New Mexico Painting Trip Part 2
This was the place she purchased after her husband, Alfred Stieglitz, died. It sits high above a river valley in Abiquiu and has a lovely garden in the back.
Visitors aren’t allowed to take photographs inside the house, so we had to be satisfied with some outside shots.
We learned a lot from our guide and the home’s caretaker, who tagged along behind us. Our guide was very knowledgeable, but I was more interested in what the caretaker had to say as he actually knew O’Keeffe. She was reserved but also had a sense of humor, he said.
After lunch at the Abiquiu Inn, we headed back up the hill to Abiquiu to paint. The town is a private village established through a land grant, so the residents are all descended from the original inhabitants.The town’s centerpiece is the historic Santo Tomas Catholic Church.
Mary found a shady spot to sketch it from in front of the village library. Susan found her shade behind our rented minivan.
I set up nearby, and was happy that I had packed my umbrella, as the sun was very hot.
Eileen painted an old building off the plaza.
Wednesday we headed over to Ghost Ranch.
The compound includes housing, a campground, workshops in various subjects including painting, horseback riding and a paleontology museum. They charge $10 for people who aren’t staying there but want to paint. We took a walk around the grounds to scout out painting locations. After eating lunch in the cafeteria, we got to work.
Eileen picked a location near the art building while Mary, Susan and I chose spots near the main building to paint Pedernal mesa.
Thursday we stopped in Chimayo, a village renowned for handmade woven goods. We admired the rugs and wall hangings in one of the shops, then traveled a little further to El Santuario de Chimayo, a Catholic shrine built in the early 19th century.
Here we set up our easels to paint.
Eileen and I painted from the plaza while Susan and Mary found a shady spot down below near the parking lot.
The prolific Eileen completed two paintings at Ghost Ranch in the time it took me to paint one. My excuse is that I hiked along the river bed until I found a beautiful spot.
Saturday, Susan chose to paint at the casita while Mary, Eileen and I made an all-out effort to take in as much as we could before we left New Mexico for home the next day,
We started out early in the morning to paint views of the river valley near Abiquiu.
Next, we toured some art studios in El Rito, a tiny village-slash artist community east of Espanola.
Finally, we traveled down a rutted, dirt road to the White Place, another favorite spot of O’Keeffe’s. We headed off in different directions and packed it in when the wind got the best of us.
Back at the casita, we decided to have a little show of our work. Here are the paintings we completed during the week: