Doug’s Knob, June

Nachusa Grasslands, Illinois
June 13, 2018
Oil on canvas
18 x 26 in. (45.7 x 66 cm)

Private collection

Seasonal view 2 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):

In June, a little higher on the hillside, the remnant population of pale purple coneflower, wild quinine, spiderwort, leadplant, prickly prairie rose and other flowers bloom among a rising tide of porcupine grass, little bluestem, and prairie dropseed. The presence in the foreground of last year’s dead grass stems reveal that this area wasn’t burned in the previous fire season. With consistent light and weather, I had time to finish this on site.

See Field Museum Field Guide for this painting (page 4).

Location of Nachusa visitor’s center:

Painted on location, finished in the studio.

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