It's been all go since I arrived in New Mexico on the 6th June. Paintings to finish, article to prepare for, (more on that when it's published), tending to our somewhat overgrown garden and the very occasional foray into DIY! In addition to which I have been catching up with dear friends and family and my lovely husband (Barry McCuan) of course. It's been eighteen months since I was here last and it's lovely to be back, but it is also quite strange and takes a little getting used to, a little like a parallel universe! Driving on the wrong side of the road certainly concentrates the mind for sure!
Spending the odd half hour in the hammock under our Black Locust trees has certainly helped me slide back into New Mexico life. The warmth of the air, (the heat of the midday sun), the cool evenings and mornings feel so good to me.
Here are a few photos to start with... The dust devil photo was taken on our drive back from Albuquerque on the day of my arrival. Amazing to watch, as it slowly made its way across the arid landscape. I have been enjoying taking photos around our house. The strong shadows created by our coyote fence have particularly intrigued me and one of our Agave plants flowered in my absence, leaving a most beautiful 'living' sculpture. The wildlife has been making their presence known and I love the way the moth matches our adobe walls! However, I am rather glad that the fierce looking Assasin or Robber Fly stays outside. (Thanks to Russell Stebbings at the Zoology Museum, Cambridge for identifying this creature). It's the first time I have ever seen one in New Mexico.
I have been to the Santa Fe Etching studio only once so far (yes, Eric, we will be back this week!), where I created a tiny soft ground. I will leave you with the view from my hammock!