Welcome to our project blog. We will be posting regularly about the six Florida prairies we will be painting through June 2012. Each artist will have stories and images to share as we explore these essential and fragile ecosystems. Stay tuned for scheduled events.
Early one morning I drove into Paynes Prairie to have a look around to see what had changed in the landscape. I often do this. It's part of finding peace, solitude and inspiration. As I rounded one of the first corners, the sun was rising through a thick veil of mist, casting pearls of light on the dew covered flowering grasses which had sprung up after a fire the year before. It was so beautiful! There was design everywhere I looked. I got out of my car and just stood there, trying to take it all in. Those of you who know me know my passion for detail and how the intricacies of nature leave me rather breathless with excitement. Now that it's too hot for me to paint outdoors, I decided to challenge myself to paint this scene in acrylics, working from some photographs I took that day.