This is the last of the color for the year. We had our first dusting of snow on October 31. I also saw my first Junco shortly there after. The weather has been a bit strange this Fall. By Thanksgiving, all of the leaves had changed and fallen. Not the normal hike and picture month as in years past.
“He who owns a veteran Bur Oak owns more than a tree. He owns an historical library, and a reserved seat in the theatre of evolution. To the discerning eye, his farm is labeled with the badge and symbol of the prairie war.”
This sketch was inspired by Meltzer Woods, the last of 12 small sections of old-growth forest across Indiana to finally be protected from development. Meltzer Woods has a 400-year-old Bur Oak Tree and it is over 100-foot-tall. It had been a few years since I last sketched and applied watercolor. It took less than 10 minutes. One minute to sketch, and 9 minutes to remember that I had completely forgot how to paint with watercolors.
I used a No. 2 pencil, Micron pens, Winsor & Newton watercolors, Pentalic Nature Sketch pad, and a Pabst Blue Ribbon piece of cardboard as an underlay in the pad.
Indiana’s last unprotected stretch of old-growth forest is now safe from development. Meltzer Woods, a 60-acre wooded area with trees that were already old when Indiana became a state, is coming under official protection. Meltzer Woods will be open to the public during Indiana’s bicentennial year in 2016.
The land in central Indiana’s Shelby County is the state’s last patch of unprotected old-growth forest. Meltzer Woods includes a 100-foot-tall bur oak that experts estimate is 400 years old. Another tree — a centuries-old, 102-foot-tall black ash — is the largest such tree in Indiana, according to the state Department of Natural Resources.
The property is among 12 small sections of old-growth forest across Indiana that have never been cleared. The woods were designated a National Natural Landmark in 1973.
Mary Michael Shelley is a folk artist, painter, and a wood carver. The video above shows Folk Art Mary carving at her Summer studio, the Ithaca Farmer’s Market in New York. I check her blog regularly and always look forward to she what she is creating or finishing. Mary tends to carve a lot during the Summer months and paints them during the Winter at her home studio. During the Winter, she also tackles commissioned pieces of artwork specific to her client’s experiences. Her self taught artwork generally focuses on diners, farms, the outdoors, dreaming, and miscellaneous other topics. I especially love her Adam and Eve series.
What’s great about her blog is that she shows her entire process — from initial sketch, stages of carving and painting, problems encountered, and finished piece of folk art.
Check out Folk Art Mary’s blog here. And leave her a comment, I’m sure she’d appreciated it. Heck, leave me a comment if you like this post!