On my birthday I went to see "In Contemporary Rhythm: The Art of Ernest L. Blumenschein" show at the Denver Art Museum. What a great way to spend the afternoon! Blumenschein started out as an illustrator. He discovered the southwest when doing artwork for railroad promotions and the area and its inhabitants became his main subject as he evolved into a fine artist. He was a founding member of the Taos Society of Artists. The glowing colors in his paintings are captivating. The simplification of shapes/patterns are very modern and bold. I had not expected to be so taken with Blumenschein's work or story, but ended up buying the catalog so I could revisit the images and learn more about him. The show is at the museum until February 8th. My images don't do his work justice, so go see it if you can!