Savanna Tapestry

When I walk (carefully!) out into a savanna and look down, I am struck by the incredible diversity spread out at my feet. So many different leaf shapes, colors and textures. So many species vying for space. And that is just what I can see. Different seasons bring different species. Plus, think of all thatContinue reading “Savanna Tapestry”

Finding the Abstract Design in the Landscape

Or, Moving is dangerous! We are in the throes of moving. It is wonderful now to look out at a pristine lake surrounded by trees when I wake up. Instead of barking dogs and carousing humans, we now fall asleep to murmuring geese. But moving brings surprises, too. One of them was seeing my paintingsContinue reading “Finding the Abstract Design in the Landscape”

Windy Day on the Prairie

On a windy day this past summer at Illinois Beach State Park, I saw these showy goldenrods and blazing stars dancing a duet in the wind, and the Monarchs passing through had to hang on tightly to avoid being swept out into the Lake. This is a lovely little patch of prairie on the olderContinue reading “Windy Day on the Prairie”

Summer Afternoon on the Dunes

To begin this painting, I laid in the sky using pretty much all of the colors on my palette, with a great deal of white to keep them all getting along. In person it looks a bit more grey~it is always interesting to see what digital imaging does with my paint. Dunes can be trickyContinue reading “Summer Afternoon on the Dunes”

Botanical Paintings

I suppose I first fell in love with plants the day my step-dad took my 4-yr. old self out to see a redwood. I was amazed, and was fairly sure he’d crafted this wondrous thing himself. Years passed, and we moved to Illinois. One day he took me to see Illinois Beach State Park. WhileContinue reading “Botanical Paintings”

Wild Rose

Wild Rose  One of the many floral delights to be found at Illinois Beach State park are the fragrant and lovely wild roses blooming along the trails. My grandmother was know as “the rose lady” in her little town in northern California. She grew tea roses, and I dearly loved when she would take meContinue reading “Wild Rose”

Big Bluestem at Illinois Beach State Park

melissabluefineart.com I meant to be painting snow, but when I was glancing through some photos I took in the fall I was struck anew by the play of colors and texture along this stretch of trail. Late afternoon sunlight was slanting through, picking out the stems of this this fine tall grass.  Besides, we’ve hardlyContinue reading “Big Bluestem at Illinois Beach State Park”

Spangled Fritillary

Great spangled fritillaries are the cheetahs of the butterfly world~orange streaks of energy flashing past as you walk along. As you can see here, they do stop to fuel up at monarda blossoms, and that gave me my chance for a photograph. Twenty years ago, if you drove for any distance in Illinois your radiator andContinue reading “Spangled Fritillary”

…And a Dragon

There is a lovely woman at the farmer’s market every week who brings cut flowers from her garden to sell. It must be a small farm, really, because what she brings is really impressive. As much as I love fresh organic vegetables, fresh cut flowers are a real lift to the week! Her space isContinue reading “…And a Dragon”

Painting in Progress, and a Walk

To begin a painting, I like to create an underpainting con brio. That’s fancy for “letting the paint fly”. This one is planning to be a wetland painting, with an egret in it. Let’s see if that is where it goes. I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime I ran off to play hooky atContinue reading “Painting in Progress, and a Walk”

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