Monday, November 6, 2017

Traveling through the eyes of an artist

Afternoon Shadow (2017)
Abiquiu, New Mexico (just outside of Ghost Ranch)

Almost two weeks in northern New Mexico and my art mojo is filled to the max. There's nothing like travel to boost creativity. Everything is seen in a new light, with heightened interest and a beginner's mindset. And when that travel is to New Mexico, there's something awesomely special about the light, mountains, sky, stars, moon and people that screams MAKE ART NOW. 

Georgia O'Keeffe once said, "If you ever go to New Mexico, it will itch you for the rest of your life." So true. The Land of Enchantment sucked me in, so much so that I found myself in the area twice within a six month period of time (and I know I'm not finished yet.)

Ghost Ranch, New Mexico

Moon over red mountain at Ghost Ranch
 Public art is everywhere. Not only are there tons of galleries, studios, and museums, but there is also so much art just out in the open. The state commissions art along outside places like highway overpasses and bus stops. And the people just seem to create art and put it out there for everyone to enjoy, maybe to make a buck or two.
Two men playing traditional Pueblo music in Santa Fe Plaza.

A sculpture on Canyon Road, Santa Fe,
 by one of my favorite artists, Apache Indian artist, Alan Houser.
Full Bloom at Taos Gorge
Oil painting by Michelle Chrisman

Of course, I set up shop while on the road.

New Mexico, I'll be back.


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