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Big Bluestem at Illinois Beach State Park

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. Β Besides, we’ve hardly had any snow this year, and I don’t want to tempt fate!

20 thoughts on “Big Bluestem at Illinois Beach State Park

  1. Beautiful colors!

    1. Thanks Maria! πŸ™‚ I’ve had my daughter painting in the studio along with me and I noticed that she was gravitating toward a color I don’t typically use, so naturally I had to give it a try. It is a shade of purple that gave the grasses a lovely warm wash of color. Definitely one to add to the palette.

      1. Yes I loved the effect.

  2. The light and colors are gorgeous.

    1. Thank you Deborah! Fall in the prairie can be subtle but lovely ,

  3. I adore this one, Melissa – and snow pictures are my absolute favourite, so can’t wait to see one of those in due course….! πŸ™‚

  4. Thank you Liz! πŸ™‚ I HATE snow, but it is great fun to paint so every year I force myself out there at least once. I expect to have the next one on the easel next week.

  5. What a nice thing to see. Bright, colorful and alive.

  6. Thank you Jim πŸ™‚ When the news freak me out, it helps to go drown my sorrows and fears in color.

  7. I love this one. Definitely one of my favorites!

    1. Thank you so much. It felt a bit of a risk to focus in on a grass, but I loved doing it. I’m so pleased you like it πŸ™‚

  8. You’ve captured the “turkey foot” beautifully. It always surprises me how the grasses change with the light. I’d say there was a particularly beautiful light shining on these.

    1. Thank you Linda. I know what you mean about the grasses~I’ve seen them blue-purple all the way through reddish orange as I’ve painted them here. I’m so glad you like the painting πŸ™‚

  9. Absolutely marvelous! You’ve captured the magical light and color I’ve tried to catch with my lens, but never as beautifully!

    1. Thank you Gunta! Over the years I’ve tried to get the colors I see in Big Bluestem down on canvas and it usually evades my brush.

  10. You’ve caught great colors in a great grass. I wish I could’ve seen that at Illinois Beach State Park, but then I’m sure I was happier with the temperature there in June that I would be now in winter.

  11. Although we are enjoying a mild winter here, I’m sure you wouldn’t be happy here either. I frequently wish I could be elsewhere~on the coast to watch whales, In England to soak up the wonderful old gardens, in Texas to visit friends πŸ™‚

  12. Simply gorgeous, Melissa. While different in terms of color, this reminds me of another bit of order made out of chaos…The Large Piece of Turf by DurΓ«r.

  13. Thank you Steve! That piece by Durer actually did float through my mind when I conceived of this painting. Great minds think alike πŸ™‚

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