Empire Ranch / October 2020

Morning at the Empire Ranch on a perfect October morning and a window to the mountains through an old barn is the scene of a new painting. After a very hot summer and the added confinement of the pandemic, breathing the fresh, fragrant air of the cottonwoods and mesquite are a delight. Meredith picks a cool kitchen still life scene while I paint and chat with tourists outdoors. We walk the now dry creek bed area where massive old cottonwoods, dry and stoic, have a multicolor luster revealing their many years gracing the creek before their thirsty demise. They are their own legend. 

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