"Anvil Across the Valley"
oil painting - © Bruce A. Morrison
Too Fast! Time...that's what. It just turned summer and we're already into August! Frustrating isn't it. I'm blaming deadlines, appointments and other inevitable things that make time blow by like it didn't even happen.
I've been trying very hard to balance time in the studio with everything else and although it hasn't been easy, have managed to finish a couple things.
The top image was something with some years behind it...first as a panoramic photograph about 6-7 years ago - then a small oil pastel "study" 2 or 3 years back...now, finally I've done a larger completed oil painting version of the scene! This is looking due east from our acreage and across the valley in front of us. A late May/early June evening with the light casting long shadows and the stubble out front still showing through a new emerging crop. The anvil of a distant late spring thunderstorm dramatically lit by the late sun...a beautiful sight!
I had a beautiful dark expresso stained plein air style frame custom made and handcarved for it - it's perfect!
"Showy Tick-trefoil (Desmodium canadense)"
color pencil drawing - © Bruce A. Morrison
The color pencil drawing of the Showy Tick-trefoil was inspired this spring when I was out in our pasture photographing new plants coming up - these guys are always a treat to see new and I couldn't resist trying to depict one arching back and supporting new blossoms...the leaf structure teamed with the budding flowers was very attractive! These flowers are easy to procure seed from later in the summer - just walk through a stand of them with a sweatshirt on and the seeds stick tight to the clothing...then sit and watch TV while you pull them off and save in a paper bag for fall planting! They are very easy germinators as well and the plants can be very beautiful in mass!
So much more to get done this summer - but its flying by, literally. If something doesn't change around here, I'll be staring at the late summer and fall asters soon!
Hang on before its gone!