Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Monday, March 10, 2014
We followed a side road through El Pinacate to a primitive campground (by this I mean REALLY primitive - there is no outhouse - instead there are instructions for burying your pooh and TP in the desert). We were not planning on camping, but there was a 1 mile trail to a high point where we could hope for 360 degree views. The trail climbs over 300 feet in a half a mile, but there was a comfortable breeze. I was glad I had purchased a tank top, though! Below are a group of pictures taken from the top of the hill where we could see in all directions.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Find out more about this park at: http://geo-mexico.com/?tag=ecotourism
Saturday, March 8, 2014
As long as I have been traveling to my sister's place in Mexico - I have wanted to visit this sister park to the USA's Organ Pipe Cactus National Park. Pinacate Biosphere Preserve is just across the border in Mexico and the focus of this park is the huge volcanic expanse covering thousands of square miles.
Visiting is an all day event that involves driving for 70+ km on dirt roads through lava fields and craters. Above, this cactus and petroglyph mark the entrance to the park.
Below, our first stop at an interpretive sign. We were the only people for many miles......
This blooming shrub (below) was outside the visitor center where we paid our entry fee.
We stopped along the road - volcanic sand and rubble everywhere as far a we could see. The road was all sand, but we did just fine in the Dodge Grand Caravan!
Friday, March 7, 2014
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
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Saturday, March 1, 2014
Friday, February 28, 2014
Thursday, February 27, 2014
This last picture is from the road as we passed from Wyoming into Utah. We drove two days in the snow and cold. We made it to Las Vegas the second night, and were in shirt sleeves during the time we were there. We left the snow behind just as we passed from Utah into Arizona.
I'll be sharing more pictures from our trip now that I am back in the USA, where I have access to Internet (we have been without electronics for 3 weeks while staying on the beach in Mexico!)
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Here is another mixed media piece - it is 20 x 15". Paint, collage, block print, screen print, stenciling, pencil and ink.
When I put these things up on my blog - it really does help me see things with a more critical eye. I thought this was so fun - looking at it in my studio, but I see it falls a bit flat in the photos. It would benefit from a bit more depth and maybe more thoughtful placement and choices. I like the idea behind this piece, though - and I already have more ideas for expanding this theme.... (do you know I have five sisters and no brothers? - so this could be a very persona subjectl!)
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Mixed media is my new outlet. I have lots of supplies because I was exploring this avenue a few years ago, but I never followed through. By the time all my supplies arrived - I was on to something else.
I have promised myself I will work at this at least until I use up the supplies I have on hand.
This piece needs a coat or two of varnish to tie it all together. There are some areas that are more matte and some that are more shiny and I know a varnish would fix that. I also think the brown (cheese cloth) strip on the left is a bit flat looking so maybe I will work on that area a bit more. Otherwise, I feel pretty good about this first large mixed media piece I have ever done. I am calling it "Man on a Bicycle", as there is a photo of an ethnic guy on a bike on the left. It is very faint now under all the paint and printing, but he is there. Most of the other collaged images have disappeared, and that is something I will need to improve with future pieces.
Above is a smaller detail of the piece. It has really been fun adding all the layers and watching the transformation.