Thursday, June 25, 2009

Land of Enchantment, indeed!

We came home from Santa Fe on Monday, to mid-70's to 60's weather after a week of 80's and 90's, and I am tempted to turn on the heat in our apartment! I loved the weather in Santa Fe and Taos. I never did get completely acclimated to the altitude, but I loved the weather! It was hot sometimes, but there always seemed to be a breeze coming, and sitting under trees in the Plaza would cool us right off.

I had a lot of fun with the watercolors I brought. The above sketch from my travel journal was made after we got caught (in the car, luckily) in a torrential downpour. I loved how the adobe still glowed even in the rain and with dark skys.
We went to Taos overnight, and tried to cram way too much into the short time we were there. I did this page of two memorable things we did. We visited the Taos pueblo and also the Mabel Dodge Luhan house. I found both to be incredible, though in very different ways.

I bought a Polaroid printer called a POGO the day before we left, and was able to print out wallet sized photos with adhesive backing, which made journaling really fun! I love my POGO, and think I will find many uses for it, beyond journaling.

The trip was fabulous, and I will be writing more about it over the next few days, so check back!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

An Adventure! and a book in which to chronicle it

Tomorrow we leave for a week in Santa Fe, the oldest capitol city in the United States! New Mexico is called the Land of Enchantment, and that is what it has always been for me. I have never been, and this is a much anticipated trip!

Above is the cover of my travel journal, I have been working on it for a couple of weeks. The covers are museum board, nice and heavy. I like using the binder rings, because I can move things around, as well as allowing the book to lay flat for painting and writing. The pages are hot press watercolor paper cut to size, in this case they are 9 x 7 1/2.
A collage I made on one page using images from a tourist guide magazine DH ordered from New Mexico. Some of the things I am excited to see.
I prepared a few of the pages with paint and stamps, but many are blank. I am going to be sketching and using Peerless Watercolors to paint. I also have two memory cards with me for my camera, and I plan to fill both of them! Another advantage of binder rings: more pages can be added if need be!