"When dawn spreads its paintbrush on the plain, spilling purple... ," Sons of the Pioneers theme for TV show "Wagon Train." Dawn on the mythic Santa Fe Trail, New Mexico, looking toward Raton from Cimarron. -- Clarkphoto. A curmudgeon artist's musings melding metaphors and journalism, for readers in more than 150 countries.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

In the Autumns of our Days

"In the Autumn of Our Days," 8 x 10 140 lb d'Arches cold press paper 

Favorite season? 

For me autumn, and as get older, there are more intense reasons than before.

In earlier years, the cooler temperatures, the changing light, the colorful foliage, the end of summer, and more. 

These days, I identify, and notice,  more with the brilliant colors, the crisp air, the shorter days, the inherent necessity and promise of change, the coming of death. Metaphors and more.

Thus today's watercolor.

Friday, September 18, 2020

September birthdays


"September Arrivals," 8 x 10 140 lb Fabriano Artstico cold press paper

The leaves rattle. The light  crisps. The skies change.

Geese, all wildlife and nature know it. We do, deep down, especially in a walk in the park, on a drive on the backroads.

September. Birthdays of new seasons.

Autumn nears. Birthdays pass. Memories fade.

Thus today's watercolor

Thursday, September 17, 2020

When buyng art



Shared on Instagram by fantastic artist friend Kasie Sallee

Watercolor watershed

"Santuario in the Snow," 13 3/4 by 17 3/4 (framed), watercolor, 140 lb d'Arches cold press paper

Watersheds. Sources of life downstream. Watercolors do that for me sometimes, after the failures and frustrations at least, when they all come together.

Today's success story is such a watershed, the Santuario de Chimayo in New Mexico, which I've painted many times. This one is also special, as it was commissioned. 

I've featured it before, but today I picked it up framed, ready to deliver on Saturday.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

An Oklahoma painting gets a new home


Sold! Thanks to one of my former students, Lindsay Brady Laird , graduate of UCO - Department of Mass Communication , for purchasing "Land Run Relic," at In Your Eye Studio & Gallery in Paseo Arts District on first Friday.

Half sheet #watercolor, 300 lb d'Arches. This actual barn is on a county road in eastern Oklahoma county.

Plus...This painting will be in an upcoming movie, "Stillwater" starring Matt Damon, rented earlier this year for the set in Coyle!

This makes me smile in so many ways, especially Lindsay's love of old barns and purchase. Proud it's got a great home.