Around Los Alamos #3

6"x4" oil on board. This is the last of the ranch near Los Alamos. The short, round silo-like buildings looked interesting with their rusty red roofs and doors ajar, so I took a shot at painting them. They are at a distance because the ranch is surrounded by a barbed wire fence, not the dilapidated one you see in this painting. The road into the ranch had only a cattle grate across it – no gate, but the barbed wire and ubiquitous no trespassing signs made me stay beyond the perimeter. Too out in the open and if you read between the lines of those signs, they translate to: "Trespassers will be shot. Survivors will be shot again." A beautiful sentiment, but no thanks.

Posted July 6, 2009
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