"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.

Friday, September 2, 2016

End of day--Oklahoma prairie inspiration

End of Day, Oklahoma--9 by 12 watercolor, 140# d'Arches
I saw a cloud similar to like this yesterday, towering over Edmond in the afternoon. But after visiting my friend and oil cloudscape artist David Holland today and watching his work, I thought I'd try something different. Double inspiration--the skies and David Holland.
I decided to paint  from memory rather than trying to duplicate a photo, which makes me uptight, and also is a prescription for failure.
As David said today, it's a painting, not a photograph. This is freeing and I painted better than usual.
"Out here there's the sky," -- Terry Clark

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