In this southwest New Mexico church called “Sandoval Snow,” I used a special painting technique for the wall art. First, I masked off non-building areas. Then, I used a 2″ broad brush to apply yellow, orange, red, and cobalt blue colors to the wet paper, allowing them to blend. I protected certain areas to keep them white. After sprinkling kosher salt on top to absorb pigment, I wiped it away once the paint dried. I used this same technique for other wall decor, such as “Drums & Moccasins,” “1001 Nights,” and “San Ysidro.”
As a contemporary Sedona artist, sometimes, I use my creative license. I loved this image so much that I painted a vibrant winter purple sky with snow all around. San Ysidro had vivid yellow heavens at sunset, which showed the cross at the top of the steeple.
When I created this watercolor of Sandoval Snow, 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, such as canvas prints & paper prints.
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My first love was painting with watercolors; however, my medium of choice now is heavy body and liquid acrylics. Discover my vivid, mystical landscape paintings here.