View Full Version : Enchanted Mesa

03-21-2010, 11:56 AM
Enchanted Mesa was my favorite spot in New Mexico to visit while I was a student at the Univ. of NM. About an hour's drive west of Albuquerque, it is situated on Acoma Pueblo land. Acoma is the famous "Sky City" a place where the People built their village on the top of a sheer rock cliff. Enchanted Mesa is a similar cliff nearby and is rumored to be the original site of the town, centuries before the Spanish arrived. The mesa rises about 400 feet straight out of the high country desert plain.

I dug out an old Poloroid I took back in 1978 and used it as a reference picture (cranked the color up a bit to offset some fading)

03-21-2010, 12:53 PM
Very nice job Al..
I saw it as a kid on our way to visit folks in Calif.
Your painting gave me a "refresh" on that memory. :)

03-21-2010, 01:13 PM
wonderful vivid colours of a beautiful scene

03-21-2010, 03:47 PM
It has come out well! Cool colors!:)

03-21-2010, 04:18 PM
I hope to see it someday. Beautiful painting Al, and thank you so much for sharing your photo and the history with us.:)

03-21-2010, 07:51 PM
A serie of bright colors, your painting give a new life to your old polaroid ,
very nice pastel painting.:):):)

D Akey
03-22-2010, 06:14 AM
Well hello Don Juan. I think this is the town that Mescalito hails from.

Very vibrant. A separate reality.

Excellent application of your palette sensibilities that really move into grandeur and splendor. Seeing this sort of alludes to the lost Cities of Gold. . . And is definitely an travel poster for the artistic eye. :):):):):)

03-22-2010, 06:23 AM
Very expressive use of colors,Al.Nature as you see it. :)

03-22-2010, 06:31 AM
:eek:Really beautiful Al. Congratulations.

03-22-2010, 08:13 AM
Univ of New Mexico? Well that explains a lot!!! lol:p This is excellent Al! I love to see how you work your colors in nature. Fascinating technique! The use of value from the color intensity always surprises me at the depth that is captured! Your work always gets me thinking outside the box!

03-22-2010, 11:06 AM
Interesting to see your palette applied to landscape. A fine one--makes me homesick for the southwest.

03-22-2010, 01:30 PM
Thanks Barnburner -- digging out the old Poloroid made me remember my visits as well!

Justjean -- New Mexico was interesting from a color point of view. When you first arrive, everything looks brown, and slowly, over time, you start to see the true depth of the underlying colors. It is not an accident that so many southwest painters use bright pallets.

WenKat -- Thanks for taking a look and the time to comment. It is much appreciated!

Sandra -- I hope you see it and other nearby monuments to the power of nature to sculpt the land. Thanks!

Dany51 -- Thanks for saying so. The pastels have been intriguing me lately!

D Akey -- Wouldn't be surprised to see Don Genaro hopping up and down the cliffs using his intent. At any rate, this place defiantly used to stop my world. Thanks for the comments.

AT-TA -- I'd offer my sincere apologies to nature for seeing her this way, but since she made me as well, I think she bears at least part of the blame! Thanks for your comments.

Oriane -- Thank you kind sir!

Eddie -- O.K. , I admit it! My Fraternaty at UNM was Alpha Peyo Ti! Thanks for the kind comments!

Scott -- I lived in NM for 10 years and have only returned twice since 1987. I miss it a lot at times myself! Thanks for your comments