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Saturday, August 29, 2020

When the days get shorter

"Remains of the Day," 8 x 10 watercolor, 300 lb d'Arches cold press paper
Another month slides by and the days get shorter.
Nowhere do you notice that more than in the country, on the Great Plains of Oklahoma or New Mexico, watching the landscape and buildings weather another passing season, unprotected by air conditioning or urban concrete and plastic.
We need those reminders more than ever in these seasons of pandemics of virus, racism, urban sterility and political chaos. There is another world, a world of wide open spaces, of less population, of nature.
Thus today's watercolor, a decaying barn on the Great Plains, wildlife coming home to roost.

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