Three years ago on a previous RV trip I had spent a week at Ghost Ranch taking a watercolor workshop. When an opportunity arose to return for a Fourth of July weekend I took fulll advantage of it.
To bring you up to date Ghost Ranch, located about ten miles northeast of Abiquiu, New Mexico and 90 minutes north of Santa Fe was the home for many years of artist Georgia O’Keeffe. Today Ghost Ranch is owned by the National Ghost Ranch Foundation and operates as a retreat center that provides educational workshops and events. Recently they had reopened after being closed during Covid and were starting to offer workshops again. One of their traditions was an annual Fourth of July Festival. This four day event featured hiking, tours of the ranch,canoeing on nearby Abiquiu Lake,
O’Keeffe was so connected to this landscape that she even had her car customized so that she could swivel the driver’s seat of her car around and paint while having the shade of the car protect her while painting!
We discovered these unusual tales while taking the Georgia O’Keefe Landscape tour offered daily by Ghost Ranch. Our guide took us to parts of Ghost Ranch so that we could view the subjects Georgia Painted alongside reproductions of the paintings she created. It was fascinating!