Tuesday, October 16, 2012

10.16.2012 ~ view from the top of wheeler peak


view from the top of wheeler ~ by dawn chandler ~ oil and mixed media on panel ~ 12 x 24 inches ~ copyright dawn chandler 2012

In my eighteen years of living in New Mexico, I've climbed Wheeler Peak at least fifteen times. There on the summit of the Land of Enchantment at 13,161 feet, on various occasions, I've supped with good friends on steamed asparagus and smoked salmon, quaffed my thirst with gin and tonics and single malt and beer, busted up at least one kite, and once watched incredulously and helplessly as my black dog in her pink collar sprinted balls-out for a third of a mile on the heels of a brawny bighorn sheep:


Canis lupis familiaris, of the rogue Taos purebred breed, alias "The Black Dog with the Pink Collar"


Ovis canadensis. In fact, the very bighorn the above-mentioned Black Dog with the Pink Collar chased across the Wheeler tundra during the 2009 ascent.

Taos Purebred vs Ovis canadensis race diagram. The neck-and-neck sprint resulted in a tie across and over that far ridgeline. The race STILL didn't tire that damned dog.



Anyhow.... here's a recent painting of the view from the top of Wheeler, looking -- -- -- which direction? Anyone?

view from the top of wheeler ~ by dawn chandler ~ oil and mixed media on panel ~ 12 x 24 inches ~ copyright dawn chandler 2012


Some painting details:




2 comments:

Douglas Fasching said...

Left?

Dawn Chandler said...

Which direction are you facing?