I shared this wall art of Sunbird, a watercolor when I did an “Art Fair” tent show in Scottsdale, AZ. When I heard a loud gasp from a woman standing in front of this landscape painting I had displayed. Inquiring I asked what was wrong and she said this was her store and was shocked to see it as a watercolor painting. Of course, she purchased this wall decor, and both of us were thrilled! The Hanks family has owned this family-run shop since 1988. “Sunbird” is just off the Plaza in Old Town Albuquerque. Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta has more than 700 balloons taking to the skies and attracts thousands of spectators each year.
Sunbirds Adobe Appearance
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. 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.
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.