Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Back in the Midwest



...for a break from the Arizona Heat...
I am illustrating a travel journal of this trip which I shall post when I return to the desert in Arizona.

This is a piece I preposted before my travels...
but is very typical of what I see in Illinois.
The contrasts between the fertile midwest and the desert are blowing my mind.
I have not been back here for at least a year...
AND
my mind has totally forgotton what the color green looks like!
I am absolutely stunned by its rich magnificence!

I guess trips like this are good for the soul...they make you appreciate what you have.

Enjoy your day and the richness in the world around YOU! :)

Oh! One more thing...My sketchbook has arrived in Maine and is with Jennifer Lawson. Thank goodness! She has posted Nina Johannson's gorgeous artwork in my Maruman sketchbook..."Journey" Click here if you woulfd like to take a peek! :)

9 comments:

Kunstrxns said...

Yikes, the Midwest after the dry heat of the Southwest, you are a brave woman and a wonderful artist. We were in Milwaukee in February, not to many flowers but I saw my first Cardinal.

purplepaint said...

Is the humidity getting to you? I can't wait to see your travel sketchbook! Did you have to drive through Kansas? I'm originally from there so I know how boring western Kansas is!

MaryO said...

Whoo! I got so involved in looking at your Maruman book on the other site I almost forgot to come back and comment on this lovely piece of work! Thanks for sharing both of them Margaret, I always love seeing what you're up to and you never disappoint!

Teri C said...

Hey, I've got those growing in my yard now! Welcome back to the land of green and mosquitos :)

I am dying to see your travel book!

Margaret Ann said...

Thanks all! :)

Purple paint...The humidity is killing me...OMG!!! I got my hair cut by my most favorite here and it looked great untile the humidity had its way with it!!! It has turned all to frizz...It's HIlarious...:) We flew over Kansas on the way here...I'll wave to you on the way back to Az! :) LOL

Teri ...you are so right...I am blinded by the greens and head in at dusk to keep away from those flying vampires!!! I am also having to use only preposts on blogger...and relying on a open computer at the town library...We are so spoiled aren't we?? LOL :)

Thanks Mary...Glad you are enjoying the travel sketchbooks...It was funny but Nina put it perfectly in her comments in my book...Going away is wonderful and it makes you appreciate all that you have when you come back home....The best of both worlds! :)

Kathleen said...

great vibrant colors that pop - what kind of paper?

Alan said...

You any where near Rantoul.. I spent a few months there in 1971 with the Air Force....in winter...a Californian with only a light windbreaker for a jacket...in winter...with snow...and wind and the dreaded windchill factor......then they sent to spend my time in southern Nevada....might be why I am twisted....

oh..nice piece...have fun and be safe.

kazumiwannabe said...

Really different and very beautiful too! I saw a small cactus that looked like a saguaro in a nearby village yesterday and thought of you!

soulbrush said...

so true that 'home is best' in the end...enjoy.