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Pale Purple Coneflowers on the March

Pale Purple Coneflowers

This little landscape takes us back to Grant Woods nature preserve. A great deal of work has been done there, and the result is waves of sweeping color. One month it might be fields of spiderwort or wild geranium. It is always glorious! On this particular day, it was pale purple coneflowers seizing the day. You’ll be seeing more of them, as I have a large landscape currently on the easel.

~Life truly is a beautiful adventure~

33 thoughts on “Pale Purple Coneflowers on the March

  1. Oh this is lovely! I want to walk there camera and macro lens in hand to capture or try to capture its beauty.

    Looking forward to seeing the larger painting now too.

    1. I would so love it if you were ever here, so I could share this place with you!

  2. Wow, beautiful, and what great sweep to the scene.

    1. Thanks Robert! πŸ™‚

  3. Lovely work as ever, Melissa. I love the way you have composed the image to help the eye meander around all its delights. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much, Liz.

  4. So Lovely, Melissa.!!!

    1. Thank you Steve! πŸ™‚

  5. The coneflowers make a super foreground for the larger scene.

    1. I’m glad to hear you say that. I hoped it didn’t look contrived but I really wanted to show at leas a few in detail. They were so beautiful, growing there. I’m doing the same thing in the large canvas I am working on now.

      1. It looks natural. I liked the cropping of the flowers as well.

      2. Cool! Thank you, Tom.

  6. This is gorgeous, Melissa. I want to stroll along that path and wait for the butterflies to land on the flowers. πŸ¦‹

    1. Thank you! All those coneflowers sure do beckon the butterflies, don’t they? πŸ™‚

      1. Absolutely! I recently lucked out and was able to take a photo with a beautiful monarch on a coneflower.

      2. I see there is a push to get the Monarch on the Endangered Species list. I suppose that is a good thing although I’m far more worried about all the dozens of other species of butterflies I never see anymore in their habitats. It is worrying to see species disappear even from carefully managed land.

      3. Yes, very worrying. I am afraid we haven’t seen the worst yet, but I wish I were wrong.

      4. Me too. I know that land managers have started thinking in terms of North-South corridors, rather than isolated reserves. Hopefully, if we can give as many species as possible the breathing room to adapt, we won’t los too many.

  7. A lovely landscape, Melissa. I feel at peace in it.

    1. That is wonderful! Thank you.

  8. So pretty

    1. Thank you , Kelly!

  9. Truly, truly lovely. I simply love the direction your paintings are going in. <3

    1. Thank you so much, Gunta! If I could figure out how to do it, I’d send you a heart back πŸ™‚

      1. It’s a horizontal V with the sharp end pointing left- then add a 3 (no space). The β€œV” is your greater or lesser than symbol (I can never remember which is which!) it’s above the comma on a normal keyboard.

  10. I saw my first pale purple coneflowers in Missouri this year. I’ve always thought of coneflowers as yellow, but the purple and pale purple were lovely. I especially like the strong blocks of color in your background. They feel like mountains, and that, in turn, makes the flowers feel like an alpine meadow. They’re just lovely.

    1. Thank you. It is iteresting that it is striking you and Steve that way. It is an area of that park that actually has a little bit of topography in what is otherwise such a dreadfully flat state! It must be influencing the way I paint. I’ve done that before when I painted a subject from Grant Woods~even I thought it looked like a tree set in the mountains.
      I’m glad you have made the acquaintance of purple and pale purple coneflowers. Aren’t they wonderful? Almost makes it worth living so far from the ocean. πŸ™‚

  11. It’s good to hear that people have continued making progress at Grant Woods. I don’t recall seeing Echinacea there two years ago.

    You’ve made the forms in the background in your painting happily amorphic. To my mind, they could pass for mountains.

    1. There has been a big push this past year by the staff at the site. Now key people are about to retire, funds have been used, and my dear friends who are the stewards there are suddenly in failing health, so the future of the site is uncertain. Without continued management this beautiful site will sink under a wave of buckthorn. This makes all the paintings I intend to do of the area bittersweet indeed.
      Ha! You’re right, they could. In fact, to me a distant line of oaks often call mountains to mind but I wouldn’t want the stewards to know that!

  12. very nice… i really like your blog…

    1. Thanks!

  13. I think it’s neat what viewers see first. When I first see this my eye is drawn to the billows of blue. Then down across the field and back and forth over the cone flowers. I see the tree last. The curved road helps draw the eye!

    1. That is interesting. That is pretty much the order in which things were painted!

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