.

I have painted a short series, with plans to do more as time allows

In one case, I painted Edmund Davidson’s painting called “Ufer’s Alley.”

Davidson painted many of the subjects covered by Walter Ufer because often, his easel was set up just a few feet away from Ufer’s setup.

I really didn’t finish it. It is more of an underpainting, but I felt it captured the feeling of a Taos alleyway and I didn’t want to mess it up so I just stopped.

I’ve painted Ufer’s “Old Spanish Gate” in two formats, and I have also copied Victor Higgins and Maynard Dixon.