Month: June 2012

Our annual Thelma and Louise trip – 2012 day 4.

Most of the country is in the grip of a heatwave. Sadly, 100's of people have lost houses to wild fires. I live in a wild fire area and we've had to evacuate twice so I'm very much aware of the danger and a little on edge. By Keith Coffman COLORADO, SPRINGS, Colo., June 28 – A wildfire that forced the evacuation of 35,000 people from the edge of Colorado's second-largest city has killed at least one person and incinerated 346 homes, making it the most destructive blaze in state history, officials said on Thursday. They have issued warnings on the news this morning for fires 56 miles from here but to date there is no danger. It was 108 deg yesterday.  Santa Fe is at an elevation 6000 feet above sea level so fitting in 10.000 steps a day hasn't happened  – but we're doing well at around 7,000. Exercising and enjoying life and doing wonderful things. No, I don't wear these boots, (but I do have some at home) and bring them out …

Have you ever heard of a sculptor named Roxanne Swentzell?   The clowns   I saw her work in the gallery here at the resort last year. I was mesmerized, and in saying that I mean it most sincerely. The expression on the faces of her characters is reflective of the emotion their body language portrays. Yesterday we realized that her gallery was just a block down the street from our residence. We called in quite late in the day and had the gallery to ourselves. They kindly allowed us to view a short documentary on her work. We just sat there in the semi dark when it was finished. She had shared an intimate understanding of her need to communicate through her art. Isn't that what we all do in one form or another? somehow she put it most eloquently and it was  an aha moment for me. In a recent article by Mateo Romero he states. "Rox's work emotes. Figures of clowns, old men and women, and children twist, turn, undulate, laugh, cry, …

Our annual Thelma and Louise trip – 2012 day 3.

Yesterday was really  an amazing day of discovery. We visited Museums, art galleries and met the most talented people. When we got back to the hotel we were almost in a state of euphoria and it was hard to write. But I wanted to share the great fabric I found on Tuesday. Most of it was at the Adobe Quilt shop, the other was at the wonderful fabric shop. Common Threads, Uncommon Fabrics. An Indian sari shawl I purchased, yellow orange one side and pink the other…   Terrie Mangat fabrics     raw silk in The Common Thread   Other wonderful silk   cotton from Guatemala   Common Thread opened in early winter of 1992. Within this spare and expansive geography they experience the radiance and reflection of a full spectrum of light. Ultraviolet and blue-green skies and pink and glowing orange sunrises and sunsets–abound..  Wo! Hah!  Many artists have been drawn to Northern New Mexico for these reasons.In this spacious land, there exists a domain of quiet and view. Here one can peacefully …

Our annual Thelma and Louise trip – 2012 day 2.

Joseph Henry Sharp's Three Taos Indians (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I began this blog last night and I almost fell asleep so common sense prevailed and I went to bed. I think in colors, do you? The most prevalent colors that come to mind when thinking of our trip yesterday were Turquoise and adobe, if I bring up the color wheel… you can see why they are so compatible.     I love the colors and the way the shadows add the angles in this photo.   Then why does Turquoise make us feel comfortable? "Turquoise heightens levels of creativity and sensitivity. Turquoise helps to open the lines of communication between the heart and the spoken word. It presents as a friendly and happy color enjoying life." Is that why there is so much obvious creativity in Taos? Maybe, but there was a pivotal point In July 1915, E.L. Blumenschein, Bert Phillips, Joseph Henry Sharp, and fellow Taos artists, Oscar E. Berninghaus, E. Irving Couse and W. Herbert "Buck" Dunton, created the Taos Society of Artists.  …

Amazing things

Shaka pour SOS Racisme… (Photo credit: Marie A.-C.)   Another image from the artist Shaka The French street artist Shaka aka Marchal Mithouard is just full of talent. From quite incredible relief paintings on canvas to graffiti, Shaka incorporates a unique 3D style in his works. Awesome.     I HAVE AND IDEA!

Our annual Thelma and Louise trip – 2012

Driving through the sunrise was amazing this morning.   Leaving Alamogordo It's been such a busy two months, the realization that I had a week off hit me with a rush of excitement.   As we drove, we played music to compliment our generation, (Peter Paul and Mary). The conversation was great and we were surrounded by beautiful scenery, really what more could we ask for? Brown hills rolled gently to the road, a mile wide green ribbon of foliage beside the road told us that we were following the Rio Grande.   Me.   Before we had freedom Lisa had a presentation  to give at the Trinity site. I've been there before and I'm still in awe at the event  that happened at the site and changed the world all those years ago. A bus load of young science students from the USA and other parts of the world…were the participants and they were so interested. I was impressed by their questions.   studying trinitite It was hot, the sky was blue beyond belief …

Our annual Thelma and Louise trip – 2012

  This is my first day off since arriving in the USA (and beyond), I almost didn't know what do do with myself. an old illustration from the sketchbook Lisa and I are preparing for a week long trip into places yet to be discovered. Some stopping off points are Taos, Chimayo, Santa Fe and beyond. images from last years trip. We'll visit the fabric shop "Uncommon threads" and I'm certain there will be a few quilt shops along the way as well as restaurants to report on. The camera will be in full use because I have an assignment to complete and we begin at 5.30 am tomorrow with a top secret rendevous!!!! Internet service should be better so I hope to get more photos up for my Ireland tour buddies to share.    

Dolly Partons Imagination Library.

Part of the funds raised at the event, Southern New Mexico Festival of Quilts, is being donated to the Dolly Parton's imagination Library. Hopefully 100's of chidren in the Ottero county will have the benefits of the program as a result of the efforts of the great comittee here and the 1st National Bank here in Alamogordo. In 1996, Dolly Parton launched an exciting new effort, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee, USA. Dolly's vision was to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to their homes, she wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could insure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income. Making A Difference: Dolly’s Imagination Library became so popular that in the year 2000 she announced that she would make the program …