"Big Bluestem in Bloom"
color pencil drawing © Bruce A. Morrison
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Just finished another color pencil drawing for this summer's exhibit at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge near Prairie City, Iowa.
I've never drawn grasses before, except "implied" as a background form or shape. And since this summer's solo exhibit will be at a national "Tallgrass Prairie" type refuge, I thought it'd be very appropriate to try to do some small studies of prairie grasses as well.
Of course Big Bluestem is the Tallgrass icon for grasses, so what better subject to start with!? I am drawing many of these small studies as "close-up" drawings; to bring the subject matter into a more personal/true experience type of presentation. The grasses depicted here were in "bloom", which is actually surprising to some people; many do not equate grass with having flowers...sometimes referred to as "florets". Bloom time is usually around early to late July here, depending on the season's conditions.
This drawing was done from some video footage taken here on our native pasture in 2011. When I started working on this summer's solo exhibit I garnered many images from the video work I've been doing over the past several years...they came in handy for reference material "and" inspiration, during this past winter!
Spring continues to make inroads here at the studio...rather chilly and breezy today but the yard is full of Red-wing Blackbirds and Robins...and the Great Blue Herons have just started showing up at the rookery across the valley!
Well, back to work here - have a great week out there!