New Mexico 2008

Monday, July 21, 2008 at 6:57 AM
squirrel, watercolor
click on sketch above to see all the New Mexico photos on Flickr

I am home and feeling much more relaxed and rejuvenated.  It's amazing what a little r&r can do.  I spent most of my time at my sister Marissas cabin in northern New Mexico.  I had plenty of time to sketch/paint, hike, take lots of photos, knit and spend time with my Gracie, who at 11 years old still enjoys time with her nina mARTa.  

I had no encounters with bears but the local dogs and squirrels came to welcome me to the woods.  The flower fairies dressed for the occasion with their finest display of color and foliage.  The birds all came out to sing and from the creek came a steady rhythm as it ebbed and flowed through the meadow.  

Of course being a city girl, after a few days I was more than ready to come back to civilization: which for me is my iphone, city sites and the morning news!  

Marissa, Terry, Elliott, Sara and Grace,

Thank you so very much for putting up with me.  Now that I'm home I am realizing just how beneficial this break was for me.  I love the cabin and the beauty that surrounds it.  I know you will all enjoy it for many years to come.  I loved spending time with all of you but my favorite time had to be the beautiful hike we did that last day up there.  I am missing all of you.  much love, nina


  1. Shirley Says:

    I've missed you and I'm so glad it was a great vacation. the squirrel is soooo cute - nice and loose, beautiful colors. I will need to browse your full set of Flick'r photos when I get home from work....

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Welcome back is so good to see your art here again!! I hope you are well rested and have loads of sketches to show us? I am going to browse your photos with a coffee later tonight. This lttle squirrel is just too cute...getting us in the mood to more of NM!

  3. Deborah Says:

    Sounds like this trip was just what you needed. Welcome home! Great photos too.

  4. Judybec Says:

    Bears huh!!! wow, sounds like some exciting times Marta. I love your squirrel painting... very lovely and just loose enough.

  5. Sandy Says:

    We missed you too - glad the r&r restored some peace - love this little 'guy' lots of spirit!

  6. Genine Says:

    wonderful sketch!!! glad you were able to relax! I'm hoping my labor day trip to the mountains proves the same.

  7. Alison Says:

    Lovely sketch - such a feeling of immediacey.

  8. Robyn Says:

    That's so gorgeous, I've never been up close to a squirrel. Welcome back, Marta and I'm looking forward to many more sketches.

  9. Sharon Says:

    Glad to hear your vacation went well Marta.It's nice to see your art work again. You've done a wonderful job of capturing the essence of squirrels in these two paintings. (Oh, and I have a racoon you might enjoy painting...)

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