Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Sunrise on the Acequia

There is this area between Hondo and Arroyo Seco where the sides of the valley are steep and the homes are built up on the edges. The ancestral land in the area is divided among the sons in strips called spaghetti farms. Instead of just quartering a piece of acreage they divide it so every piece of land has access to the acequia - or irrigation ditch- and the road. Some of these spaghetti farms are so thin that even a double wide trailer will not fit so homes are stacked up on the road edge.

That area was inspiration of this painting. It was an interesting challenge in perspective. When I found myself getting to academic about it I forced myself to go for a more "primative" approach. Just as long as the houses did not look as if they were falling off the edge, I told myself, and then laughed because I sometimes feel when driving along the high road over the Hondo Valley that the houses will tobble down to the valley below were the sheep and cows graze.

This vertical Hill and Dale painting was a nice departure. I enjoyed to process of being confused with it from time to time. From that confusion comes progress and innovation in our work.


  1. Spaghetti farms! Marvelous. The depth and perspective are so good, and the houses deliver just the right amount of vertigo. And then there are the chickens just going about their daily business, not worried at all about the heights. Just wonderful!

  2. By the way, I was looking at your pics on Facebook and left you a comment to see if you could allow everyone to see your photos so people don't need to be a "friend" in order to come browse. I think you could get some good exposure on FB.

  3. Thanks for the compliment and I checked my settings on the photos and they are public. I do know profile information is friend of friend and how that impacts the public setting on pictures I don't know.

  4. yes- the depth and perspective are great

  5. I love how the sunlight hits the walls of the
    adobe and the play of shadow; those chickens
    aren't too bad, either! I say, are those perchance sheep, down in the valley?


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