Every trip to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art draws me relentlessly to the third floor because of the paintings by famous artists. While Cezanne is my favorite and they don't have one of his--closest is in the Kimbell Museum in Fort Worth--I still have some favorites.
There are two Thomas Morans there. Every time I'm there, I have to just sit down on the bench in the middle of the room and drink them in, for the emotions they arouse, for the memories and stories and craft I see in them.
These are the spirits that move me.
"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.