4.30.2015

Z is for Zzyzx Road, Soda Springs, CA

Anne M Bray, Z is for Zzyzx Road, Soda Springs, CA, 
Digital painting printed on various substrates in various sizes, ©2015 
Last exit on the A to Z Challenge! Have you enjoyed the ride?

4.29.2015

Y is for You're Now Beyond Hope

Anne M Bray, You're Now Beyond Hope, 
Digital painting printed on various substrates in various sizes, ©2015 
A desert outpost. Location unknown as of yet. I am beyond hope of finding it in the tsunami of photos that litter my living room. My only clue is that I took the photo in October 2000 -- at least that's what the stickie says on the back.

4.28.2015

X is for Cattle X-ing, Deming, NM

Anne M Bray, X is for Cattle X-ing, Deming, NM, 
Digital painting printed on various substrates in various sizes, ©2015 
X was a bit of a stretch in the A to Z Challenge. I fudged it a little here.

The location itself is interesting. It's en route to Rock Hound State Park, outside of Deming, NM. One is allowed to collect rock specimens there (hence the name), which is unusual for a state park. Enshrouded by the fog are the Little Florida Mountains, a major landmark as you drive I-10 between Deming and Las Cruces.

4.27.2015

W is for Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, AZ

Anne M Bray, W is for Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, AZ,
Digital painting printed on various substrates in various sizes, ©2015
I'm wondering if sleeping in a wigwam room will give you pyramid power.
The conical topiary is genius.

4.25.2015

V is for the Vulture Motel, Van Horn, TX

Anne M Bray, V is for the Vulture Motel, Van Horn, TX, 
Digital painting printed on various substrates in various sizes, ©2015 

Between Frank's (see F) and this abandoned motel, Van Horn wasn't looking so prosperous in 2009. 
This photo was taken from across the street at one of my favorite pit stops in western Texas: Chuy's. My good friend Rafael turned me on to Chuy's, I have not regretted it one moment. I now get my "road" salsa there -- my 2014 On the Edge:US "go cup" lasted me all the way to Ft. Myers, FL (7 days, 2250 miles)!

4.24.2015

U is for US93, Mohave County, AZ

Anne M Bray, U is for US93, Mohave County, AZ, 
Digital painting printed on various substrates in various sizes, ©2015 
I was especially giddy when I drove this stretch of highway, the route from Kingman, AZ to Las Vegas. I had been consuming Little Nellie's salsa (see L) for 24 hours and was on a definite chile high.

The image itself has been through several permutations.

Pastel:
Anne M Bray, US93, Mohave County, AZ, 
Pastel on paper, 38 x 29.5", ©1995
As well as in gouache and a digital reproduction of the gouache -- I can't seem to locate either. When I do, I will add them. So disorganized.

Both the digital painting and the pastel are in my current exhibit up at TAG Gallery.
Tomorrow is the opening reception, 5-8pm. Stop on by, if you are in Santa Monica.

4.23.2015

T is for Ted's Bull Pen Truck Stop, Ash Fork, AZ

Anne M Bray, T is for Ted's Bull Pen Truck Stop, Ash Fork, AZ, 
Digital painting printed on various substrates in various sizes, ©2015 
Ted's is now abandoned. I may have eaten here in June of 1994.  Or maybe I just rested.
I can't remember.

4.22.2015

S is for Stripes Gas in Sanderson, TX

Anne M Bray, S is for Stripes Gas, Sanderson, TX, 
Digital painting printed on various substrates in various sizes, ©2015 
I loved the name of this convenience store chain. I bought some ice here.
This website has some history of Sanderson.

4.21.2015

R is for Route 66 Motel, Kingman, AZ

Anne M Bray, R is for Route 66 Motel, Kingman, AZ, 
Digital painting printed on various substrates in various sizes, ©2015
I was operating under the impression that this image was taken in Santa Rosa, NM.
A Google Image search this morning reveals that it's actually in Kingman, AZ.

How on earth did it become so misfiled in my photo album from that trip? 

I hung the piece Sunday in my art exhibition that starts today. It's labeled, the paperwork is printed and for now, I'm not changing it. We'll see if anyone notices my mistake. I'll do a running change and make the correction in the next batch of printing.
I ran out of time to fully vet the A to Z images before hanging the show. Do I have any other mistakes remaining on S through Z? Time (and Google searching for blog links) will tell!


