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”

Patterns of Light and Dark

Patterns of Light and Dark   I’m excited to share this latest painting with you. It was inspired by a walk I took along the Dead River at Illinois Beach State Park. I’ve always been drawn to the view I see peeking between the branches of trees, and this trio of trees really spoke toContinue reading “Patterns of Light and Dark”

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”

Blazing Stars to Racine Art Museum

http://www.zhibit.org/melissabluefineart A couple of summers ago the Blazing Stars blazed brightly at Illinois Beach State Park.  They made a spectacular show, and I’m so glad I was there to witness it.  My soul is happiest when I am able to drink deeply of the beauty I find in one special place, and it has beenContinue reading “Blazing Stars to Racine Art Museum”

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