Friday, April 15, 2022

Painting a Mural at a Cabin at Mystic Valley Sculpture Park

At the beginning of Spring, I started a mural project in our new cabin. I painted a mountain scene inspired by the views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains that surround our 40 acre sculpture park.

When the sun begins to set over the mountains in the San Luis Valley, often there is a beautiful burst of color. At times it is in the sky, while other times the mountains themselves can look lit up and glow with warmth. I took this photo from our sunset viewing bench in late Autumn. I used the color of the mountains from that evening to be my inspiration for the new mural.

Kyle and I built this cabin over the Winter. It faces the mountains that inspired the mural within it. You can actually see the mountains reflected in the windows.

The campsite is set up in a way for guests to be able to enjoy the incredible view of Mt Blanca right from their site which includes a firepit with a grill swivel, two Adirondack chairs as well as a nice size picnic table.

Even though this site is only for two guests, the picnic table is pretty spacious =)

I pretty much speed painted the mural but still it was a pretty neat experience to work on a much bigger canvas than usual. 

The mural is a wonderful way to greet the guests. You don't have to feel bad about leaving the mountain views behind when you walk it when you have your own, personal mountain view inside. Plus the large windows in the cabin do provide panoramic views of the outside landscape.

Overview of the cabin interior. Its a small studio space 10' by 16'. There is a queen sized bed with fresh linens, pillows, a comforter plus additional blankets. An artsy coatrack hangs on the door. Next to is is a bar table with 2 stools overlooking the mountains out the window. 

Next to the bed is a chair to kick back in. Additionally, there is some counter space with a camping stove and a teapot. There is also a cooler that can keep food and drinks cool for upto 4 days.

The cabin has solar electricity and lights. There is also an outlet for charging phones and laptops - nothing too crazy though as the power is limited. We provide a buddy heater with propane for those extra cold nights.

From the cabin, you can see the other fun, colorful structures on the property plus the Great Sand Dunes National Park in the background set against Mt Herard. Visit AirBnB to book a stay at our Mystic Valley Sculpture Park:

Back to the cabin =) We oriented the cabin to face the mountain views so we can't get a photo of it with the mountains but guests can enjoy lovely views of their surroundings instead.

Planning to visit the San Luis Valley and The Great Sand Dunes National Park? Book your stay at our cabin at the remote, 40 Acre Sculpture Park here:


Below are just a few of the couple dozen art and sculpture pieces that we've installed at the park so far. Each guest who visits is helping to grow our creative vision. Each year we add new artwork for the small batch of guests who stumble upon our hidden, alpine desert oasis!

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