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"There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart."
Celia Thaxter

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Doors of Santa Fe

Here are a few of the door images that I took pictures of while in Santa Fe.

The city was very charming and the Canyon Road galleries were such fun!

Monday, May 12, 2008

More to Come

I need to edit some of my Santa Fe doorway pictures before I can post them. I will hopefully get to that this week!
Also, more fun gallery photos from Canyon Road.

Cafe Pasqual

This funky cafe was noted for "the best breakfasts in America" in one of my guidebooks. This cafe had people waiting outside to have breakfast even on a Thursday morning and it wasn't even peak tourist season yet. Good food and fun atmosphere!

From Taos to Santa Fe

Spring was still in full bloom in Taos and Santa Fe. In northern CA, our tulips were finished months ago. It was fun to see trees just sprouting or blooming along with bulbs.
A couple of Indians were playing and selling flutes in a shopping area off of the Taos plaza.

These formations were seen as we drove back from Taos down to Santa Fe. We took a different highway going back and went through the Carson National Forest (lots of pine trees, and still some snow!).

The first photograph is of Camel Rock as taken from a car moving up the freeway to Taos.
The next two shots were taken at a lookout point along the highway. The rock formations are interesting. The canyon-looking shot is of the Rio Grande Gorge. The Rio Grande isn't as big as it's name implies. The last shot (I know the cars detract), is of the plaza area at Taos.

More Santa Fe

Bunches of chili peppers hang on all kinds of buildings and homes here. This building was one of the museums in Santa Fe. The adobe architecture is absolutely charming!

This wooden burro marked the start of Burro Alley, a little street we would walk through to get to the time share. There was a little cafe in this alley called, "Cafe Paris", which had delicious food. I had an Almond Croissant for breakfast that was the best croissant I have ever tasted. Yum!

The first shot was a colorful curb strip that I plan on playing around with in Photoshop. A cool background, I thought.
There were lots of old wooden wagons about. This one is a good fall picture even though it was taken in late April!
The last picture is of the Palace of the Governors where Indian artists gather each day to sell beautiful jewelry. I did buy one silver and brass bracelet that had the silver twisted and wrapped in a very artistic way around the band.

Photos from Santa Fe

We went to Cerro Gordo for a pastel class our first day in Santa Fe. I liked the shadows of the irises in the first shot. Ami and I are sitting at the feet of St. Francis at Cerro Gordo. The picture with the adobe building is the scene I chose for my final pastel picture during our class.

Meeting Art Buddies

Being able to meet some of my internet art buddies while on vacation was a real treat. My daughter Ami and I are seen with Regina, a member of Arttechniquesatcs, who lives in Albuquerque. She met us for lunch and then took us to a street fair and a few of her favorite shops. We were able to meet up with Elizabeth, one of my co-authors of Exploring the Latest Trends in Mixed Media Arts, for breakfast, before flying home from Albuquerque airport. Both women were friendly, very knowledgeable about art, and a joy to be with. My daughter and the friend who accompanied me were amazed at how nice internet artist friends are. I have met some wonderful friends through Arttechniques and other Yahoo art groups. It is like having family all over the world!

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Trip to Santa Fe

Just one of the fun art galleries on Canyon Road in Santa Fe. This one had a lot of bird nest sculptures. I loved them! They were pretty pricey, though. I will post more photos soon!