Monday, September 15, 2014

Lavender Sage Art Retreat, Taos, NM

8/21 Waiting for the train in Riverside to go to Flagstaff where my sister, Letty, lives.

After a good night's sleep and a relaxing day in Flag, we woke up early the next day to drive to Santa Fe, NM.
Lots of good "sister talk" on the road...

Blue skies, fluffy clouds, cedar and sage.

Santa Fe Indian Market

Arrived at Mabel Dodge Luhan House, 8/24/14.

Striking paintings of Mabel and Tony Luhan in the dining room. (Artist?)

A book, timeline, of Mabel Dodge Luhan's life.

One of my favorite spots on the property. A courtyard leading into the dining room.

The Solarium where D. H. Lawrence stayed. He painted the bathroom windows to have more privacy.

Our two art retreat instructors were Jane LaFazio and Pamela Underwood. Here is Jane demonstrating Gelli Plate Monoprints.

Jane also demonstrated rubber stamp making - very fun! This is my stamp. The abstract design was made from a line drawing exercise done earlier by the group.

This is a road behind the House that takes you to the Pueblo Reservation. Letty and I explored the road early one morning after a nice rain. We ended up on Playo del Norte, and at the back side of the town cemetery.  Below is a link to a wonderful guide on Taos architecture.

On Paseo del Pueblo del Norte - Taos Blue

We passed this B & B every day on our walk to town to get coffee ("World Cup") or to go to the Plaza. It is a beautiful example of Taos Adobe Style Architecture.

And we see Russian sage on Morada Lane,
and a pretty gate with a coyote fence (made from latillas); a distinctive feature of Taos Landscape. 

We went to the (Nicolai) Fechin House Museum on a free afternoon. The House is filled with his beautiful paintings, sculptures, and carved wood.

A Fechin painting of Mabel Dodge Luhan.

Another beautiful N. Fechin painting - "Young Indian Girl"

Sunflowers were everywhere - near the Plaza

On a free afternoon, we drove out to Arroyo Seco, a small and unique unincorporated town seven miles north of Taos. A view of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
Letty is happy with her Scott Carlson coffee mug!
A little history on Arroyo Seco:

The town's mercantile store.
Loved the old pick-up truck.

We spent an afternoon at Rancho de Taos Plaza sketching the historic San Francisco de Assis Mission Church. (Some information from Wikepedia:)
"Construction on the church began around 1772[3][4] and was completed in 1815[3] by Franciscan Fathers and its patron is Saint Francis of Assisi. It is made of adobe as are many of the Spanish missions in New Mexico.[5] It was the center of the fortified Ranchos de Taos Plaza for protection against Comanche attackers.[6]

It is located a few miles south of Taos Pueblo and has inspired among the greatest number of depictions of any building in the United States.[5] It was the subject of several paintings byGeorgia O'Keeffe,[7][8] and photographs by Ansel AdamsPaul Strand and Ned Scott. Georgia O'Keeffe described it as, "one of the most beautiful buildings left in the United States by the early Spaniards."[5] The Taos Chamber of Commerce states that the building is "one of the most photographed and painted churches in the world".[9] Wikepedia's web site

The first two photos below were taken using the "Camera Awesome" app.

The courtyard of a home right next to the church in Rancho Taos Plaza.

The Juniper House with a wonderful classroom/studio space.
(Photo by Pamela Underwood)

Last day: finalizing the pages for my Mixed Media Portfolio

Lavender Sage 2014 group photo 

A final walk around the beautiful Mabel Dodge Luhan House.
Patio near the dining room/kitchen with a Kiva stove.

South entrance to the property.

Letty and I stayed in the Willa Cather Room, "B"

Entrance into the Main House

The St. Theresa House

Waiting for the train to go back to California.
Links on Taos: