We flew into Albuquerque and drove to Santa Fe where we spent 3 nights at a lovely historic B&B " The Turquoise Bear", the property dates from the 1800's and was a creative gathering place. The rooms are all named for poets. We were in the Willa Cather room. http://www.turquoisebear.com/santa-fe-inn-history.html
The landscape is unique there. The blue sky takes up a huge chunk of the vista and the landscape is dotted with Pinons and Junipers.
There is something about adobe architecture that is so comforting, maybe it is the roundness of this style but it's almost like coming home. The colors are rich and warm and very comforting.
We wandered around, always plenty to see. There is no shortage of galleries or art in Santa Fe. We visited the Museum of International Folk Art, and the Georgia O'Keefe Museum. Along the sidewalk in front of the Museum of New Mexico are plaques in the sidewalk of New Mexico Artists of all genre similar to Hollywood but no hand prints. We saw part of Canyon Road which is a beautiful street of galleries.
There was excellent food, including a visit to one of our favorite restaurants "Pasquals". We had an interesting salad at a modern Indian Restaurant "Raaga" it was a flash fried spinach salad!
From there we drove to Taos by way of the High Road which is lined with galleries and artist studios and amazing vistas. We stopped in Chimayo to see the Adobe Church built in the 1800's and visit some of the local galleries. We met a tin artist Sharon Candelario and saw her gallery we are doing a trade, one of her pieces for a painting of her dog.
Taos our second stop, a charming town, rural but definitely an art community. We stayed in another adobe from the 1800's, a B&B named "Adobe Pines" http://www.adobepines.com/. There were two sweet pups for petting and 22 chickens, that supplied us with eggs. We got to experience a meditation maze, and peaceful atmosphere to relax and unwind.
Now I feel all geared up to make art!