Las Cruces Day 1

on 15 March

All four of us knew each other in Southern California.  My husband and I moved to Seattle in 2000.  One friend still lives there.  She flew in to join in the visit to a 4th friend who moved to Las Cruces just a bit after we moved to Seattle.  We spent several days together.  Since we’ve been a few times before, we did not do a lot of touristy things but just enjoined renewing our friendship.

While they were exploring Old Mesilla, I went to Josephina’s Old Gate Cafe.   I was familiar with it from a previous trip and knew what I wanted to sketch.  This is courtyard at the back of the cafe.  A woman came up to me to look at my sketch.  I saw her binoculars and asked whether she knew what the bird was that was calling so loudly.  Though she did not, as we talked I learned Gloria is from Bellevue, WA.  What a coincidence.  She shared that she used to paint and I gave her the info about Urban Sketchers Seattle.

As others rested, I stole a few minutes in the late afternoon to sketch from the front of our hotel.  The colors were very muted at that time of day.

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About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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