Canale, Chilis and a Gecko

Most of the adobe homes in Santa Fe have flat roofs. When it rains, drains are needed to keep them from leaking. One way the water is redirected is by channels built out of wood or metal called “Canales”.  This one extends from the roof, over the little entry garden, to the exterior courtyard wall. These unique details make Southwestern architecture really fun to paint.

Trumpet Vine cascades down, over the wall of the house on the left. The mass of flowers is blocked in first, with mixes of Cadmium Orange + Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Light and Cadmium Orange. Then leaves are added using mixtures of Ptahlo Blue + Cadmium Yellow Medium.

After the foliage is complete, deep centers are made in the blossoms with Alizarin Crimson + Liquin. Bracing my wrist against the mahl stick steadies my hand.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Painting the Chili Ristra

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: The Little Gecko on the Bench

We’re done for today. Hope you’ll come back to help tile the floor and plant flowers in our next session! HUGS,

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