Spring has been late in coming to Vermont this year. The week before last was cold, windy, snowy, sleety, and icy. I made the best use I could of time trapped indoors by finishing a series of watercolors based on sketches and memories made in Colorado last summer.The Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area and the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest landscape in NW Colorado captured my heart with its spaciousness, varied mountain ranges, its big skies, lakes and rivers. The six pieces below are intended to be a series. Taken together they express part of the story this place has set in motion inside me.
Paintings by Kevin Macneil Brown, watercolor and graphite on paper, 2017-18)
Hinman Lake, July ( Clark, Colorado)
Painting by Kevin Macneil Brown, watercolor on paper, 2018
A steep climb, and then a trail through a paradise of
aspens; trail meeting this shore in late-morning shadow, sun, sky, reflection.
I swore I heard the ratcheting, resonant call of a sandhill crane, but saw no birds when I
scanned the sky. Months later, looking at a photo I had taken
that day, I noticed a speck in the sky that I thought might be the result of
some dust caught on the lens. But a zoom-in revealed the shape: long neck and
wings of a crane in flight.-KMB