Love Letters to Santa Fe

© 2017, Contemporary Narrative Weavings by Bonnie Clark / Dakini Dreams, Santa Fe Gardens #I,  Magic in the Desert: Santa Fe Reflections

© 2017, Contemporary Narrative Weavings by Bonnie Clark / Dakini Dreams, Santa Fe Gardens #I,  Magic in the Desert: Santa Fe Reflections

Santa Fe Gardens #1 is a celebration of the breathtaking gardens one can find hiding behind the high adobe walls in Santa Fe. Rustic garden gates open onto an explosion of color as you follow a stone path deeper into a peaceful oasis created by trees, flowers, carefully selected stones, and sculpture. The iridescence of the hummingbirds catches your eye as they flit about from flower to flower. The high desert mountains of Santa Fe are home to an astonishing diversity of flora, from traditional succulents and drought-resistant plants to roses and fruit making each garden unique in its beauty. And, because it’s Santa Fe, a work of art.

Magic in the Desert: Santa Fe Reflections is my love letter to Santa Fe and its surrounding areas. Join me on my journey this year as I explore the unique landscape and culture of the City Different and the Land of Enchantment.

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Magic in the Desert: Santa Fe Reflections

© 2017, Contemporary Narrative Weavings by Bonnie Clark / Dakini Dreams, Aspens #I,  Magic in the Desert: Santa Fe Reflections

© 2017, Contemporary Narrative Weavings by Bonnie Clark / Dakini Dreams, Aspens #I,  Magic in the Desert: Santa Fe Reflections

"I decided to start anew, to strip away what I had been taught." -- Georgia O'Keeffe

The high desert of Santa Fe has been calling to my soul lately. So, on the New Moon of December 29th I started a new series, Magic in the Desert: Santa Fe Reflections.

There’s a mystique to Santa Fe that engages all the senses and is impossible to explain. It’s the simple things of everyday life… the warmth of sunlight on an adobe wall in spring, the crystal blue skies in summer, the breathtaking colors of the cottonwoods and aspens in autumn, and the smell of pinon and juniper smoke in winter. There’s a reason why so many artists call Santa Fe home. It’s hard not to be inspired every time you step out your door.

Each piece in this new series is woven with hand-dyed fibers from the artisans at Earth Guild, beads and artifacts I’ve collected during my travels, and one-of-a-kind dichroic glass cabochons and polymer clay elements created by myself and other artists.

So join me on my journey this year as I explore the unique culture and landscape of the City Different and the Land of Enchantment.

Someday May Never Come

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?”
-- The Summer Day, Mary Oliver

I woke up yesterday morning to the headline that the Arrowmont Arts and Crafts School had been destroyed overnight in the Gatlinburg, TN wildfires. One of the first thoughts to cross my mind was I've always wanted to take a workshop there but kept putting it off for one reason or another. And now it was gone. An opportunity lost.

Fortunately the headline was wrong and Arrowmont survived with only the loss of two dormitories. But I’ve been haunted since by the thoughts of how many opportunities I’ve let pass me by and how much I’ve missed out on in my life because I’ve always put work and someone else’s needs first.

As I’m planning for 2017, I'm setting new priorities. No more putting things off because “there’s always tomorrow, next week, next month, next year”. There will never be the “perfect time”. And someday may never come.

So, what about you? What's that one thing you keep putting off for "later"? Is it important enough to you to put everything else aside and make it happen in 2017?