"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 metaphors and journalism and art, for readers in 150 countries.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Monarch of the Plains



Watercolor

The Great Plains have their own typography, never dull, never flat--except perhaps in Lubbock--but most of the typography is in the skies. I grew up at the base of mountains, and they are a part of all I am...even though I'm 500 miles from them. Maybe that's why I love the clouds...the ever-changing light and altitudes and moods and forms...surpass anything on the ground, yet the mountains are often cloud makers....mountains on top of mountains.

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