"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.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Merry Christmas, watercolor

Merry Christmas!   "Snow on Old North"  --watercolor

My "official" watercolor Christmas card...watercolor of the clock tower of Old North, which has survived 116 Christmases in Edmond, the first building of the Central Territorial Normal School (teachers' college) in 1893. I actually had journalism classes in the building many years ago. It has undergone extensive and expensive renovation in the past few years to stabilize it to make it safe for habitation again. The job's still not done, but this is the icon of UCO.

Color photo below isn't mine, but for those of you who don't know the school, this is the perspective.

Last year's Christmas card is the other painting. I scan these onto card stock for a few of my academic colleagues.-- "ClarkCards"!

The bottom photo from the official UCO archives, was taken in the winter of 1913-14. Look at that open prairie!

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