I went to Taos, New Mexico for two and a half weeks! The trip was a drawing class from OSU. OSU owns property in Taos, so they have several outreach classes there.
I use the term “drawing” class very loosely. In all reality, it was more of a “make art out of whatever you want” class. We all created handmade sketchbooks before the class and sketched on location every day.
Two and a half weeks is a lot of time to live in a hotel room, but it allowed enough time to go visit many different places. We had two full weekends of free time to work on art or adventure across New Mexico.
I came back to Oklahoma the first weekend…but that is for another update post.
Each day started around 9 AM and we finished up around 5-ish. We would typically visit two or three different places, ranging from museums, natural landmarks, Taos must-sees, and churches.
And now…for some pictures. Read the captions for explanations.
Our first stop was the Taos Art Museum at Fechin House. Fechin was a Russian artist who moved to Taos and did all of the woodwork in the house…by hand.
This room is meant to have the feeling of a balcony. Looks like a perfect spot for an afternoon nap!
Ok, so 2 things: 1. This was the first refrigerator in Taos and it had to be transported through the mountains by wagon and such. 2. That cabinet has a window in it. The window is operated by a pulley system so that it can open. Genius.
Fechin hated radiators, so he created covers for all of them.
This is the window in Fechin’s studio. So much natural, North light! This was also our classroom space for the course. Apparently one of the first things Fechin did to the existing house on the property was cut off part of the roof and wall to create this window for his studio space.
We visited St. Francis Church of Assisi.
It is a very iconic New Mexico church. They were actually remudding it when we were there. They adobe is made with a mixture of earth, straw, water, and ox/cow’s blood.
This was across the street…so pretty.
Echo Canyon. It was neat to hear all of the echoes coming from this natural land form.
Ghost Ranch, where Georgia O’Keefe owned a home and created art.
I tested out my traveling watercolor set from C.J. After Ghost ranch we toured Georgia O’Keefe’s Abique house…no photos allowed.
Ed Sandoval is an artist in Taos and he did a demonstration for us one morning.
We went to the Hacienda de los Martinez. It is an authentic hacienda rebuilt from the descriptions in the owner’s will.
This was in the kitchen. That is a baby’s bed…adorable.
Some of the things at the hacienda were quirky, but less-than-authentic.
The original well.
In the kitchen.
Fake food of display…working on my still life photography skills.
The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.
It was a little intimidating.
We took the High Road to Taos on our way to Chimayo.
On the way to Chimayo we stopped to draw a church in Los Trampas.
The shrine (not parish) in Chimayo. Our docent was a “Pilgrim in Residence” who had walked from St. Louis to Chimayo for one of her pilgrimages.
The hills/mountains around Chimayo were gorgeous.
Behind the main shrine were several little places for devotion.
We visited the Harwood Museum and were able to sit on Donald Judd pieces while viewing Agnes Martin paintings. Pretty spectacular.
The Blumenschein museum had an interesting contemporary show in their gallery.
The pieces were all pulled glass and iron.
The gardens outside of the Blumenschein were wonderful.
Pretty sure that the twinkly lights are not original.
We visited the Earthships, which are fully sustainable homes that are completely off the grid.
The builders use glass bottles to add decoration to the walls of the homes.
Such interesting architecture.
The earthships in the Taos area are sustained off just 8 inches of precipitation each year-that includes snow melt.
These will eventually be apartment style earthships.
As we were leaving the Earthships….
Over the second weekend I ventured down to Santa Fe, went to some galleries, the farmer’s market, and the plaza. This gallery had some of my high school art teacher’s work displayed!
San Miguel Mission.
I had an amazing meal at Five Star Burgers…peach and sage chutney on a turkey burger served with fries and green chili mayo. Delicious.
The Acoma pottery was to die for…and so expensive.
We went bird watching in Arroyo Secco….didn’t see many birds though.
We went to the Taos Pueblo twice. The first time was for a Corn Dance, and the second was for the tour.
During the class we worked with a visiting artist on a collaborative piece. I drew churros.
Churros are sheep that used to live in New Mexico that can have more than 2 horns…my version definitely looks tame and cute in comparison to the real things.
Our group in front of our piece…Scott, the visiting artist in on the floor.
On the last day we went to the John Dunn Bridge. John Dunne apparently used to charge for people to use this bridge and people were so angry with the price that he was found dead in his home. His body was found in one room and his head was in another. They ruled his death-natural causes.
Saw a chipmunk.
So pretty…and so dangerous.
I found a quiet, shady rock to draw from.
And yah know…Taos.
The trip was a ton of fun and it was such a unique opportunity to be able to create art all day. To see my sketches from the trip you can head to my art website.