Sometimes, I use my artistic license, and in this instance, I did to create this contemporary new wall art. This original Pueblo Mission was a white church. However, I thought it would look better with the orange hues the way I painted it. I loved this image so much that I painted two other skies in watercolor to change up the entire look and to create a whole different canvas piece of art. Once I did that I used photoshop to move the church over to the various two original watercolor skies I created. One was a vibrant winter purple sky with snow all around, and the other had vivid yellow heavens at sunset, which showed of the cross at the top of the steeple.
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 the 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. When the paint dried, I wiped away the salt. This technique was used for Drums & Mocassins, Mondays, Taos Pueblo, and San Ysidro, to name a few.
When I created this watercolor, 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” too!I
Massive adobe walls
Pueblo Mission located in a quaint village that has been a farming community since 1699 when Juan Trujillo established a settlement named for San Ysidro, or Saint Isidore the Farmer. This style of architecture is very ordinary in the southwest. Like many New Mexico churches, it has massive adobe walls, carved vigas, and supporting corbel arches. Canvas art prints of this wall decor offered on this art website. Metal & paper art prints also available.
For my latest expressive creation of wall art available as a canvas print, click here, you’ll be happy you did!