photograph - © Bruce A. Morrison
Its nearly Thanksgiving here! Its definitely not winter but I posted the image above because it actually reminds me of years past in late November here in NW Iowa! If you looked out the window or stepped out onto the studio's deck right now you'd either think it was early spring or fall...it is so pleasant out!
I took the photograph above at Woodman Hollow, a state preserve south of Ft Dodge, Iowa, along the Des Moines River, some years back. The shot was from what you'd call a small Goat Prairie along a ridge within view of the river below. This same ridge in the summer had a nice small compliment of prairie flowers and grasses; its a wonder the timber hadn't yet taken it over. Looking through the branches and late hanging oak leaves, across the ravine toward the neighboring hillside of timber and sparse openings, creates a very satisfying, and almost "decorative" view of the winter season.
The photograph is also in the spirit of the coming Holiday season, and the exhibits I'm working with during the next few weeks.
Christmas in the Gallery coming to Arts on Grand in Spencer, Iowa on December 4, 2012 through January 5, 2013.
Over 20 artists will transform the exhibit gallery into a decorated shop of art gifts - from small decorations, cards, jewelry, and pottery, to small and large unframed and framed prints, photographs and paintings. The theme is just like it sounds - Christmas, the holidays and the winter season!
"Winter Stubble, Bales"
oil painting - © Bruce A. Morrison
I'll also be in Peterson, Iowa for a Holiday Open House on December 8th. I'll have work at Barb McGee's Gallery in downtown Peterson...will be fun spending some time with friends there!
And right now I'm participating in the final exhibit of the season, with the Artisans Road Trip in Clear Lake, Iowa at the Clear Lake Art Center. It started today and runs through January 5 of 2013...a great bunch of artists!
I won't be taking in Black Friday sales this year but will be here at the studio for anyone needing to do Christmas shopping! I don't like the idea of crushing crowds and elbows kneading their way to special buys, like on Black Friday. I Do Like giving my business to local small businesses though - that money stays in the communities we support and benefits my neighbors as well as my own family!
I will be open during the next day - Small Business Saturday - you can count on that! And we do appreciate your business and support, on any and all days throughout the year!!!
I want to wish you all out there a wonderful November, and a Happy Thanksgiving! Be good to one another and enjoy your friends and family this week and always!