The old adobe wall and it’s turquoise gate as so typical of northern New Mexico as to be almost iconic. When you’re raised where I have been, this seems so exotic, but once I read up on it a bit, I realize that it’s been used for millennia, all over the world. The sun dried adobe bricks are hand made with mud, gravel or sand, combined with straw and water. All the materials needed are found right where the building stands. In my painting, the top of the wall shows the weather worn old bricks, while the bottom part is plastered over with slip of the same mud material. Organic, environmentally sound and exquisitely beautiful, this is without a doubt my favourite style of construction.
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