16" x 20" oil 

on archival Gessobord

© Lindy Cook Severns



Painting on location near John Dunne Bridge outside Taos, New Mexico one scorching summer morning, I had trouble concentrating on the small pastel landscape of rocks I'd chosen to paint. Not a problem that usually assaults me when I'm painting en plein air, but small biting insects kept swarming me, and the June sun was brutal. 

I glanced away from the scene I was working from to see two children running through the tall summer grass along a rippling stream. The little girls laughed and played and obviously, simply enjoyed their summer day.

I realized I was working too hard. Abandoning my easel, I grabbed my camera and started documenting the children at play in this lovely northeastern New Mexico landscape. As curious children will do, they waded across the creek to see what I was doing. I learned they lived nearby, above rocks that had magic drawings on them. In this oil painting, I hint at those pictographs.

When my mother saw this painting, she exclaimed "That's you and your sister!"  In a way, I think this is a portrait of anyone who takes time to be a child again. 


Enter this oil painting when you need a break. Run barefoot through the grass. Wade this icy mountain stream on a hot summer day, or on any day ~ that's the magic of art!


Fort Davis, Texas


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Old Spanish Trail Studio

Big Bend Artist Lindy Cook Severns, a seventh generation Texan,  paints real places in the wild American west, the high desert ranch lands of Far West Texas and Big Bend country.  Lindy's paintings hang in most every state in the USA, and in collections in England, Australia, Germany and Canada.  The pastel landscape artist | oil painter is among 35 artists selected for inclusion in the definitive book TEXAS TRADITIONS, CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS OF THE LONE STAR STATE, Michael Duty and Susan Hallsten McGarry, 2010.

Featured in the national 2016 PBS documentary WESTERN PERSPECTIVE, the southwest landscape painter lives on a working ranch in the Davis Mountains near Ft Davis and Marfa with husband Jim, a stubbornly affectionate rescued terrier and a cranky African Grey parrot who passionately loves art.  Her studio sits across the road from Old Spanish Trail Gallery and Museum, where Lindy is the Artist-In-Residence.

Lindy Cook Severns  Art   |     Old Spanish Trail Studio     |    PO Box  2167    |    401 Crow's Nest Road    |    Fort Davis, TX    |     79734 
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