4.20.2015

Q is for Dairy Queen

Anne M Bray, Q is for Dairy Queen, Yuma, AZ,
Digital painting printed on various substrates in various sizes, ©2015 

4.18.2015

P is for Prada Marfa

Anne M Bray, P is for Prada Marfa, Valentine, TX, 
Digital painting printed on various substrates in various sizes, ©2015 
An art installation set in the middle of nowhere, Prada Marfa is located 26 miles northwest of Marfa on US90. It was in a bedraggled state in 2014 -- graffiti covered the back exterior wall, bits of glue were slathered on the windows. From what I can tell from Instagram, the awnings have been refurbished and things have been cleaned up. Inside is a mock Prada shop with the coveted bags and shoes (the shoes are left foot singles) displayed.

I used this same image for a piece in my On the Edge: US digital watercolor series:
Anne M Bray, Prada Marfa, 
Digital watercolor printed on various substrates in various sizes, ©2014



4.17.2015

O is for Ocotillo

Anne M Bray, O is for Ocotillo, 
Digital painting printed on various substrates in various sizes, ©2015  
Ocotillos are an unusual species of desert flora. Until it rains, they look like a fan of spiny sticks wedged into the ground. Give them some water and wonderful red blossoms appear at the tips of the branches. These were shot in April 1983, in California's Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

4.16.2015

N is for Newberry Springs, CA

Anne M Bray, N is for Newberry Springs, CA,  
Digital painting printed on various substrates in various sizes, ©2015 
Rest Stops are so important during road trips. I photographed this one in Newberry Springs (on I-40 east of Barstow, CA) in June 1994. I love the Googie-style roof-line on the building.

4.15.2015

M is for Monument Valley

Anne M Bray, M is for Monument Valley, UT, 
Digital painting printed on various substrates in various sizes, ©2011  
Why did it take me until 2009 to see Monument Valley? It lives up to the hype.
Truly majestic. I want to go back for a longer stay and deeper explorations.

4.14.2015

L is for Little Nellie's in Las Cruces

Anne M Bray, L is for Little Nellie's in Las Cruces, NM, 
Digital painting printed on various substrates in various sizes, ©2015 
Oh Little Nellie's in Las Cruces, NM. I discovered you by accident (it was the flags) on my first post-marital solo expedition in December of 1993. You had [have?] the BEST chile rellenos, huevos rancheros, and NM green chile salsa. I would get a big "go cup" of the salsa, recant it into a glass Mason jar, and nurse it in my cooler for the remainder of my trip. I did this for YEARS! You are the reason I "had" to take I-10 in at least one direction every road trip, and I drove across the US a lot in the 90s.

This is your old location at  939 N. Main Street in Las Cruces.

I don't remember when you relocated to Amador Street, but I managed to track you there.
Then there was the year (2000?) that I pulled into the parking lot and there was a different name on the building. It was not the same. AAAAARGH! So many miles thinking about your salsa to be denied. NOOOOOO!

All along, you've had a second (now your only) location called Nellie's Cafe at 1226 W Hadley. At least I HOPE it's an iteration. The photos on Yelp look the same. It's your hours, Tu-Sat, 8am-2pm, that are the bane of my existence. I can't seem to get my timing synced. Some day... please don't retire until I have at least one more taste of your salsa!

Can you tell that I'm very passionate about NM green chiles? They cause that, it's the endorphins they release when eaten. Now I'm hungry. Sigh.

4.13.2015

K is for Kent, TX

Anne M Bray, K is for Kent, TX, 
Digital painting printed on various substrates in various sizes, ©2015 

This abandoned school building is alongside I-10 in Kent, TX
It can be seen from the interstate, but it's worth taking the Kent exit to get a closer look.

4.11.2015

J is for Joshua Tree

Anne M Bray, J is for Joshua Tree, CA
Digital painting printed on various substrates in various sizes, ©2015
This moody joshua tree was originally photographed at sunset in Joshua Tree National Park in 1993. I camped at one of the sites nestled amidst mounds of huge rounded boulders -- breathtakingly beautiful.

4.10.2015

I is for Interstate 10

Anne M Bray, I is for Interstate 10, TX?, 
Digital painting printed on various substrates in various sizes, ©2015 
Interstate 10 is one of the major conduits through the Southwest. I find it continuously inspiring every time I drive it -- AFTER I leave Los Angeles County, that is.

