Water Hole at El Morro


I worked on this plein air painting of the famous pool at El Morro National Monument by returning 4 times at the same morning hour, because the light changes so rapidly there.   This water hole was the only dependable water for 40 miles, and was visited by ancient native Americans, early Spanish explorers, and pioneers.  Many of them left their signatures on the cliff walls nearby, and the National Park Service has done a wonderful and sensitive job of preserving these inscriptions for all visitors to see.  The pool is not a well, but rather is fed by water flowing down the cliff when it rains or snows.  In the painting, you can see the dark channels where water flowed.


Watercolor 14 x 9”

©2012 JoAnn L. Pippin

Unframed $225

Framed $270


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Reproduction Print