Look close, and you can see the technique I used in Pueblo Mission while painting this wall art. The first thing to do is to mask anything that isn’t the building and walls. Preventing the paper from absorbing color, to protect areas that I wanted to remain white for this wall decor. 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. When the paint dried, I wiped away the salt. This technique was used for Drums & Moccasins, 1001 Nights, and San Ysidro to name a few.
Artistic license with Pueblo Mission
Sometimes, I use my creative license, and in this instance, I did to create Pueblo Mission. The original walls were white and thought it would look better with the orange hues. I loved this image so much that I painted two other skies. Both in watercolor to change up the entire look of this wall decor. Once I did that I used photoshop to move the church to the different two original watercolor skies I created. One was a vibrant winter purple sky. And the other had vivid yellow heavens at sunset, which showed of the cross at the top of the steeple.
When I created this watercolor of Pueblo Mission, the original background was mountainous. Since Monument Valley is such an iconic spiritual place here in the southwest, and I love painting it, I added it to the setting. I think you’ll enjoy my 10′ x 3′ version of “John Ford Point.” If you go to Monument Valley do a tour with Navajo Spirit tours, you’ll be glad you did. In addition to this, director John Ford used this location for a number of his best-known films with John Wayne, and thus, in the words of critic Keith Phipps, “its five square miles have defined what decades of moviegoers think of when they imagine the American West.” This original 33” x 120” x1.5” canvas is available. Of course, art prints are also available, as canvas prints & paper prints.
Sedona Landscape Paintings
While I love painting with watercolors, my current love is using acrylics, both heavy body, and liquid acrylics. Creating Sedona landscape paintings and any form of Sedona art is my current direction.