In the midwest, I saw town names painted on the sides of barns, and Adair, Iowa, has the town name with a huge smiley face on one of their water towers.
A uniquely western trend, however, is the placement of white rocks on the side of a mountain, hill, or cliff with the first letter of the town. As a kid, I found this neat, and I guess I still do. In Tucson, where I went to college, it was "A" Mountain, and was maintained by U of A students. Prescott, where I spent early childhood and part of the first decade of '00, has its "P" on the mountain.
So, when I saw the full name of the small community of Teec Nos Pos on the slope of a small mesa, I knew I had to paint it. The name means "circle of cottonwoods" in Navajo, a typically descriptive term of the area. It is here that the highway heads in a more northeastern direction, and the Four Corners monument is a few miles away.
"Teec Nos Pos"
oil on panel
Painted from a composite of two photos, I completed this rather quickly in one session yesterday. However, I had to wait until today before adding the lettering, using a tiny liner brush. I'm also really digging painting on these oil-primed panels I made.
And here are two photos from this morning's sunrise. At this time of the year, the magical light is right around 7 a.m., just when I'm getting up. What a great way to start the day!
The pink glow on the La Platas to the northwest was unreal, and sadly, not captured as well as I'd hoped in this photo.