"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.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Prairie throne--watercolor

6 by 9 watercolor, 140 pound d'Arches paper

I saw this monster sprouting this week as I drove down I-35 in 100 degree plus heat. It's great to see cumulus in the  sky, reacting to the heat and humidity and bring some respite to at least part of our parched state. How can you not try to paint this, from a quick photo on an iphone. It's only 6 by 9, but I've got a narrow old frame that would accommodate something much larger, like a 12 by 22 or so. So this is a brief study, wondering if I can pull it off.

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