baldy from wilson mesa – monsoon season ~ by dawn chandler ~ oil on panel ~ 12″ x 24″ ~ copyright dawn chandler 2013

For a few brief moments this afternoon, Santa Fe almost looked like this. We so need so many more of this deep-purple grey to the mountains and sky, for they foretell R A I N.

A few droplets is what we got — just enough to settle the dust and tease the flora and my senses. Oh how divine it was to smell rain, if only fleetingly.

Pictured here, my recent painting of Baldy Mountain (Philmont) consumed in the summer monsoon rains. This image is based on a photo by musician Timothy Seaman (thanks Timothy!), who worked at Philmont in the early 1970s. The painting is the fifth in my series of paintings of Baldy from the top of Wilson Mesa.