Seasonal view 6 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):
The first quiet minutes of sunlight on a December morning reveal the rocky substrate that saved Doug’s Knob from the plow. The accompanying boulders, dumped here at the base of the knob, would have been unwelcome in the cornfield that ran up to this point. Although every dormant stem of grass and lingering oak leaf glowed with an intensely warm light, my fingers were too numb to get far with painting that morning.
Finished in the studio, November 2019.
May 1 - September 12, 2021
Chicago Botanic Garden
September 22, 2021
HQ Barn at Nachusa Grasslands
Franklin Grove, Illinois
June 24, 2022 - February 5, 2023
Illinois State Museum at Dickson Mounds
10956 N. Dickson Mounds Rd. Lewistown, Illinois
June 9 - October 21, 2023
Illinois State Museum - Lockport Gallery
201 West 10th Street, Lockport, Illinois
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.