"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.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Barn again

"Oklahoma Memories," 14" x 20" watercolor, plus frame
Old barns grab my attention, as did this one in eastern Oklahoma County a couple of years ago. It demanded a painting, with some artistic license. Excuse the reflections on the glass.
The current issue
I'm proud and excited that our official state magazine,  Oklahoma Today, paired it with a poem by poet and  my friend and small book publisher Jeanetta Calhoon Mish of Mongrel Empire Press inside this current issue. 

Go buy a copy. Poets and painters see differently I think, but both see things that others don't. The poem and painting together have a rich flavor.   This is an honor for me because Jeanetta is a full time poet, writer, teacher and publisher, and to have a part-time painter's work accompanying her professional work is a validation of my work. I've written for the magazine before, and plan to again, but this is a really big deal for me. This version shows reflections, but the magazine's copy is a clear scan. P.S. Yes, it's for sale.
I found this old barn driving around on the backroads east of here one Saturday--one of my favorite pastimes. It was decaying away, and the light wasn't good, but it helped me be free with color, and I could embellish the composition as I wished.

1 comment:

  1. Terry, thank you for the lovely comments about me--and thank you even more for being my friend and collaborator. My husband keeps asking what I want for my birthday, today--how much is that painting, anyway? ; )

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