"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, February 18, 2018

Inspiration, preparation, perspiration, composition, and education

Jemez Pueblo sandstone, 8 x 10 watercolor, 140 lb. d'Arches cold press
Success. I'm happy with this painting.
Commissioned by a colleague and friend, it has to be almost perfect. First attempt was not a failure, but without sufficient inspiration, preparation, perspiration and composition. But it provided the education, and confidence to try again.
It's been brewing and stewing for a week now, and now I think I have it. But I bet I try again, with another composition. Such is the magnetism of New Mexico, watercolor, and a friend's request.

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