Watercolor Paintings & Drawings
Framed Mid Century watercolor on paper signed and dated, M K Renfroe 69. Titled on verso " Anasazi - The Ancient Ones ". ( Ruins - Hovenweep - Colorado ).
This is a fantastic and well executed watercolor, with amazing use of light and shadows. Please note: There is a small chip on the edge of the frame.
Measurements are framed 19.75 inches in height x 25.5 inches in width.
Unframed 10 inches in height x 16 inches in width.
Hovenweep is a Ute word meaning "deserted valley," an apt name for these mesas and canyons north of the San Juan River. Here lies evidence of a once vast "neighborhood" of Ancient Puebloan Culture (the term anthropologists have chosen to replace the politically-incorrect "Anasazi"), one of many in the Four Corners area of Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado. In fact, Hovenweep ruins are situated in both Utah and Colorado.
Though no one can ever know for sure, a popular theory puts forward the idea that severe droughts in the 10th and 11th centuries challenged the Ancient Puebloans ability to survive in the area. Other theories say it was war between tribes that forced the APCs to the south forever.
While the area today looks quite dry and desolate, the ruins of multifamily dwellings and lookout towers clearly indicate a once thriving community of farmers and hunter/gatherers. Hovenweep is made up of six groups of ruins comprised of square, oval, circular and D-shaped structures: the Square Tower Ruins, best-reserved and most impressive of the Utah ruins; Cajon Ruins in Utah; and Holly Ruins, Hackberry Canyon, Cutthroat Castle and Goodman Point Ruins located in the same area, but in Colorado.