Eastward-blown little bluestem grass in the Nature Conservancy’s Pembroke Savanna echoes the predominant wind direction that formed these large dunes in the post-glacial era. I was inspired by a late afternoon visit in May 2019 to find a composition that would highlight that remarkable dune topography along with the savanna’s characteristic black oaks, spectacular birdsfoot violets, and unusual prairie pocket gopher excavations. The striking color combination of spring-green verdure, last year’s golden grass stems, and a deep blue sky further enriched the experience of visiting one of my favorite prairie preserves in the state.
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Studio painting – October.
May 1 - September 12, 2021
Chicago Botanic Garden
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.