Seasonal view 5 of 6 at Doug’s Knob, a high-quality hilltop prairie remnant and small oak grove at the heart of the Nachusa Grasslands, Illinois (see all six below):
From the south side of Doug’s Knob, little bluestem dominates the view. Its prevalence in this section is a result of having to control the broadleaf weeds that followed years of cattle grazing. It will take a bit longer here to establish the diversity found on other parts of the knob, but in the meantime, the texture and color of little bluestem in October is a fine placeholder.
Painted on location, finished in the studio.
May 1 - September 12, 2021
Chicago Botanic Garden
The Long View, Prairie Paintings from Illinois Nature Preserves
June 24, 2022 - February 5, 2023
Illinois State Museum at Dickson Mounds
10956 N. Dickson Mounds Rd. Lewistown, Illinois
The Long View: Prairie Paintings from Illinois Nature Preserves
June 9 - October 21, 2023
Illinois State Museum - Lockport Gallery
201 West 10th Street, Lockport, Illinois
Picturing the Prairie: A Vision of Restoration
Published in conjunction with Philip’s 2021 exhibition at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Contributors include: Philip Juras, artist and author; Hank Paulson, foreword; and Stephen Packard, essay. Published by Little Bluestem Press, Athens, GA, 2021.