When your visit to a new place starts out with a tree-lined boulevard like this, you know it's going to be something special. The place in question is Los Poblanos, which my boyfriend and I finally visited last month.
Los Poblanos was founded in 1934. While today it is known as an organic farm, back in the 1930s it was known for its La Quinta Cultural Center, designed by John Gaw Meem and decorated by some of New Mexico's best-known artists via the WPA. This was, in fact, the reason why I had wanted to come here...
James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania,
Completed in 1937, this is Hurd's first finished true fresco, or painting directly on wet plaster. It's a challenging technique because you really only get one shot at the plaster, and since you can only paint on the wet surface, not the dry wall around it, you have to complete the composition piecemeal. In other words, you'd better do you homework ahead of time and have preparatory cartoons that are thorough and accurate, because you can't go back and fix the mural once you've started it.
San Ysidro, a popular saint in New Mexico, especially within the Spanish Catholic tradition. A devout farmer who had a hard time keeping up with his tilling because of all the time he spent praying, Ysidro benefited from the assistance of an angel, who tilled the fields for him while he prayed. Whereas ancient Sumerians constructed portrait statues that prayed for them while they worked, Yisdro had the divine come work for him, enabling him to continue his devotions uninterrupted. Not a bad gig at all if you ask me.
shop on the property,which we naturally had to check out. I'm not much of a gift shop kind of person, but I did end up getting a nice tote bag. One can always use tote bags.
As you can see, I felt quite inspired by the place, finishing all these sketches during the chilly morning. I've already turned the first one here into a plexi drypoint, and have plans to attempt my first multi-layered intaglio/monotype in years with it.
Shelburne Farms, a place I visited frequently during my time in Vermont, and the inspiration behind what I consider some of my best prints. Like Shelburne, moreover, Los Poblanos was designed as an experimental farm, something it's working to reclaim today. My boyfriend, in turn, said it reminded him of Wakulla Springs Lodge in Florida, a place that he loved for its extensive nature trails and fabulous Art Deco design. Either way, we definitely plan on coming back, if only because it provides such a pleasant respite from the everyday routines of Roswell.