[I'm still cleaning up the chaos that ensued when I had to hit my art exhibition printing deadline at the end of March. I'm so disorganized with photos scattered all over outside of their albums, I'm not sure when or where exactly this photo was shot. As soon as I find the photo and unite it with its album, I'll update the info here].

4.09.2015

H is for Hoover Dam

Anne M Bray, H is for Hoover Dam, AZ-NV, 
Digital painting printed on various substrates in various sizes, ©2015 
Was this was the first or the second time that I saw Hoover Dam? I know for sure that it was October 94. And that French accordion music was playing on the cassette player as I drove s-l-o-w-l-y through the curves around the dam. And that it was all very surreal.

4.08.2015

G is for Gila County, AZ

Anne M Bray, G is for Gila County US60, AZ,
Digital painting printed on various substrates in various sizes, ©2015
Water towers are one of my roadside obsessions. This one is somewhat worse for wear.
Arizona's US60, between eastern Phoenix and Show Low, is a beautiful drive through a variety of climates and elevations. I drove this with Severo in 2009.

4.07.2015

F is for Frank's Super Market

Anne M Bray, F is for Frank's Super Market, Van Horn, TX,
Digital painting printed on various substrates in various sizes, ©2015
Frank's was all boarded up in 2009 and I didn't check on its status when I last drove through Van Horn in 2014. Wonder if a new grocer has moved in.

4.06.2015

E is for El Don Motel in Albuquerque, NM

Anne M Bray, E is for El Don Motel in Albuquerque, NM,
Digital painting printed on various substrates in various sizes, ©2015
The El Don is on old Route 66 in Albuquerque. It's still in operation, I think.
Yelp at least has the address and a phone number listed.

4.04.2015

D is for Death Valley

Anne M Bray, D is for Death Valley
Digital painting printed on various substrates in various sizes, ©2015
Not your typical entrance to Death Valley. Rugged roads between Trona and the park were traversed in 4-wheel vehicles to get to this spot. Overnight camping was also involved. Original photo taken in 1992 or 93.

4.03.2015

C is for Chope's, La Mesa, NM

[Bonus C]
Anne M Bray, C is for Chope's La Mesa, NM, 
Digital painting printed on various substrates in various sizes, ©2015 
Chope's Bar is easily seen from NM Highway 28. Chope's Cafe is a bit harder to find. Once you eat there, you will not forget it! The problem is the afternoon siesta that is taken by the staff. Chope's is open for lunch and dinner, but not in-between.
Link to Yelp.

C is for Cabazon, CA

[bonus C]
Anne M Bray, C is for Cabazon, CA, 
Digital painting printed on various substrates in various sizes, ©2015 
This is from an old photo. There is so much roadside business that has mushroomed around these giant dinosaurs located in Cabazon, CA that I couldn't see them from I-10 when I drove by this February. One used to be able to enter the "Prehistoric Museum" through the apatosaurus' tail and view a myriad of dioramas proving that Jesus walked with the dinosaurs. Read more here.

C is for Coffee Tanker

Anne M Bray, C is for Coffee Tanker,
Digital painting printed on various substrates in various sizes, ©2011
This was hilarious to drive behind somewhere on I-10 in Arizona.
A rolling ad for Pilot Flying J truck stops.

4.02.2015

B is for Best Motel, Needles, CA

Anne M Bray, B is for Best Motel, Needles, CA
Digital painting printed on various substrates in various sizes, ©2015
From the reviews on TripAdvisor, this is one of your worst choices for accommodations in Needles.
You have been warned!

4.01.2015

A is for Ant Farm's Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, TX

Anne M Bray, A is for Ant Farm's Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, TX,
Digital painting printed on various substrates in various sizes, ©2015
From Wikipedia: "Cadillac Ranch is a public art installation and sculpture in Amarillo, Texas, U.S. It was created in 1974 by Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez and Doug Michels, who were a part of the art group Ant Farm. It consists of what were (when originally installed during 1974) either older running used or junk Cadillac automobiles, representing a number of evolutions of the car line (most notably the birth and death of the defining feature of mid twentieth century Cadillacs; the tailfins) from 1949 to 1963, half-buried nose-first in the ground, at an angle corresponding to that of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.[1]"