I imagined I would come back from Santa Fe, where we spent a week this month, all fired up to paint the scenery, or at least try some Georgia O'Keeffe stylized work. But whereas I was blown away by the Santa Fe area, and absolutely mesmerized by all I learned about O'Keeffe, in my studio I am right back to my own local landscape work, in my own style.
|O'Keefe's simple bedroom, with views.|
But surely a bit of the place, a bit of the woman, has rubbed off on me. I was deeply moved when touring her home at Abiquiu: I am not sure I have ever been anywhere where I felt the spirit of someone as much as I did in that very simple pueblo home, the courtyard, and within the walls of her gardens. Look at the colors above!
|Upper and lower left, the oftpainted courtyard. Upper right, within the house, and lower right, view of the pueblo.|
|The door in the courtyard which was, she said the reason she bought the house, and the subject of many, many of her paintings.|
|Dishes are on counter under shelves to left, next to the scale|
The area around her home, and the drive from there up to her earlier home, which remained her summer place, Ghost Ranch, was absolutely beautiful.
|Street scene with Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi|
|Museum of Art|
|Even the parking lots are adobe!|
The other place that fascinated and awed was Bandelier National Monument. From their brochure: "Bandelier National Monument protects over 33,000 acres of rugged but beautiful canyon and mesa country as well as evidence of a human presence here going back over 11,000 years. Petroglyphs, dwellings carved into the soft rock cliffs, and standing masonry walls pay tribute to the early days of the Anasazi culture that still survives in the surrounding communities."
|I actually climbed up to a dwelling|
My husband went on to the really far up dwelling with three huge ladders, I did not accompany him!
Once again, the petroglyphs fascinated, as they did in Sedona last year. Here are a few which attest to the fact that man has always been inspired to create art. I stood there and felt almost a mystical connection to those long ago builders, artists, human beings who lived in this place.
On our trip, we concentrated on the land and the area rather than the multitude of galleries and museums which we just touched upon, so we want to go back, perhaps in winter. I did find one work of art admired greatly, on the famous Canyon Road of galleries, which makes Santa Fe the second largest art center in the USA, after New York.
Back home, life has gone on as usual except after a week of eating at one fine restaurant after another, and prior to our upcoming trip to France, we have been eating and drinking NOTHING! I have gotten in some studio time, and managed to complete the barn painting, one of series I have done over the past few years.
|Blue and Gold in Winter oil on canvas|
In addition, I have begun a large piece, of forsythia, in brilliant and varied yellows with a skyblue background. I have done many small forsythia paintings in the past, but never one on this scale. I told John I felt as if I were Jackson Pollack, flinging great gobs of paint at the canvas, spraying spirits on it, just happily mucking about. It is not yet viewable, next blog.