Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts

5/4/15 Monday in Cottonwood, AZ (Verde Valley-TT)

Cloudy day with light rain. I got some basic housecleaning done. Next it was time to make reservations/changes calls to various campgrounds. Then our next door neighbor left so I took this opportunity to clean our windows, inside and out. Then I realized it wasn’t so hard to also clean (wipe with vinegar/water soaked rag on mop head) and dry (towel on same mop head) our dirty passenger side of the rig. What a difference. The windows are so clear now! Then to writing/posting the blog. Meanwhile John checked things out on his lap top.

Since the rain could ruin any hikes we took, we chose to explore Tlaquepaque, the place we tried to see over a week ago that just was too crowded and rained on. Luckily no crowds today and only momentary light visits of rain. The shops were all undercover but you did need to walk outside at times to get from one to the other. They are lovely shops in a wonderful setting. Galleries, Ice Cream/Chocolate, Restaurants as well as Boutiques and of course, Arts and Crafts.

First, views on our way to West Sedona, Red Rock Country:

A view 1

Thunder Mountain-Capital Butte

Thunder Mountain-Capital Butte

Coffeepot Rock in center of image

Coffeepot Rock in center of image

Wilson Mountain

Wilson Mountain

A view 5 A view 6 A view 7

Castle Rock

Castle Rock

Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts

tla 5 floxglove


tla 5a floxglove


Tla 1 tla 2 tla 3 tla 4 tla 6 tla 7

If you love shopping (window or real), you would love this place!

I cooked Marsala Chicken for supper, something we haven’t had for ages. Delicious. Then an evening of Dancing With The Stars. That is another treat, visually, musically and emotionally. We got pretty excited watching most of those dances!


About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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