Canales in Santa Fe

This watercolor painting is part of a series I made called “Santa Fe Walls.” Collectively, they depict the  pueblo-revival style adobe buildings that are so closely identified with Santa Fe, New Mexico.

In this particular painting, the exterior adobe wall is broken by three wooden canales (Spanish for “channels” or “conduits”), which is the traditional local method of draining rainwater off a flat roof.

This painting captures the feeling of a warm summer day in Santa Fe. Bright blue sky. Green trees. Yellow-flowering chamisa bushes. And, of course, that characteristic pink adobe.

The original acrylic painting was sold to a private collector by an art gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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