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The so-called Montezuma's Castle in ARIZONA is a seven hundred year old indigenous culture's cliff dwelling. It's tucked up under a large solid rock overhang and accessible only by scaling up an approximately two hundred yard rock face. The original inhabitants clearly used ladders they could lower and raise as needed. At the base of this cliff is a half mile wide valley with a fast moving stream flowing though it. An ideal place to set up as home; a convenient but defensible rock ledge to build upon, water and arable garden land.
The original pen and ink sketch I made during a visit several years back, after I'd scouted out a park bench with a good view. I drew it in my handy Canson sketchbook, you know the one that fits in my fanny pack, along with my four line widths of Staedtler sketch pens.
To prepare this for submission to Red Bubble I loaded the scanned original sketch into my Photoshop Elements program and sized it for how I imagined I'd like my finished card to look. I decided to experiment and give the card background a sense of the colors and feel of the rocks at the actual cliff dwelling site, since I didn't want to color my black and white sketch. It's a bit abstract, but I hope you can get the idea and feel of this fascinating place.
Late night crawling hours were again involved!
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