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Thursday, December 5, 2013

The muse of snow and adobe

"After the snowstorm," watercolor, 5" by 6 1/2 ", 140 pound paper
Old photographers who love black and white film are always inspired--activated really--by a fresh snowfall, the contrasts of white and nature's shapes. And when you grow up imbued by the texture and multi-colors of adobe, you find a muse arrives when snow and adobe sensuously touch.
Thus it was today, when the snow began transforming our non-adobe Oklahoma neighborhood, shortly after I'd viewed photos and more of snow in Santa Fe, that the muse arrived. All of a sudden I was just painting.

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