I've had a hard time scanning the double spread landscape sketches I made in New Mexico. The paper I used had buckled a fair amount ( and these buckles showed badly) and the sketches were too big for my scanner. I finally resorted to taking Iphone photos of these wide pieces. The images are fuzzy and the color is a bit off, but they somehow convey more of the originals, even with those limitations. I spent so much time trying to get good reproductions of the landscape sketches and then I realized it was just not going to happen!
The originals of the two landscapes are 17 1/2" wide and 6" high.
After four hours in a jeep driving through the spectacular landscape, we stopped at Madrid, a tiny, quirky town between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, and had a delicate and delicious meal at the Hollar Restaurant. There were many regulars dining there the afternoon we had lunch. Clearly, Toto, we were no longer in Kansas.
On the day we drove to Taos, we were pressed for time at lunch, trying to make it back to Santa Fe before the impending snow storm. We had a quick and very tasty lunch at the Bear Claw Bakery and Café.
Another IPhone photo of a wide landscape sketch. With the same disclaimers as above. Frustrating to have to post such fuzzy images, but there we are.
We visited the International Folk Art Museum in Sante Fe and were enchanted by the carved wood animals of celebrated Hispanic artist Felipe Benito Archuleta. Of course, I had to draw some!
Soon to come, a post about drawing in museums, in preparation for my upcoming sketching workshop at Duke University's Nasher Museum of Art. I've done a lot of this in my life and it's one of my favorite sketching activities. I am always surprised by how meaningful this can be... and in what surprising ways we learn from it. Then I'll have an end of year post, reflecting on what has gone on this year (an awful lot!) and what I hope for in the year to come. Happy December!