Santa Fe Railyard

I’m still finding sketches from my Santa Fe sketchbook that I haven’t scanned or posted, including this one of the railyard area — one of my favourite sketching locations in the city. If you’re there on the right day, there’s a fantastic farmer’s market, plus there’s plenty of shade and lots to draw. I love the water tower with a view of the mountains in the distance. The day we were there, there was a vaccination clinic under the tower which added a lot of interest to the shadow areas.

I started with a value sketch, and a bit of colour planning too. By the time I went to put colour on the sketch the light had changed considerably, but the sketch was detailed enough to use as plan for the shadows in the bigger version.

And a bit of advice if you go there (and this is a tip from a local): there’s a cafe in the market that sells the best blue corn blueberry donuts. I am not usually a donut eater but this one was really good. I wish I had done a sketch of it but it didn’t last that long.

5 Comments on “Santa Fe Railyard”

  1. De says:

    Great sketch! A “happening place”! Heading to Santa Fe next month and always visit the Saturday market at the Railyard. Thanks for the tip on the muffins.


  2. Judy Sopher says:

    I never knew about the market before tho I lied in NM over 20 years. I have especially loved the painting of the church and the ristra last month. Its been overly busy here and I haven’t written but I have followed your blogs.


  3. Patsy Goodall says:

    A blue corn blueberry donut, that’s really something! Totally unheard of here in England- or is it just me?!


  4. Nice painting of the Santa Fe Rail Yard. I hope there were no gun slighers around, very wild west scene. I really like how you captured the oranges and browns and the adobe building in the background!! The mountains and sky add a nice pop of blue.


  5. Great color and composition. I remember being there when we were in Santa Fe. Can’t remember if I sketched the train station…I know I didn’t do the tower. This is super!


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