Capturing the spirit of the Southwestern culture
Cold and Santa Fe do not compute....Love the image, strange as the concept is. Maybe that's why I love it so. An image that is the antithesis of stereotypical Santa Fe.
The reference for this was taken a few days after Christmas, when my sister's family was in town visiting. It's funny that you mention the perception of the Southwest as being ALL warm...I think they were a little disappointed that it wasn't (the difference between the High Desert vs the regular Desert)! Honestly though, I'll take a NM winter any day, vs an OH winter! We have been hovering around 60° all week, and OH has been getting slammed with winter storms and temps around ZERO! (Winter has broken here, It's probably safe for you to come visit now) :>)
The loose, expressive brush-master does it again! This is a great painting, Tom. You've captured the feeling of the moment... that cold, rushing to the car feeling. Excellent!
Thanks Doug! It definitely was one of those days you didn't dawdle-around outside! There were a lot of unusual contrasts in this scene that made it appealing to me. The cool foreground vs. the hot background. I like paintings that have a second layer of activity to them- the figures in the foreground were very subtle/subdued and kind of get lost- become part of the larger shape. Last but not least- it IS kind of funny/shocking to see snow on cacti, (people bundled up in a southwestern environment)!
I really like this one! I need to get back to Santa Fe.....it's been like a year or so.
I love the rich colors and great brushwork - well done, Tom!
Thank you Jeb & Edward! Much appreciated.
Santa Fe can get INCREDIBLY cold!!! It's at a high altitude-- about 7000 feet. We used to go on field trips from ABQ when I was in school-- always in the winter, go figure. Not as bad as Ohio, I'm sure, but still darn cold. The painting is beautiful-- love the choppy, cubistic look. Gosh I wish I could paint like this.
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