History and EntertainmentSince 1610, Santa Feans have considered the downtown plaza to be the beating heart of Santa Fe's. Located at San Francisco and Washington streets the square continually hosts events, outdoor concerts and community gatherings.
The Plaza is also home to the Fiestas de Santa Fe, the Spanish Market, the Santa Fe bandstand and the Santa Fe Indian Market. Alongside the Palace of the Governors is where the local native Indian's sell their jewelry, pottery and crafts on a daily basis.
|"La Entrada a la Plaza" by Tom Mallon|
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|San Miguel Mission|
|Saint Francis Basilica|
|The Loretto Chapel|
Today, you turn onto Washington Avenue, which takes you the final block to the East side of the square. The homes of dignitaries have been converted or replaces with a variety of shops, restaurants, and museums. The Plaza remains the point of entry to the history, dining and shopping for tourists and locals alike.
|Detail from La Entrada a la Plaza|
The scene is of a sunny summer's day with some cloud cover moving in from the Southwest. The street is illuminated with sunlight broken by a large cottonwood tree. The viewer can look down San Francisco Street to just past the intersection of Don Gaspar.
|Entry point of Plaza|
CompositionLa Entrada a la Plaza is a dramatic diagonal composition. The movement of the vehicles forces eye movement to the bottom left corner of the painting (red arrow) and immediately back into the upper right had corner (blue arrows), as the eye passes down San Francisco Street. There are three major anchors, the foreground SUV, the structure on the intersection and the city worker.
The painting is just under 28 inches in width and 20.5 inches in height. Is was done with oil paints on prepared cotton canvas. For more details, just click on this link for additional information.
|Composition breakdown of La Entrada a la Plaza|
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