The mighty Rio Grande River, starting in Southern
Colorado, is reaching its full potential as it surges through the
Deep Canyons around Taos. A morning looking across a high mountain meadow bordered with golden
aspens, blue spruce, and
tall pines. Followed by a mid-day break to visit galleries, museums,
historical sites, or shopping.
Then a late afternoon session overlooking the Rio Grande gorge as it
snakes across the high plains towards Colorado, flanked by the Sangre de
Christo Mountains under a huge dramatic sky as the sun sinks into the west.
There is a Beautiful little Church where Georgia
O'Keeffe painted several of her famous Crosses. No longer in use,
the grounds are not open to the public, but we have special permission
for our group to be here one day. Golden Cottonwoods are set off
against the ancient curves of the adobe walls.
The Fertile Valleys around Taos, nestled deep within
nurture a patchwork of Fields, Orchards, and sheep pastures watered
by nearby mountains. We will set up on the rim overlooking this
idyllic scene from a bygone era.
There is a nearby Clear Mountain Lake with stunning
Golden Cottonwoods reflected in its smooth surface and Pine covered
mountains in the distance.
A wonderful Adobe Home and Studio in the Taos valley that has a beautiful walled garden with 2 arched entry gates and views of the Taos mountains to the north and the Picuris mountains to the south.
- Northern New Mexico featured the very first vineyards in North America. We will visit and paint in one of these vineyards tucked in a Mountain valley near a tributary to the Rio Grande.
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