Monday, June 24, 2013

charming the muse






in the late spring and early summer
I always made a trip to Taos and Santa Fe...
for me it was 
the most nourishing of places  



"never forget that the nurturing and preservation of your muse is job one." Rober Genn




and it fed my spirit and soul...
in looking back at my photos, I realized that there were several that 
I have never shared with you...








my love affair with New Mexico
began when I was just a child and my parents moved us from Michigan
to Scottsdale, Arizona...
we stopped on the way to visit my auntie who happened to be a nun in a Maryknoll convent and she also happened to be an 
artist...
it made a huge impression on me to see her and listen to her passion about the land and the sky and what she was painting...








"when inspiration does not come, I go for a walk, go to the movie, talk to a friend, let go... the muse is bound to return again, especially if I turn my back." 
Judy Collins









and as we drove through the enchanted land of New Mexico on our way to Arizona, I too fell in love with the land and the sky,
the architecture and the people...  
it seemed to be a contagious spell that would last my whole life..








If you are an artist, I am sure you know that  
the muse is a reference to Greek mythology; the muses were goddesses that inspired the creation of art..
for me, no single place or thing acts as a muse, but there are 
several places that fill my creativity tank 
and Taos is certainly one of them...









the beauty of the architecture and the churches are so inspiring...







the white against the brown stucco is so stunning...






and charm and whimsy 
uplift the spirit and connect me with joy...








 then there are the mountains...
so stunning
Taos mountain especially..
the view below is from Blueberry Hill...










I have to tell you..
I have never had an artist block...

I simply show up to do the work and if my muse seems to be napping...  
I play.......paint collage or experiment with no
expectation and suddenly the ideas flow....

I love to listen to the silent voice of my own work




"The muse is not an angelic voice that sits on your shoulder and sings sweetly. The muse is the most annoying whine. The muse isn't hard to find, just hard to like. She follows you everywhere, tapping you on the shoulder, demanding that you stop doing whatever else you might be doing and pay attention to her." Harlan Coben








 "I have a promiscuous muse. My muse wants to own every color, work in many media and in numerous genre." Mary Klotz











I am taking this week off for a little trip
to northern Michigan to visit family
and fill the creativity tank...
and I promise to take lots of photos... 





C4N!




10 comments:

lynne h said...

oh that sky...

have a happy trip, cat... i've found that the muse generally loves trips. : )

xoxo

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

My muse is slowly...carefully...packing and sorting my collected glass beads and art supplies and beautiful drawing pencils. The sky always seems to have the answer...even when we have not asked the question. Have a glorious trip. Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

martinealison said...

Un très joli billet... Des photos sublimes accompagnées de si jolis mots et de belles réflexions.

Gros bisous à vous.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Have a fun trip. And if you can capture northern Michigan as well as you have Taos, then I know you will have had a satisfying and creative trip. Your photos of the southwest are simply unbelievable.

ArtPropelled said...

The architecture is spectacular isn't it?! I would love to go there one day. This is a lovely post Cat. Enjoy your trip.

Leslie said...

I too, love New Mexico, and hold a special place for the landscape. I will never forget growing up there, a friend of my parents told me that I probably took the views for granted, because I saw them every day. After that, I never did.
It's been too long since I've been though.

nancy neva gagliano said...

aw........lovely photographs and reminder of OUR place. enjoy your family, friend!

sharon said...

I am so struck by the lines in the photos of the architecture...wow....so striking, and the vivid contrasts, they almost seem surreal! So beautiful! Wishing you a safe and happy trip Cat!

Marie Danti said...

Such gorgeous photos! Your post made me miss Taos so much. I must plan a trip soon.

rivergardenstudio said...

Your photographs are spellbinding! Love the white clouds against the blue sky behind the church. And the mountain, the windows... and everything. sigh...
roxanne