If you paint in watercolors, don’t go to Santa Fe without Potter’s Pink in your palette. YOu’ll need it to paint all the wonderful colors you see in adobe structures everywhere. Even when I wanted to achieve warmer more ochre-based or more pink or purple tones on my buildings I’d add some Potter’s Pink to the mix, just for the granulation.
Here’s a couple of views of the buildings in downtown Santa Fe, using watercolor and a watersoluble grey pencil.
Adobe is mud mixed with water and organic matter .It can be formed into bricks or just formed into structures free-form. It can take on so many colors, depending on the mix of ingredients and on the light. In the very first sketch, most of the structures lay in the shadows with the morning sun just hitting that highest bit. My second sketch was on an overcast day, when the adobe looked pretty flat.
And here’s a little home on Sunset Street, which I walked down many mornings from our rental to downtown Santa Fe. This time, the house was bathed in a gorgeous light.