Thursday, April 9, 2015

A Brush with Passion

Moving south on our road trip into the "Republic of Texas"

A "Brush with Passion" is the title of a book that describes the work of Clark Cox. He was an artist who explored, painted and fell in love with the area around Carlsbad Caverns and the Guadalupe Mountains National Park. 

About a dozen of his watercolor paintings adorn the walls of the Pinery Trail Visitors Center entrance to the Guadalupe Mountains National Park. These paintings, completed in 1927-28 in an almost pointillist style, were each accompanied by a poem also written by Cox. One particularly nice quote is

"Solitude awakens latent moods and creates the greatest urge for their expression and many a gem if thought lies forgotten; tied up in packets and laid away in some old cedar chest like lost jewels."

So should you find yourself in the area, be sure to pause in appreciation.

Below is a photo of the Pinery (yes, pineRy) Trail entrance to the GMNP and a sampling of Mr. Cox's paintings.

Barbara and Paul 

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