While working on this piece I was again reminded about how painting is waiting. The oil colors have to dry and leaving the work without really having found what you want to paint is difficult. But it is also a slow process to learn to see, it takes time to explore and realize what is right there in front of you. It seems like I subconsciously know what I am seeing but it takes a while before I become aware of it. The next challenge is to transfer that knowledge to my body, my fingers, so I can paint what I am seeing…
Monthly Archives: February 2014
It is demanding to have a dog. I had to give Sammie a good workout (I probably needed one too) so we drove north to Ojo Caliente and I rode my bike up a rough jeep trail to a peak with a good view, past some old mines. Sammie did really well.
It was great fun going with Sammie. She stays close all the time, but on the way down she shot off like a lightning bolt and let me ride fast. She got a terrific workout and was very calm and content all afternoon, evening and night!
On my bike ride in the desert above Ojo Caliente I found this old shovel high up on the mountain. Maybe it has been used by the miners? The rusty surface has a beautiful range of colors. I hung it on the front of the sculpture.
This morning I woke up to a changed scenery! 3 to 4 inches of snow and more is coming down.
So, finally I did the Buckman Mesa hike. I did not have to go alone. I had an excellent hiking companion, my neighbor’s dog Sammie. We bonded on this hike and are now the best of buddies. I wonder if she will go back to her owners when they return in a few days? (She will probably be overjoyed to see them.)
Almost ready to descend the mesa. The Sangre de Christo mountains in the background. Santa Fe is at the foot of those mountains. The snow covered peaks are about 12 000 feet high (4000 m). Good skiing up there.
Back at the bottom. Sammie is exploring the canyon walled arroyo. These walls are very soft, basically sand that has collected over the ages when the river has transported sediment as it has cut it’s way deeper and deeper into the landscapes. An arroyo like this is basically a dry river that can suddenly become very dangerous if a flash flood comes rushing, as a result of heavy rains far away.
Almost back at the car after just under three hours of hiking. The southern tip of Buckman Mesa towering behind us. A very nice experience.