Nippersink Oaks

I thought I’d posted this painting already, but looking back through I don’t see it. If I’m repeating myself, I apologize. There is a preserve near my house that I like to visit with my dog. It has ponds, and the bendiest oaks I’ve seen in these parts. It is no windier at this site than elsewhere around here, so I’m not sure why they have the bends but the are dramatic looking and so I thought I’d paint their portrait. It was very late in the summer when I painted this, and the asters were out and a few goldenrods as well. It was a wonderful year for Short’s and calico asters and I really liked how they made pale purple clouds under the trees.

The commission I promised to share with you is advancing nicely and should be done by next week. I hope. Of course this IS sort of a busy season….

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7 thoughts on “Nippersink Oaks

  1. What a great name — ‘Nippersink.’ I see there’s a Nippersink creek, and a canoe base, and even a golf club. Do you know where the name came from? I’ve always known ‘nipper’ as a description of a feisty child, or perhaps a puppy. That makes the vision of a nipper sinking rather vivid.

    1. HA! That is funny. A lot of the names around here are taken from native peoples who were here when Europeans arrived, and I believe this is one of them. It is believed to be from the Potawatomi and means “at the little water”. This is one of the more recent forest preserves that we have, and one day I was lucky enough to meet the man who designed it when walking on the trail. He said that he designed it for people to enjoy, so wound the trail around in such a way to maximize vistas. There are a few different interlocking loops, so a walker can choose a short walk or a few miles, according to time and stamina constraints.
      Most of our other preserves are protecting high quality habitat, and so the trails are kept far from the good stuff and don’t loop, to minimize traffic through it and to minimize the risk of poaching.

  2. A gnarly oak, a winding path, quantities of asters of different hues, this work has many of my favorite things. I like especially the way the path leads to the cropped curving branches and the hazy background.

    1. Tom, there are times when I am filled with doubts and it often seems that that is when you come in and say the thing that will buoy me through. I’m so pleased that this hits the right notes with you. Thank you!

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