I love travel art inspiration. Especially when it really represents the place you were visiting.
New Mexico has such a strong character with its Spanish/Mexican and Native American background. A lot of the art reflects that heritage.
And the western US is such a distinct culture from us here in the northeast US. We don't have cowboys here. Nor a strong sense of Native Americans either. So many of the indigenous cultures here were either incorporated into society over the last 400 years or else our early European settlers wiped them out with their infectious diseases like small pox. Not that we don't have Native Americans here in the northeast US, as we do, and they do keep their tribal customs, but you don't see that much representation of their art on an average day.
I took some of these photos in Santa Fe, New Mexico while walking around. Santa Fe has such a vibrant art culture. They do have some wonderful art inspired museums too, but this trip I didn't visit any of them. There just isn't enough time in a day, and I only spent 2 days in Santa Fe before traveling north to visit friends up in Taos.
I've been to northern New Mexico 3 times and still have a huge list of places I want to see. Next trip I really want to visit the Georgia O'Keefe homes at Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu. And the Pueblo at Taos.
I am really having travel withdrawals today. Sigh.
But, these arty pieces are inspiring me. Plus I am reading a fascinating and well written book about the settling of the southwest by Hampton Sides. One of the friends we stayed with lent me his library book to read, and I got far enough in that I really wanted to finish it. So I picked up a copy at the Kit Carson museum and have been hooked on reading it. There is so much I never learned back in school. If you have any interested in American history and the Southwest I highly recommend this book.
I like it so much I am going to get a hold of and read a couple other books by this author that look good to me.
OK, enough babbling. Have a wonderful day, and
Thanks once again for visiting.