Santa Fe Colors

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Santa Fe is rich in history but for an artist like me it is also rich in color. Everywhere you turn, from the glorious colors of the sunrises and sunsets to the turquoise trims on the houses, it is a veritable feast. As I was walking the streets of downtown Santa Fe, every shop window was a delight to the eye. Galleries with their paintings, ceramics and jewelry. Clothing shops filled with a unique style so indigenous to this area screaming to be purchased. And Native American Indians sitting on their colorful blankets under the portales of the Governor's Palace remind us that this is the oldest seat of government in the United States.

I love flowers and the colors they add to our lives was evident in the "art district" along Canyon Road. Sunflowers, petunias, marigolds and hollyhocks are just a few of the touches of color Mother Nature painted with her palette. White ones, pink ones, red ones and all the colors in between. They grow here like weeds, along the roadsides and in gardens. It's a long way from their origins in the Ottoman Empire.

Santa Fe Hollyhocks
Kathy Dunham 2008