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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Great Plains Winter

"Great Plains Winter," 8 x 10 watercolor, 140 lb. d'Arches rough press paper

Winter is on the horizon.

It's a cold, windy day here on the edge of the Great Plains in Oklahoma.

Outside the wind is howling around the corners of the house, whipping the trees and grasses, sweeping the sky clear of clouds.

The farther west you go, the windier, the colder. There's an old joke about days like this:

"There ain't nothing between us and the North Pole but a barb wire fence and two strands of it are down."

It isn't that cold here--yet. But, on the horizon.

Today's gritty watercolor, for that kind of weather. I love the texture of rough press paper, it fits the day.


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