New Mexico State Of Mind


The Palisades of Cimarron Canyon, New Mexico

If you happen to follow my other blog,, you know that I often share some of the same material on both sites.  Usually I do manage to switch caps however and write something that might be meaningful to the audience that I’m addressing.  The Local Tourist Colorado is all about experiencing things that are close to home.  No matter where one might live, there is always a new adventure right around the corner.  Art Spirit Village is entirely different.  This is where I share the things that motivate me to release my passion for creativity in hopes of somehow connecting with others who have the same passion.

Canyon Road – Santa Fe

All too often however, both of these missions converge and I find myself totally confused about which blog to post the content to.  The New Mexico border is just a few miles south of my home and every time I go there, I get inspired to create.  After returning from an incredible weekend in Santa Fe, I have to share.  Great artists will tell you how important it is to surround yourself with people who stimulate your imagination.  I’m here to tell you that being surrounded by states that inspire is not a bad deal at all.

One of the many windows along Canyon Road

Saturday “Art Walk” Entertainment

Tammy and Charlie “Art Walkin”










Rays Of Hope

“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it” – Albert Einstein

Look around this crazy world of ours with open eyes and you will likely have cause for great concern.  Human conflict is certainly nothing new, time and again we have faced seemingly hopeless contention and time and again we have overcome it in spite of the odds.  This time however, it’s as if the entire world has become like a tiny dysfunctional town where everybody is into everybody else’s business, the willingness to find a common agenda is rare, greed trumps compassion.  We seem to be sitting at a great crossroads, looking hopelessly at all of the routes that we have taken, wondering how in the world we will move forward.  Perhaps it is time to step back, think bigger, roll up our sleeves and carve a new path.

Reflections Upon The First Frost

Last week’s first hard frost

“Autumn is a second spring, where every leaf is a flower” ~ Albert Camus

So fitting is this quote to this photograph that I had to enlist it, despite the fact that I had no idea who Albert Camus is or was.   Annually, I suffer from a bit of sadness this time of year as the trees are stripped bare and the the world around me becomes seemingly void of color.  It’s almost cruel how nature saves the most vivid colors for last, only to let them fall to the ground.  I find myself wishing that I could rewind the weeks back to spring and start the process over immediately, without waiting through the hardship of winter.  Only after the last leaf has perished do I set my sights forward and begin to anticipate winter with eagerness, comforted that a new spring will follow.

As for Albert Camus, my conscience wouldn’t let me complete this post without a google search.  Camus was a French author, journalist and philosopher who took home the Pulitzer Prize for literature in 1947.  He is best known for his contribution to the rise of the philosophy known as Absurdism.  Wikipedia says about him, “Camus presents the reader with dualisms such as happiness and sadness, dark and light, life and death, etc. He emphasizes the fact that happiness is fleeting and that the human condition is one of mortality; for Camus, this is cause for a greater appreciation for life and happiness”.

“Manataka” (place of peace) – Cuchara Pass, Colorado