I’m just back from an inspiring trip to Santa Fe, NM, where the colors had my head spinning!

Wonderful blues and purples contrasting against terracotta walls had me designing new compositions in my head as I walked down the streets. And then there were the flowers!

Both of these shots were taken along a street in the city filled with art galleries. I loved seeing the work of so many talented artists, but it was the colors in the streets that really captured my imagination.

My son has been working in Santa Fe all summer as a theater tech for the Santa Fe Opera Company, so we went out there to see him and two of the shows he’s been working on. I don’t know a great deal about opera, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was an amazing experience. The theater is a beautiful open-air venue (but the seats are covered so you don’t get wet when it rains) outside of the city. The combination of the night sky and singing, not to mention the amazing sets, was breathtaking.

I’m going to be busy in the studio the next few weeks trying to capture some of these fantastic color combinations in fiber!



  1. Dorry on August 19, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Oh what gorgeous color Cindy; this trip must have set your creative mind on fire! I will look forward to seeing what you are inspired to make as a result.

    • Cindy on August 20, 2012 at 2:53 pm

      Thanks Dorry! I have some ideas, but need some time to figure out which ones will work best.

  2. Gail Pean on September 8, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Gorgeous colors! I am reminded of your opera experience when 18 I saw operas outdoors in Romes’ Baths of the Carracula. I have been a fan ever since of outdoor operas. Congrats! I look forward to seeing your new quilts at the upcoming Great Falls Studio tour. Happy Biryhday Cindy!!

    • Cindy on September 8, 2012 at 1:52 pm

      Thanks so much, Gail! It was a great experience and I’m working on some new pieces to use those wonderful colors–I hope they’ll be ready for the Studio Tour.