This landscape painting of Navajo Palapa (a Spanish word of Mayan origin, meaning “pulpous leaf”) is an open-sided shade dwelling. This type of shelter is widely used here in the southwest. When I created this watercolor, the original background was a stand of trees. However, I decided to put Monument Valley in the setting which is a truly spiritual place. Having visited this iconic location and painting a 10′ x 3′ version of it, being drawn to using it in many of my wall art creations. To see a different version of this painting, click here.
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Monument Valley attracted many Hollywood film crews to it. Big and memorable cinematic productions have frequently graced the Navajo Nation — particularly Monument Valley, which, thanks to director John Ford, became the familiar backdrop for the American western genre. Monument Valley isn’t only for dusty cowboy movies — it’s also appeared in science-fiction flicks, contemporary action movies, and even comedies. Here are 12 films that filmed memorable scenes in the iconic Navajo landscape. Stagecoach (1939), My Darling Clementine (1946), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), The How the West Was Won (1962), Easy Rider (1968), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), The Eiger Sanction (1975), National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983), Back to the Future Part III (1990), Forrest Gump (1994), The Lone Ranger (2013).
Valley of a Tributary
This wall art of this teepee and covered wagon along with Monument Valley on the horizon located in Taos, New Mexico which is located in a valley of a tributary of the Rio Grande and is at an elevation of approximately 7,600 feet. Indians built their teepees, Wagons and Palapa’s depicted here in my painting. All are authentic and located in the Taos Valley. This watercolor is available as an art print on canvas, metal, and paper.
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