Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Downstream Tahquitz

                                                          watermedia on Yupo 26x20

If this creek, just west of downtown Palm Springs, had a normal flow in a normal year, those massive polished boulders and cliffs would have largely been submerged. But there is no normal anywhere any more. California faces an extremely serious drought which is predicted to have a major economic impact. It`s hard not to wonder how President Gore would have persuaded the country to act. When we were away in the desert, there were wildfires on the Oregon coast, in January, in the rainforest!! The Republican Party can`t die quick enough, we have hard work to attend to.


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6 comments:

Libby Fife said...

I have enjoyed these last two postings. Not only are they beautiful(and that Yupo! How do you do it?) but they feature a subject that fascinates me-water as a resource in the West. I feel like we are watching the West slowly implode/collapse because of the exploitation of that resource over such a long period of time. Your subjects featuring water always kind of underscore that idea for me. Thanks!

Katherine Harra said...

Here in Michigan, where we've had awful cold and record snowfall (it looks like Buffalo out there, or maybe Vail, if Vail was flat ...), and the fools keep saying it proves there's no global warming. So I'm campaigning to ditch the "global" description and call it the appropriate LOCAL name: climate change. I feel so badly for California right now, although I know we will all soon feel the economic impact. And apparently, if there are fires in Oregon, the drought impacts the entire west coast. Did not know that!

Ruth Armitage said...

This is a spectacular painting, Randall. You can feel your passion for the earth in it!

Randall David Tipton said...

Katherine, I can`t find an email address for you on any of your sites! Thank you for reading my blog and sharing your thoughts.

Carol Marine said...

Love this one especially, Randall! That big boulder and the tiny little falls makes such a great combination!

gideon sockpuppet said...

I like your work very much. Here in western Canada, we also are experiencing bizarre weather patterns. Winters are getting warmer, and the glaciers are melting. In spring 2013, a combination of high temperatures in the Rocky Mountains along with heavy rains led to a sudden melt and devastating floods in southern Alberta that broke the 300 year records. Yet climate change denial is rampant here too.