[Guest post by Erik Madsen in Truchas, New Mexico]
One of my favorite places to sketch in northern New Mexico is the remote mountain community of Truchas, high in the Sangre de Christo mountains. Located at 8000 feet above sea level, the village was formed in 1754 as a Spanish land grant. The area gained notoriety in 1988 when the movie "The Milagro Beanfield War" was filmed by Robert Redford.
I did this series of sketches this fall on several trips up to Truchas. All sketches were done with pen, ink and the same four color palette. The watercolors are: Indigo, Naples Yellow, Quinacridone Rose and Cobalt Turquoise Light in a Pentalic 5 by 8 inch watercolor journal.
(image on top: Main Street and a view of Our Lady of Rosary Chapel, completed in 1805)
Hand Artes Gallery is one of the most interesting galleries in New Mexico, carrying many diverse arts.
Many of the adobe homes are over 100 years old. Most homes in the village were constructed with Adobe walls and flat roofs, notorious for leaking. In recent years, most roofs have been replaced with pitched tin to prevent leaks from snow and rain.
Montez Gallery, housed in an old chapel, specializes in Spanish Colonial Art.
Erik Madsen is an artist/sketcher living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He sketches regularly with the USk Albuquerque chapter. More of Erik's work can be seen on his Flickr site.