New Mexico Painting Trip

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Three of my friends and I are on a painting trip to New Mexico.  We rented a casita near Ghost Ranch, where Georgia O’Keeffe spent many years painting the dramatic landscape.

Susan, Mary, Eileen and I landed in Albuquerque yesterday.  We rented a van and flew past Santa Fe on our way north.  Our first stop was a restaurant in Espanola where we had some Our first lunch in New Mexico. I piled it on.great Mexican food.

We were all quite joyful, especially Susan laughing

Susan.  And she hadn’t even had a drink yet.  I would have indulged in a Margarita, but I was the driver so sadly had a Coke.

The home we rented overlooks Ghost Ranch and the Abiquiu Reservoir.  It is a gorgeous spot, but to get there, we had to travel several miles down an unpaved, rocky road that took us quite a while to navigate.  There are several adobe homes on the hills and cliffs.  Each one has a spectacular view of the countryside.

We were quite thrilled with our casita, and enjoyed some snacks and wine as the sun set behind the mesa.  Eileen and I jumped in the hot tub and watched as the stars made their appearance.eileen painting day 2

I got up early in the morning and took a little hike around the property.   Eileen meanwhile was setting up her easel to paint a view of the water and rock formations.





sheila mtn on easelI decided to hike up the hill above the casita to
paint Pedernal, a narrow mesa in the Jemez Mountains. It was a favorite subject of O’Keeffe’s.






We all had a good day painting:

Eileen's morning painting
Eileen’s morning painting









Eileen's painting of a home near our casita
Eileen’s painting of our casita


Susan's painting
Susan’s painting










Mary's painting
Mary’s painting. We both painted this scene and didn’t realize it. She was painting down below and I was up on a hill.



May painting of the reservoir. There was a little island with some beautiful reflections.



My painting of the reservoir. There was a little island with some beautiful reflections.









My painting of Pedernal mesa, one of O'Keeffe's favorite scenes.
My painting of Pedernal mesa, one of O’Keeffe’s favorite scenes.


3 Responses

  1. Wendy
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    Sounds wonderful! Lovely paintings

  2. Carolyn
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    Beautiful!! I love them!

  3. Roz J
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    Thank you for sharing these wonderful paintings! And enjoyed your descriptions

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