"When dawn spreads its paintbrush on the plain, spilling purple... ," Sons of the Pioneers theme for TV show "Wagon Train." Dawn on the mythic Santa Fe Trail, New Mexico, looking toward Raton from Cimarron. -- Clarkphoto. A curmudgeon artist's musings melding metaphors and journalism, for readers in more than 150 countries.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Dawn Dreams

"Dawn in Mesa Country," 11 x 14 watercolor, 300 lb. cold press d'Arches paper
Dawn has increasingly be a subject of my watercolor landscapes, not intentionally, but it just seems to happen.
Why? Not sure. The older I get, the less often I actually see early mornings since I'm not chained to job schedules.
Maybe it's because I miss them. I consider  the early mornings perhaps the best part of the day, especially as the days grow longer, and warmer.
The light seems purer, the colors richer, the bird song  more vibrant, whether I'm walking, or sitting on the back porch with coffee.
Years ago, I tried to be up at the "crack of dawn," and on the water in a canoe, watching the world wake up.
And now, as I attempt to bring more bright color and peace to offset the gloom of this pandemic pandemonium, dawn speaks to me soul.
Today's watercolor is another experience in that series, trying some new techniques on bigger, better paper to express what I feel, what I can do, so there are some faults in it, especially in composition.
But, it brought me back to the wide open spaces of vast landscapes of the mesas in the Southwest, especially New Mexico, and the brilliant colors  as the world wakes up. I'll try a better version of this idea again. 
In the meantime, to add color and thought and peace, here is today's effort in my DIY art school.

No comments:

Post a Comment