12×16 Oil by Michael Chesley Johnson
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Winter’s not over yet here in the high desert of New Mexico. This evening, the National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for most of the northern part of the state. But it looks to be not much and, here, possibly mostly rain. We sure need precipitation in some form.
This past week, though, you’d hardly know winter was still around. We saw warm days, plenty of sunshine, and the return of flocks of songbirds. I even saw a heron down at the lake.
The lake, and its surrounding layer-cake cliffs, continue to draw me. I can’t seem to get enough of this particular view. An earthen dam provides a good place to stand. From its height, I can look across the marshy area to the water and cliffs beyond.
When I painted this piece, the honeybees came out. Several landed — briefly — in my palette, before taking off to seek more sensible food sources.
A few cottonwoods and elms are starting to thicken at the tips, and it won’t be long before we start seeing green. A little bit of winter this weekend won’t bother them.—
Michael Chesley Johnson, AIS PSA MPAC PSNM