|Santa Fe Chile Peppers!|
|Snow squalls coming in|
Yesterday while on our way downtown, I suddenly remembered I needed a tube of white (Gamblin) for the Taos retreat. We made a quick detour to Artisan Santa Fe. A painter shouldn't visit Santa Fe without stopping by. It's the most well-stocked and friendliest local art shop I've ever been in. But it's like a candy store, and it's easy to break the bank. Besides the white, I wanted an extra tube of Torrit Grey. If you buy $25 or more of Gamblin products, you get it for free. My 150ml tube of white wasn't quite that, so I very happily added a tube of manganese violet to my cart to go well over the minimum purchase.
|Opening up shop at the Palace of Governors|
As I mentioned in my previous post, I'm no fan of most decorator wall art. I most enjoy traditional representational art that shows a high level of craft and artistic sensibility. The area around the Plaza has more than its share of tourist shops (think turquoise chokers, tee shirts and sand paintings) and, like Canyon Road, a good number of "contemporary art" galleries. But it does have galleries with the kind of art I like, too. Some of our favorites today include Hueys Fine Art, Mountain Trails and Wadle Galleries. I was pleased to find a large selection of work by my friends Howard Carr and Betty Carr in Mountain Trails. At Wadle, we saw a couple of pieces by Irby Brown that really spoke to us. We almost bought one.
|Wouldn't it be nice to cruise town with this?|
Tomorrow morning early, we are off to Taos. I hope to have some nice paintings to show you next week.