"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.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Art from Egypt

This 18-inch by four foot wall hanging was in my uncle Mike's Santa Fe apartment, along with many more from his trip to Egypt in the 1960s. When he died last year, it became part of my heritage, I having viewed it many times in the past 10 years, paltry compared to the 4,000 years of history it represents. Today, it hangs in my studio, complete with the whisk hanging with it. He could explain all the symbolism from the time of the Pharoahs, and while I listened, I don't remember. But it is a powerful reminder to me of how civilizations come and go, and how important individual lives art, and of mortality...thus the lessons of art.

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