Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Santa Fe Adobe V, Day Four of Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days Challenge

Santa Fe Adobe V
6x8 oil on canvas, mounted

SANTA FE ADOBE V, oil on canvas, mounted on Masonite suitable for framing or display on a tabletop easel.  Day Four of the Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days Challenge

Isn't this organic natural wall interesting?  I would have liked to watch it being built.  This type of wall is very prevalent in Santa Fe, but walls are found around property throughout the state.  It may just be the style, but I was told they were built to keep out rattlesnakes.  I have lived in NM for 45 years and have never seen a rattlesnake.

The Russian Olive tree inside the wall is messy and thisrty.  It doesn't belong in the desert and is considered by some to be a nuisance.  Yet it is a very beautiful tree with an incredible fragrance in the spring.

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  1. You have captured the solidity and graceful stregnth of the adobe in this one - i love it!
    I am with you, Carol. I would liked to have seen this built.
    They will keep out the snakes for sure but the rock walls don't. I watched a rattlesnake slide right over the top of my wall and use the uneven surface to zig zag its way down.
    You really have never seen one? That's city life for you.

  2. Wonderful piece, so warm and cozy! great job!

  3. One of the reasons I love New Mexican homes. I love the curved walls, and the colorful, aged gates. My dream home! Your depiction is so lovely


  4. Thank you Sheila. I am fortunate to live in New Mexico with painting subjects at every turn.


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