I have wanted to visit Borrego Springs and see the sculptures in the desert for a while. We are in between art shows right now, with our next one in Palm Springs this weekend.
We left the Salt River area, spent about a week in Quartzsite, and decided to come here for a week or so. It’s kind of on the way, and a good chance to stop and see the area. The Anza Borrego state park is the big draw here, and at 600,000 acres there is a lot to see. We are planning a few hikes, but it’s been wet and cool. So driving around, and seeing the 130 sculptures out in the desert was perfect.
This is the giant serpent, that I have obviously edited, and at 350 feet is the biggest one here.
I first wanted to visit the Salt River horses in Arizona two years ago, but that was the winter it rained and rained. So going down strange dirt roads with a big RV, seemed a really bad idea. Then last year, Al was back and forth to Seattle, I was in Palm Springs, and we spent the rest of the winter in our usual places.
So this year, I got more information and made a solid plan for visiting the Salt River wild horses. And I am so glad we did.
First, this area is beautiful. I had no idea what wonderful scenery there was in this part of the valley. We don’t usually like to hang out near the Phoenix valley, but you would hardly know you are 20 miles from such a large metropolitan area. And second, the horses are gorgeous.
I guess I needed a bit of a break from the blog. That, and we have been super busy creating our mixed media, and fine art photography pieces for this winters art shows. But, I missed you guys.
We have been creating some pretty exciting art. I had an idea in my head of how this new fine art photography was going to look when we started making the large pieces. But, not every plan works out in real life. What I thought would look good, didn’t, so we went with a better idea. Thankfully, I am married to an artist, and together we can come up with some pretty good stuff.
Just about everything we have made this year is big. 24 x 36, 20 x 30, or 16 x 20 photos. Al made wood panels larger than the prints, then the real magic happened.
Around each photo we have textured, and painted to match the image. This is where Al has been invaluable. His knowledge of finishes, and paints has been what makes this work.