"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.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Stormy weather, and thoughts

"Sunset Storm on the Santa Fe Trail," 5 x 10 no-brush watercolor, 140 lb cold press paper
Stormy weather. Globally, an unsettled metaphor for this pandemic pandemonium.
Here in Oklahoma, we're also barraged with daily storm warnings, unsettled weather, adding to unsettled, and for some people,  obvious stormy thoughts.
As a child of the Southwest and Great Plains though, I love watching the ever-changing skies, and think often of the travelers on the Old Santa Fe Trail, crossing endless prairies, headed toward purplish blue mountains and the end of the trail at the plaza in El Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asis. 
They weathered Indian attacks, drought and most often perhaps, storms from the vast skies and unpredictable weather.
Thus today's little "no-brush" watercolor, near the end of the trail, with the Sangre de Cristo mountains on the horizon, at the end of another day, with a sunset storm coming in over the prairies.

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