Sunday, November 25, 2007
'Spring' - 7x14 - pastel
'Spring' completes this little series, the seasons. In choosing a concept for Spring, I decided to paint this from a study painted last April in Grantsburg, WI at Crex Meadows, a 60,000+ acre wildlife refuge in NW Wisconsin. Crex is only about 30 minutes from my house and is a wonderland of marsh habitat as it used to be. Wasn't always this way. In the early 20th century it was nearly completely drained for farming and to harvest the grass that it's named after for making rugs and even furniture from. Wisdom has prevailed and it's now nearly fully restored offering a habitat for migrating and resident Trumpeter and Tundra Swans, Sandhill Cranes, and numerous other waterfowl species. Wolves are there too. I know, I was up there last spring with my sons and a nearly black wolf ran across the road into a wooded area not 50 yards away. That was the first wolf I'd seen in the wild.
Since a lot of the area is being restored to native habitat, prescribed burns are a necessary event. Spring is cold at this time of year, and we barely had enough in the warmth department to finish, but managed to anyway.
This piece is a result of that memory and time. Enjoy.