This commissioned 30 x 24 oil painting was quite a challenge to do. The client had seen many of my “Pueblo Historical” painting series before and asked if I could do a piece with an idea of a trading scene with the Tiwa culture of Taos.
I did a few sketches primarily for placement of figures in the composition that would make the viewer travel around the painting and create a design that would have the activity intended with out clutter. The next step was to hire the models and take a plethora of photos to use as reference. The piece evolved slowly and required more modeling as I got closer to completion.
I am constantly reading and researching information for this “Pueblo Historical” series so I can get as accurate to the history of these indigenous cultures of the past, here in the Southwest. The more of this series I do, the more I want to do! What Fun!