Arroyo is a Spanish word meaning “stream,” “brook,” or “creek.” Arroyos are common in New Mexico, and usually they’re dry, like the one in this painting. But in the rainy season, they can become raging torrents. They’re considered the wetlands of the desert, and they’re protected for the same reason that wetlands are protected.
I made this studio watercolor painting using a study I had painted on a crisp fall morning, with my easel set up beside an arroyo on the outskirts of Santa Fe. It’s one of the largest watercolors I’ve ever produced.
Later, I turned this same scene into an oil painting, “Autumn Arroyo.”
This original painting is available for purchase.
• watercolor, framed with museum glass
• 36″ x 48″
• $3,600 US. (Shipping within the USA is included in the price.)
This painting and all reproductions of it are © Bernard Marks. No unauthorized use is permitted. All rights reserved.