Chaco #2: Doorway
pastel on black Artagain
Anasazi architecture, both their pueblo and cliff-dwellings, is characterized by these unique T-shaped doorways. This door is found within the large Pueblo Bonita at Chaco Canyon. As you walk through the door, there are additional doors leading to other rooms on the left and right, as well as those you see in front. Wooden beams form the strut supports for the roof of the doorway. The doors are not very high - about five feet.
Unlike Chaco #1, for this piece, I wanted to do some bright, saturated colors that are not at all based in reality. I have this amazing chartreuse-colored Unison that I seldom get a chance to use, and I love it with its compliment. I picked accent colors I thought went well with the purples/yellows, and for value. The limited palette (9 colors total) forces one to be creative in their application. A grayscale conversion confirmed that the lighter purple, darker orange and turquoise are identical in value.