Icon by Nita Leland
I can understand why Georgia O'Keeffe loved to paint the Rancho de Taos church of St. Francis. The simple, blocky shapes have an abstract quality that is timeless. I isolated this tower from my photograph to create a strong composition, then used intense pigments in flowing washes over the entire sheet. I painted the buildings in layers over the background and recovered the light and white areas by sponging and scraping the dry paint.
You'll find this painting on pp. 64-65 of Exploring Color. It was also a featured demo in my article on color schemes in the Autumn 1999 issue of Watercolor Magic magazine.
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