"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.
Monday, October 19, 2009
a Avenida Alemeda y Paseo de Peralta y el Rio Santa Fe en Santa Fe, Nuevo Mexico.
This twisted old cottonwood is my favorite tree. Most of the people in the hundreds of cars zoom by every day don't notice its beauty--not just the leaves and the twisted arms but the rugged bark. It's only a few blocks from The Plaza and the end of the santa Fe Trail. I wonder how long it has been there?
I've painted it twice from a different angle, and will do so again from this new angle. Bottom painting is a detail--it's too big to scan all of it.