Our annual Thelma and Louise trip – 2012 day 2.

Joseph Henry Sharp's Three Taos Indians (Photo credit: WikiJoseph Henry Sharp's Three Taos Indianspedia)

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.  The society was formed to promote the artists’ work through annually organized traveling exhibitions to several major American cities.  These exhibitions brought considerable attention to both the artist and Taos, resulting in ever greater numbers of artists coming here and wishing to participate in the Society.  The Society which grew to include twenty-one members and associate members was active until March of 1927 when it was officially disbanded.  By that time, Taos had become known as a significant American art colony.

We visited the Blumenschein Home yesterday and it was one of the highlights of the trip.

To walk through this rambling house was like having a visit with the wonderful artists who lived there.


Blumenschein superstition

Ernest L. Blumenschein (1874-1960)-'superstition'-oil


White Blanket and Blue Spruce

Take this image painted by Ernest, Turquoise, Adobe rust and just a little orange to highlight.

3 Generations of Artists lived in the house which is now a museum.

The story of how it became a museum is as interesting as the house itself.

Daughter Helen's' bedroom is adorned with delightful pencil drawings of Ali Baba and the 40 thieves. I saw the letters she wrote to her daughter for whom she was doing the illustrations… so I could relate to her.


 Helen Blumenschein Work Date 193

We visited the quilt shop which was an absolute delight.


Filled to overflowing with the brightest fabrics imaginable.

Jan, the owner, was very generous in allowing me to photograph and you know, I buy very little fabric, but I was taken by the fabric of local Textile Artist Terrie Mangat

I just had to buy…. XXXXX  (a lot)

Terrie has an established reputation among art quilters as one of the most important embellishers working today. Her complex compositions draw upon the power of pattern, have multiple focal points, are partially realistic and partially abstract and are comprised of a myriad of materials and objects in addition to fabric. Together, these materials enable Mangat to achieve a scale so large that the viewer feels physically encompassed by the stories she tells.


I guess you can see why I liked her fabric.

I need to buy more so I will do a little research.

The shop is really worth a visit and Lisa and I plan to take a Thelma and Louise tour there next year.

Are you with us?

Go look at some of the fabrics in the store on my face book page.

Lunch was at Grahams Grill, a lamb burger and sweet potato fries.!!!! mmmm


Grahams Grill Taos.

Now that's' not all we did, but all I can fit in today… we have to leave… back to Taos to photograph the Pueblo and then to Chimayo….

I want to share Uncommon threads store and a few other amazing places but that will have to wait till tonight.



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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Ann Hein says:

    When I was in Taos I purchased some of Terrie’s fabrics too. Such vibrant colors and interesting designs – nothi8ng like what iZ have on my shelves. I just couldn;t decide what to get as I had limited spoace but of course where there is a will ….
    We also ate at a place where the local eat – mexican food. It was on the way out of town heading south? on the right side. Very plain place but a meeting place for lopts of people and families. The sopapias(sp) were delish as was the fry bread. My Mom is of Irish decent and made us a breakfast of fried bread dough much like sopapias and fry bread – we just liked to slather it with butter!
    Your trip sounds amazing. We drove there from Santa Fa but took this back road by the Rio Grande – I had to stop and put my toes in! Then we took a steep dirt gravel road that brought us up from the river to a platau. along the platau were the homes of those who live off the “grid” . A very interesting place. That road brought us to the bridge over the Rio. We were able to walk out on the bridge for a view of the river from above. I think we were watching a movie the other night and they showed thta bridge. Any way it was a wonderful drive and a great day in Taos for us too.

  2. Pam says:

    We went back to Taos today but the Pueblo was closed due to a funeral, so we had a wonderful time exploring.

  3. Sharon says:

    Terrie is awesome. I filmed her when she was in Houston.

  4. Love it. It’s really retro, if that is even the right word. It’s hard to find words to describe how amazing this is to me, I really admire it. Thanks for sharing!

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