Tag Archives: New Mexico

Tuesday:) Toni’s Tip of the Day…Take Pictures

24 May

“If you can’t describe how beautiful something is, take lots of pictures.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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Yesterday, a fascinating trip to Bandelier National Park to check out the ancient Puebloan ruins.  This is what Wikipedia has to say…

Bandelier National Monument is a 33,677-acre (13,629 ha) United States National Monument near Los Alamos in Sandoval and Los Alamos Counties, New Mexico. The monument preserves the homes and territory of the Ancestral Puebloans of a later era in the Southwest. Most of the pueblo structures date to two eras, dating between 1150 and 1600 AD.

Here’s what I have to say…




I took a lot of pictures. There’s a couple hundred more. Aren’t you glad I didn’t post them all?

Montage Monday and More New Mexico

22 May

“Elsewhere the sky is the roof of the world; but here the earth was the floor of the sky.” ― Willa Cather

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A wonderful week of travel, churches, mountains, art shows, museums and more,

A week in a peek.


Wednesday:) Why, What a Wonderful Watercolor Miss Toni…Why, Thank You!

1 Jun

“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.” ― Pablo Picasso

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Not only do I keep a daily diary and take a zillion pictures and write a daily blog, but sometimes I take a special photo and attempt a painting. Sometimes I write a poem to go along with a photo. Sometimes I do both.

My trip to Santa Fe was filled with inspirational sights and sounds, magical vistas, beautiful buildings, magnificent museums, and charming people. These were a couple  of my favorite photos of the distant mountains. The layers of misty color were fabulous, begging to be a watercolor.


I enjoyed playing with the blank white paper until it rendered a happy likeness.

The clouds are fun. Some wet blue paint and a few dabs of a soft Kleenex tissue, voila! Clouds. (Don’t I have a messy palette?)


The first few layers of mountains.


This is what I caught a glimpse of…