Barn and Sky – New Mexico High Plains

high plains

It’s raining.

I’m browsing through pictures from summer trips and  have re-looked at a few in black and white. This scene is in eastern New Mexico, an area that appealed to American Regionalist painters seventy or eighty years ago, and a place which has changed very little in most respects.  Standing in this undulating landscape at dusk two summers ago,  it was hard not to think of John Steuart Curry, a Kansas painter who had the flair for sensuous landscapes.

To suggest something of that point of view, here’s a treatment that is vignetted, rendered in sepia–with no absolutes blacks or whites and with the low tones of the midrange carrying the tune.

25 thoughts on “Barn and Sky – New Mexico High Plains

  1. Amazing tribute to Regionalist Art. Beautiful picture. The barn in this picture allows one’s mind to create a human story that wouldn’t be possible without it. In that respect it’s a participatory picture, for me.


    1. Thanks Isa. The eastern third of New Mexico is desert grassland and prairie– a very distinct habitat from the mountains and canyons found elsewhere in the state.


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