Capturing Fleeting Light on a Garden Wall

On one of my walks in the neighborhood, I was struck by the beauty of the light reflecting off this garden wall.  Garden walls are ubiquitous in Santa Fe but this one seen in the early morning light was magical.  Without a camera or my sketchbook, I knew I would have to take a good long look at the scene if I were to try to celebrate the moment in a painting.  Even if I had had my camera, the beautiful effects of light and shadow are fleeting and often lost in a photograph.  So in this case, it was best to capture the moment in my mind’s eye.  When I returned to my studio I made a quick sketch (shown here); the painting resulted from a spontaneous interpretation of light and shadow. 


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