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”

A Summer of Commissions

To call this a turbulent summer would be an understatement, for sure. For me it started out promising to be a banner year for exhibits, with 12 wonderful opportunities falling into my lap by the end of January. The exhibits would have kept me busy all the way through the year….and then Covid-19 hit andContinue reading “A Summer of Commissions”

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”

Blue Camassia in the Garden

Blue Camassia There is a sort of dreamy quality that emerged when I was working on this painting that I quite like. I’ve been wanting to infuse my work with excitement and, for me, this is what that looks like. When I started my garden I was under the impression that both of these plantsContinue reading “Blue Camassia in the Garden”

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”

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”

Dickcissel?

melissabluefineart.com Once in awhile I’m able to capture more than a blur of feathers when I’m out in the field. My policy is to click first and ask questions later, so here is my little bird. Can anyone tell me what she is? I think she is a Dickcissel. The habitat is restored open tall-grassContinue reading “Dickcissel?”

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