Santa Fe Painting: Christo Rey

February 25, 2010 at 9:08 pm 7 comments

Last fall I visited Santa Fe, New Mexico, and totally fell in love.

Looking about with an artist’s eye, always on the search for something new to paint, I snapped lots of photos to refer back to later.

The natural scenery with its bizarre-shaped buttes and crazy-colored cliffs was amazing, but what really stuck my fancy was the adobe buildings. The graphic shapes made by the sun and shadows on the smoothly rounded forms fascinated me. These buildings are like no other kind of architecture: earthy and warm. Organic.

One afternoon we drove past this church, and I just had to stop and snap some photos. I love the solid, grounded shape of its asymmetrical towers.

Christo Rey by Barbara J Carter, 11×14″, acrylic on canvas

I’m working on a series of paintings of adobe buildings from Santa Fe, and this is the first. I don’t really know anything about the church, I just liked how it looked. The sky that day was gloomy and foreboding, but the tiniest little hint of light was picking out the curved edges of the building like a tiny glimmer of hope amidst the gloom.

Here it is in a frame:

Like all my paintings on canvas, it’s wired and ready to hang, with or without a frame. The sides are painted a solid red color and the canvas staples are out of sight on the back, so a frame is strictly optional. Click here for purchasing information.


Entry filed under: Acrylic, Landscape, Painting, Santa Fe.

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  • 1. Zachary Brown  |  February 26, 2010 at 9:00 am

    SOOOOOOOO GLAD to see your new work, you’ve kept us waiting!

  • 2. Denise Landis  |  February 26, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Barbara! I love this! Santa Fe is one of my favorite places and I think your creation of Christo Rey is beautiful. Thanks for sharing this.

  • 3. barbarajcarter  |  February 26, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Thanks so much guys! Sorry it took so long to get some new work up. I kind of got the flu and had a lot of downtime this month. But I’m back now!

  • 4. Marna Schindler  |  February 26, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Barbara, the light and the colors in this painting are fantastic! You have captured the enchantment of Santa Fe. Your painting is reverent, and joyful. The light is amazing, and the colors are so warm and happy. The reds against the purples are magnificent! I can’t wait to see what else you have up your paint-covered sleeve for which I will surely “ooh and aah”!

  • 5. barbarajcarter  |  March 4, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Thanks Marna, there’s plenty more to come!

  • 6. Dorri Olds  |  March 6, 2010 at 1:23 am

    beautiful painting! great colors, great technique.

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Barbara J Carter

I'm an artist. I make paintings with dots.

I work in acrylic paint, in a couple of distinct styles: landscapes and abstracts.

Native to California, I've lived elsewhere and only recently returned to my home state. I now live in Los Angeles.

I mostly show my art in outdoor festivals in California. I also occasionally show my work in art galleries or open studio events. You can see an up-to-date list of upcoming shows on my website (click here).

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