Vacation Altar

October 23rd, 2017

When ever we go away, even if it’s just overnight, we usually end up with some kind of makeshift altar.

Sometimes it’s just my jewelry arranged in a certain way.  This week an altar sprang up organically on a small table top in our room.  It had some practical and some decorative elements.

I also have another altar on the window sill with a few of my Polaroids and some rocks and a small bone we found.

Inspiration at the Folk Art Musuem

October 23rd, 2017

I took this self portrait at the International Folk Art Museum in Santa Fe.  It was a feast for the eyes that filled me up with shapes and colors.  There was a quilt show from China, with quilts that were new to me and inspiring.

Quilt from China

Applique quilt from China

The White Place

October 23rd, 2017


One of Georgia O’Keeffe’s Painting of “The White Place”

First we saw O’Keeffe’s  painting of The White Place at the Georgia O’Keeffe Musuem, then we visited it.

Jon at The White Place




The Donkeys Could Graze in the Common Ground…

October 20th, 2017

Jon led us to the Old Plaza in Chimayo when he asked the weaver, Carlos Trujillo, where we could find some crumbling adobes to take picture of.   The attached adobe buildings form a square for protection with a common ground in the middle of it.

Jon and I were immediately enchanted.  Only a few of the buildings are occupied. We both talked about buying one of the building to live in and how the donkeys would be right at home grazing in the common ground.

A wall in the plaza

Doorway in the Old Plaza in Chimayo

October 20th, 2017

Some Navajo Weavings I Saw…

October 20th, 2017

These are some of the weavings I saw at the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos.  I think most of them are Navajo, although I didn’t write down info on them, so not I’m not completely sure.

I can’t wait to get home and try out what I’ve learned about weaving from watching Carlos Trujillo weaving in his shop in Chimayo.

A few weeks ago, I wrote on my blog about the swastika and symbols.  Here’s an example of it in this Navajo weaving.  For the Navajo it’s the symbol of the “whirling log”.

Carlos Trujillo Weaving in Chimayo NM

October 20th, 2017

A Video of the Fence at El Santuario de Chimayó

October 19th, 2017

The Santuario De Chimayo is a famous Roman Catholic church that is known to have healing powers.  The land it is built on was origianally known as a healing place by the Tewa Native American’s.

I was captivated by  the fence leading to the church, which has hundreds of crosses and rosaries and other personal items on it.  We were lucky to be able to sit in the sanctuary of the old Adobe Church, with only one other person, before the busloads of people came.

Over all I got a creepy feeling from the church and the buildings surrounding it.  It had the feeling of a well run tourist attraction and was overrun with images of Christ suffering and in pain.  I grew up with that kind of imagery and belief system and rejected it long ago.

I’d like to see some of the other Adobe churches in the area and the beautifully painted altars.  I do love the painting and architecture.

Jon at our Inn in Chimayo

October 18th, 2017

Visiting Georgia O’Keeffe’s Abiquiu Home and Studio

October 18th, 2017

Jon at Georgia O’Keeffe’s house and studio in Abiquiu

About 16 years ago I lived for six months about an hour and a half from Georgia OKeeffe’s home and studio in Abiquiu, but I never visited there.

Today Jon and I visited both Ghost Ranch and O’Keeffe’s home and studio in Abiquiu.  At Ghost Ranch, O’Keeffe was present in the landscape she painted so many times.  Her home there isn’t open to the public.  It’s mostly a retreat center for hiking and workshops.

I made our reservations to take a tour at O’Keeffe’s  Abiquiu home and studio the day after we got our plane tickets.  That was 7 months ago.  I wasn’t going to miss it this time.

We weren’t allowed to take pictures inside the house, but I was able to get a few pictures outside, which include some of  the iconic doorways and ladders, the adobe walls that she painted as much as the landscape.

One of Georgia O’Keeffe’s many rock collections

I couldn’t resist a Vivian Maier inspired shadow self-portrait on the wall inside the courtyard.

My breath caught and I felt my eyes tear up as we stepped into O’Keeffe’s studio.  Although it was no longer set up as a studio, she had stopped painting by the time she left the house for Santa Fe when she was in her late 90’s, the space itself was so beautiful with its spare white walls and giants windows giving the feeling of being inside and outside at the same time.

And from photo’s I’ve seen and things I’ve read, I could imagine her there, painting those large minimal abstracts that she painted later in life.

The whole house itself was like one of her paintings.  Just the right amount of everything, placed just so in each room.  Including her closet still with some of her dresses, shoes and hats in it.

All purposeful and achingly beautiful.

The floors of the dining room and the room she listened to music in every night, were a combination of dirt, four and water.  I wondered what it must be like to be so close to the earth in your own home.

I was inspired to say the least.

Jon and I will travel back to Abiquiu in the next few days to visit “The White Place” a landscape of white rocks that O’Keeffe painted again and again.