Hello, my friends! It's good to be home again. It's amazing how two and a half weeks of living outside helps you to appreciate things like your own bathroom, electricity, and modern communications. Even in this day of technological wonder, there are still some places in the world that you cannot get a signal.
I know it has been quite some time since I've posted my art - I've been busy being inspired by scores of other artists! I have been working in my studio for the last two days, and I promise you, by tomorrow, I'll have a new piece of mixed media art to share with you, along with my process notes. Right now, I'm waiting for the modeling paste to dry on my current work, so I thought I would take time to show you what has been fueling my creative fire.
As you know, I was fortunate enough to visit Santa Fe, New Mexico recently. It is a magical city for artists. It was so beautifully maintained, it hardly seemed like a city at all. I shot these photos on September 1, our 33rd wedding anniversary. The artist's market was in full swing on the plaza.
The architecture was breathtaking. This is one of the city's many fine museums.
Each one of these rugs was woven by hand on the wooden loom to the right.
I purchased a necklace here.
Any form of art you could possibly imagine seemed to be available!
Interesting stained glass...
The most exciting thing happened here.
I was admiring these beautiful mixed-media paintings. I noticed a book on the artist's table - Surface Treatment Workshop. I had purchased this book a few months ago, and I mentioned to the woman sitting there that I thought it was a fantastic book. As I conversed with her, I realized that she was the author, Sandra Duran Wilson! I had the most wonderful time talking with her. She was friendly and open, and she shared lots of tips on products and the importance of layering.
I was so excited, I couldn't wait to get back to my studio to start experimenting!
I love the vibrancy of Sandra's work. She holds two degrees - one in fine art, and one in science. She said that her background in science has helped her with the process of experimentation and research of materials. You can find information about her workshops here, and be sure to check out her blog, Science and the Princess of Paint.
This is where I will leave you today. Tomorrow, I'll share my newest mixed media painting, along with my process notes. Thank you to all of you who followed me during my tour of the American Southwest. If you missed any of my posts from the road, just click on the Road Trip category in my left sidebar. I have so much more to show you in the weeks to come! God's blessing to you.
Until next time,