"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.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Where the pavement ends--Back roads in color

Where the pavement ends, watercolor, 11 1/2 by 13
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Ocate, New Mexico...I passed through the old village three Septembers ago, on the back roads. This old store is where the pavement ends on NM 120, west of Wagon Mound near the old Santa Fe Trail.
If you keep driving, and I did, the "highway" turns into one lane, sometimes two ruts, over the mountains for 17 miles until it comes out in the valley south of Angel Fire. I was thankful for my all-wheel-drive Subaru Outback.
I've tried to paint this structure several times. I think I'm getting close, to the color on the backroads.

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