Treeline, Rollins Savanna

Here is a painting I completed last fall.  As you know, I’m very partial to this former farm which has been saved from development.  Just think~it could have been acres of beige mcmansions and pavement. I’ve been reading that more and more people are becoming disenchanted with the suburb, and are returning to the city.Continue reading “Treeline, Rollins Savanna”

Spirits Rise

“Spirits Rise”  www.melissabluefineartandgardendesign.com   This past fall I was swinging along on one of my favorite trails in a savanna restoration and I saw this flock of crows lift off, taking my spirits up with them.  Some years ago we lost most of our crows to a disease.  Let’s see…West Nile Virus, was it?  We’veContinue reading “Spirits Rise”

Snow, snow, snow!

  I have to admit, with all this talk of global warming and several mild winters in a row, I was growing complacent here.  Not this winter, though!  We are experiencing an “arctic vortex”, a term that is causing much hilarity around here.  I prefer Arctic blast.  after blast. after blast….  Getting back to theContinue reading “Snow, snow, snow!”

Oak Tree

http://www.melissabluefineartandgardendesign.com I wanted to do something a little different here, maybe go for capturing the spirit of the tree or the setting, rather than just represent it.  I mean, we have cameras for that. Thank goodness the weather broke a little here.  It is amazing how much softer the air feels at 33 degrees thanContinue reading “Oak Tree”

The Birds, the Bees, and You

Blazing Stars Along the Dead River This was an exceptional summer for blazing stars at Illinois Beach State Park, and I wanted to share them with you.  I think I’ll probably paint a whole series, because it was just so pretty. This kind of beauty is worth hanging on to, don’t you think?  Luckily weContinue reading “The Birds, the Bees, and You”

Thoughts, Dreams

This painting springs from my years of being a butterfly monitor.  Those were glorious years that I was fortunate enough to be able to share with my children.  I couldn’t give them all the freedom and wild nature that I grew up with, as it is largely gone. But thanks to the foresight of theContinue reading “Thoughts, Dreams”

Companion Pieces

It took me forever to get this painting the way I wanted it.  Finally it occurred to me that painting the trunk in shades of lavender would make the landscape beyond pop, and now I’m happy.  As you can see it wears a little frame, a “floater”.  Love those. http://www.melissabluefineartandgardendesign.com Just put the finishing touchesContinue reading “Companion Pieces”

State of Not-Wanting

http://melissabluefineartandgardendesign.com This is a little out of order, but then, that is often how I seem to approach things.  Here is a vernal pool.  It is a depression in the woods that fills with clean cold water when the snows melt, and attracts frogs and salamanders, and so is one of my favorite places.  Also,Continue reading “State of Not-Wanting”

Ephemeral Spring

http://www.melissabluefineartandgardendesign.com   I adore spring, and this has been a doozy.  Cold temperatures are keeping the blooms a little longer, but they are also holding things back.  This has its advantages, because once things get going, it is hard to keep up! I just finished this portrait of Tradescans ohioensis, a native wildflower that holdsContinue reading “Ephemeral Spring”

Renewal

When we moved into our little Cape Cod some 18 years ago, this magnolia was really struggling.  It was surrounded by silver maples previous owners had allowed to grow (UGH) and was languishing under their shade and rapacious thirst.  We cut them down but it seemed to be too late.  It continued to fail untilContinue reading “Renewal”

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