Painting the Land of Enchantment: New Mexico

"New Mexico Vision", watercolor and ink, 7" x 7.56", Karen Gillis Taylor, 2014

“New Mexico Vision”, watercolor and ink, 7″ x 7.62″, Karen Gillis Taylor, 2014. Click for larger view.

I just returned from a 5 day sojourn to Santa Fe, New Mexico. It’s a favorite destination for me over the years, and always inspiring for many reasons. The biggest source of joy I find may be the landscape and light. The state motto, “The Land of Enchantment” is a good description because of the unique beauty of the high desert, especially around Santa Fe and the northern regions. The richness of the cultures and history is another plus.

When traveling, watercolors are a handy medium to take along. After I painted this scene, I added pen and ink to further define shapes and give pattern and texture as well. And yes, there are tall pointy trees in the land, you just don’t see them often. When art comes from imagination, a person can stretch the boundaries of reality. But sure enough, I saw some very tall, pointy evergreens on my way out of Santa Fe this morning. and I also like that these allude to feather shapes. I wanted the landscape to dwarf the church on purpose. Nature does a good job of towering over us mere humans now and then.

Have you been to New Mexico? What did you like about it? Artists seem to be everywhere in Santa Fe. There are many good reasons for that. What do you think is the big attraction?

"New Mexico Vision," detail.

“New Mexico Vision,” detail. Click for large view.



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One Response to “Painting the Land of Enchantment: New Mexico”

  1. safelake Says:

    Reblogged this on Lavender Turquois.


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