“Pitiado” is a type of hand embroidering used on horse saddles in Mexico. The title of this watercolor landscape painting “Pitiado” came from a contest suggested by Jim Ferguson when I was interviewed by him on 3/13/04 for the “Great American Outdoor Trails” radio show. Jim recommended that I sent out a request to all of my patrons who have my art and challenge them to come up with a name for this landscape.The winner who came up with the best name received a Giclée of “Pitiado.” As it turned out Jim had the best title, so he now has a Giclee of this wall art.
Old Tucson Studios
When I photographed this adobe, the sign where the Kokopelli is, replaced “Abogado,” which means an attorney in Spanish. This set was used as a prop in some of the famous western movies made at Old Tucson Studios Tucson, Arizona. From western movie heroes like John Wayne to current box-office stars such as Harrison Ford, many of Hollywood’s legends have walked past this structure.
Look close, and you can see the technique I used while painting this wall art. The first thing to do is to mask anything that isn’t the building. Masking Fluids prevent the paper from absorbing color. I applied a mask before I used a wash to protect areas that I wanted to remain white. Using a 2″broad brush while the paper is wet, I put down the colors of yellow, orange, red and cobalt blue, one after the other. This way they could blend. I then sprinkled kosher salt, to absorb some of the pigment and put saran wrap over the entire area and scrunched it up. When the paint dried, I peeled away the covering and wiped away the salt. This technique was used for Drums & Mocassins, Mondays, Taos Pueblo and San Ysidro to name a few.
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