Metta

This just wanted to be …

I needed to take small stitches …
And when I wondered what to do with the spaces between the words, I found inspiration at Penny Berens’ blog 

Drew carefree lines …

and let myself go …
even reaching back in time to Jude’s Considering Weave, a firm foundation …
Then found this on the New York Times 
and took in the sheer beauty of it. 
May we all be happy …

Enchanted

We love New Mexico. So it’s not surprising that Don was inspired to make a memory montage of our last journey …

 

A bit of rusted license plate served as a (partial) title ..

 

while the Zia sun symbol found a home in the first nook of this one-time screen door frame …

 

A bit of scrap wood and some wood burning recall the petroglyphs we saw in Santa Fe …

 

While this bit of broken pottery from a recent kitchen misadventure morphed into an imagined sherd …

 

Don’s been playing with acrylic painting, this being his rendition of the New Mexican tradition of ordering both red and green chile sauces by requesting “Christmas” …

 

We were both gobsmacked by the work of Robert Rivera displayed at the Torres Gallery, which inspired this gourd and turkey feather homage  …

 

And while we didn’t spend any time under a full moon, Don’s imagining feels true …

 

I did get to contribute a bit more than broken pottery as Don contrived a cunning 2″ x 3″ loom upon which I wove …

 

And in the final nook, a tiny canvas purchased at Taos Pueblo …

 

A bit of iron hinge on one end …

 

and a rusted bit of we-know-not-what on the other …

 

completed and hung over a door in the dining room …

 

Perfect!

Captivated

I love that Don got caught in the reflection of this painting entitled Taos by Dan Namingha. …

Our day had begun at Taos Pueblo https://taospueblo.com/ …

but the air was hazy and we were asked not to take photos of the residents without permission, so I only took one other picture …

But we did come away with some hand-crafted memory pieces, chief among them being this cottonwood drum …

After lunch, and before our ill-fated journey to the Rio Grande Gorge, we went to the Millicent Rogers Museum
http://www.millicentrogers.org/ which had a phenomenal collection, well-presented, as with this historical weaving …
as well as this weaving in progress …
Don was on the lookout for some particular artists, so we were gratified that the MRM permitted photography (I always ask). We found two by Tony Abeyta …
this one glass-fronted which reflected glare unfortunately …
We also found one by Fritz Scholder (about whom there will be more in a future post) …
Unfortunately, I neglected to snap a picture of the pottery process display that detailed Maria Martinez’s methodology, but I was quite taken with this bronze depiction of her …
Likewise, I have but one image of the many, many pieces of pottery …
We left well-sated, then headed out to meet our destiny on the rim …
Addendum:
I went to the Wimberley thrift store this morning and found three issues of American Indian Art Magazine (which Don mentioned liking when we were in Taos). It was only when I got home that I realized Maria Martinez was featured in two of the three …