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McDonald Woods



A little over a year ago my daughter and I went exploring in a different forest preserve than our usual haunts. Illinois can be a bit flat, but here we found a lovely ravine with a bit of a stream meandering along at the bottom. The air was soft and still, and golden leaves drifted quietly down. Everything seemed to glow.

53 thoughts on “McDonald Woods

  1. Wow, this painting is glowing; what a great colors!

    1. Thank you Anarette! This one just came together, almost on its own. I’m so pleased you like it.

      1. I k ow what you mean. I love it when that happens.

  2. Stunning work, Melissa – and what a beautiful location for a walk πŸ™‚

  3. Thank you so much, Liz! You’re right, it really is and for some reason we don’t get there very often.

  4. Lovely! My first thought…”Stairway to Heaven”. I love the figure at the top of the walkway and the wonderful dreamy atmosphere in the canopy, and the brilliant fall foliage lining the walkway.

    If I make it to Heaven I hope it’s along a path/walkway like this one.

  5. Wow, Deborah, your kind words are going to have me glowing for a long time! Thank you so much. I don’t think you need doubt making it to heaven, and not just because of what you said about my painting! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  6. Oh my gosh, I love this so much. Truly beautiful, Melissa!

    1. Thank you Angela!

  7. There’s so much to like here: the sinuous tree trunks, the boardwalk leading both out and up, the unusual palette that seems to combine the colors of autumn and spring. Looking at it, I have the same feeling I had on so many forest roads and paths in Arkansas, where I wanted to keep going and going and going.

    1. I love your assessment. You’re right about the colors. I’m not even sure what possessed me to paint them~it isn’t my usual palette. Thank you, Linda!

  8. Purely magical!

    1. Thank you Pete!

  9. I feel like I could step a foot onto the path and disappear into the beautiful wild. This is wonderful!

    1. Thank you Maria. I am so pleased that this painting resonates with you πŸ™‚

  10. Like the stairway to heaven! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you Eliza! That is very high praise πŸ™‚

      1. πŸ™‚

  11. Utterly marvelous. Wish I could catch that sort of light with the camera!

  12. Thank you Gunta πŸ™‚ I know what you mean about getting a camera to “see” the light! I have trouble with that too.

  13. How beautiful and magical! Have a magical weekend, Johanna

    1. Thank you so much, Johanna! I wish a magical weekend for you as well.

  14. Now that’s the way autumn should be. What popped into my head was “Follow the yellow brick road,” even if the yellow comes from the surrounding fall foliage and the ‘bricks’ are planks.

  15. Thank you, Steve. That is high praise. It does have that “yellow brick road” feel to it, doesn’t it?

  16. Your painting is such an invitation Melissa. I just want to step into it and wander down that path, bathed in the beautiful glow – gorgeous.

    1. Thank you so much, Robyn. Your words make me feel so happy.

  17. I would love to walk this path.

  18. It is a nice one, and this truly was a magical day.

  19. Lovely painting. This looks like an amazing path to walk. Wonderful colors as well!

  20. Thank you MargeKatherine. It is indeed a wonderful path.

  21. You are a great artist , you have a lovely taste and nice technic …Congat my friend

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words!

  22. Highly impressive. I want to tread those boards πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks very much, Phil. πŸ™‚

  23. Love the way the path appears to lead towards light. When I enter into woods I feel reassured if I can see light or a way out.

    1. Woods often strike people that way. I am a child of deep woods, so I feel most at home in the midst of trees. Here in prairie/savanna country, many of my friends feel quite claustrophobic if the trees are too dense.Others, like me, feel quite exposed under the wide prairie sky.

      1. I think I might feel exposed under a wide prairie sky. Some sky and some woods, or half and half suits me.

      2. Yes, I think edges are the most comfortable for me.

  24. I’m new to blogging but noticed your beautiful picture and decided to comment on it. Wished I had somewhere close by to walk through

    1. Hello Gillian,

      Thank you so much for stopping by and welcome to blogging. I’m so pleased you like my painting, thank you! I wish you had, too. Where are you from?

  25. This really pulls you into the scene in a wonderful way, Melissa. The color is brilliant and, most appropriate for the recent weather, quite warmly. πŸ™‚

    1. Yes, it was sooo much warmer when I was painting this! Are you having single digit days, too? Brrrr. Thank you, Steve.

      1. Tonight we will for the first time, Melissa. The high only got to about 22Β° today and it is supposed to hit zero over night with strong wind gusts. Bentley and I just went for a short walk. He was running to get back in the house…which is funny since I was just walking. It’s almost like he’s running in place. πŸ™‚

  26. Aw. So good to have a companion out there. I guess we’re going to be a bit warmer, but get dumped on. And then cold again. So I’m guessing that is a “No” on global warming bringing us milder winters. πŸ™

  27. There is such positive energy in this – it’s just bursting with that light, expectant feeling that something good is up ahead. What an antidote to a lot of darkness in the world.

  28. I appreciate your comment so much! It means a lot to me to think my work helps shine light. Thank you.

  29. Eve and I hope you had a good familial Christmas.

  30. Thank you so much, Steve and Eve! I hope yours was wonderful as well.

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  32. This fine painting gracefully represents not only the beautiful Illinois countryside but also your talents as an artist

  33. Such a kind thing to say, Eddie. Thank you so much!

  34. I really enjoy all your works of art, but this one is especially dreamy! Love the inviting perspective of the curvy path. Gorgeous.

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