Santuary de Chimayo is along "The High Road", between Taos and Santa Fe. A magical feeling place, it lends itself well to stirring the imagination.
Here is my method of working up to the actual painting journey to New Mexico, since my thoughts are so focused on it. Each "step" implies a block of time I have spent thinking it through, and enjoying anticipation of the BIG EVENT. I'm already talking to myself about where I want to travel next in my Plain Air sojourns.
Step #1. UPS shipped my art supplies and equipment out to Taos
NM to precede my arrival at my hotel, which is walkable to
the Plaza, and close to many of the locations where I plan to
paint , the week after this one.
Step #2. I brought my larger suitcase upstairs to begin packing on
Monday, bit by bit. That's my style. I have to "think it" into
my luggage, putting all the pieces together over several
Step #3. I rechecked the weather averages and records for the days I
will be there. It seems that everything from the 20's,
evenings, to 80 degrees, daytime, and everywhere in
between, might be possible, but I think I chose the stretch
of time, initially, because generally there is little rain during
that time period, which is good, expecially if you are painting
Step #4. Spent time copying travel information (such as directions)
off the internet. Compiled paperwork I completed weeks
ago regarding the painting locations where I'll be situating
myself, searching for inspiration.
Step #5.Involved myself in daydreaming about the adventure to
come. I even painted some very terrific paintings "in my
dreams", complete with color and imagination.
Step #6.Purchased a seemingly warm hooded sweatshirt lined in
fleece to help deal with every possible weather situation that
may arise, and spacious enough to accommodate layered
dressing when necessary.
MORE TO COME.......