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08-05-2009, 02:24 PM

Title: Lingering Snow - Taos Pueblo
Year Created:
Medium: Acrylic
Surface: Paper
Dimension: 22 x 30
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

Full sheet 22 x 30 of 300LB CP gessoed Watercolor paper. Palette knife and minimal brush work

All constructive comments welcomed

08-05-2009, 04:01 PM
I like the feel and the colors to this piece. It's warm and inviting in spite of the snow. The only thing that bothers me is that the buildings seem to be leaning. It gives me a domino feeling like if the last one would fall over they all would. Might just be the perspective you've used but I think the lines would still be perpendicular but soften and get smaller as they receed. I even like the white in this one lol.. :)

08-05-2009, 04:09 PM
Well I don't mind them leaning. Maybe they are built on a slope. To be honest I absolutely love this painting because you have captured the essence of the Southwest and the Indian village. Besides they say it is healthier to sleep with your feet higher than your head, LOL. Very cool indeed........Lenore

08-05-2009, 04:18 PM
I think the buildings look a bit like they are leaning, too, but agree that the colors are lovely and the sense of it is warm. The texture of the palette knife paint is great for these types of buildings.

08-05-2009, 04:26 PM
Thanks folks - well, the Taos Pueblo is 1,000 years old - yes 1,000 years old and is made in of course the old adobe fashion mud, water and hay. I perhaps to my disadvantage like to paint true to nature - I do it with my trees as I do not always alter nature and make them all different sizes - after all a stand of trees is a stand of trees, with a few old ones mixed into a batch of same age trees.
The Taos Pueblo does lean --- to the left and the right and in places forward and backwards.
People still choose to live in this structure, with no electricty etc. so I just can't turn it into something new looking. Even at 1,000 years old, the tilt ain't all that bad!!!

08-05-2009, 09:05 PM
Exciting painting. The colours are lovely, and of course I love snow!

Dana Design
08-06-2009, 01:02 PM
Richard, it's beautiful! Did you paint this plein aire? I know when I lived there, no cameras were allowed.

Love your colors, very exciting...there's life there!

08-06-2009, 01:15 PM
extraordinarily forceful. The warm colors emphasize the cold! And the taste of the southwest is there! beautifully done. How subtle that the cold cold blustery sky and what it means is brought to earth for us by the snow on the rooftops emulating the clouds!

08-06-2009, 02:02 PM
You've created a wonderful sense of the Pueblo in winter. I fully agree with the other accolades. I suggest, though, that the sky is too busy. This over complicates the painting. I apend a photoshop which seeks to simplify and lighten the sky with cold, wintery tones to try to illustrate this alternate treatment.


08-06-2009, 02:07 PM
I like it, palette knifework is very effective.

08-06-2009, 03:08 PM
I tend to agree with tgsloth about the sky....his softer version gives way more drama to the buildings....
my eye is stolen from them by the dark blue stripe on top....
you sure do like the color.....I like it too....yd