Back to “The City Different”

SE2115 Bounty of Fall Step 1

Today we’re going back to Santa Fe. Established in 1607, this is the second oldest city in the United States. Only St. Augustine, Florida is older. Why is it called “The City Different”? Santa Fe has worked to preserve it’s unique, regional architectural style. Since 1958 all new and rebuilt buildings, especially those in the historic areas must be designed following the Spanish Territorial or Pueblo architectural style. The most common features are flat rooftops and rounded adobe construction. There is no other town in America that looks like Santa Fe, thus the name “The City Different”! So let’s begin my sketch with the typical adobe architecture.

Sketch Kent and Joe

This is the last of four paintings I’m doing for our collectors. Thought you’d enjoy seeing the pen and ink sketches of the quartet as a reminder of the initial plan. You can click on the image to see it larger.

SE2115 Bounty of Fall Step 2

I’m really glad chickens were a special request, they are so fun to paint. Their basic shapes are sketched in, then the red combs and wattles are washed in with Alizarin Crimson + Liquin.

SE2115 Bounty of Fall Step 3

Using the same wash I block in the strand of chili peppers.

SE2115 Bounty of Fall Step 4

The drawing on the canvas is completed, we’ll begin painting in the next session. If you would like to receive an email every time I publish a new post please feel free to subscribe to my blog. CLICK THIS LINK and scroll to the upper right side of the page. You will see a heading EMAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS. Just enter your email address and click the button “Sign me up!”  It’s easy. And if you enjoy my blog please CLICK the FaceBook LIKE Button. As we say in Texas, “Much Obliged! Hugs,

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