"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.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Painting narratives

Prairie Throne, 12 by 22, plus frame
I'm working on titles and narratives to go with 16 of my watercolors that will soon be exhibited for sale in an Edmond business.  
More details and photos when everything is in place. But for now, one painting, and the tentative narratives and titles.

Oklahoma Barn

If you drive the back roads
in eastern Oklahoma County,
you'll find this decaying
 monument to yesterday.

Thirsty Country

This forlorn skeleton
of a pioneer windmill
stood in the western
Oklahoma Panhandle

Prairie Throne

Oklahoma's thunderheads
change every second.
Seen east of OKC,
dwarfing the landscape.

Oklahoma Skies

Unsettled in storm season,
clouds churn through the skies
over the flat prairies.

Winter Solstice

The shortest day of the year
brings a cold beauty
to the sunset shadows.


Santa Fe Corner Window

Old windows hint at mystery
inside old adobe walls,
blending earth and sky.

Waiting for Rain

In the heat of summer
in western Oklahoma,
people watch the skies
hoping for relief.

Oklahoma Homestead

Morning on the Great Plains
brings a still beauty
to the frame houses.

Oklahoma November

There's nothing like a walk
through the falling leaves
of another autumn, the
most beautiful time of year.

Gate to High Lonesome

Western gates beckon
of mystery and journeys
not yet taken in
wide open spaces.

Great Plains Skyscraper

If the land is almost flat,
the skies are not, as spring
and summer humidity
build gigantic skyscrapers.

Rainy Day Cabin

The sound of rain on a roof
in Eastern Oklahoma,
as the storm turns
the hills and forests gray


Taos Pueblo

The oldest continuously
inhabited buildings in
what is now the U.S.,
an icon of New Mexico

Mountain Church

The whitewashed adobe church
in Tecolote, New Mexico ,
stands out against the
brown and green landscape

Mountain Cabin

Build of rough logs
at the foot of the mountains,
a pioneer's cabin weathers
another approaching winter.

Mountain Home

What dreams are made of,
at the end of the road
a home at the edge of the forest.

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