It turns out a group of spiders is called a”cluster”. Well, that fits here as well so I used it for my title. I found this bunch of spiderworts growing tightly together in a native plant garden and really liked how it looked. I enjoyed painting this, using different shades of blue layered together. This was a great season for spiderworts. Whole wet sections of prairies were blue with it! Just lovely.
Yesterday I took my daughter out to Illinois Beach State Park. We were looking for stuff to draw, and I was looking for Sand Reed which is the next plant in my pen and ink series. We had a marvelous adventure. A tree had come down in a storm~the same storm that bent my hickory tree to the ground on Sunday. The tree had crushed an end of the boardwalk, obliterating the trail. Well we couldn’t go under it. We couldn’t go around it. We had to climb over it! She wasn’t that impressed with me for making her do that but later we saw several other intrepid people also clambering over it and that made it a cool adventure. A young boy saw us sketching and ran up to tell us he and his family had seen two Blandings turtles and a leopard frog. We high-fived and then he was on his way. Katie and I filled pages of our sketchbooks with the patterns we found in the plants and pebbles and bark around us. Sand reed grows alongside switch grass and the two are fairly similar so I was nervous I wouldn’t be able to tell them apart. I’d peer at the seeds of one then run back to the other to study its seeds. Happily the general gestalt of the two is fairly consistent with specific details like the shape of seeds and color and other picky details you find in keys, so I’m satisfied.
Then it was off to the Kenosha harbor to our favorite sandwich shop. I like to watch the sailboat lessons in progress while I eat my sandwich. Sometimes we get to see the amphibious cars that live in the neighborhood up there cruise down into the water and out to “sea”. Recently the tall ships were there. You can get rides on one of them. Maybe one day I’ll do that. Ah, summer by the Lake.
24x16" canvas with wide gallery wrap edges, painted orange. Featuring rich blues and greens, with a few touches of red-orange. Painting ships free anywhere in the US.