Thursday, July 10

Travel Diary: Down a Dusty Red Hill Road

One of the best things we did on our New Mexico roadtrip was return to Georgia O'Keeffe's Abiquiu home. I lived in Santa Fe for a few summers during college and one of my best memories was visiting Abiquiu with the O'Keeffe Museum and one of their girls arts programs--such an inspiring time. S had never been and I wondered what it might it might be like to make another pilgrimage to this remarkable place. The choice didn't disappoint. I was completely moved and refreshed. I have so much to write about having seen the home with new eyes. Every artist, poet, designer, gardener and naturalist should take this tour. Look to the balance of colors in the bedroom. Take note of the garden rainwater irrigation system. Memorize the handwriting on Georgia's 'good tea' in the pantry. The home is the ultimate sanctuary.

(Photos from the
Monroe Gallery. The O'Keeffe house proprietors respect the Abiquiu community--photographs are not allowed. It only seems appropriate that visitors have to look closely and remember. Painting from the Eiteljorg Museum: Georgia O'Keeffe,
Red Hills Beyond Abiquiu, 1930.)

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