Friday, November 30, 2007

Saltillo Sarape Weaving in Purple

This weaving is in the style of Saltillo, Mexico which has morphed into the Chimayo Style. Weavings with a large serrate design in the middle are called sarapes. This sarape was started three days ago and last night I reached the center.

Saltillo sarape weaving in purple

When I first tried this design I was unable to finish the second half because it was confusing. Then I was told that it is a mirror image of the first half and with that I was able to complete the second half. Creating a mirror image means doing everything the opposite of the first half.

The colors are purple (campo or field), black, indigo, light gray, natural white, and light yellow which are used in the sanefa (band) and in the center serrete design in the same order.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Christmas Time

I always know when Christmas is nigh because my Christmas cactus blooms.

Christmas cactus in full bloom

Monday, November 26, 2007

Los Lonely Boys Concert

Los Lonley Boys, Henry (guitarist), Jojo (bass guitar) Ringo (drummer)

Just got back from Mesaclero and the final Los Lonely Boys show for the 2007 Tour. The boys perfromed by themselves, no opening band, no dad and they were great. It was a Henry Garza show all the way because they performed eight of Henry's songs and five of Jojo's. The set list went like this:

I Ain't Nobody's Fool
Nobody Else
My Way
Never Met A Woman
Crazy Dream
Cottonfields & Crossroads
Man To Beat
Feliz Navidad
More Than Love

Henry's songs are the blues/rock songs like Cottonfields & Crossroads and Man To Beat along with the songs he wrote and have deep meaning for him like Hollywood, Nobody Else, My Way, and Heaven.

The Inn of the Mountain Gods, Mescalero, New Mexico

The view from my room at the resort was breath taking.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Photograph for Sale

This photo is of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at Santa Fe. It was taken from the south coming from Albuquerque and shows some of the distinct images such as the Snoopy Head and the Horses Head. There is some glare off the glass which the flash picked up, however, the photo is flawless.

Sangre de Cristo Mountians at Santa Fe, photo size, 16" x 20"; price $80.00

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Saddle Blanket in Indigo: Third in a Series

The indigo saddle blanket and the third in the series is finished. It is unique to the series yet follows the basic design of the prior two. This weaving and the prior weaving will remain on the loom until several more weavings are completed. Then they all will be removed and the warp tied.

Indigo Saddle Blanket: Third in a series; price $325.00

Friday, November 16, 2007

Red Western Saddle Blanket, Second in a Series

The red western saddle blanket is finished.

The next saddle blanket will be the third in the series and will be in indigo blue, dark brown and natural white.

The sale price for the Red Saddle Blanket is $325.00

Please send an email for purchase instructions. Thank you.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Red Hot Saddle Blanket

I love working in red. It's a color I love thus this saddle blanket project is a pleasure to work on. This piece is the second in a series of saddle blankets I will be weaving this season.

The pattern is woven in along the edges of the piece

For this saddle blanket I chose my favorite border, shown below. The right side will show at the back end of the horse and this is where I will weave my signature, a triangle.

The right border of the weaving

The left border

Monday, November 12, 2007

Small Paintings for Sale

These paintings are for sale and because they need to be matted and framed better, they are selling at bargain prices. The media is acrylic on canvas and the paintings would be suitable for a work space or an office

The top pic is "Rio Chama Bosque #2; 5" x 7"; price $40.00 (SOLD)
The blue is "Cactus Flowers", 5" x 7"; price $35.00 (SOLD)
The bottom is "Cerro Perdenal at Abiquiu Lake; 4" x 5"; price $35.00
To purchase, please click on 'Profile' and send me an email. Thank you.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Matias Rides Estrella with Saddle Blanket

Estrella models the finished saddle blanket with Matias riding and mom, Erian, close by. Estrella is a small horse and the saddle blanket is a little oversized for her. Estrella was not broken using the traditional cowboy method. Rather, Erian, is using horse whispering to tame Estrella.

Matias rides Estrella with mom, Erian, close by.

Off the loom, the saddle blanket is finished

I decided to keep this one. Not for sale.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Finishing the Saddle Blanket: Weaving Demonstration

The video demonstration is a good visual to see how the project comes together.

Weaving demonstration video

The second border is complete and the saddle blanket is done. The warp is cut about 4 inches long and after tying off and trimming the warp, the saddle blanket will be ready to be worn on a horse riding down the road in a parade.

Still on the loom, the finished saddle blanket.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

At the Governor's Mansion

This summer Agueda Martinez, grandmother, was honored for her achievements in weaving and folk-art with a Historic Women Highway Marker to be placed near her home in Medanales.

The Serranos enjoy the buffet and mingle with the women who made the nomination come true for the Agueda Martinez family.

The Serranos pose for a picture with First Lady Richardson

The committee who made the Historic Women Highway Marker possible

Monday, November 5, 2007

Good Morning New Mexico

This morning I awoke to a beautiful sunrise and it makes me feel great to live in such a beautiful place. The morning star and moon were captivating and enchanting.

What a great way to start the day!

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Saddle Blanket in Three Colors

After a few hours of dancing on the loom, my saddle blanket project is coming along nicely. I am just a few inches away from the center. When the project is completed, the saddle blanket will measure 34 x 36 inches. Today I spoke to my cousin and he agreed to have his horse, Estrella, model the finished saddle blanket.

Day Trip to Albuquerque

My sister and I took a day trip to Albuquerque and drove through Santa Fe. Without slowing down or stopping, I managed to get some good pictures. This is a picture of the beautiful and majestic Sangre de Cristo mountains at Santa Fe that add to the beauty of the capital city.

The Sangre de Cristo Mountains at Santa Fe taken facing North from Albuquerque

This is a picture of the descent from Santa Fe to Cochiti Pueblo also called La bajada.

La bajada from Santa Fe to Albuquerque with Rio Grande Bosque

The next photo was taken to show that the concrete barriers holding tons of earth along Hwy285/84 is slipping and soon may crash onto the highway. Better get some engineers out there soon.

A little problem at Exit 599 that needs some attention