anna brones

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In the Footsteps of Creative Women

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I’ve always been drawn to the Southwest. Perhaps it’s because there are so many stark contrasts to my native Pacific Northwest. Lush, wet greens replaced by dusty pinks, light and dryness instead of wet grays. The reasons that I love the landscapes of the Pacific Northwest are also what drive me to seek out places elsewhere, not because I am trying to replace them, but because I am so inspired by the differences to be found elsewhere.

The colors of the sky, intense and dusty all at the same time. The smell of sage brought out by the heat of the sun. That feeling of the desert resonates with me, even though I’ve never lived there, and perhaps never will.

I am not the only one to have drawn inspiration from that landscape.

“I found out that the sunshine in New Mexico could do almost anything with one: make one well if one felt ill, or change a dark mood and lighten it. It entered into one’s deepest places and melted the thick, slow densities. It made one feel good. That is, alive.”

That’s a quote from Mabel Dodge Luhan, a woman with a colorful history who in the early 1900s made her way to Taos, New Mexico. She fell in love with Antonio Luhan, a Taos Pueblo Indian, and eventually they bought a plot of land and built a house on it. It started as a four-room adobe, but expanded to seventeen rooms, the Luhans wanting to create a space that was inviting to those with a creative spirit.

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Written by Anna Brones

February 19, 2018 at 07:32

A Taste of Santa Fe

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Two days, three tacos, two enchiladas, five mentions of frito pies, four milagros, numerous iced coffees: Santa Fe.

Red adobe buildings, striking against the blue sky. Bright flowers paired with dusty streets. Tacos covered with pumpkin seed pesto. An eclectic mix of new and old. Colors everywhere: red ristras hanging on balconies, stacks of turquoise and yellow striped blankets, a bright blue canopy to provide shade in the heat of the day. An ongoing visual flurry, all under the Southwest sun.

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Written by Anna Brones

June 16, 2011 at 07:37