"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 watercolor, metaphors and journalism, for readers in more than 150 countries.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Out here there's the sky

High Plains sunset, 8 by 8 watercolor, handmade Indian paper
"Out here there's the sky," wrote Willa Cather in Death Comes for the Archbishop, set in New Mexico. As a resident of the Great Plains in Nebraska, she knew.
So does my sister-in-law Cathrina Helms Clark, in Lubbock, where the only drama in landscape is overhead. Here's her photograph this evening, walking their dog Ranger. And my promised daily painting.

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