Bend in the Stream

Gentle fall colors create serenity in this painting of a stream meandering through a midwestern savanna.
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I’ve always liked it when trees arch themselves over a street. I love the grand yet protected feel that gives. So when I came across this spot, I was delighted. Trees arching over a stream? Even better!

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Arrow-head in Bloom

Sagittaria latifolia

Here is a recent painting to come off my easel. It feels particularly poignant to me this morning, having arisen to minus 20 degrees! Yikes. I’ll sure be glad to see warm temperatures again.

When I started this painting I wanted deep, rich blues for a background. I wasn’t even sure yet which plant I would pair with it but arrowhead seemed like the right choice. Laying in the first leaf I just let the green suggest the shape, and I’m really happy how some of the edges are lost. That makes the closer leaf pop and gives the flower stalk a wonderful stage.