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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Magic mountains

"Mountain Magic," no-brush watercolor, 8 by 11 1/2 cold press paper 

"The mountains are calling and I must go."
--John Muir
Alas, I'll have to wait, given the pandemic and all, but not quite. Because mountains are magic. They have called people, become sacred, throughout history.
Manzano  Morning, Terrence M. Clark
Every day I travel by magic to a sacred place for a conversation with an old friend, a place inspired by my Dad's oil painting of the Manzano Mountains new our cabin in New Mexico, that hangs over our mantel.
Mountains--I read about them, I travel to them in reading, in my memories and my imagination, in my paintings.
I have some favorite mountains, the Manzanos on my top ten list because of memories. I can add the Truchas, the Tetons and more. Where are your favorite mountains?
Today's no-brush (sponge) watercolor, "Mountain Magic."

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