"When dawn spreads its paintbrush on the plain, spilling purple... ," Sons 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.

Monday, December 1, 2014

December arrives; solstice nears

"December Solstice"--11 by 14 watercolor, 300 # d-Arches
No snow yet, and it's probably a few weeks away in Oklahoma, but today's cold front makes me think  about that time of year. Winter solstice, the shortest day of the year nears and the landscape turns bleak, bare tree limbs. and vanishing color. Snow will help break the monotony and bring pristine contrast--at first at least, before traffic turns it dirty and weeks and months of it grow old.
Snow also stimulates and inspires black and white photography for contrast and patterns, and especially watercolor, where the white of the paper dominates. Hence this painting, "December Solstice."
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