By NANCY COOMBS
“Are those ponies flying?” Santa Fe artist Sita Loop asked with a chuckle, as she talked about her signature paintings of petroglyph ponies. The answer is no.
“They represent the wild mustangs running free forever,” Loop said.
Loop participated in the Arts and Crafts Fair last summer and will be in Los Alamos again Oct. 19 for the 37th annual Fuller Lodge Fall Arts and Crafts Fair.
“Many years ago, I dreamed a beautiful story where petroglyph ponies ran on cave walls about cliffs high above the desert below,” Loop said. “This is where my petroglyph pony paintings came from ─ my version of the wild mustangs, running free forever. I now incorporate my petroglyph style with many other animals and scenes but they are forever a petroglyph. Each symbol has meaning. For example, any pony looking up in a painting is me.”
Loop is a self-taught painter who remembers painting with her grandfather as a child. She believes in the power of colors. Loop aims to touch the spirits of others with “happy colors.”
Working in oils, acrylics and watercolors, she paints a variety of subjects from old world still life, to florals and figure paintings. She especially loves painting Native Americans, petroglyph ponies and a variety of animals.
Painted cow skull by Sita Loop. Courtesy photo
Recently, Loop has developed a sideline in decorating cow skulls. The results are conversation pieces which add character as a home decoration and always serve as conversation starters.
Loop will once again share her passion for the west as expressed in her art from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Arts and Crafts Fair at Crossroads Bible Church. She will have both original paintings and prints of some paintings, as well as small block-stand prints and possibly a skull or two.
Visit Loops’ website at http://www.sitaloop.com.