Peter and Donna Thomas have been making fine press and artist's books for over 40 years. When they started, as craftspeople at Renaissance Faires, they fell in love with the graceful beauty of "gypsy wagon" caravans other vendors had made to sleep in or use as booths to sell their wares from. In 2009 they built their own tiny home "caravan", designed after a typical 1900s Redding style of English Gypsy Wagon. This blog documents their trips around the country to sell their books, teach book arts workshops, and talk about making books as art; and to seek out and find beauty in the landscape of the USA.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Southwest Natural Beauty Alerts/ Wanderers take time to paint the red rocks

We just spent more than a week in the deserts of the southwest. Donna made lots of new watercolor paintings, Peter played some ukulele, and both of us hiked up and down and through the vermillion cliffs.

Secluded camp site near Ghost Ranch, NM

Painting from the caravan to escape the wind near Ship Rock

Rock fin wall and wagon back with new towel rack

I love it when the trail just drops into a slot like this! Hovenweep

The spectacular ruins at Hovenweep, at sunset

Zion National Park, like Yosemite's walls, only red! Oh, and they are sandstone!

See that knife-edge? That is the trail to Angel's Landing in Zion NP

Chain link adds to the fun on the "trail" to the top

Paintbrush in the red sandstone

Looking back into the narrows of Zion Canyon

butterfly on the sage

Spring has come to Red Rock Canyon, near Las Vegas

Calico Cliffs walk in Red Rock Canyon

Posing with the red rocks outside of Las Vegas

Walking to a secret canyon in the white cliffs, shh, private property!!

Well, we are nearing the end of our second wandering book artists' road trip. The next post will probably be the last and it will certainly come from California!

1 comment:

Carl Mario Nudi said...

I'm going to miss taking this trip vicariously with you two, but I'm sure you can't wait to get home.
Anyway, beautiful photos of the SW. Would sure like to see some of those watercolors Donna painted. Maybe you should post some.
Take care,
Carl Mario