"When dawn spreads its paintbrush on the plain, spilling purple... ," Songs of the Pioneers song from TV show "Wagon Train." Dawn on the mythic Santa Fe Trail, New Mexico, looking toward Raton from Cimarron. -- Clarkphoto. A curmudgeon's old-fashioned newspaper column, cross-breeding watercolor, metaphors and journalism, for readers in more than 150 countries.

Saturday, February 24, 2018


"Uncas," 5 x 7 watercolor, 300 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press paper
The last one...as with any species, there will always be a lone remainder...traveling its universe without kin.
It happened to the mammoths, the Neanderthals. It will happen to humans. And unicorns will become extinct when there is no belief. No paintings.
Against stormy skies, magic fading. Uncas.
A fave former student suggested a unicorn painting in this series, titled "Unicurmudgeon." Fitting. Idea from another artist's vision.
So it is--Uncas.
(Uncas? Look it up, James Fenimore Cooper)

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Highwayman, 5 x 7 watercolor
Listening to The Highwaymen, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, et. al. We are all on the highway, led by unicorns.

Moonlight and dreams

"Moonlight and Dreams," 5 x 7 watercolor, 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press paper
Where do dreams come from? The magic of moonlight and unicorns in our lives--people, places, our journeys in body and heart and soul.
Unicorns are supposed to be white,  but they take on the color of moonlight and our surrounding memories, like our dreams. 

Thursday, February 22, 2018


"Unicornicopia", 5 b7 watercolor, 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press paper
“Stars were golden unicorns neighing unheard through blue meadows.” 
― William FaulknerSoldiers' Pay


Stardust, 5 x 7 watercolor, 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold press paper
Unicornacopia? Why not. Today's watercolor, the magic and dust of creation.