Wednesday, October 24, 2012

some art I liked

Today I knocked off a couple more hot spots from my list of places to check out in Albuquerque.

I finally drove over to Harwood Art Center. It looked impressive from the outside and felt pretty magical on the inside. There were two exhibits up. First a show by Duke City artist R. Potter (above). I've been meaning to see her work since I discovered her during a 'local research bender' sometime last year. I missed her work up at the New Mexico Museum of Art earlier this year, so I was very pleased to find is on exhibit at the Harwood this month. I really enjoyed a couple of her larger pieces that look and speak like cartographic landscapes of the human body. I love the way she manipulates textiles adding acrylic paints for create surface tension and sprays of black thread to cause a bit of wincing every now and then from the viewer. I look forward to seeing her work again.

There was also a group show up: Borders and Boundaries. It was an interesting little assemblage of works. The pieces that really spoke to me were the drawing from Celine Browning's Keeping Out Holding In series and the Watershed Topography drawings by Ellie Irons. Above is a shot of Maria Lux's Rats, 2010 (via 516 Arts blog) which was also stunning.

I also got to finally see Valerie Roybal's work up close... another one of my 'local research' gems. The papers she uses are so interesting and she has a great talent for line, composition, and color. I would love to afford a work of hers one day.

Also... I really, really wish I could go to this workshop by Megan Canning at the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Autumn Strolls

I take so much pleasure in my neighborhood strolls here in the northeast quadrant of Albuquerque. This area is very suburban in style with cozy cul-de-sacs and corners lined with all manners of houses that you just know someone's grandma lives in. All the streets are tree-lined and there's never a park too far away. In the fall and spring these walks are especially lovely, and you can see why above. 

I've pictured here a couple spots where I like to sit and read or stitch in the park across the street. I've played tennis there once or twice as well. You can also see a couple of my favorite surprises from the neighborhoods- an old turquoise gate, a beloved VW Bug. And just this morning, during a quiet Sunday stroll with Brian leashed in one hand and a mug of apple cider snug in the other, I collected a pile of all the gorgeous types of foliage that inspire me on these walks.

Be present in your life, and your life will present you much happiness and beauty.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

inspired by: red prickly bunches

red cactus uploaded to Pinterest by Leana Shefman

Mariposas by Spanish-American artist Manolo Valdés via ArtArte

vintage dress detail from Created and Collected on Etsy

Anyone who knows me, knows I love red. It's a full-fledged, passionate love affair that one can only have with a color...

...And the butterflies by Valdés? Well... His work was displayed at the Civic Center Plaza in San Francisco while I was still living there. I fell in love with Manolo Valdés' work very quickly as well. His shapes, whimsy, humor, simplicity... perfection.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

much more than a desert

One of my favorite things about moving to Albuquerque, NM is all the time I've spent outside. This city has an incredible amount of open space, within the city or just outside, for hiking, picnicking, and just plain moseying. When I can, I take pictures, because I think one of the greatest gifts of the modern age is  digital photography and the ability it grants us to share moments and places with people who are far, far away.

So, above are some glimpses I've recorded of walks and hikes that I've been on recently. As you can see, New Mexico is not just desert like many people picture the southwest to be. There are farms and forests and fields a plenty. There is also the desert, make no mistake. I the combination of all these landscapes help make New Mexico such a magical place.