"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, December 14, 2009

Merry Christmas, watercolor






Merry Christmas!   "Snow on Old North"  --watercolor


My "official" watercolor Christmas card...watercolor of the clock tower of Old North, which has survived 116 Christmases in Edmond, the first building of the Central Territorial Normal School (teachers' college) in 1893. I actually had journalism classes in the building many years ago. It has undergone extensive and expensive renovation in the past few years to stabilize it to make it safe for habitation again. The job's still not done, but this is the icon of UCO.

Color photo below isn't mine, but for those of you who don't know the school, this is the perspective.

Last year's Christmas card is the other painting. I scan these onto card stock for a few of my academic colleagues.-- "ClarkCards"!

The bottom photo from the official UCO archives, was taken in the winter of 1913-14. Look at that open prairie!

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