Autumn Arroyo

A common landscape element in the arid Southwest is the dry stream bed, which can go quickly from parched earth to a raging torrent in the rainy season. In Arizona, they are called “washes.” In New Mexico, the term of choice is the Spanish word arroyo.

This painting of an arroyo in Santa Fe County began as a plein air (outdoor) watercolor study. Back in my studio, I did a large watercolor of the scene. The oil painting shown here was the final iteration of the experience.

Click here to see “Arroyo,” my large watercolor version of this scene.

This original painting is available for purchase.

•     oil on canvas, ready for hanging or framing

•    19″ x 23″

•    $2,000 US. (Shipping within the USA is included in the price.)

Contact Bernard Marks if you’re interested.

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This painting and all reproductions of it are © Bernard Marks. No unauthorized use is permitted. All rights reserved.