Last summer I fell in love with Taos while attending the Lavendar Sage Art Retreat. When it came time to choose a destination for our 50th anniversary, we vacillated between San Francisco and Taos, Taos won! Mike had never been there and we would be able to visit relatives on the way.
SOME PHOTOS AND MEMORIES:
8/17/15 - Sonoran Desert National Monument, on our way to Tucson. We spent two days visiting Mike's sister and family.
8/18/15 - As we drove around Tuscon visiting Mike's old neighborhood,we saw some interesting street art.
This Frida mural by Francisco Enuf Garcia was on the side of a carniceria on Prince Road. Peeling, but still beautiful.
8/18 - This was a house right across the street from where Mike grew up.
8/18/15 - Historic Fort Lowell Cemetary, not far from where his sister lives.
A pretty morning Tucson walk along the river.
8/19/15 - View from our room at the Old Taos Guesthouse, oldtaos.com. Tucked away about two miles from downtown; historic adobe, hacienda style, beautifully renovated.
Delicious breakfasts every morning, too!
August 20, 2015 -Taos Pueblo
We were lucky, the Taos Pueblo would close for two months on 8/21. We had a very informative, young tour guide whose family has lived on the Pueblo for close to a century. The Taos Pueblo is over 1500 years old. There is no electricity or running water. There are only about 25 families who reside full time on the pueblo. It is a UNESCO Historical Heritage Site.
After the Pueblo, we drove to Arroyo Seco and Arroyo Hondo, two small villages north of Taos. Each very unique!
The Millicent Rogers Museum -twenty rooms of the finest southwest art - "Whether your tastes range from prehistoric pottery to contemporary jewelry, the MRM is the place to experience all the cultures of the Southwest and under one roof."
Taos Pueblo Indian art was on display in conjunction with the centennial of the Taos Ten. This is one artist whose work was on display.
8/21/15 - We drove to Abiquiu, NM, home to Georgia O'Keefe (after New York). Over 300 artists now live and work in the area. The landscape consists of beautiful contrasts of green river beds, red and white variegated canyons, black mountain tops, and the beautiful blue NM sky.
Anniversary dinner at Lamberts
8/22/15 - We spent the day exploring the town of Taos.
We started with Taos' Saturday morning farmer's market in the plaza. This is where you can get a colorful snapshot of local life in Taos. Loved these strung marigolds.
Later we walked to historic Ledoux Street where the Harwood Museum and Blumenschein House and Museum are located. We missed this street last year, even though it is only a block from the Plaza. The Harwood Museum is dedicated to the Taos Ten. Because 2015 is the centennial celebration of the Taos Art Association, there was an extensive exhibit of their artwork. There are some quaint old Adobe buildings, hacienda style homes, that are now galleries on Ledoux Street - two I had time to visit - R. C. Gorman and Inger Jirby.
E. Martin Hennings
Artist - ?
Louis Rebak, Portrait of Beatrice Mandelman
8-23-15 - Got an early start for Flagstaff to visit with my sister, Letty. We always have fun catching up, beautiful walks, and Flagstaff has so many memories since we both went to college there.
I was interested in trying to find a street artist's recent work that I saw on FB. Chip Thomas is a doctor who practices on the Navajo reservation and he brings awareness to the injustices of the Native Americans by making large murals from photos of his patients. He recently installed a mural on the back of a tattoo parlor in downtown Flagstaff.
We found Chip's artwork along with many others since Letty was familiar with where many were. We had fun exploring the streets of downtown Flagstaff and coming upon these wonderful artworks.
For the past several years I have made our Christmas cards. I usually make a mixed media master and then take it to Kinko's to print copies for gluing onto card stock.
This year I tried a different technique for making our cards. I made monoprints using a Gelli plate and acrylic paints. My favorite classes in college were printmaking. Unfortunately, unless you have access to a printer, you are limited to what you can do. Using a Gelli plate makes monoprinting easy to do at home. The process consists of rolling paint on your plate and then working fairly fast to make your marks or impressions before the paint dries. This is the fun part, your choices are endless for mark making. You just have to experiment. I used a tool with a rubber tip to draw into the paint as well as a few stamps. I enjoy doing monoprints because there is always an element of surprise and each print is different and an original.
2014 - An assortment of monoprints used for this year's Christmas cards, before gluing onto card stock.
Photos of previous years' mixed media Christmas cards. Techniques include collage, stamping, stencil, and some acrylic or watercolors. A holiday greeting is stamped on the inside of each card.
2011 - mixed media -This card includes vintage wrapping paper (the snowman), and a photo of my sister, Letty, and me when we lived in Alaska in the '40s.
2012 - mixed media -Includes, in the center, a "paint over" of an image from a vintage magazine ad; reminiscent of the photo of my sister and me in the photo above.
2013 - A little Warhol and John Lennon on this one.
This mixed media piece includes a Guadalupe stamp purchased in Santa Fe this summer, hand made stamps, vintage paper, stencils, and acrylic paint.