"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.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Magic door to who you are

The door I enter to a magic garden...8 by 9 watercolor, handmade Indian paper

Yesterday's door was the exit from the garden. I've been wondering what the other side of that door looks like, the one I see when I go in. 
While visiting there today, I heard,
             "Paint who you are, not what you see."
I've preached a version of this to students for years, write what you know, but I never took it to the obvious connection. What you know, in your mind, is who you are, your imagination.
And somewhere this evening, this came to me...mountains, a cabin, and the mysteries of travel and discovery. No wonder I like going through that door.

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