"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, December 29, 2019


"Where creation began," 5 x 7 watercolor card
"Out here there's the sky," has been my slogan and inspiration in painting watercolors.
It's part of growing up in the West and on the Great Plains where you can't help but notice, and admire the ever-changing skies in a spacious land.
I've only actually seen the Aurora Borealis, the northern lights, long ago, on a cold winter's night in Iowa, but I'm captivated by their brilliant color, by their unearthly eeriness, by how small and insignificant they make you feel.
They remind me of creation:
"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands." --Psalms 19:1, David

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